Kirk's Column: Rootsy pickin'

Hi all, I made it back to Australia in one piece ... so did my guitars. So, I'm getting back into the swing of things and I've put together yet another freee online lesson for you. This one is a fairly advanced fingerpicking piece I came up with, one that follows those traditional structures and has been around for decades. Ditty Wah Ditty is one incarnation of it.

It's a 12 bar bluesy rootsy sort of feel. I wouldn't call it ragtime, it's more blues than that, and I played with one of those half shuffle/half straight feels.

Go to Guitar for Beginners and Beyond and follow the links for the Weekly Lesson.

The feedback for my book PlaneTalk keeps rolling in. John, from Simi Valley California, wrote me yesterday saying "PlaneTalk and I get along just fine. I've picked at the guitar for 30 years, and have never gotten past learning only bits here and there. I was, indeed, able to put it all together using your system. Thanks!"

The 'system' is a way of looking at the fretboard so that its entire length becomes familiar, friendly, logical territory ... no matter what the music is doing; it's an incredibly simple visualization tecchnique based on something you've known since the day you learned your first chords. If you are struggling to turn scales and modes into music, struggling to make sense of the maze of strings and fretwire, then do yourself the favor of checking it out. Go to PlaneTalk - The Truly Totally Different Guitar Instruction Book. Read some more testimonials here.

Come say hi at the Slide Guitar Forum. We have some pretty amazing players there, all willing to divulge and enlighten.

Check out my tune Blackwood Stroll which has been Top Five for weeks now at Soundclick's jazz charts.

Have fun with thel lesson!

Kirk Lorange

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