Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: Long Lost Lesson

Hi fellow twanger, I'm back.

Somebody wrote last week asking why the lesson for 'Blackbird' was no longer available. When I checked, I realized that when I last revamped the site, I forgot to include it in the list. Blackbird is, of course, that beautiful Paul McCartney tune that was written around a rarely used interval, the 'tenth'. We are pretty familiar with 'thirds' and fifths' and even 'sixths', but tenths are less common. If you do the maths, and subtract 7 from 10, you can see that they really are thirds, but in the next octave. As I'm up to my neck in video editing right now (I'm about halfway through the 'How to play Slide Guitar in Standard and Dropped D Tunings') I'm going to reinstate Blackbird as the Weekly Lesson. Included in the lesson, coincidentally, is a little movie of me playing the melody for the tune on slide, in dropped D tuning.

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

The big news for me is that either today or tomorrow I take delivery of a new print run of my book PlaneTalk. It's only been available in PDF format for quite a while now, but I've had such a demand for the real hold-it-in-your-hands book that I ordered a few thousand. I guess by now that you know what it teaches: the simple 'trick' to seeing how music organizes itself on the fretboard ... the whole fretboard. I get feedback on a daily basis from players who finally can 'see the light' thanks to PlaneTalk. Here is an excerpt from a letter sent to me from Bruno, in France, yesterday:

"I've downloaded your book yesterday night. At first, I was thinking: I already know everything he's talking about...but then, I figured out that you discovered something evident, so evident that it didn't appear to me until yesterday! In french, this is called :"enfoncer les portes ouvertes" (to smash in an opened door) ... This said, it's much more evident once someone tells you! I'm amazed by the progress I've done in one night. All I have to do now is practicing. In two words: THANK YOU! ... Your book is amazing, really. It changed completely my vision in two days."

This is typical feedback which is, of course, very gratifying for me to read. I really had no idea when I wrote and illustrated the book that it would be such a help.

PlaneTalk - The Truly Totally Different Guitar Instruction Book is where to go to find out more.

Slide guitar is my favorite way of twanging ... if you're an enthusiast too, come and join the Slide Guitar Discussion Forum!

If you're curious about what kind of music I like to play, come and have a listen.

All the best, until next week,


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