Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: The Eagles 'Desperado' Intro

Hi again. I've just finished putting my latest lesson together; this week is the intro from 'Desperado', by The Eagles. The original was done on piano, of course, but it translates quite nicely to acoustic finger style guitar. I've done it in the original key, G. I'll always remember my first hearing of this great song: it was 1973, in London and I had bought tickets to The Eagles show in Festival Hall. It was still the old lineup with Bernie Leadon, and they had done a few of the hits ... Take it Easy, Peaceful Easy Feeling ... then Glen Frey said to the audience "We've never played this one live before; it's the title track of our new album" ... and then that intro started up!

Go to Guitar for Beginners and Beyond, follow the links to Kirk's Weekly Lesson. This is short and pretty straight forward, not like the last couple of lessons!

The PlaneTalkers' Forum has become a beehive of activity recently. It's a private forum you can join once you've bought my book PlaneTalk - The Truly Totally Different Guitar Instruction Book, and a recent software update has made it very easy to upload mp3s. As you probably know already, PlaneTalk teaches the simple 'trick' to seeing the whole fretboard -- at all time -- as familiar, relevant, friendly territory. Many PlaneTalkers have been improvising lines over backing tracks and uploading them for all to hear and discuss. Talk about a sharp learning-curve! After years of being bogged down in scales and modes and boxes and pentatonics, trying in vain to turn them into real music, they are finally 'seeing' the lines there, the whole length of the fretboard ... and playing them. We are one happy bunch of twangers! If you fall into that category of guitarist who is wondering what the trick is, drop into PlaneTalk and read about it.

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All the best, until next week,


Stuart Smith - Guitarist

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