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).


This was a busy week around TG Central. We had Muriel Anderson staying with us for a few days on her annual trip through California and managed to get a little video shot which should see the light of day next week. All I could get to quickly was a few minutes of us talking about upcoming appearances. I spent a few days this week cramming for a radio spot I was scheduled for this afternoon and I had really neglected a bunch of pieces that I had been playing over the last year. At the beginning of today’s I played a lot of snippets of them, including James, Sylvia, Josie, and a some not named after people. I also talked about some of the choices I considered having ready depending on the direction our conversation might take on the air.

New stuff at TG this week included a Neil Diamond 5-Pack, lessons on Lithium by Nirvana, Everybody Hurts by R.E.M., and an Acoustic Snapshot of Bron-Yr-Aur, an acoustic novelty by Jimmy Page that appeared on Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti album. Lesson coming soon on that as you may have guessed. We also finished up the clips from the Phoenix Guitar League back in November.

Next week – be ready to try a new tuning, C6.