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So the Holiday Season is upon us and I am having fun playing some Christmas songs, one or two of which found their way into today’s video. It might be a good time to think about a TG Gift Card for your friends in need of some musical inspiration.

The big news around here now is that we are going ahead with plans for Mini-IGC in Amsterdam the weekend of July 13-15, 2018. We will have details up in a few days.

The new releases this week included our first Carole King song in 5 or 6 years, So Far Away, and Max’s excellent take on The Beatles Don’t Bother Me, George Harrison’s first official composition.

I was also reunited with my long lost student Kevin, rejoining the Fly On The Wall crew with a review of Christmas songs for kids, now that he has a couple who are at that magical age.

I hope everybody has a chance to get some practicing in over the next few weeks, it could certainly be therapeutic during these hectic weeks.

Stay Tuned & In Touch,

Neil

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So Thanksgiving has come and gone and now things will start to get really hectic. This morning I started a project of restringing and cleaning up my old Santa Cruz guitar (details on why are in the update), which, like many projects, led to an unplanned string of events. I ended up doing four guitars once I had all the stuff out and ready to go. This makes me remind you to change your strings more often.

There have been some great posts lately, particularly on the Busking Forum. I really enjoyed Carol’s version of the O’Carolan classic Si Bheag Si Mhor (as well as Dermot’s history addition), and the Moody Blues are always appreciated. I should make it a point to do lessons on the entire catalog of theirs.

The noodling today included a Linda classic, a little Leonard Bernstein, and even a chipmunk-type version of Puff The Magic Dragon, really used as a prologue to some thoughts on blues and turnarounds, along with quite a bit of solo jamming in E. Hopefully there will be something in there for everybody to add to their toolbox.

The recent lessons included Light My Fire by The Doors, Master Blaster by Stevie Wonder, Love You More by Racoon, and Living Doll by Cliff Richard. We also released a few new artist packs, The Bee Gees, Eric Clapton #2, and Dire Straits.

I also mentioned some of the lessons that are under construction here at TG Central, which keep getting more and more involved but they should see the light of day soon.

So off to the Los Gatos Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony for me, my yearly contribution to our little town.

Happy heading into the serious holidays week…

Neil

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What makes a great song? What a great question, to which there is no easy answer. Just last night we went to a show that addressed that very question. Much of today’s update was spent talking about a great songwriter and her story. A few musical excursions evolved as well, some of which may have to turn into lessons in the near future.

I certainly appreciate the feedback on my recent infatuation with Franco Mussida’s piece Il Sogno Di Leonardo. I hope to see some videos of anybody’s work on it, particularly in progress as I am not completely sure of where problems might arise. I have never had a student work on it yet. I also appreciate any feedback you have on levels of difficulty as I frequently have a hard time determining that.

This week’s new lessons also included Ben Harper’s Diamonds On The Inside and a fun romp into Bird Dog, by The Everly Brothers.

It will probably be a couple weeks until the next update as we are right into the start of the Holiday Season here now and many things are up in the air. I hope everybody here in the states has a nice break and some quality family time.

Until December, keep the fingers moving and the brain waves flowing,

Neil

P.S. The complete PFM album Stati Di Imaginazione can be heard here-

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