How to Play Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie (Guitar Lesson)


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Jim Deeming

Alice's Restaurant

Jim Deeming covers the classic song "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie.

Taught by Jim Deeming in Songs with Jim Deeming seriesLength: 18:00Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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blueser100blueser100 replied on January 14th, 2016

Great lesson. I just discovered the two interactive versions for play along. I only wish we could loop sections but otherwise a great tool for a delightful piece.

cheweychewey replied on June 4th, 2015

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cheweychewey replied on June 4th, 2015

I rebooted and now have the complete audio

cheweychewey replied on June 4th, 2015

The audio is not matching the video on this song.

SteveAikenSteveAiken replied on April 4th, 2015

Hi Jim, I think you did a great job on this classic. I used to play it when the song first came out and the girls loved it. I had entirely forgot how to play it although it was in my mind. As far as some of the comments; guys, these songs are not regimented precision, play it the way it sounds good to you, use the lesson as a basic structure. Otherwise play Arlo and disect it with a spectrum analyzer and frequency counter. It is a fun song, Arlo was having fun and we should too. I like all your lessons btw, Jim, even the mental preparation coaching. Keep up the good work.

AndywcAndywc replied on March 16th, 2015

First lesson on Jam Play. Pity its so hard to follow. Quick explainations but never backed up or repeated after explaination so difficult to get in sequence. Usually pick things up quickly but even though this song looks straight forward and relatively easy just cant get it going.

sbestsbest replied on July 7th, 2014

Is there sheet music and tabs that match the lesson? The Supplemental Content and lesson don't match.

AlLewisAlLewis replied on June 9th, 2014

Replace this lesson with a decent one taught by a teacher that explains the picking lesson string by string, chord by chord. This lesson stinks !!!

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on June 9th, 2014

Hey guys, I'll get some attention on this lesson. I didn't have a problem learning it from the interactive tab but it seems like there's a lot of "grumbling" on this lesson.

brace6brace6 replied on April 19th, 2011

Nice lesson

brace6brace6 replied on April 19th, 2011

great lesson jim! Thank you!

kobazkobaz replied on November 7th, 2010

I second the request for an updated tab that reflects what is being played in the video... it's hard to follow because they don't match.

susanfransusanfran replied on July 19th, 2010

Measure 8 is not exactly what Jim plays. Is it ok to play the tab as is or is the tab wrong?

candyman54candyman54 replied on July 26th, 2012

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dac_photodac_photo replied on April 16th, 2010

Hi Jim, I agree with guyke. Measure 11 does not look like the one you play. It is very difficult for me to pick up on what you are actually playing. I need help!!!! Thanks for your great lessons.

rpalmer101rpalmer101 replied on January 8th, 2010

Jim I was half way into Mr Bojangles. I was informed the lesson has vanished. Any idea where I can find lesson

andycandyc replied on March 26th, 2008

Hi Jim, I am a new member to Jamplay . I started to play classical guitar when I was a teenager but gave up after 3 years because I always had problems with my finger nails. I think you are playing a steel string guitar, how do you manage it. Can you give me any tips to help harden my finger nails? I am now in my early 60's and have decided to try again.

rpalmer101rpalmer101 replied on January 8th, 2010

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xmoonxmoon replied on November 18th, 2009

Jim, Thanks very much for this lesson. One quick question - maybe I'm reading the tab wrong, but it seems fairly different, especially around the section just prior to moving to the F chord ("Walk right in ..."). Is that me, or is it possible to update the tab to more accurately reflect what you play (I've only got another week until Thanksgiving )? Thanks

johnpaulejohnpaule replied on March 28th, 2009

Jim In the haydays of folk era, many players used steel finger picks like pedal steel players use. Is there a problem if I use these on my martin D-35?

guykeguyke replied on January 26th, 2009

Dear Jim, Would it be possible to change measure 11 on the tablature for (in my humble opinion) this is different from what you play ?

joshgreenojoshgreeno replied on March 30th, 2008

Thanks for a great lesson Jim. Can you please suggest a similar ragtime-piano sounding tune for me learn on guitar? I like to think of these as "Western Saloon" tunes! Name and artist would be great...thanks!

Jim.DeemingJim.Deeming replied on March 31st, 2008

Josh, there are three that I know. I play The Entertainer (Theme song from the movie The Sting) in drop D tuning. That one I use often enough to keep in playing shape. The other two are Maple Leaf Rag and 12th Street Rag, both of which are difficult enough that I have let them fall pretty far back in the playlist. You may be interested in Guy Van Duser's album, "Stride Guitar", a reference to "stride piano" - the style made popular in the 1930s...

Jim.DeemingJim.Deeming replied on March 27th, 2008

Andy, When I was a kid my Mom used to tell me to eat food with gelatin in it - folks used to think that would help. I think current wisdom says that's not true. I'm rough on my hands, and my nails are thin, so keeping me in picking shape is a bothersome job. For the first 30 years of my playing I primarily played nylon stringed guitars and it was no issue. More recently, I have shifted to almost entirely steel strings. As a result, I've had to swallow my pride and resort to acryllics. Yes, it's true. About once every 6 weeks I go get a manicure on right-hand fingers 1,2, and 3. They look silly, I constantly have shadetree mechanic's grease under them, I break them regularly, and I catch a lot of grief about it. But I'll tell you what, I can put in a 6 hour marathon practice session, abusing them like crazy, and they hold up. I love 'em. My teenage kids are embarassed to death.

joshgreenojoshgreeno replied on March 27th, 2008

My case is not as severe as Jim's case. I get by with bi-weekly self-given manicures... I shape the tips for picking and make sure the tops are evened out. Then I apply clear coat and I'm good to go for two weeks.

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Length: 31:00 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
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Christmas Medley Part 2

In this second part of the Christmas medley, Jim Deeming adds the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Length: 15:30 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Christmas Medley Part 3

In the 3rd part of the Christmas medley, Jim Deeming adds "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."

Length: 28:00 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Alice's Restaurant

Jim Deeming covers the classic song "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie.

Length: 18:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

On Jordan's Stormy Banks

Jim Deeming teaches "On Jordan's Stormy Banks", a gospel tune from his CD First Fruits.

Length: 30:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

In this lesson Jim Deeming teaches a beautiful fingerstyle version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

Length: 22:29 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Windy and Warm

In this lesson Jim covers his version of "Windy and Warm," a song written by John Loudermilk and performed by Chet Atkins.

Length: 23:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Waltzing Matilda

Jim teaches an arrangement of "Waltzing Matilda," a popular Australian folk song. He teaches the song in the style of Tommy Emmanuel.

Length: 38:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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In this lesson Jim Deeming teaches a performance version of "Yankee Doodle Dixie." This version features both the verse and chorus of "Dixie" on top of "Yankee Doodle."

Length: 30:21 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Red Wing

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle version of the classic folk song "Red Wing."

Length: 15:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Wildwood Flower

Jim teaches "Wildwood Flower," a well-known bluegrass folk song. While it was made popular by the Carter Family, this song originated in the 1860s. Jim teaches you his own version which blends the familiar...

Length: 30:04 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Stephen Foster Medley

Jim teaches Chet Atkins' arrangement of the "Stephen Foster Medley." He adds his personal touch to this three song medley.

Length: 40:17 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Last Steam Engine Train

Jim Deeming teaches the song "Last Steam Engine Train" by John Fahey.

Length: 15:47 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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The Claw

Jim Deeming teaches "The Claw" by Jerry Reed.

Length: 39:51 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Away In A Manger

Jim Deeming teaches a simple version and an advanced fingerstyle version of "Away In A Manger".

Length: 19:38 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Silent Night

Jim Deeming teaches a beginner version and a more advanced fingerstyle version of "Silent Night."

Length: 20:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

The Little Drummer Boy

Jim Deeming teaches a warmed over arrangement of "The Little Drummer Boy."

Length: 36:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

Freight Train

Jim Deeming teaches "Freight Train" by Elizabeth Cotten.

Length: 13:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Amazing Grace

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of "Amazing Grace."

Length: 12:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

Auld Lang Syne

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle interpretation of the classic "Auld Lang Syne."

Length: 28:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 22

Red River Valley

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of the traditional folk song "Red River Valley."

Length: 11:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Armed Forces Medley

Jim Deeming teaches a medley of songs from the five main branches of the United States Armed Forces.

Length: 40:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Good King Wenceslas

Jim Deeming teaches the Christmas song "Good King Wenceslas."

Length: 27:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

The Water Is Wide

Jim Deeming teaches both a fingerstyle and flatpicking version of the classic tune "The Water Is Wide."

Length: 31:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 26

A Pick in My Pocket

Jim Deeming teaches his original fingerstyle masterpiece, "A Pick in My Pocket".

Length: 51:07 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

Farewell My Bluebell

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of the classic tune "Farewell My Bluebell." Originally written by Edward Madden and Theodore F. Morse, the tune has been popularized by artists such as Merle...

Length: 20:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

About Jim Deeming View Full Biography Jim Deeming got his first guitar when he was only six years old. His Dad was taking fingerpicking lessons, and Jim wanted to be just like him. The Mel Bay books didn't last very long before he strapped on a thumb pick and added the Chet part to Red River Valley so it sounded better.

Most of Jim's early learning was by ear. With unlimited access to his Dad's collection of Chet Atkins albums, he spent countless hours decoding his favorite songs. They were never "right" until they sounded just like Chet. Around the age of 12, Jim heard Jerry Reed for the first time and just knew he had to be able to make that "Alabama Wild Man" sound. The styles of Chet & Jerry always have been a big influence on his playing.

More recently he has pursued arrangements by Tommy Emmanuel and Doyle Dykes, in addition to creating some of his own and writing originals.

Jim has performed in front of a variety of audiences, including concerts, competitions, weddings and the like, but playing at church has always been a mainstay. Whether playing in worship bands or guitar solos, gospel music is deep in his roots and is also the driving theme behind his debut CD release, titled "First Fruits".

Jim has been playing for about 38 years. He also has taught private lessons in the past but believes JamPlay.com is an exciting and better venue with many advantages over the traditional method of weekly 30 minute sessions.

Jim lives in Berthoud, Colorado with his wife, Linda, and their four children. Although he still has a "day job", he is actively performing and is already back in the studio working on the next CD. If you wonder how he finds time, look no further than the back seat of his truck where he keeps a "travel guitar" to take advantage of any practice or song-writing opportunities he can get.

The opening song you hear in Jim's introductory JamPlay video is called, "A Pick In My Pocket". It's an original tune, written in memory of Jim's father who told him early on he should always keep a pick in his pocket in case he ever met Chet Atkins and got the chance to play for him. That song is slated to be the title track for his next CD, which will feature several more originals plus some of his favorite covers of Chet and Jerry arrangements.

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