For this AG Session in Place, folk songsmith and instrumental multi-hyphenate John McCutcheon, from his studio in Smoke Rise, Georgia, takes you on a trip inside the song “Peekaboo,” from his 2021 album Bucket List.

McCutcheon describes “Peekaboo,” in dropped-D tuning, as a nostalgic meditation on how many of the games we play with our children, like the now-you-see-me-now-you-don’t one that inspired the song’s title, rely on instilling a little bit of fear in them.


Playing his “favorite guitar in the world,” his trusty Huss & Dalton MJC (“the C stands for custom and cutaway,” he says), McCutcheon deconstructs the song’s descending melody line and shows how to play it slowly and up to speed.

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