Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: Dropped D Droning

Hi, fellow twanger. It's me again.

This week's lesson is another Dropped D tuning lesson. It's a well known chord progression/melody line from back in the late 60's ... it will no doubt make your parents ears perk up when you play it for them. It takes full advantage of the bottom strings, which, because we're in dropped D, consist of two tonics and a fifth. They're picked in a rolling sort of drone sound under the melody line, which takes place for the most part on the B string. It's a fun one to play once you get the pattern set up and the dark bluesy vibe is always a pleasure to hear.

You can find that at Guitar for Beginners and Beyond ... I'd class this one as an intermediate lesson. There are well over 100 similar lessons there now, all consisting of a movie, tab, midi, mp3 and plain English commentary.

The community there has grown to well beyond 12,000 members now, such a nice helpful bunch too! Please feel free to take part in the discussions, ask any questions, upload mp3s of your playing if you want any feedback, or give advice if you're able.

If you're beyond the beginner stage, but you've hit the wall, then drop in and read about my book 'PlaneTalk - The Truly Totally Different Guitar Instruction Book'. It's guaranteed to make you look at your fretboard in a new light, one that will allow you to see it all as friendly, familiar territory. If you're interested in the art of improvisation, but you're not having any luck turning those scales and modes into real music, then this is the book for you. You can find out more at the PlaneTalk site and you can read the many testimonials here. The private PlaneTalkers Forum is where we discuss the simple technique and compare notes and mp3s. You get to join when you buy the book/DVD.

Have fun with the finger style lesson!

Listen to my music here!

Until next time, all the best,

Kirk Lorange

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