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    Hi again, I’m back.

    Just a quick note about the Forbidden Fruit lesson: I mentioned that I’d
    create a new lesson for the second half of Forbidden Fruit, that
    classical piece I posted a couple of weeks ago. I’ve had a few plays
    through it, and it is much more difficult than the first half. It moves
    form the key of Em, with all those open strings, to E major and uses
    barre positions with melody lines attached … It’s a long way from a
    beginners piece. If you really really want me do it, tell me so at the
    forum. Start a “We want the second half of Forbidden Fruit” thread and

    Which reminds me: JOIN THE FORUM! I’m more than happy to answer any
    guitar questions you may have, and there are several other regulars who
    are experienced players and also pass on their knowledge. (Thanks guys).
    The forum is here:

    This week’s movie/tab/midi lesson is a walking bass figure, finger
    style, which can be applied to any number of chord progressions. This
    one has a bit of a “Guitar Boogie” vibe about it, but the bass
    line/chord structure has been around for a lot longer. It’s a kind of
    ‘default’ bass line for this kind of shuffly, slinky music … fun to
    play, as it combines the bass line with chord fragments.

    Go to and you’ll see the link there on
    the home page. I ask you to invest a couple of seconds of your time to
    view the movie, to keep the free content in high profile for others to
    take advantage of, but it’s a pretty straight forward procedure.

    If you’re past the beginner stage and you’re wondering how it is that
    some players have complete control over the entire fretboard — not just
    for playing lead, but chords too — them drop in to my PlaneTalk site at . PlaneTalk (The Truly Totally Different
    Guitar Instruction Book) has been selling from that site for close to 8
    years now, revealing the trick to just that: being able to see the
    entire fretboard as familiar, friendly territory at all times. I say
    ‘trick’ … it’s more a way of thinking and looking at the fretboard, a
    simple visualization technique. I sure get good feedback from my
    readers. Here is an excerpt from a second letter that TK, a recent
    customer from the US, sent last night:

    “I will spread the word around about your technique. I have no intention
    of buying anymore books about scales and chords now that I have your
    book. In fact, I’ll probably put many of those books for sale on the
    internet or in pawn shops because they will remain closed while yours
    will remain open.”

    So, if you want to save yourself 15 years of learning, classifying,
    sorting and sifting, boiling down, rationalizing and simplifying, get
    yourself a copy. It’s an e-book, downloadable, and you too can
    immediately be learning the easiest map of the fretboard that exists …
    in fact, you already know it! You just don’t realize that you do.

    I posted a new tune at Soundclick, my tribute to the late, great Ray
    Charles. It went straight to number one in the ‘Jazz General’ chart.
    Have a listen here: , it
    will stream once the page loads. I do love slide guitar; if you do too,
    come and join the Slide Guitar Forum at
    … we need members!

    If you’re curious about me and what I’ve done during my 45 years of
    playing, check out

    That’s it for this week … Twang on!


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