Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: Mixing it all up

Hey fellow fan of the twang.

I have a new lesson for you. This time it's more of a look at a style of playing rather than a specific tune ... a way of thinking and playing that will come in handy for ever more. It's especially good if you ever perform solo, or plan to. Accompanying yourself on guitar is usually seen as a strumming thing, or a regular finger-picking thing, but this week, let's look at another approach: Mixing it all up. This example uses the usual chord / bass line / melody blend of elements, but as a sequence rather than all together at once. It makes for an interesting, well rounded accompaniment part. I chose a simple I - IV - V chord progression, in the key of A ... so if you've been reading these and other music lessons, you should know from that that the chords will be A, D and E7. That's the beauty of the roman numeral system: it tells you so much in such little space. It's not essential knowledge, but it sure helps.

Guitar for Beginners and Beyond is the site, The Weekly Lesson is the link to follow.

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Until next week,


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