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.


Today I started with a little bit of Bethena, and a little more later, the piece that has haunted me for years in more than one way. I keep plugging away on it and maybe it will see it’s first public performance next week at the meeting of the Phoenix Guitar League. No promised though as I will really go into the event without a plan and let the attendees run the program, I think. Other tunes that got partial run throughs included Last Train Home and Tickle Me, with a couple improvs thrown in as well.

The new lessons this week included All Along The Watchtower and Reflections Of My Life, along with a couple Student Reviews on Walk Don’t Run (now I remember playing a solo version of that today too) and Michael’s original Runoff Blues. I am really happy the uploader is back in working order and hope our members start taking advantage of it again.

The other big news is that we are running a sale on all packs and single lessons so be sure to check that out if there is something you have been thinking of adding to your lessons at TG.

Off to Arizona and back with a report next week.


Well, another Halloween has come and gone, except that we are running a Halloween Special on Lesson Packs through the weekend. Be sure to check them out if you are into the a la carte version of TG.

Today I played bits and pieces of a lesson scheduled for Monday of next week (which I had hoped to finish today but Adobe is still slowing down the workflow around here), along with a couple of my old rag-timey pieces, Tickle Me and Paprika, and a couple of John Renbourn’s razzle dazzle tunes, My Dear Boy and Another Monday. Both of which I hope to master someday.

This week I took some time to revisit our lesson on Plush, as it was done by my old friend MattB. It was a bit emotional to watch his lesson but it made me even prouder of him than I already was with what he was able to accomplish in his (too short) life. I hope some of you take the time to check it out again.

This week we also added Hello, I Love You by The Doors, Please Forgive Me by Bryan Adams, and the conclusion of Bill’s FOTW where we looked at House Of The Rising Sun and Sultans Of Swing, two songs in my rotating list of essential exercises for guitar students.

The last piece of News is that I want to invite anybody within a reasonable distance of Phoenix to look into coming to the inaugural meeting on The Guitar League on Tuesday, November 13.

I hope to see some familiar faces!