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Guitar for Beginners and Beyond Newsletter, Issue 87  
Guitar for Beginners and Beyond    

Guitar Slide Rule Giveaway

If you haven't noticed already, I've decided to make my Guitar Chord Slide Rule available to all members for free. It's an adaptation of the slide rule that comes with my PlaneTalk package, which displays the 'trick' (for want of a better word) to keeping track of all things musical on a guitar fretboard, a trick that I call The Most Powerful Guitar Lesson Of All. Read more on PlaneTalk here.

This one displays all the main barre chord positions and flavors. It's a folded sleeve with insert type of thing. It comes as a PDF which you print out. You will need a box-cutter or similar knife to cut the panels and windows out, some sticky tape to keep it all together. It's very simple to do, and if you mess up, you can just print and try again.

If you're new to the guitar, it will teach you a huge lesson just looking at how the chord shapes move up and down the fretboard. If you're already playing barre chords, it will come in very handy. Click here to get it ...

PS: The Slide Rule that comes with PlaneTalk does NOT require cutting out, folding and sticking together. It's professionally printed on heavy stock, die-cut and ready to go.


Guess the New Finger Style Lesson

I'll be uploading a new finger style lesson in the next couple of days, a beautiful tune that Elvis sang and that I figured was copyright protected. I was very pleased to learn that it's not, that he had adapted a traditional song for his version. Can you guess which one it is?

Practice and Listen

Remember that the most important thing you can do as a guitarist is practice. Just playing through tunes you already know is great practice, so long as you're listening to what you're playing. Record yourself if possible (it's possible these days!). There's always room for improvement ... listen for timing discrepancies, choked notes, lifeless dynamics, etc. Or, you can practice your favorite scales ... keep the tempo steady, check for weak spots in the way you attack the notes. Or (and this is my favorite), just explore and experiment. Listening is the main thing you need to do, however. Playing an instrument is really just the art of listening ... to yourself.

See you next time,
Kirk Lorange

My YouTube Playlist

   Finger-Style Lessons
   A Close Look at Finger Picking
   Amazing Grace in D
   Amazing Grace (slide)
   Auld Lang Syne
   Ave Maria
   Been Had Blues (slide)
   Blues Master Lesson
   Bossa Nova Rhythm Guitar
   C Breeze
   Danny Boy in G
   Danny Boy in Dropped-D
   Daydream Blues
   Double Stop Blues
   Easy Pickin'
   Finger-Style Guitar 101
   Finger Style 12 Bar Blues
   Funk E Acoustic
   God Rest Ye (easy)
   God Rest Ye (Adv)
   Great Dream from Heaven
   Hark! The Herald Angels
   Home for Christmas
   House of the Rising Sun
   It Came Upon a Midnight
   Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
   Jingle bells
   June Tune
   Labor Day Lullaby
   La Paloma
   Little Lily Ann
   Los Blues
   Minute Minuet
   Minute Minuet - 2
   Maple Leaf Rag
   Morning Has Broken
   O little star of Bethlehem
   Oh Suzanna
   Only A Hobo
   Pachelbel Canon
   Pachelbel Canon - Melody
   Pickin' A La Country Road
   Rainy Day Blues
   Rainy Day Waltz
   Rio Bound - Bossa Nova
   Sixteen Twenty Five
   Slash Chord Triads
   Slinky A minor
   Study for the right hand
   Sweet Home Chicago
   Take Me Out to the Ballgame
   The Arpeggio Blues
   The Blue Danube
   The First Noel
   The Star Spangled Banner D
   The Star Spangled Banner G
   The New Years Blues
   The Water is Wide
   Tiptoe Through The Blues
   Travis Picking
   Twelve Days of Christmas
   Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
   Waltzing Matilda
   We Wish You A Merry Christ
   Yankee Doodle Dandy

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