Totally Guitars Weekly Wrap Up May 25th, 2018

by admin on May 26, 2018

This week I have been revisiting some pieces in various stages of arranging and ran through a couple as the update evolved. I also started with a very unusual jazz standard that I have been afraid of tackling after John Renbourn told me that he and Bert Jansch recorded it and were blasted by critics for playing jazz as folk guitar players. Some of you may be familiar with it.

You have probably heard that we are asking for help again as the site evolves and I am thrilled that this has given me a chance to reconnect with my old friend Richard Hoover, head honcho of the Santa Cruz Guitar Company. They have generously offered us 50 sets of their new line of guitar strings to give away to folks who respond to our survey. I spent a bit of time there this morning and expect to have some video for you next week. I have to say I was very impressed with the difference I felt and heard in the strings.

This week we brought out lesson on Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi, Breathe by Faith Hill, Neil Diamond’s Song Sung Blue, and a FOTW with Kevin where we explored transposing and capoing options when a song is in an unfriendly vocal key with Peaceful Easy Feeling.

Songs that I revisited this week included Last Train Home by Pat Metheny and Sylvia, which is finally starting to get close to comfortable. I have been working on extending Last Train Home by changing octaves for the melody but that is in the infancy stages, as you will see when I struggle through it. Hopefully you will get a kick out of it.

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