I Got A Feeling, as done by Pentangle in the 60’s, is an example of a jazzy 12-bar blues based on All Blues by Miles Davis. That was on my mind at the start of this week’s update as a student had been working on it this week. I figured I might as well try to add in the melody a bit and improvise a bit from there. The clip ended with some tips on hammer ons when they happen on beats with bass notes.

In between I touched on goofing off for a couple hours to watch a current movie (most of my video time is spent on older stuff like Alfred The Great, Charlemagne…), and some thoughts about our upcoming International Guitar Camps.

This week we released a 5-Pack of lessons by Three Dog Night as well as Smooth by Santana, Basket Case by Green Day, and Vanessa’s fabulous lesson on The Last Resort by The Eagles.

I will be traveling next weekend for a short anniversary trip but back soon.

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A short improv in A Minor started today’s update and a stab at an instrumental version of one of this week’s new lessons wrapped it up. In between there were some thoughts on graduation season, and what might be a surprising revelation of an artist I am becoming a fan of, or at least an admirer.

The new lessons this week included Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses, Reelin’ In The Years by Steely Dan, Lullaby by Nickelback and Lady Gaga’s Shallow from A Star Is Born.

And now we are off to a weekend of graduation parties…

Neil

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwfnYO1WvMw

John Fahey was on my mind this week, along with a couple dozen other things that cross the airwaves in today’s update. He was a huge influence on me as a teenager, which also made me pick up a guitar that must be considered antique by now, and which I grab for a few notes at the end of the video. Here is a podcast that was sent to me that really started the journey through the past.

Near the end I also stumbled through what I could remember of his tune Some Summer Day.

On the technical side I had some tips for improving barre chords as well as some thoughts on beautiful and sad songs. In the beautiful world it is mostly classical melodies that pop into my head, the sad ones I tend to rank by degree of tragedy, whether or not that is reasonable criteria.

On the new release front this week we brought out a couple jazz standards,It Don’t Mean A Thing and D Natural Blues, as well as another Steely Dan tune, Dirty Work. I trust many of you are enjoying the diversity.

Next week a student review is on the schedule along with a recent hit for an artist I never would have guessed would make an appearance at TG. There have been hints recently but I’ve said enough already.

See you in June,

Neil

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