Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: New House of the Rising Sun

It's been a busy time for me but I have managed to add the next installment of "House of the Rising Sun" to the lessons. This is part 3 and is more of an accompaniment part that the traditional arrangements we know so well.

I've changed the time signature from 6/8 to 4/4 and I've used a repetitive bass line underneath the chords, which are all triads that move down the fretboard. The lesson demonstrates the way any given chord can be found in multiple positions on the same string-sets.

You'll find that one here:

The other two House of the Rising Sun lessons are here:

Part 1:

Part 2:

I've also done a neat little Blues lesson on my new Strat, a very recognizable rhythm part which you'll be able to use over the years. That one is here:

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I stumbled onto a neat backing track recently, one that keeps changing key every 12 bars. It's a great one to practice improvising along to, keeps you right on your toes. I did a slide version which I uploaded to YouTube ( which is a good example of playing in standard tuning. I spent years in the traditional open tunings and still dabble with them, but I always come back to standard or dropped D, which is standard with the bass string down a tone. If you'd like to learn how, I have put together a 70 minute DVD on the subject. You can learn all about is at

All the best,

Kirk Lorange

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