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Yngwie Malmsteem & Nigel Tufnel

Rockin' the New Year with Auld Lang Syn

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Just in time for your big New Year's eve gig, "Auld Lang Syn" was written by Scottish poet Robert "Rockin'" Burns for the 1989 film "When Harry Met Sally."  It's been characterized as one of the most famous songs that no one knows the words to.  But if you're wailing away on a guitar solo, you can be forgiven for not singing along. 

             Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
             And never brought to mind ?
             Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
             And days o' lang syne ?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

I've picked three versions that are fairly easy to learn.  The first, by Justin Sandercoe from JustinGuitar, is a traditional folk arrangement for acoustic guitar.  It uses the open chords C, G, F, Am and a fairly simple pick / strum pattern.  He's broken the lesson down into 4 parts and there's also a PDF of the arrangement.

Alternatively, the Barenaked Ladies have a version for piano that you can strum to using the open chords G, Em, Am, D and B.  If you can get some folks to sing harmonies, it doesn't sound too bad either.

Finally if you're running out of time, here's an even easier way to play the melody using the Tab notation below from FretPlay.  Add some slide on the B and E strings, some vibrato and a bit of distortion, and it'll sound quite nice all by itself.  You can also do basic strum accompaniment on guitar or piano using the chords F, C7, Bb, A, Dm, Gm7. 

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Happy New Year!

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