My name is Kirk Lorange, I live in Australia and I've been earning my living playing guitar since I was 18. I fell in love with slide guitar not long after that and after experimenting for years with the traditional open tunings -- I tried them all -- I reverted to good old Standard or sometimes Dropped D, just the bass string down a tone. I know the layout of my fretboard in standard tuning well and I like to know exactly what I'm playing at all times. I was also very happy to discover that all flavors (major, major7, minor, minor7, 9th, 11th, dim, aug, sus4 ...) can either be played outright or strongly alluded to in standard tuning.
This is a nice endorsement of my slide playing by ex Eagle Don Felder who said this in a recent interview at Premier Guitar. When asked if anyone other than Duane Allman had inspired him, he answered:
"A few years ago I was up in Calgary doing an interview at a radio station, and the lady who was interviewing me said, “When we’re done, I’ve got to let you hear my brother play slide guitar.” So after the interview she put on this CD and it was just monstrous—the most unbelievable clean technique I’ve ever heard anybody use on slide. His name is Kirk Lorange, and he lives in Australia. He sat in with me about four years ago and I was so impressed with his playing. He has videos on YouTube—you really have to check him out."
Thanks, Don! He also seemed to think I should give him some lessons, as you can see from the personal note he wrote on my copy of his book 'Heaven and Hell'.
Does this sound like you? You know scales, you dabble with modes, you know your chords and you can handle a bit of improvising, but you're still wondering how it is that some players seem to have the whole fretboard at their disposal; they seem to know how, why and where to find every last fragment of music... with total ease. The whole fingerboard seems to be friendly, familiar territory to them, no matter what the music is doing.
If so, it's time to order my book/DVD package PlaneTalk.