Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: You've got a Friend - Complete

Hi again, fellow twang fan.

I've finished off 'You've got a Friend', the chorus and the middle eight -- or bridge -- sections. Now you've got the whole tune. It sure is a nice one to play.

I'll be doing 'Starry Starry Night' next ... there's a poll over at the new Guitar for Beginners and Beyond forum where we vote on which tune I should do next. Its in the lead right now. We also have a couple of new teachers there, James and James, both expert players and good with words. James N has done a great lesson on strumming so far, very explicit with mp3s and pdf files; James H will be contributing very soon also.

Guitar for Beginners and Beyond is where you'll find it all ... enjoy.

I'm still plugging away at the How to Play Slide in Standard Tuning video I've been plugging away at for months now. It's a huge job and there don't seem to be enough hours in the day for all the projects I have bubbling away. It shouldn't be too much longer though. Slide is definitely one of the neatest ways to extract music from a guitar, and knowing how to do it in standard tuning is a plus, since you don't need to retune or have a special guitar. Over the years I have developed a sort of hybrid style that combines both normal and slide playing ... have a listen at my Soundclick page if you're interested. I also run the Slide Guitar Forum where you can discuss the art and ask any questions ... there are some great players there, eager to pass on their expertise.

PlaneTalk, my book describing the 'trick' to seeing the whole fretboard as friendly, well worn territory just keeps on keeping on. There wouldn't be a town in North America/Canada/Australia/New Zealand that isn't home to at least one PlaneTalker now. It's been translated into Spanish too ... I just need to tie up a few loose ends before it's ready to go. If you've 'hit the wall' ... you have all the basics down, but you still can't find that last piece of the puzzle, then you should check it out. The private PlaneTalkers Forum is full of happy twangers who no longer wonder what that trick is ... they know it and they practice it and they now have the ability to invent, to improvise, to see the music there the full length of the fretboard, ready to be played. You will be amazed at how simple it is, too.

OK, back to work for me, have fun with the lesson,


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