Rylynn – Andy McKee81,768 Views
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Today’s video guitar lesson shows you how to play Rylynn by Andy McKee.
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In case you’re new to this song, here’s a little background:
Rylynn by Andy McKee is a highly charged, emotional song, which he plays with deep feeling. It is thought that he named the song after the child of a family friend who sadly passed away unexpectedly. But in spite of this it is still a light song, as if he was also celebrating the life of a child who has left a light but permanent mark on the world.
It must be up there with Highway to Heaven as one of the songs that most people try to learn and cover. In fact, although it does look complicated, once the tabs are noted, then it does not seem to be complicated. He uses capo on the fifth fret, on the sixth, fifth, fourth and third strings.
But it is the sheer artistry of watching him play which is so awe inspiring. He plays it so lightly that it trips along. Most of the covers seem to be slower and heavier, like children, learning to walk, running after the father. Every time he plays it he seems to be totally absorbed in it. It starts off slowly and with a feeling of regret and loss, but is very light and running in the middle section.
Rylynn can be found on his third album, The Art of Motion, which was released in 2005 on Candyrat records. This album contains many of the other songs which he is famous for as well as some additional songs from his second album, Dreamcatcher.
This song grabs the listener from the first few notes and his beat, tapped out on the guitar. It keeps hold of you right the way through. But the ending is truly amazing. He seems to be playing to two different timings, a riff and one handed melody. He is truly a genius!