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I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes (Guitar Lesson)


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Eve Goldberg

I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes

You will learn the The Carter Family song "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes" in this lesson.

Taught by Eve Goldberg in Basic Acoustic Guitar seriesLength: 32:58Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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sunshinehalesunshinehale replied on May 6th, 2016

Hi Eve, How many bpm should this song be played at normally? Starting off slow but would like a goal to work towards. TIA

danonwheelsdanonwheels replied on September 3rd, 2015

Forgot to say your a beautiful singer Eve

danonwheelsdanonwheels replied on September 3rd, 2015

I'm calling you Awesome Eve from now on

ThersaThersa replied on March 11th, 2015

Is that really an E chord on this song 'I'm thinking tonight'.... I looks like it is missing a finger on second fret 5th string. It sounds funny the way it is shown on the tab.

mrousemrouse replied on January 2nd, 2015

HI Eve...thought I wrote this previously but can't find it...going way back here in time...I'm actually up to lesson 50 ...but in reviewing couldn't find a D to E bass run transition- is there one? Happy New Year Michael

idirdaddyidirdaddy replied on October 13th, 2013

You are a wonderful teacher, Eve. Your explanations are clear, logical and really easy to follow. I am learning with my 10 year old son and we are both enjoying the experience.

colmessycolmessy replied on March 22nd, 2013

Status Quo did a good version of this

shivershiver replied on March 21st, 2013

Forgot to mention that it would be great if the supplemental section, with the song words, had the cords shown, to make the change locations easier.

shivershiver replied on March 21st, 2013

Great teaching style Eve. I started with you on Phase 2 lessons (with some fingerpickin) but decided I best come back and do your beginner lesson set. I struggle with getting my fingers to repeat the fingerpickin patterns, and when I try to add the words of the song, I usually lose the pattern completely. I know, you says this gets better with practice! Keep up the great lessons.

big gbig g replied on January 22nd, 2013

your lesson is a bit confusing.....You say the sone begins on the words "Oh I'm thinking ............ BUT, in the song lyrics.....you start with different words.... I assume your lesson is correct, if true were does that 1st verse belong in the song?

mrdcomrdco replied on January 13th, 2013

Looking under Lesson Exercises (1) the E TAB I see 0012 isn't there supposed to be another 2 ...? as in 00122 ....or am I just confusing myself? Thank youso much for the soft and caring leasons.

maedimaedi replied on November 13th, 2012

I'm loving the lessons, but I'm a little confused on the notation in the supplemental content. I'm seeing that the D cord as the first line? I also see at the 5th bar it shows the A cord for the intro, but that doesn't look like four boom chucks to me, so I'm having a little trouble following. Where am I going wrong?

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on November 15th, 2012

Hi maedi, it's been a while since I actually watched this particular lesson, so I don't remember what I do in the lesson. But, it looks like the first four bars are just practicing the boom-chuck on the D chord. Then, where it says "intro," there are two bars of A with TWO boom-chucks each. And where it says "vocals enter" is where the words to the song would start. Does that make any sense?

ussthornbackussthornback replied on February 9th, 2012

Great lessons Eve! Is it possible to put the chord above the word it changes on, in the supplemental content. Thanks again for the great lessons.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on November 7th, 2012

I didn't realize the chords weren't with the words. I'll try to see if I can get a lyric sheet with the chords notated added to the content here.

kapsterkapster replied on October 14th, 2011

Thank you Eve, I am really enjoying your lessons. Can't wait to start on the next one each time. I am compiling your songs in my songbook. I am coding your chord patterns at the top. Any chance you could include them at the top of each song. For example. A (4 beats) D (4 beats) E (4 beats) A (2beats) F (2 beats) D (4 beats) t

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on November 7th, 2012

I don't tend to notate the chords that way, and many people have different ways of reminding themselves of the pattern of the song, so I will leave it up to you to use your own system of notation, and other people can use their own system. Over time you will probably start to "feel" it rather than having to write it all down...

mturnermturner replied on August 26th, 2011

I'm really enjoying your lessons and have learned so much already. Is it possible in the Comments maybe you could print out the primary and alternate bass strings for the A, D & E chords? I keep getting them mixed up. Thanks Eve.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on November 7th, 2012

Hi mturner, if you look at the supplemental content you will see the bass notes are notated -- I hope that helps!

kimhogg41kimhogg41 replied on July 19th, 2011

I love your lessons. Thank you. Do you have any particular capo that you would recommend.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on November 7th, 2012

There are many different kinds -- I use Shubb capos, but I know some people really like Kayser and there is also one called G7 that I used for a while.

obxrunnerobxrunner replied on July 1st, 2011

Really enjoy Your lessons, You are extremely down to earth and easy to listen to. I have a question? I love your guitar, can you tell me a little about it? Thanks

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on November 7th, 2012

My guitar was built by my friend Grit Laskin, who is a world-famous guitar maker. You can find out more about him at http://www.williamlaskin.com

bkormobilebkormobile replied on July 28th, 2010

Wonderful lesson, I enjoy your teaching and choice of songs. But again, would it be possible to see the melody notes along with the words in standard music notation as well as tablature? I have a hard time remembering melodies after going away and coming back to a song while away from a computer where I can't revuew the video. Thanks! Love the lessons.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on December 8th, 2010

Hi bkormobile, I will try to post the words and chords to this one too, but I see what you are asking for is more the melody notes. Since I generally learn melodies by ear, I'm not sure I'm going to be able to help you with notation. My only suggestion is either to keep trying to learn the melodies by ear along with me on the video, or to see if you can find a songbook with the melody in it. This melody is used for a number of songs, including "Great Speckled Bird," The Wild Side of Life," "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," and a few others in addition to "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes." You should be able to find a songbook that has one of those songs. Good luck!

alamosgalalamosgal replied on July 26th, 2010

I too am enjoying your lessons. Lots of clarity and support. I appreciate your sideways hitchhiking analogy. It really helped me finally get a good relaxed hand position for the boom-chuck. Love learning the songs too.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on December 8th, 2010

Great! Glad some of my crazy metaphors work!

puredrumfurypuredrumfury replied on July 5th, 2010

It was hard for me (and my poor fingertips) to get this far, but I did and it's amazing how you learn your third chord and all of a sudden out of nowhere it's like this whole world opens up with what you can do!! I really enjoyed this lesson!

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on December 8th, 2010

Yeah! I love to hear that!

wrinklewrinkle replied on August 16th, 2010

Hi Eve, Love your lessons I really enjoy them. I am having trouble learning guitar but found your way great. Is it possible for you to play the entire songs & sing so we can play with you. I forget the way the song sounds once I turn off the computer & would love to play the entire song with you to keep me on track. Even if its just listening not a film clip. Thanks

tifosotifoso replied on June 4th, 2010

First - am enjoying the lessons. Have played - passably but only just - for years. Want to make the leap forward. Every sign you will get me there. Second, on the melody: Wild Side of Life was recorded by Hank Thompson. The melody was claimed by Bob Massey in 1920. First recording, so far as I can find, was by Vernon Dalhart in 1924 as The Prisoner's Song. "If I had the wings of an angel, etc." Dalhart, trained in opera, also made famous "The Wreck of the Old '97".

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on June 17th, 2010

Hi tifiso, I think I mention in the lesson that the melody has been used a number of times. I think the melody to the Prisoner's Song was different (at least the one I've learned was different, but there are many versions). But it's one of those melodies that has certainly been around for a long, long time and has had many different sets of words.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on June 17th, 2010

Oops, I meant tifoso. Sorry!

sryan14610sryan14610 replied on February 21st, 2010

Your lessons are great. I really like your method of teaching. thank you.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on March 13th, 2010

Thanks sryan!

buffalo2buffalo2 replied on January 17th, 2010

im a country lead player ,and i desided to start all over.a lot of this stuff i use all the time ,but didnt know why.im on lesson 9 and already learned ,that i should have done this a long time ago.never to old ,for a old dog to learn new tricks.lesson books suck!!! so much you cant figer out by yourself. buffalo

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on January 17th, 2010

Hey Buffalo, that's amazing! I sometimes find people who can play circles around me in one regard have never learned some other things that I use in my playing all the time. Anything you do to expand your box of tools will help you be a better musician, even if it feels like you are going back to something more basic. Have fun!

boresko8boresko8 replied on September 13th, 2009

I like this song very much. The pattern makes practicing easy! I enjoy your lessons! and I see progress.......

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on September 14th, 2009

great Boresko!

johntadams01johntadams01 replied on August 8th, 2009

Still looking for those runs in your lessons

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on August 10th, 2009

Hi JohnT., The runs are in a subsequent lesson which I'm sure will be posted soon.

jboothjbooth replied on August 11th, 2009

Yep! We are powering through them since you expressed the desire to do another film session in the near future :) I believe Nessa is going to work on your lessons nonstop until they are all done (at least this session).

kathy211kathy211 replied on August 8th, 2009

Its is so beautiful!!!

fenton1fenton1 replied on August 7th, 2009

boom chucka lucka...

fenton1fenton1 replied on August 7th, 2009

blue eyes is cryin in the rain somewhere..

nessanessa replied on August 6th, 2009

Supplemental content gets added to brand new lessons generally a day or two after they have been posted on the site. You will see it up soon. Thanks for your patience!

jaybirdjaybird replied on August 6th, 2009

I enjoyed your lesson but I couldn't find anything in the supplemental content. Is it missing? thank you.

Basic Acoustic Guitar

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

The acoustic guitar is one of the most beloved instruments in the world. Eve Goldberg will guide you on your guitar playing journey.



Lesson 1

Introduction to the Guitar

In this lesson, Eve Goldberg introduces the acoustic guitar. She talks about the parts of the guitar, the string names, and tuning.

Length: 27:16 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Learning the A Chord

In this lesson, Eve Goldberg introduces the first chord in this series, the A chord. She also shows how this chord can be used to play a simple song.

Length: 22:54 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

The E Chord

Eve Goldberg introduces the E chord. She explains how it is played and provides some exercises designed to improve your chord changing abilities.

Length: 21:54 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Swing Low with 2 Chords

Eve Goldberg returns to the song "Swing Low" and talks about playing it with two chords instead of one.

Length: 16:20 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Boom-Chuck Strum

Eve talks about the boom-chuck strum pattern. This strum pattern will completely change the sound of your playing.

Length: 15:56 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Lesson 6

Boom-Chuck and Swing Low

Eve Goldberg teaches how the boom-chuck strum can be applied to the song "Swing Low".

Length: 8:16 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

The D Chord

In this lesson, Eve introduces the D chord. You will also learn how to switch from the D chord to the A chord while applying the boom-chuck strum.

Length: 16:59 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Little Birdy

Eve teaches the song "Little Birdy," which is a great tune to practice changing from the D chord to the A chord with your boom-chuck strum.

Length: 23:54 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes

You will learn the The Carter Family song "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes" in this lesson.

Length: 32:58 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Songs and Capos

Eve talks about 3 chord songs and demonstrates a few as an example. She also introduces the capo.

Length: 10:36 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Capo and Keys

Eve continues her discussion on capos. She explains how to find a key by using a piano keyboard drawing.

Length: 12:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Flatpicks

Eve introduces the flatpick. She explains the proper way to hold it and strum.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

A to D Bass Run

Eve shows you how to to compliment your boom-chuck strum by adding an A to D bass run.

Length: 14:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

E to A Bass Run

In this lesson, Eve furthers your knowledge of bass runs by teaching the E to A bass run.

Length: 22:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

Review and Practice

Eve continues her discussion of bass runs and also covers some great practicing techniques.

Length: 22:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

The G Chord

Eve introduces the G chord and practices changing to and from other chords you have learned. This is important for the next song you will learn.

Length: 14:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 17

Gold Watch and Chain

Eve teaches the song "Gold Watch and Chain" using the G chord you learned in the last lesson.

Length: 19:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

Boom-Chucka Strum

Eve shows you how to add a little spice to your standard boom-chuck strum in this lesson.

Length: 10:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Boom-a-Chucka Strum

You've learned the Boom-Chuck strum. You've learned the Boom-Chucka strum. Now you will learn the Boom-a-Chucka strum. Have fun!

Length: 13:16 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Incorporating the A to D Bass Run

Eve shows how to incorporate the A to D bass run into the song "Gold Watch and Chain."

Length: 18:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

D to A Bass Run

Get ready for a new run! Eve teaches the D to A bass run in this lesson.

Length: 30:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 22

D to G Bass Run

Learn how to add even more flavor to "Gold Watch and Chain" by including a bass run from D to G.

Length: 20:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 23

G to D Bass Run

Learn the G to D bass run and incorporate it into the song "Gold Watch and Chain."

Length: 29:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 24

Putting It Together

Eve encourages you to take all of the tools you've learned thus far and apply them to the song "Gold Watch and Chain."

Length: 16:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 25

Hobo's Lullaby

Eve introduces a new song called "Hobo's Lullaby."

Length: 15:26 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

Hobo's Lullaby Fingerpicking

Eve introduces fingerpicking in this lesson by using the song "Hobo's Lullaby" as an example.

Length: 24:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 27

Adding Bass Runs: D to G

Eve adds a D to G bass run into the song "Hobo's Lullaby."

Length: 19:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 28

Adding Bass Runs: A to D

Eve adds the bass run from A to D into the song "Hobo's Lullaby."

Length: 16:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 29

Adding Bass Runs: G to A

Eve adds the bass run from G to A into the song "Hobo's Lullaby."

Length: 19:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 30

The D Doodad

Eve Goldberg finishes up her lessons on "Hobo's Lullaby" by adding one final technique: The D Doodad.

Length: 30:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 31

Careless Love Introduction

Eve Goldberg continues her beginner series with another amazing song called "Careless Love."

Length: 12:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 32

Chord Structure

Eve Goldberg continues her discussion on "Careless Love" with a lesson about the pattern and chord changes of the song.

Length: 16:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 33

G Chord Fingerpicking Pattern

Eve Goldberg takes a look at the G chord fingerpicking pattern for the song "Careless Love."

Length: 14:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 34

D Chord Fingerpicking Pattern

Eve Goldberg continues "Careless Love" with a lesson about the fingerpicking pattern for the D chord.

Length: 16:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 35

C Chord Fingerpicking Pattern

Eve teaches a Travis style picking pattern for the C chord. She also explains how to make the change from the C to the G pattern.

Length: 10:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 36

Careless Love Wrap-Up

Eve wraps up "Careless Love" with a lesson about putting the whole song together.

Length: 16:12 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 37

Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad Introduction

Eve Goldberg introduces a new song called "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad."

Length: 11:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 38

Part 2: Chord Structure

Eve Goldberg reviews the chord structure for the song "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad."

Length: 13:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 39

Part 3: Hammer-on Introduction

Eve Goldberg returns to "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad" with a lesson all about the hammer-on.

Length: 9:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 40

Part 4: C Chord Hammer-on

Eve Goldberg continues her discussion of the hammer-on. She explains how a hammer-on can be used within a C major chord and the importance of timing.

Length: 13:18 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 41

Part 5: G Chord Hammer-on

Eve adds the G chord hammer-on to the song "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad."

Length: 15:15 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 42

Part 6: Bass Runs

Eve gives a quick review of what you have learned so far in "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad." Then, she dives into some bass runs that can be added to the chord progression.

Length: 13:54 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 43

Part 7: G to C Bass Run

Eve plays the G to C run in the song "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad." Then, she breaks it down for practice.

Length: 16:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 44

Part 8: C to G Bass Run

Eve taught the G to C bass run in the last lesson. In this lesson, she teaches you how to go from C back to G.

Length: 16:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 45

Part 9: G to Em Transition

Eve Goldberg covers a transitional chord between G and Em that functions like a bass run.

Length: 16:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 46

Part 10: All Together

Eve Goldberg wraps up "Goin' Down this Road Feelin' Bad" with a lesson that combines all the techniques you have learned in the song.

Length: 17:12 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 47

Stewball Introduction

Eve Goldberg introduces a new song called "Stewball" in this lesson. Get started with a little history and some basic concepts.

Length: 10:11 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 48

Stewball Part 2: Chord Structure

Eve Goldberg talks about the chord structure for the song "Stewball" in this lesson.

Length: 11:48 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 49

Stewball Part 3: Strum Variations

Eve Goldberg wraps up the song "Stewball" with some strum pattern variations.

Length: 15:08 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 50

Drunken Sailor Part 1

Eve Goldberg returns to JamPlay with another exciting addition to her beginner series! Here you will take a look at "Drunken Sailor". Eve builds on this song in lessons to come.

Length: 16:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 51

Drunken Sailor Part 2

Eve Goldberg returns to the song "Drunken Sailor" with some great tips on strumming patterns and more.

Length: 21:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 52

Drunken Sailor Part 3

Eve Goldberg finishes up "Drunken Sailor" with some new strumming exercises.

Length: 13:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 53

Haul Away Joe Part 1

Eve Goldberg dives into "Haul Away Joe," another fun sea shanty.

Length: 25:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 54

Haul Away Joe Part 2

Eve Goldberg takes another look at "Haul Away Joe" with a brand new strumming pattern.

Length: 17:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 55

The John B. Sails

Eve Goldberg starts on a new folk song called "The John B. Sails". This particular song was later made famous by The Beach Boys under the title of "Sloop John B".

Length: 21:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 56

The John B. Sails Part 2

Eve Goldberg continues with "The John B. Sails". This time she introduces a brand new strumming pattern.

Length: 17:47 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 57

The John B. Sails Part 3

Eve Goldberg finishes up "The John B. Sails" lessons with a couple of brand new chords and a new strum.

Length: 24:16 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 58

Practical Theory Part 1

Eve Goldberg dives into some basic, practical theory to expand your knowledge of the guitar. In this lesson, she talks about the I-IV-V progression and explains the circle of fifths.

Length: 13:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 59

Practical Theory Part 2

Eve Goldberg continues her practical theory discussion, this time with an emphasis on minor chords and how they fit in.

Length: 13:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 60

Frankie and Johnny Part 1

In lesson 60 of her basic guitar series, Eve Goldberg offers up another traditional song to add to your repertoire. In part one, you'll learn the basic patterns for Frankie and Johnny. You'll also be introduced...

Length: 24:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 61

Frankie and Johnny Part 2: Adding Bass Runs

Now that you've learned the basic chords and structure of the song Frankie and Johnny, it's time to start adding some extra bits. In lesson 61 Eve will walk you through adding bass runs between chord...

Length: 29:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 62

Frankie and Johnny Part 3: Finger Style

As we are adding more complexity to this tune, it's a good time to look at how it's played using the fingerstyle technique. As with the other lessons on this song, Eve will start you off with a basic...

Length: 18:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 63

Frankie and Johnny Part 4: Variations

You've learned all of "Frankie and Johnny" at this point. Now it's time to put all of the techniques together and create a varied and flowing arrangement.

Length: 24:22 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 64

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down

In lesson 64 of her basic guitar series, Eve provides a look at another traditional tune. You'll start off with the basic song, and then progress by adding additional skills and challenges.

Length: 18:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 65

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down: Advanced Strumming

It's time to take a closer look at spicing up the song "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down." In this lesson, Eve introduces more strumming options, including several that haven't been discussed previously.

Length: 15:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 66

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down: Bass Runs

In lesson 66 of her basic guitar series, Eve demonstrates the bass runs that will work over the song "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down".

Length: 24:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 67

The Water is Wide

To finalize her beginner series, Eve offers up the song "The Water is Wide." This will be a good start on the song that you can use to transition to her fingerstyle series.

Length: 30:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

About Eve Goldberg View Full Biography Imagine a kitchen party where Mother Maybelle Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and Patsy Cline show up, and you begin to get a sense of what it feels like inside songwriter Eve Goldberg's head. Never one to restrict herself to one genre of music, Eve has performed her trademark mixture of folk, blues, country, bluegrass, old time, and jazz in venues ranging from small house concerts to the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington DC since 1990.

Eve was born in the Boston area but has called Toronto, Ontario home since 1981. As a child, she was dragged to folk concerts by the likes of The Weavers, Doc Watson, Arlo Guthrie, the Watersons, and countless others. Eventually it sank in, and as a teenager she began to devour all kinds of contemporary and traditional roots music. She began performing in 1990, and hasn't looked back since. Along the way she's earned the respect of legendary musicians like Peggy Seeger, Geoff Muldaur, and Penny Lang.

Her watercolour voice and solid guitar style has become a favourite at festivals, folk clubs, and concert series across Canada and the US. With an equal passion for traditional music, and for the art of songwriting and interpretation, Eve's performances are intimate and relaxed, moving effortlessly from folk classics to original gems, all wrapped up in her clear, pure voice and dynamic guitar playing. She has released two albums to widespread acclaim -- 1998's "Ever Brightening Day" released on her own Sweet Patootie Music label, and 2003's "Crossing the Water," released by The Borealis Recording Company. Her instrumental tune "Watermelon Sorbet" was used for years as the opening theme to the popular CBC national radio show "Richardson's Roundup."

Her latest album "A Kinder Season" was released in September 2007 on Borealis Records (US Release: Jan 9, 2007). Recorded in the months after her mother's death, the album is a remarkable personal testament to the joy and hope that lurks somewhere beyond the heartache, and the sweetness that can be found even in the bitterest seasons of life. Produced by Ken Whiteley, "A Kinder Season" features twelve new originals that firmly establish Eve as a compelling and thoughtful writer whose songs draw honey from the rock of human experience. As legendary blues musician Geoff Muldaur put it, "As far as I'm concerned, Eve Goldberg is on the verge of riches. Big name folks would want to get hold of this stuff."

In January 2008, Eve released "The Streets of Burma," a song inspired by the peaceful demonstrations of monks and nuns in Burma in September 2007. Since then, Amnesty International Canada has used the song as part of its campaign to free U Gambira, one of the monks arrested following his participation in the protests. Visitors to www.amnesty.ca/streetsofburma/ can listen to a preview of the song, find out more about the situation in Burma, sign an e-postcard to help free U Gambira, and if they want, download the song in exchange for a donation to Amnesty International Canada.

"A pure and pleasing voice and a performance style that know no bounds."
  - Greg Quill, Toronto Star

"...one of the most promising young singers in the Canadian folk scene"
  -  Alistair Brown, Greenman Review

"Wow! Ever Brightening Day is one of the best albums I've heard this year!"
  -  Back Porch Music Distribution

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Award winning, Canadian fingerstyle guitarist Calum Graham introduces his Jamplay Artist Series, which aims to transform...

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Eve Goldberg Eve Goldberg

Eve talks about the boom-chuck strum pattern. This strum pattern will completely change the sound of your playing.

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David Ellefson David Ellefson

David Ellefson, co-founding member of Megadeth, explains his overall approach to teaching and learning bass in this introductory...

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Emil Werstler Emil Werstler

Emil takes you through some techniques that he uses frequently in his style of playing. Topics include neck bending, percussive...

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Michael Mennell Michael Mennell

Mike introduces himself and his series.

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Lisa Pursell Lisa Pursell

Lisa breaks into the very basics of the electric guitar. She starts by explaining the parts of the guitar. Then, she dives...

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David MacKenzie David MacKenzie

David MacKenzie introduces the tapping technique and teaches a fun exercise. This lesson includes a backing track.

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Brendan Burns Brendan Burns

Brendan demonstrates the tiny triad shapes derived from the form 1 barre chord.

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Guthrie Trapp Guthrie Trapp

JamPlay introduces Nashville session player Guthrie Trapp! In this first segment, Guthrie talks a little about his influences,...

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Jane Miller Jane Miller

Jane Miller talks about chord solos in part one of this fascinating mini-series.

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Tom Appleman Tom Appleman

Tom Appleman takes a look at a blues in E with a focus on the Chicago blues style. The bass line for Chicago blues is very...

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Joel Kosche Joel Kosche

Joel Kosche talks about creating and composing a guitar solo. He uses his original song "Sunrise" as an example.

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