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George Harrison wrote some great songs, one of which opens today’s update, and the following one is one he would have considered amateurish and weak, from only a few years earlier. There were quite a few thoughts on George scattered through the News as well.

The question about how to follow the Beginner’s Blueprint was addressed with the main thought being to start with the Fundamentals video under the Tips, Techniques, Theory and Styles menu, continuing with the 7 segments, concluding with Chords In Keys.

A couple new lessons this week, courtesy of Max and Vanessa, including Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke, Ice Cream by Sarah McLachlan, and a Fly lesson with Sandy working on Leather And Lace, particularly a second guitar part.

And my plan over the last few weeks, of getting a bit ahead on lessons as I head into a forced down time for knee surgery, has gotten undermined, sabotaged, and downright missing in action, has ground to a halt, with a bit of an explanation in the video.

In any case, I will try to stay in touch over the next weeks as I spend some time with some men in white coats!

Neil

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Dropped D Tuning was popular around TG Central this week. I got a bug to resurrect a few pieces that I do not play often enough, including one that was in danger of really getting away from me.

I started with one from Cobble Creek, Montaña de Oro, and ended with Imagine That, as I recall, with a few other snippets sprinkled in as well.

In between there were tangents on the busking thread, electric guitars, my guitars (a very modest collection with a couple somewhat special instruments), a heavy metal audition for the Time Zone Zombies, and another plug for John Jameson’s CD.

The new stuff this week included Junk by Paul McCartney, Ironic by Alanis Morissette, and Sandy’s 2nd lesson where we looked at John Denver’s My Sweet Lady.

I hope you enjoy the update,

Neil

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Picks, thumbtacks, and an original CD from a long time member of the TG Community. Welcome to April, where showers are continuing here in Northern California.

Today’s update started with a John Fahey piece that crossed my path again after many years, Some Summer Day. A question came to me last week about using a thumb pick and this song is an example of when I might grab one. It is all explained in the segment, along with other thoughts on flat pick tricks.

Some other tunes broke out at various times, including Faro’s Rag by John Renbourn, snippets of things I sometimes use a thumb pick on, like Pipeline, The Clap, and Anji.

And I passed out some thoughts on playing perfectly for a recording, why the notes in Is There Anybody Out There might have the illusion of moving faster, and a little Neil Young bootleg memory.

In the continuing lesson release program we got Stevie Wonder’s Superstition, courtesy of our TotallyElectric buddy Max, and a pair of U2 songs from Vanessa, In God’s Country and Running To Stand Still.

The big thing for me this week was hearing John Jameson’s CD, Home. John has been at our last three IGCs and it really helped him get on the songwriting and recording path. The disc is available at iTunes, CDBaby, and maybe soon directly from John for those who might like autographed copies. John will be joining us at Asilomar as well for IGC 2017, where the CDs will be available too.

That’s the update for this week,

Neil

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