Songwriting Analysis: Why We Don’t Get Tired of Jimi Hendrix “Little Wing”

If you study jazz, you start with the standards.  But in my opinion standards also exist in the rock guitar lexicon as well — and this Jimi Hendrix gem is definitely one of them.  It’s a seemingly simple tune which repeats just one verse progression over and over.  Where does its …

Sophistication Beneath the Pretty Surface: The Beatles “Penny Lane”

So between John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it is commonly thought that John is the more experimental, “out there” one while Paul wrote more traditional pop tunes.  While there’s some truth to that, Paul was no stranger to adventurous songwriting, and beneath the sweet façade there are some sophisticated moves going …