Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: James Taylor's 'Fire and Rain'

Hi, fellow twanger, I'm back yet again.

Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson

About 35 years ago (I was in my early twenties, twanging away on my nylon string, headed for what I thought was going to be a life of playing classical guitar) a tune floated out of my radio and stopped me dead in my tracks. It was James Taylor's 'Fire and Rain' and for the first time, a classical approach was being applied to steel strings. There were plenty of steel string finger-pickers around, playing folksy rolling patterns, wearing finger-picks and a thumb pick, but until then, bare fingered orchestral style playing had been the realm of nylon string, not steel. JT changed all that with Fire and Rain. He sure changed my direction as a young player. I went out pretty much the next day and bought my first steel string ...

This week's lesson is the intro and verse sections of the tune, a challenging piece for anyone ... except JT, I guess!

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Slide Guitar in Standard and Dropped D Tunings

I'm waiting for the first batch of finished DVDs to arrive back from Taiwan ... they said two weeks, it's been one week, so I can only assume that I'll be able to announce in the next GNW that the DVD is ready and available. Fingers crossed!

OK, until next week, that's it from me! Enjoy the lesson.


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