Hi, I'm Kirk Lorange. I've been twanging away on these wonderful instruments for over 50 years now (!), 42 professionally. I'm 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 fretboard constant, one that points to all things musical at all times. I call it 'The Easiest Yet Most Powerful Guitar Lesson You Will Ever Learn' and the many testimonials and reviews will back up that rather superlative description.
If your goal 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 PlaneTalk is for you.
"After two years of college jazz guitar education, 5 years playing, this book opened everything for me. So simple and effective. This information is what teachers don’t tell you, cause after this, it’s all u need." ~ Keno Sanchez "I will be forever grateful to Kirk for sharing his knowledge. It’s been an absolute life changer for me." ~ Rusty "Hello all, I just wanted to say that after 32 years of playing guitar professionally and after attending one of the top music schools in the U.S., I have seen many different approaches to playing guitar. Kirk's method is without doubt the most effective method for playing ANYTHING even without ever having heard the music first". ~ Mark Palmer "I found plane talk to be the best system I have ever seen for learning the guitar fretboard ...One of those ideas that is so simple that 'Why didn’t I think of it?'" ~ Michael MANY MORE REVIEWS HERE.
PlaneTalk is a 12"X8" 80 page book. It opens with a summary of what you need to know before reading the comic strip story, which is where you listen in on the lesson — the guy who knows divulges his simple 'trick' to the guy who doesn't. It ends with a series of FAQs.
The Guitar Slide Rule is a neat folded-sleeve-with-insert affair that graphically crystallizes the mindset that the book describes. I have doctored the image here because the 'trick' is so simple I would have given it away if I had shown the real thing.
In 2000 I put together a video demonstrating the mindset in real time to real music. I released it as a VHS back then and turned it into a DVD not long after. These days it's also available online as a streaming video. It lasts just under an hour.
This is a private discussion forum where you can find me and other PlaneTalkers on a daily basis, a place where you can ask questions about the mindset and discuss music and guitar playing in general. It's also the home of the 'bonus lessons'.
The forum is also where you will find the 20 (and counting) lessons, mostly video, all pertaining to the PlaneTalk mindset. I used to sell them as a stand-alone CD-ROM but they are now part of the package and the videos are all streaming online, well over two hours worth. One of the favorites is 'The Chord Tone Blues' — the 'other way' of playing the Blues (watch the Red Strat Blues for an example of that), but all styles are covered.
Enough to keep you busy for a lifetime and I can pretty much guarantee that your playing will move ahead by light years. In fact, most of my customers tell me they will never need to buy any other instruction material again.
I send these out air mail from Australia in sturdy packaging. Unfortunately, Australia Post doesn't offer tracking numbers for international parcels for this size/weight, but problems are rare and if any occur, I will re-ship. Transit time is usually between 7 and 14 working days for America, about the same for Europe. I include instructions for joining the forum in the package.
I found that the best way to impart the information was in the form of a comic strip conversation. I needed to get the student and the teacher stuck together somewhere for a while so that you can listen in on the lesson. I do a lot of flying and it struck me that the perfect place would be on a long flight. So it's the conversation on the plane: the plane talk -- PlaneTalk. Not the best marketing move, I admit.
I didn't write PlaneTalk for beginners but more for those who have mastered the basics and are now stuck. However, many beginners have bought it and tell me that they're very pleased they did, that the basic theory lesson, fretboard map and mindset it teaches have made learning much easier. I certainly wish someone had shown me this when I was starting out, it would have saved me a good twenty years of poking around the fretboard searching for that one 'constant' I knew must be there.
No. PlaneTalk in fact goes through basic theory in plain English before moving on to describing the 'trick' to seeing your fretboard as familiar, well traveled territory. You will learn why it is so important to always know what it is you're playing and how music is structured and how easy it is to keep track of it all using the PlaneTalk mindset. It's a lot easier than you think. With lots of practice, of course.
No. PlaneTalk makes use of an extremely simple landmark, one you learned in the first few days of playing. Many PlaneTalkers tell me they're amazed and annoyed that they didn't 'see' it themselves. As simple as it is, its ramifications are endless and—if you're anything like me—will become the only thing you really need to be consciously aware of.
No, no silliness, no gimmicks. The PlaneTalk mindset uses a landmark that IS music, one that displays at a glance the context of the moment. With practice, of course.
The chances of that are slim, as it's such a simple mindset. However, depending on your level of playing, you may wonder how to use the knowledge. In that case, just come to the PlaneTalkers' Forum where you can ask me and many other PlaneTalkers any questions you may have. Sometimes it takes a while to see the need to have the whole fretboard at your disposal, but once you do, the PlaneTalk mindset will be yours forever more. Most PlaneTalkers say they will never need to buy another book again, that all they need now is time to refine their art.
No. PlaneTalk doesn't go into any of that. PlaneTalk, among other things, describes in plain old English a way to map out the fretboard. It teaches a mindset that you can use to improvise chordally and melodically, to literally see the endless possibilities the whole length of the fretboard ... with lots of practice, of course. I use graphics and common analogies to explain some aspects of music, but you won't be scratching your head over any dotted crotchets or mysterious Greek names. I don't read notation very well myself.
If you are happy with the results you achieve when improvising using scales and modes, and happy with your understanding of how music works and applies to the guitar, then don't bother ordering. But, as I've heard said, if you practice scales, you end up playing scales. Scales and Modes are not really music, they're the building blocks. Melody is the music and melody is not all that easy to extract from scales and modes, especially when you start getting into more complex chord progressions where just playing the 5 notes of the Pentatonic scale doesn't work. The PlaneTalk mindset allows you play over any chord progression ... with practice, of course.
The book describes very methodically the logic behind it all. It takes you through basic theory then explains the power of the PlaneTalk mindset in plain English. The DVD demonstrates the technique to real music clips, showing real playing and using all the overlay features of modern video editing. So what the book explains, the DVD demonstrates.
The Guitar slide Rule crystallizes the whole mindset, shows you instantly how your brain should perceive the fretboard at any given moment. I don't show a better image of the slide rule because the mindset is so simple I'd be giving it all away.
Over the years I have put together many stand-alone paid lessons demonstrating the PT mindset, many of them related to The Blues. Most are video lessons, over 3 hours of viewing in total. They're all free now.
I use Australia Post for shipping and they go out Air Mail. It usually takes between 7 and 10 days to reach the US and the UK. Canada, for some reason can take a bit longer. If you live in Australia, expect delivery within 3 or 4 days. I use a sturdy cardboard box for packaging and they go out 'Letter Class', which means there is no need for a customs declaration (except the 'Everything Package'). Unfortunately, I can't add tracking for letter class, but problems are rare. I will always re-ship if a package goes missing.
Due to the nature of the material, I don't offer refunds. If you feel that you have mastery over the fretboard, that you are confident with your ability to use the whole fretboard and if you are happy with your improvisational skills over any chord progression, don't order PlaneTalk. If, however, you do fall into the category of a frustrated player who can't turn those scales and modes into meaningful melody, who is confounded by the way music works, who can't improvise lines over progressions that are not the standard I-IV-V blues chords, then PlaneTalk will show you the way.
I will replace any damaged goods, all you need to do is write me.
A detailed look at the art of playing slide in Standard and Dropped-D Tunings. Slide is and will always be my favourite way of playing the guitar. It's so free and expressive and that sound! I do it in standard tuning which allows me to play regular guitar wearing a slide on my pinkie so that whenever the whim takes me I can spice my lines with some slide. Over the years I've developed a hybrid style of playing that I talk about at length in the DVD.
These slides are machined from solid brass to my specs. They have extra thickness at the fingertip end for added mass and they're shorter than the standard length slide as they are specifically designed for playing in Standard or Dropped D Tunings, where there is no need to span the six strings. This makes them more comfortable to wear and gives your other fingers more mobility. They come highly polished, ready for action. 90 grams of pure tone. One size only, check the specs at the shop.