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Dust in the Wind
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Dust in the Wind
For this lesson, Mike Pachelli takes a look at "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas. This song was first released on their 1977 album, Point of Know Return. Guitarist Kerry Livgren wrote the guitar part as an exercise to learn fingerpicking. His wife heard him practicing, thought it sounded good, and encouraged him to write lyrics for the song. The lyrics were inspired by an Indian book of poetry that included the line "for all we are is dust in the wind."

Mike plays a Gibson Acoustic Hummingbird in this lesson.



Mike Pachelli
    Mike Pachelli started playing guitar as a youngster in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. His earliest influence was Wes Montgomery who Mike says, "first opened my ears to the possibilities on guitar." Pachelli studied classical guitar at YSU and then moved to New York City to study bebop with guitar luminaries Joe Pass and Pat Martino. Mike's guitar style is an amalgamation of blues, jazz, rock, and neo-classical. He has a wealth of musical experience gained thru years of night clubs, concert halls, and recording studios. He's performed all over the U.S. and Europe with some of the most eclectic jazz, blues, pop and rock musicians including Brother Jack McDuff, Albert King, Les & Larry Elgart, Michael Sembello, Crystal Gayle, Barbara Mandrell, Jeanne Mas, Phil Keaggy, Frank Stallone (to name a few) and has done classical symphony concerts touring with Ferrante and Teicher.

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"DUST IN THE WIND"
© 1977 Kerry Livgren


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Lesson Details
Skill Level:
Intermediate
Genres:
Rock
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