Modes, modes, modes… Great additions on the Forum this week about modes, which got me into doing a bit of an improv in D, playing through 4 different modes with D as the tonic. These are referred to as parallel rather than relative, but hopefully the short explanation will help keep the differences clear. This was partly inspired by one of this week’s new lessons, The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys, which I got to because of a recent request on the Forum.

The other new lesson this week were Stevie Wonder’s My Cherie Amour and Sailing by Christopher Cross. The latter being done in Open D and featuring a bunch of unusual sounding chords, but like many open tuning songs, not particularly hard to play.

The really big news this week though was that TG is moving on from flash based video into a player that should make everybody’s viewing world better, as long as you are using Firefox or Chrome. This is likely to expand to a few others in the near future but for now please try our stuff on one of those two and let us know how it goes for you.

We are getting down to the last couple weeks before IGC and would be happy to add a few more folks to the list if you are on the fence at all. In any case I am really looking forward to working individually with everybody there on anything they want to improve on.

Think about joining us if you can get a little time off…

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Between the Forum, live students, and last week’s open mic in Los Gatos a few tunes ran through my head that caught me by surprise this week. This led to a few stabs at instrumentals which probably can be worked out better with a little more preparation but today’s update included parts of a couple early Boz Scaggs tunes, I’ll Be Long Gone and Loan Me A Dime, as well as a nod toward the Traffic request for a lesson, The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys, and even a considerably mellowed out version of Take On Me, inspired by a student’s request that brought me to this video:

Something else I have been working on (also reminded of because of a thread on the Forum) is fade outs, and fade ins for that matter. As many of you know I have been toying with Pat Methane’s Last Train Home for a few years. I am just about down to the final touches, which are the beginning and end. It seems obvious that a train song should fade out, as well as in. I still have some refining to do but play through a verse to give you an idea.

This week we did add a couple new lessons to the library. Max brought us a look at Minor Swing, one of Django Reinhardt’s signature tunes and I finally finished one I had been hinting at for a couple weeks, Our House by Graham Nash.

Stay Tuned & In Touch,

Neil

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A Visit with Vanessa

by admin on September 4, 2019

Vanessa was taking her 2019 Holiday in California, as many of you know, and she stopped by TG Central after about 3 weeks touring much of the Southwestern US. We had a chance to sit down and catch up a bit.

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