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In this tutorial we are going to learn how to play "Handy Man" as performed by James Taylor. This beautiful acoustic track has a great groove, and an easy chord progression that is easy to play and features Taylor's signature finger picking. The original recording has two acoustic guitars left and right playing similar parts, but for this tutorial I am going to show you how to play the entire song with just one acoustic guitar.

This song features lots of cool chords and rhythms, including that signature pick up note, some finger picking, along with plenty of strumming using your fingers. This song does a great job of using open chords you may already know in a cool way combining strumming and finger picking, following a song form that doesn't go where you think it's going to go. This is a great thing, and part of what makes this song flow nicely and a blast to learn and play.

"Handy Man" is in the Key of D, at 90 BPM, and in 4/4 time.