Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: 'Waltzing Matilda'

Hi once again from Tamborine Mountain, Australia.

If you're wondering what happened to me last week, Ive been plugging away on my 'How to play Slide Guitar in Standard and Dropped D tunings' DVD ... big job. It won't be too much longer before it's all edited together and available.

This week's lesson is a finger style look at that great tune 'Waltzing Matilda', Australia's unofficial anthem. It's such a neat piece of music, so evocative ... I've done Section One this week, I'll finish it off next week.

You can find that and over a hundred more at Guitar for Beginners and Beyond ... you'll need to register to get in, but they're all free. We're approaching 13,000 members there now, and the discussion forum is a beehive of activity, so join up and join in!

Does this sound like you? You're well beyond the beginner stage with your guitar playing, but you've hit the wall: You know all about chords and scales, you can play melody lines, riffs and licks ... you can strum your way through a bunch of your favorite tunes. Now what you want to be able to do is invent your own lines, solos, riffs and licks; you want to be able to play along with others without being told what to play; you want to be able to use the whole fretboard instead of being confined to the first few frets; you want to be able to understand the structure of music enough to be able to recognize what you're hearing and know where to find it on the fretboard. You want to know the trick!

If that does sound like you, then it's time for you to visit my other site where I sell PlaneTalk, the book/DVD method that reveals exactly that: the trick to turning your whole fretboard into familiar, well-worn, friendly territory. Believe it or not, it's a lot easier that you may think. The best news is that scales and modes don't even come into it! Drop in and read all about it. Once you buy the book/DVD, you can join the private PlaneTalkers Forum where you can ask me or any other members questions about this simple visualization technique. If you're curious about what others think, read the many testimonials here.

If you like swampy slide guitar, drop into my Soundclick site where I have many tunes loaded up ... have a listen. 122,000 others have!

OK, enough for this week, enjoy the lesson, see you next week.

Kirk Lorange

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