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The Long and Winding Road - A Guitar Lesson.

Guitar Lesson by Kirk Lorange

Know your fretboard
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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.

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.