Paul Simon, and some of the other artists who are sharing their music for free lately, was who was on my mind at the start of today’s update, which led me into messing around a bit with Slip Sliding’ Away and The Boxer.

And along those lines…I want to make sure everybody knows that Muriel Anderson will be streaming a concert live from her house in Nashville tomorrow, April 4 at 4:00 Eastern, 1:00 Pacific.

Details are at her website https://murielanderson.com/

I mentioned that I would give a short lesson on a requested song this week and ran through a few hints on playing Kim Smoltz by Ween. I hope the member who asked about it checks in. I also got in the mood to offer a couple technique tips that popped up in lessons this week. Both were based on hand position and included a little right hand exercise on playing consecutive notes on the same string alternating the thumb and index fingers.

I really enjoyed the Forum thread that Lynn started about how things are going for everybody and want to thank all the folks who checked in, especially PK, who made his first post after joining us way back in 2010.
And the last thought was an update on the TG Hummer cam, which is a little boring right now as Mama doesn’t spend much time there during the days as the chicks are mostly sleeping. It is interesting when she comes home to feed them and I will try to get a video of that up sometime.
So keep visiting or revisiting some old lessons and take advantage of the unusual down time to play some guitar.

Neil

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I was recently reminded of Neil Young’s fabulous site https://neilyoungarchives.com/ where he is doing things similar to many much less known artists, putting up free entertainment to help people get through these trying times. Everything I played (or stumbled through) today was inspired by this incredible artist.
It was an article in my local paper that took me to his site, but it was mostly about what many sites and people are doing to help keep people sane while under the current lockdown. I am fortunate to be able to continue giving lessons over the internet but many of us have time on our hands now that we might have felt guilty about using for personal time. Some of the places I found were mentioned in today’s update, including our local attraction, the Winchester Mystery House, where they are doing free virtual tours, and the San Francisco Symphony, who has started a series by outgoing conductor Michael Tilson Thomas on various composers and pieces,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEtsFAiPT5w&list=PLkq747f6SBuwWbGVoZRvZv7sCuacoGITa&index=2&t=0s

And, on the really local front, Mama hummingbird is now out foraging for her two babes, born (hatched) this week. We expect to have very cool vids on the TG Hummer Cam

as the fledglings grow over the next few weeks, until Mama becomes an empty nester.

Back next week,
Neil

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Today’s intro music was an improv on a couple Neil Young themes, which brought up a mention of a relative of mine who does a Sunday morning radio show at KTUH, University Of Hawaii and 9:00am Pacific time. Jon (Jonny Baby on the air) always starts his 3 hour show with something from Neil Young. This thread reminded me of my local classical station, where the hosts are broadcasting from their homes, (not unlike TG!), which inspired another short improv on Simple Gifts.

I went into a wide range of stuff, upcoming lessons, the acceleration of the rebuild, and a personal problem with bandwidth now that everybody in the house is living online. We might have 20 kids in a Google Meet with Nani, while I am using Skype with a student, and my daughter is in her college class at San Jose State. That, combined with streaming the TG Hummer Cam has cause Xfinity to threaten me with overuse on our data. OK, the next new normal…

So, binge watch stuff, or binge practice…?

Back next week,

Neil

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