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intermediate Standing On The Outside standard tuning

I heard Leo Kottke for the first time at age 13. The first concert I went to hear in my life was Leo Kottke.  His music reaffirmed what I had always known in the back of my mind: the guitar was a paint brush to express myself with.
  From the start I always tried to compose music on the guitar.  In the beginning my efforts were instinctual and based on a healthy diet of John Hurt and Reverend Gary Davis, which really developed my dexterity and confidence.  I had been involved with classical music from my choir days and through my older brothers was surrounded by rock & roll and jazz, Janis Joplin to Coltrane and my ears were always searching for new possibilities. Leo Kottke's music let me take into account all my influences and tailor them into my own voice on the guitar.  I think he had this impact on many solo guitarists today.
   "Standing On The Outside" was written by Leo's wife Mary and recorded on his "Chewing Pine" album.  His arrangement was with a full band, Bass, drums, piano and his guitar.  I've distilled this song into a beautiful solo guitar arrangement.
This might be one of the most popular pieces among my students over the years. It sounds difficult at first, but when you take a closer look you'll find it's basically a three chord song G, A, D until the last measure of the verse, when you play a b-6 chord.
Take a look at the left hand attack on the G chord.  It's important to use the left hand fingering I have written down because it sets your hand up for the best positioning to get to the next task.  One thing you'll find a little different with this piece is that your right hand thumb will be playing notes on the "up beat" instead of the usual back and forth on the down beats.  Practice playing the first and forth measure of line 1, and the last measure of line 3.  This will give you the basic feel of using your thumb on the "up beat", and the basic right hand technique throughout the song.  Learn just the bass line on the third measure of line 2.  Use the momentum of this bass line as a support for the melody to ride on (it's all in the right hand!)  Listen to the slow version of the recording and pay attention to the left and right hand fingering on the tablature.

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