Some slightly ragged attempts at Christmas Tunes started today’s update, followed with some reminiscing on last month’s trip to Phoenix to be part of the Guitar League, and a mention that next week is the next meeting there and if you are anywhere near there you owe it to yourself to drop in. Info can be found here:

We recently added lessons on Tush by Z Z Top, Radio by The Corrs, and some Christmas arrangements on Silent Night in DADGAD, Away In A Manger, and Joy To The World. And, once again, hoping members of the TG Community will drop us some testimonials as we continue the quest to upgrade and improve the site.

I think I see a few more Christmas tunes on the upcoming schedule and hope folks are putting some time in on these Holiday favorites. Till next week-


It has been a couple weeks, thanks to the long weekend Holiday here, and a lot has been going on. I hope everyone is checking out the clips from the Phoenix Guitar League. As of today we are done with the five parts of the first session, maybe more to come when I get a chance to sort through it. It was nice to see some Busking additions, thanks to John and Mark, especially when we get John Renbourn AND Blues! Now how about some uploads in the Student Review Channel?

I had a chance the other day to check out some of Max’s theory lessons (part of a little inventory logging) and I really enjoyed the six in the Theory And Techniques from Max Rich category in the Master Menu. I imagine some of you have checked them out. The new one this week was on Reharmonization, or altering chord progressions. I imagine this one and the Soloing Over Dominant Chords may be causing some serious concentration episodes out there. We also had a lesson from Max on Tush by ZZ Top and Radio by The Corrs from Vanessa were added to the library this week.

We have had one or two new registrations to IGC Europe recently and I hope some of you are thinking of joining us there, or maybe in California in 2019.

As the upgrades are getting closer to finished we can use some help from anybody who might have some comments or testimonials on TG. I checked the thread recently and is has been a while so please think about writing up a short post or video.

Today’s playing was a bit limited due to some pain in the wrist that I am trying to rest but there was a little bluesy version of a Christmas classic at the beginning, and some random reharmonization of another later. I’m hope they are identifiable.

Tonight I am off to the Los Gatos Tree Lighting Ceremony for about the 20th year, more or less. Last year I may have estimated more like 30 but who’s counting???

Back in December for the next round of the Weekly Update


This week I was in Phoenix for the inaugural meeting of a chapter of the Guitar League. Our friend Bart (familyman4) is just getting this off the ground and it looks to be a great thing for the guitar playing community. We had an interactive workshop that ran a couple hours and videos are under construction, with the first being released today. I started with my personal early days and hope to be bringing out new segments over the next couple weeks. It was great to reconnect with some IGCers and meet some new TGers.

I started the News today with one of the first fingerpicking songs I remember learning from my second teacher Alan Beilharz. I imagine some of the old timers will have no trouble recognizing it. The answer is in the video from Tuesday evening. I followed that with some info on why posts get repeated in the Forum, as well as advice on embedding YouTube links into posts.

The new stuff this week also included a FOTW with Sandy working on a couple Kate Wolf songs, Pacheco and Redtail Hawk, a look at Crossroads as done by Eric Clapton, and a new band to TG (and me of course) Sixpence None The Richer.

Not a lot of playing today but I ended with a rendition of Black Orpheus, similar to the way it was done on my Yesterday’s News CD. I hope you enjoy it and find some time to work on your own musical projects as we head into the Holiday Season.