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Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel)

Guitar Lesson by Kirk Lorange

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The video with un-blurred virtual fretboard can be downloaded from a link at the top of the TAB


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!