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    I’ve been refining my two-camera movies … I’ve started to indicate the chord changes also, so you can follow along with the tab easier. It imperative to know what chords are setting the rules for any piece of music. They encapsulate the essence of any tune, so try and make it a habit to mentally track the chords as they change, until it becomes second nature and you simply ‘hear’ the changes as they occur.

    This week I did a short impromptu waltz that I sort of invented on the spot — following well known changes — using all the elements of your standard finger style playing: bass line, melody line and chord fragments gluing it together. It has a nice happy vibe about it. I think you’re going to enjoy playing it … I sure do!

    Go to and follow the Weekly Lesson link.

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    OK, that’s it for me, enjoy the lesson,


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