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C Breeze - A lesson in the key of C, that's a breeze to play.

Guitar Lesson by Kirk Lorange
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate

C Breeze - The Lesson Explained.

This is something I had been playing around for quite a while, with all you finger-pickers in mind, of course. I call it C Breeze because it's in the key of C and it's a breeze to play. It's also pleasant, as a sea breeze. I played this on my Palm acoustic.

The picking sounds like a consistent pattern, but it's not really, it keeps adapting to the melody line, which is hinted at more than anything else ...

The chords are all from the key of C except for the D7 that comes up a couple of times. The F/G is a 'slash chord'. It can also be called a G11, but it's so much easier to see it as an F chord played over a G bass note.

I use my left-hand thumb to play the root in the F chords rather than use the barre chord. An open G string comes into play during that chord and it's much better to deal with it without the barre finger there, but beware, it can lead to a very painful knuckle. I know, it happened to me a few years back after a few particularly long recording sessions ... like 10 or 12 hours per day for a few days in a row. I literally had to rethink my whole way of playing guitar, a thumb-less way. These days I'm able to use it from time to time, but it hurts.

I didn't find any part of this particularly tricky. I realize that you've never heard it before, so you need to hear it a few times to learn it as a tune (I think you'll find that it has a familiar ring to it), but once you do, it's fairly straight forward to play.

The first section (verse?) is pretty much two repeated halves; the next section (chorus?) also comes in two halves, but the second goes to a Dm before hitting the D7. Both the Dm and D7 are played over their 3s, F and F# respectively. The 3s are, of course, the major/minor notes of any chord.

You'll hear me start up a new verse section before the fade out. You can just keep looping the two sections forever. I think you'll find, like I did, that it's sort of addictive, that you will want to keep looping it over and over. The aim, as always, is to make it all flow smoothly.

Guitar Lesson by Kirk Lorange

Kirk LorangeAs well as putting together these free guitar lessons, I am also the author of PlaneTalk - The Truly Totally Different Guitar Instruction Package, which teaches a mindset, a way of thinking about music and a way of tracking it all on the guitar fretboard. Yes, there IS a constant down there in the maze of strings and fret wire, a landmark that points to everything at all times. I call it The Easiest Yet Most Powerful Guitar Lesson You Will Ever Learn and many testimonials at my site will back up that rather superlative description. If your goal as a guitar player is to be able to truly PLAY the guitar, not just learn by rote; to be able to invent on the fly, not memorize every note; to be able to see the WHOLE fretboard as friendly, familiar territory, not just the first 5 frets and to do it all without thinking about all those scales and modes, then you should read more here.