Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: Carolina In My Mind

Hi again, fellow music lover.

This week I've done a finger style version of the first tune I ever performed live, way back in about 1969. I was just a kid, a big fan of another kid, James Taylor. He was the reason I went out and bought my first steel string guitar, the one I still own and play, my Gibson J-50. I'd seen a picture of James playing one on the back of a Carole King album, so I went out and found one.

The tune is 'Carolina in my Mind', a brilliant piece of writing, which has stood the test of time. The version I've done is not James' ... I shy away from copying arrangements exactly, but I think it retains the essence of the tune. I did it in the key of G and I would say that this is for the 'Beyond' section of Guitar for Beginners and Beyond.

Go to Guitar for Beginners and Beyond, find the Weekly Lesson links and have fun with it.

Don't forget: if you feel that you've pretty well mastered the basics -- scales, chords, licks, riffs -- but you're still wondering how it is that some players have the whole fretboard at their command, then drop into the PlaneTalk site and read about the book that has taught the 'trick' to doing just that: turning the entire fretboard into familiar, friendly, well used territory. That area up above the fifth fret really was meant to be used! Believe it or not, once you wrap your brain around the simple technique, it's all the same up there ... you'll never get lost again, no matter what the music is doing.

That's at PlaneTalk -- The Truly Totally Different Guitar Instruction Book. The private forum is a wealth of information, and I'm there on a daily basis discussing the technique, and music in general, with over 700 members.

The Slide Guitar Forum awaits anyone interested in that very fun way of playing guitar. There are some free 'slide in dropped D' lessons there as well.

Check out the new slide blues tune I recorded last week at my Soundclick page. It hit #2 in two days! I think you'll like it, and if you do, you can download it for free.

Until next week, all the best, happy twanging.


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