Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: A look at 'keys'

Hi, I'm back yet again.

Fist of all, I'd like to thanks all the Brisbaners who came to the Celebration of Guitar Concert on Sunday night. What a great audience you were and what an honour it was for me to be part of the show. Thanks to Michael Fix for conceiving of the idea and organizing it so well. His set was jaw-dropping, of course. No wonder he keeps winning the Instrumental of the Year award at the Tamworth Festival. Bron Ault-Connell is simply amazing; she told me she's only been playing for 3 years and admitted knowing nothing about music theory and had no idea what she was playing or how she was doing it! Her opening tune was her stunning arrangement of Eleanor Rigby ... it sounded like three players! Young Jason McGregor is also an incredible player ... we'll all be hearing about him for decades to come, and Ewan McKenzie's set was wonderful. He and his combo played a number of Django tunes to perfection. My set consisted of a few of my favorite tunes and a lot of sliding. What a great night it was.

The lesson I have posted this week at Guitar for Beginners and Beyond is a look at 'keys' ... what they are, how they come to be and how they work. I use a few easy to grasp analogies to illustrate how together, they form the most basic structure of music. The lesson is called 'The Music Building' and you can find it, and close to 100 other lessons, at Guitar for Beginners and Beyond.

The forum there is growing and growing, we're well over 9000 members strong now. There are some amazing players there, all more than willing to help out and answer questions; we have a very experienced guitar tech, also very generous with his time and knowledge. All in all, a great resource for anyone interested in the art of twanging. Come and join in if you haven't already.

My book PlaneTalk - The Truly Totally Different Guitar Instruction Book just keeps on keeping on. It's not for beginners, though. This is the book written for all those who have the basics under control, know their chords inside and out, understand scales and modes ... but are still wondering what the 'trick' is to using the whole fretboard, to improvising, to inventing guitar parts on the fly ... if that sounds like you, then you should drop into the PlaneTalk site and read more about it. The private PlaneTalkers Forum has become a beehive of activity over the last few months and is brimming with info, lessons, examples of improvisation. You can read many testimonials here.

That's it from me, until next week, all the best,


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