Auld Lang Syne in G - An Easy Fingerstyle Lesson
Difficulty Rating: Beginner-Intermediate
Lesson by: Kirk Lorange
I have taken note of the feedback regarding the easy version of Silent Night and I have done a new stripped back lesson, this time 'Auld Lang Syne' ... you can put the holiday time to good use and practice up in the days before New Years Eve and bring a tear to everyone's eye at midnight ... that's if they're all sober enough to shut up and listen!
It's in G, no surprises there ... as usual, it's the best key to keep it all compact on the fingerboard.
There's nothing too demanding in this piece ... it's nice and slow; everything happens within the first four frets of fingerboard. I added the chord names only because it's good to know which chords underlie it all. Obviously, there are no chords actually being played in this version, but it's important to understand that they're there anyway ... the bass line and melody partially spell them out and if you were to add more notes to this arrangement, they'd be following the rules of those chords I indicate. If you have a friend who plays guitar, he or she could strum through the chords indicated while you play the finger style version. That would sound great ... or a piano player could plunk out those chords.
I also did a slide version of Auld Lang Syne on my old Strat (not a lesson). I did a nylon string backing first, then overdubbed the electric. It's in Dropped D tuning. I tried all those open tunings and I love them too, but for sheer versatility and ease of integrating it into normal playing, Dropped D can't be beat. If you'd like to learn more about playing Slide Guitar in Dropped D, I did a whole DVD on the subject ... Dropped D and Standard tuning (which are the same, of course, other than the bass string).