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1625 - A Fingerpicking Lesson (the extended version)

Guitar Lesson by Kirk Lorange
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate-Advanced

1625 - (The Extended Version) - The Lesson Explained.


This is the extended version of the lesson I did a while back. I wrote the short version, put the lesson together, and found myself playing it over and over and coming up with other parts for it, eventually winding up with this arrangement.

Here is the short version ... read the commentary there for a bit of an insight on the theory and execution.

This one really is a lot of fun to play once you get it down. Those open strings that keep popping into play keep a wonderful ringing going on throughout and are very good for disciplining those picking fingers. They tend to rebel at first as it's unusual to move to a lower note on a higher string. The more you do it, of course, the more independence they will acquire, which is always a good thing.

Here is the video of the self duet I put up at YouTube. It'll give you an idea of the melodic possibilities for the progression.

Please note I didn't do the animated fretboard for those of you who have GuitarPro, the GuitarPro file below will give you the GP animated fretboard.


Guitar Lesson by Kirk Lorange

Kirk LorangeAs well as putting together these fingerstyle 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.