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Acoustic Snapshot – Muriel Anderson at TG Central (in 3 Parts): At the start of 2018 Muriel Anderson was on her annual California and West Coast tour and spent a couple days with us in Los Gatos. Before she left on Saturday the 13th, we sat down in the studio to chat and jam a bit.

In Part 1 we talk about her latest project, Eclipse. She tells the story of flying back home to Nashville to catch the rare event, where she enjoyed it with a big group on the lawn of the Capitol Building. Requests came in for celestial inspired songs while Bryan Allen shot some photographs.

Afterwards they decided to turn it into a full CD of solos (mostly) played on her 20-string harp guitar, basically a short scale classical guitar tuned a whole step high with 7 sub-bass and 7 super-treble strings.

Amidst the chatter we play a couple songs, Van Morrison’s Moondance and Muriel’s original Night Lights.

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I have been messing with Jerry Reed’s Blues Land for quite a while now and it is finally starting to take shape. One of the obstacles was that the original was done with a back up band, and maybe even multiple guitars so I had to come up with some ideas as far a creating a solo arrangement.

There are some pretty unusual techniques as well, including a lot of grace notes and what I might call a thumb drag, a quick backwards brush with the thumb across just a few strings. Maybe a lesson on this someday but I don’t really have any of it written out yet.

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One of my favorite Progressive Rock bands, going back to the 1970s, is PFM. I lost track of them for about 30 years but was impressed with some of their albums in the early 2000s.

Il Sogno Di Leonardo (Leonardo’s Dream) is a piece written by their guitarist Franco Mussida that appeared on their 2006 instrumental album Stati Di Immaginazione.

It starts off with just the classical guitar but brings in keyboards, bass and strings in the original recording.

In this solo arrangement I tried to incorporate as much as I could and hope I got close to how I think Franco Mussida might play it without the accompanying instruments.

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