Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: 'Fire and Rain' Chorus

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Weekly Guitar Lesson

This week I finished off the Fire and Rain lesson. This is the chorus section, a fairly challenging bit of picking. You're going to see in the video that I break a big rule with this one: I use my thumb to fret a bass note! This is considered a no-no in many circles, but I watched my old pal Tommy Emmanuel CPG the other day in a little video lesson describing how his thumb has become a huge part of his technique, so what the heck? What are rules for if not for breaking from time to time, and if it's good enough for TE, who are we to argue? is where you'll find it.

I recorded a quick overdubbed melody line on my resonator so you can hear how it all slots together.

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I've been assured that I can pick up the first run of DVDs this Thursday, so I should be able to announce their availability in the next GNW. Fingers crossed!

OK, then, have fun with the chorus of Fire and Rain!
All the best,

Kirk Lorange

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