On special assignment in Tasmania, Jameela and I took a few minutes at Matt’s house in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. We talked a bit about our journey and things that had been happening with our colleagues down under. I was able to spend a little time driving around the island, visiting Mt. Wellington, the Cascade Brewery, the Lark Distillery, Port Arthur, and the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo.

A few songs got messed with and Jameela gave us a short demonstration of chords everyone needs to know. She paid particular attention to the TG recommended fingerings.

Only one new lesson release from Max last week on Nobody’s Business But My Own by Mississippi John Hurt.

This trip was basically to help the team with their plans on bringing TG into the present. Jameela gave us a few details and we talked a bit about flash problems with various browsers.

We shot this in a small room in Matt’s house with a lot of natural echo that we did not seem to notice at the time. Hopefully you can make out the dialog, although I’m not sure how important that might be.


A few big pieces of news this week but one thing I have been working on is getting ready for a presentation that might need 45-60 minutes worth of playing. I think I mentioned that a chapter of The Guitar League is opening up in Phoenix and I am on board to host it in November. This got me to making a list of songs I should be able to play. A few of those made partial appearances in today’s video– Imagine That, Jetstream, Cobble Creek, and even a bit of Chattanooga Choo-Choo as I recall.

As part of my path to listen to albums in their entirety I had to check the collection when Dave Mason’s Alone Together came on. I thought I had an original pressing on the multi-colored vinyl, no such luck. But at least I grabbed my black vinyl copy and broke it out this morning.

I want to thank the people who have stepped up to the challenge of helping us with IGC video documentation. Again, if you are interested or available we really appreciate folks helping us move into the modern day internet and this is part of our transition.

As far as new lessons this week, we had Vanessa bring us Eternal Flame by The Bangles, Max with Mississippi John Hurt’s Spike Driver Blues, and my student Lisa sharing her lesson on Long, Long Tome by Linda Ronstadt. I expect Lisa to do occasional FOTW videos going forward.

The last bit of big news involves a bit of unplanned travel. Check the video for the details.


Today I found myself with my first real guitar, a Yairi OM, made out of mahogany. I got it when I was about 12 or 13 and it is still fun to break out every once in a while. It got brought up from the basement yesterday for a young student of mine who is ready for his first steel string. I think he thought I was going to give it to him. I started off with a few random musings that headed into my big lesson of the week, End Of The Day by Al Stewart. I’m sure some of you have followed the thread of requests for this after Dave Nach and I played it at IGC last month.

The other main lesson we had this week was probably even more challenging, Country Boy by Albert Lee. I love the way Max is able to break things down and almost had me convinced I could play the darn thing. So many ridiculous techniques and so little time…

There was also a little continuation of Carol’s lesson where we went into the strategy of Partial Capos. They certainly have a place but not as a quick way to get into DADGAD.

A little time was spent going over the chord progression to Moody Richard. I want to congratulate a couple people on working out most of it, or at least enough to start with.

Something else that I think the TG World should know about is The Guitar League. One of our longtime members, Bart, is starting up a chapter in Phoenix and I will be there as their inaugural Presenter. Check out the info here https://www.guitarleague.com/ and consider joining us if you are anywhere near Phoenix on Tuesday, November 13.