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Time to Say Goodbye - 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 on the TAB

Time to Say Goodbye - The Lesson explained.


This​ one will keep you busy! ​It was a request from one of our members and while I had heard the tune before I didn't really know it well. I had to learn it first, then arrange it. As you may or may not know, it was made famous by Sarah Brightman who sang it with Andrea Bocelli and a symphony orchestra so it wasn't the easiest piece to transcribe for solo fingerstyle guitar. I hope I did it justice. It is indeed a beautiful composition.

Key of G, as usual, and it's also the key of the original so you'll be able to play along to it when you've learned it. There's nothing particularly tricky about any of the passages but there are many different sections and it may take a while to sort them all out in your brain. It took me a few hours to piece it all together.

The main theme is the most memorable part and it's fairly straight forward. I bring some open strings into play on occasion, which may take your fingers by surprise, and you'll need to watch the video to see how I adapt the left hand to certain passages like that 11th chord that keeps popping up.

Progression wise, it's another of those very 'in key' tunes, in fact there are no 'outside' chords in this at all and the bulk of the tune is built around the I-IV-V chords, G, C and D.

​I had to add some extra bars of either one or two beats in the tab to accommodate ​those single note ascending passages. I was trying to emulate the pauses in tempo of the orchestral version and when it came to tabbing it out I had to do it by adding some 2/4 bars to the score.

There's a key change! I wasn't going to include it but it sounds so nice in the original version that I had to. It goes up a tone to A and the main theme is repeated twice. So now you'll know how to play that main theme in two keys. G is by far the better guitar key as you will quickly find out if you make it to the end.

It's not an easy one but mainly due to the many sections you have to remember. Have fun with it, it should keep you occupied for days if not weeks to come!