David Gates wrote “If” in 1971 and the record by his group Bread went to #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and to #1 on the US Easy Listening chart. It’s been a wedding favorite for many years, and as I’m posting this on February 9th, it would be a great one to play for your significant other on Valentine’s Day.
I used Pattern #10 (forward-reverse) from my Fingerstyle tutorial, which is the same one I’ve used recently for a couple other recent recordings (“For the Good Times” and “Near to the Heart of God”). I’ll be using it in other upcoming songs as well. It’s a pattern that works well for slow songs in 4/4 time.