Recently I have had a lot of Beatles tunes running through my, for a few reasons, including that one of my students is trying to get together about 20 of them as quickly as possible for a group performance they are doing soon. It has given me some ideas for future lessons but it also got me revisiting some that I recorded a little over 30 years ago, some of which crossed my mind as the camera was running this morning. And as usual, they might have been better if I tried a dry run through before but that was not to be.

So aside from tackling a few tunes, I had another health update (things are really looking up now!), and a bit of news on how you can get a hold of me directly at TG now, something that has been a bit of an obstacle for a few years now due to a technical oversight on my part.

So going forward, I look forward to hearing from you,

Neil

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Sorry to have been AWOL last week but there is a brief health update in today’s video (all good news now really). One thing that I have been able to do recently is revisit some relatively old pieces that were almost forgotten. I thought I might bookend the News today with them, starting with One Step Beyond and closing with Along The Way. These were tunes I wrote shortly after releasing El Dorado around 2002, planning to get right back on track with another album of originals. Somehow I got sidetracked on that plan but continued with new pieces and now probably have enough for two albums, along with about ten live shows that I have been meaning to make available from concerts at Villa Montalvo with the likes of John Renbourn, Al Stewart, Keola Beamer and Laurence Juber. Maybe someday…soon…?

And speaking of concerts, our friend Muriel Anderson is on her annual California swing right now, doing shows in the south this week and coming back up here late next week for a couple that folks in the Bay Area should think about attending. Check her schedule at murielanderson.com. Hopefully we will have some time to sit down on camera together for you.

If you are on our email list you should have gotten a link to a survey we have put together about the workings at TG, which are in a transitional state right now that I talk a bit about in the update. If you haven’t seen it there is a post on the Forum with a link that I hope everybody will take a quick look at.

There were references to a couple other things that might interest a few of you, and a stab at the mysterious song #6 from Guy Van Duser’s Great Western TV Medley, before signing off with a run through of Along The Way. I hope you enjoy the long lost pieces.

Neil

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I have been having a great time lately, finally playing the guitar again. Somehow it was tough to enjoy it with the health issues I was having. Today’s update started with some random pieces of Christmas melodies, and ended what was meant to be a stab at a piece that has flummoxed me for over 35 years, or at least since I started arranging Holiday tunes for solo guitar. You’ll have to stick around till the end to weigh in on it. Last year just before Christmas I found the direction I thought it needed and worked on it for a few days before the inspiration (and season) passed. Luckily I wrote it out before completely forgetting about it and dug it up a couple weeks ago. I had hoped to get to a lesson on it this year but that ship may be sailing as well.

I did manage to get an arrangement and lesson together on Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer recently so part of my Christmas plan was successful. It includes a bit of a brain twister which makes the job of the right hand more challenging than it appears. It also has a bit of a Chet Atkins feel to it.

I also brought out a few gift ideas for guitar players, grabbing a couple vintage accessories that are usually hanging around nearby, but forgot to mention a couple things we have here at TG, the Target Gift Card and audio downloads from the TG store. I often forget that I made an album of Christmas music a little over 30 years ago. Check it out when you can, if it not already part of your seasonal playlist.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Neil

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