So halfway into December I was in the mood to knock the dust (rust?) off some Christmas tunes, having not really been playing much at all lately. Today’s video started and ended with some abstract improvs based on tunes you might recognize. The big news this week was punching out 10 new lessons. There was quite a variety including some jazz standards, Christmas classics, and a handful of rock/pop tunes.

The list-

Take The A Train
Autumn Leaves
How High The Moon
The First Noel
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Down In A Hole – Alice In Chains
Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Cuts Like A Knife – Bryan Adams
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
Shambala – Three Dog Night

I hope everybody took a look at the post about featuring TG members. We are looking to keep the TG Community involved in some of the upcoming changes and this is a little part of that. Please consider helping us out. I also want to remind everybody that we still have Target Gift Cards available that some of your musical, or wanna-be musical friends might appreciate.

I also noticed we have gotten a few lesson requests lately and I want you to know that I take a listen to just about everything suggested and some recent ones have a good chance of becoming lessons. Keep them coming, as well as Uploads For Review, which can be loaded here.

Happy Holidays and I hope you are getting in some playing/practicing time.


Some slightly ragged attempts at Christmas Tunes started today’s update, followed with some reminiscing on last month’s trip to Phoenix to be part of the Guitar League, and a mention that next week is the next meeting there and if you are anywhere near there you owe it to yourself to drop in. Info can be found here:

We recently added lessons on Tush by Z Z Top, Radio by The Corrs, and some Christmas arrangements on Silent Night in DADGAD, Away In A Manger, and Joy To The World. And, once again, hoping members of the TG Community will drop us some testimonials as we continue the quest to upgrade and improve the site.

I think I see a few more Christmas tunes on the upcoming schedule and hope folks are putting some time in on these Holiday favorites. Till next week-


It has been a couple weeks, thanks to the long weekend Holiday here, and a lot has been going on. I hope everyone is checking out the clips from the Phoenix Guitar League. As of today we are done with the five parts of the first session, maybe more to come when I get a chance to sort through it. It was nice to see some Busking additions, thanks to John and Mark, especially when we get John Renbourn AND Blues! Now how about some uploads in the Student Review Channel?

I had a chance the other day to check out some of Max’s theory lessons (part of a little inventory logging) and I really enjoyed the six in the Theory And Techniques from Max Rich category in the Master Menu. I imagine some of you have checked them out. The new one this week was on Reharmonization, or altering chord progressions. I imagine this one and the Soloing Over Dominant Chords may be causing some serious concentration episodes out there. We also had a lesson from Max on Tush by ZZ Top and Radio by The Corrs from Vanessa were added to the library this week.

We have had one or two new registrations to IGC Europe recently and I hope some of you are thinking of joining us there, or maybe in California in 2019.

As the upgrades are getting closer to finished we can use some help from anybody who might have some comments or testimonials on TG. I checked the thread recently and is has been a while so please think about writing up a short post or video.

Today’s playing was a bit limited due to some pain in the wrist that I am trying to rest but there was a little bluesy version of a Christmas classic at the beginning, and some random reharmonization of another later. I’m hope they are identifiable.

Tonight I am off to the Los Gatos Tree Lighting Ceremony for about the 20th year, more or less. Last year I may have estimated more like 30 but who’s counting???

Back in December for the next round of the Weekly Update