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The Long and Winding Road - A Guitar Lesson.

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 rendition of this classic Paul McCartney tune. I certainly remember this coming out in the very early 70s, that lush arrangement, that great 11th chord catching my ear. Who else but The Beatles would dare chuck an 11th chord into their pop songs back then? Certainly not the Rolling Stones! Many of my friends thought this was an awful, soppy mushy tune but I loved it. French horns, strings, choir ... wonderful stuff.

The original is in Eb ... ugh, a horrible guitar key. I did i in G ... yay, a great guitar key.

It starts on the relative minor chord, the Em, so right of the bat we're being tricked, then comes the 11th chord, a D11, which I've always seen in my minds eye (ear?) as a 'super 7th'. Like a turbo charged D7th. D7, of course, is the V chord of the key and leads to the tonic chord. D11, to my mind anyway, does an even better job of that. From there on through the progression it sticks very much to the related chords, although there is that G7th early on, almost a mini key change. I particularly like sequence of D to Dm to G11 to G in bar 9 and the repeats of that section.

There's a Gmaj7/B in bar 6, 18 and 34. I could have called that a Bm7 too but technically it's a Gmaj7. Whatever.

I took some liberties in the middle 8 (middle 4 in this case), switched things around a bit chord wise for ease of playing.

The end is actually a fingerstyle version of what the orchestra and choir do in the original.

It's a fairly challenging piece to get the fingers around but just stick at it. I'm always amazed at how quickly my muscle memory kicks in when I put these lessons together. What, on day one, seems uncomfortable and difficult, on day two flows off the fingers with no problem.

Have fun, that's all that counts in the end.