The last part of this visit was spent with Muriel talking about getting to know Chet Atkins and his influence on her.

Neil brought up how he was influenced by John Renbourn and got to know him a bit. Then Muriel brought up a piece she heard Neil playing earlier, Last Train Home by Pat Metheny. She asked him to show her a bit of it and the rest of this clip turned into another Fly On The Wall Lesson and hopefully a more worked out version will become a lesson at Totally Guitars soon.

{ 0 comments }

Muriel visited Neil Hogan at TG Central in early January 2019, like she does regularly, and they started with a short look at her upcoming appearances, which was in Part 1.

Part 2 started with some thoughts on guitar injuries, stretching to prevent them, and Muriel’s approach to nail care and repair.

Next up was a mini-lesson for Neil with Muriel going over her arrangement of Close To You, The Carpenters classic written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It included some artificial harmonics and led to a discussion on arranging tunes for solo guitar and paying attention to many parts. Muriel also demonstrated a bit of her piece Arioso, which uses some unorthodox fingerings.

{ 0 comments }

Bron-Yr-Aur – Neil Hogan – Solo Guitar

by admin on January 11, 2019

Bron-Yr-Aur by Led Zeppelin has been one of the most requested lessons at Totally Guitars since we launched almost 10 years ago. I can’t believe it took me this long to get to it but here it is, with the lesson following in a few days.

The piece was written by Jimmy Page and recorded for their third album but held back and put on Physical Graffiti, released in 1975. A version that Jimmy played live in 1970 included a section not on the studio recording and that is included in my recording. That section is a bit tricky, playing some harmonics as part of the arpeggio pattern.

{ 0 comments }