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Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel)

Guitar Lesson by Kirk Lorange

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This Lesson explained.

Here is my arrangement of this wonderful Billy Joel tune "Goodnight My Angel". I'd never really heard the tune before last month when my daughter, who is doing a ballet routine to an acapella version of it, told me to have a listen. I listened to Billy's original version of it and got the biggest lump in my throat. If you haven't heard his, do. But make sure you have a box of Kleenex handy.

I did my version in the same key he plays it in: G. It's a most unusual piece, unusual progression, unusual timing, unusual key change, but a stroke of genius.

I play this in Dropped D tuning, so lower that bass string down to D before you get started learning it

I won't go into detail about the progression but I will say that he made good use of inversions, lots of first and second inversions where the 3 and 5 respectively are used as bass note, and there's a great slash chord in amongst is all where the flat 7 becomes the bass note. So effective.

The middle eight changes key to Gm and is very unusual. The sound of it implies some sort of change in the time signature but it does in fact remain in 4/4.

There's nothing awfully difficult about the grips, just some stretching here and there.

I hope you enjoy playing it as much as I do!

For this lesson, I will now be charging a small fee of US $4.95 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 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