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Auld Lang Syne in G - An easy fingerstyle guitar lesson

Guitar Lesson by Kirk Lorange
Difficulty Rating: Beginner-Intermediate

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.

Lesson: Auld Lang Syne - An Easy Fingerstyle Lesson.

This lesson demonstrates a mindset that is the subject of my PlaneTalk package.
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.

Guitar Lesson by Kirk Lorange

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).