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    Hi all, I’m back. Sorry once again for the lack of a new lesson last week. We upgraded our server and the move kept us offline for a couple of days.

    Kirk’s Weekly Guitar Lesson

    This week I’ve done a nice waltz for you, an original I call ‘Rainy Day Waltz’. Yes, we finally got some rain here in Queensland. I didn’t quite know what it was falling out of the sky for the first few minutes, it’s been so long. The tune has a bit of a Celtic flavor to it, to my ear anyway, and it’s a fun one to wrap the fingers around … not too tricky, but no piece of cake either.

    Here is the lesson: Rainy Day Waltz

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    That’s it from me this week, see you next.

    Kirk Lorange

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