Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: Jazzy Blues

This week's lesson is a fun-to-play jazzy blues progression, reminiscent of many old standards. It's in the key of D and is a good example of how few notes are need to convey a musical idea. Rarely do I play more than a couple of notes at a time, but the way the bass line, melody and chord fragments work together leaves the ear in no doubt as to what's going on. It's in the key of D, and like many tunes of this genre, it 'majorizes' the usual minor chords of the key. I think you'll like this one.

You'll find the lesson at Guitar fro Beginners and Beyond, along with about 100 others, all consisting of a movie (showing both hands), midi files to practice to, tablature, notation, and even the GuitarPro file, just in case you already have that great program.

The forum is close to reaching 12,000 members now, including some extremely talented players who are more than willing to answer questions and pass on their expertise, so if you have any queries about any aspect of playing guitar, whether musical or technical, feel free to ask away. I guarantee you won't need to wait long for a response.

If you're past the beginners stage and you're now ready to move up to the next level, namely becoming so familiar with the whole fretboard -- not just the first five frets -- that you can actually invent the music as you go, then it's time you read my book PlaneTalk - The Truly Totally Different Guitar Instruction Book. It reveals the simple trick and mindset that allows that to happen, that allows you to see the entire fretboard as familiar, friendly territory, no matter how complicated the music may be. You may have already attempted to reach that level using scales and modes and found that they don't deliver, that they never become music ... they just remain scales. I certainly found that years ago when I went looking for melody. I gave up on them and found a much more direct route.

Read all about it at the PlaneTalk site ... and remember that when you buy the book/DVD, you're entitled to join the PlaneTalkers Forum where you can discuss the simple technique with me and over 800 other members. We're a happy bunch of twangers.

Have a listen to my music at my Soundclick site ... I've added a couple more tracks since I last wrote.

OK, until next week,

Kirk Lorange

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