Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: John Lennon's Love

Hi, fellow twanger, I hope your week was good.

This week I did a nice beginner's lesson, a very straight forward accompaniment part for John Lennon's song "Love". I was not very familiar with it until someone requested it at Guitar for Beginners and Beyond. I purchased the track at MSN Music for less that 2 bucks. What a classic and what a great innovation these music download sites are! We can now buy just about any tune we want; everyone gets their fair share of the money and it's all legal and above board. Hopefully it will spell the end of the file sharing programs out there that are depriving musicians of their living.

There are also several new lessons from Neilsonite, a wonderful teacher who has been kind enough to contribute to the site. I'm also working on a new intermediate lesson, a sort of jazz swing riff, that should be up and running by the time you read this.

That's all at Guitar for Beginners and Beyond, where membership is growing by 150 or so per day now!

PlaneTalk - The Truly Totally Different Guitar Instruction Book is also powering away, revealing the simple 'trick' to seeing the whole fretboard as friendly, familiar territory. So, if you're at the stage in your playing where you have a firm grasp of the basics--you know your chords and scales--but you're still wondering how it is that some players can invent music on the spot anywhere on the fretboard ... then this is the book for you. The private forum which you can join when you've bought the material is a beehive of activity, full of very happy twangers ... happy because they can now, finally, literally 'see' the way music imposes herself on the fingerboard ... no matter how complicated.

Drop into the PlaneTalk site to find out more.

If you like slide guitar, have a listen to some of my tracks. I'm the guy Tommy Emmanuel describes--publicly--as the 'best slide player on the planet', so you won't be disappointed. I ought to be, I've been doing it since 1966! You can also join the Slide Guitar Forum if you'd like to ask any questions or just discuss the art.

OK, that's it for this week, see you next :-)


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