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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.

For this lesson, I will be charging a small fee of US $2.95 for the Printable PDF of the TAB/Notation. Click here to order it.

For this lesson, I will be charging a small fee of US $2.95 for the Printable PDF of the TAB/Notation. Click here to order it.

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.