This week’s episode started with a short Merle Travis style improv, borrowing from one of his most famous tunes for a couple reasons, the main being that Muriel Anderson did a workshop for us recently and spent quite a bit of time talking about ‘real’ Travis Picking. Possibly more on that as we develop the film.

The big news this week is not only is the Student Review Uploader working, today we pushed out Reviews on Craig’s Here Comes The Sun and NKenny’s Still The Same. So PLEASE consider letting me see what you are working on and get back in the swing of offering suggestions.

Next I took a little self indulgent time to run through Pat Metheny’s Last Train Home, which is finally coming close to finished. Maybe a lesson in the works if there is some interest.

This week’s new releases included These Arms Of Mine by Otis Redding, Ben Harper’s Amen Omen, Max’s theory/technique lesson on Filling Space Between Chords, and a new 5-Pack of songs by Sarah McLachlan. We also got back on track with a Fly On The Wall Lesson. This week it was with Kevin working on Hallelujah, which led us into general fingerpicking patters that I consider essential.

In the last part of the update I went into some interpretation ideas on making things more musical by being flexible with the rhythm and separation of bass notes and melody notes that are written on the same beat. I used a bit of Romanza as an example, along with an old composition of mine, First Impression #1, the first of a set of 3 abstract pieces that I recorded for my album On The Horizon. That and all my other recordings are still available at the TG Audio Store if anybody is interested.

And that was the News!



Quite the variety of lessons this week, plus more Muriel from TG Central.

I finally got to spend some time on the short video with Muriel from last week, it always takes much longer to edit 2-camera stuff as I have to watch it! We had a great time, and quite different from last year. This year turned into more of a Fly On The Wall session where I was the student. Next week we turn the tables a bit.

Another new, or at least revived thing here at TG was getting back into the podcast world with my spot at KKUP radio. I know many people were not able to catch it live so we added it to our iTunes channel. This reminded me that I have a bunch more like it but since there is no video I dropped the idea of getting some very old appearances out in public, warts and all. That may change now.

I did play just a little today, mostly short snippets of things I played on the radio last Friday but did try to remember what Muriel showed me on Close To You.

The new releases this week included a Led Zeppelin 5-Pack (our 2nd from them), Doug Young’s arrangement of In My Life featuring the seldom used C-GAD Tuning, Bron-Yr-Aur in another altered C Tuning (C6), Kiss And Say Goodbye by The Manhattans from Vanessa, and Max’s look at Nirvana’s version of The Man Who Sold The World, originally by David Bowie of course, which we have a lesson on as well from way back.

That’s all for now, back to the practice shed so I can make my teacher proud…


KKUP Radio Interview with Neil Hogan

by admin on January 17, 2019

Click Here to Listen to the full Interview on the Totally Guitars Podcast

KKUP is a listener supported community radio station based in Cupertino, California. David Stafford hosts a Friday afternoon show called the Friday Folk Off. David and Neil have been friends for over 40 years and Neil has made appearances on David’s show a few times over the years, although the last was in 2001.

They talked about old times and new times, and Neil played some tunes, including Blues Land, Sylvia, Josie, White Bird, Hula Blues, and Last Train Home. Some went well and a couple flew off the rails but a fun time was had by all (or at least both).