Totally Guitars Weekly Wrap Up January 22nd, 2016

by admin on January 23, 2016


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A big thanks to my colleagues Vanessa and Max for picking up my self-inflicted slack lately. They brought us lessons on Airplane by the Plain White T’s and Otis Redding’s (Sitting On) The Dock Of The Bay. The latter inspired today’s opening improv and you will no doubt recognize a bit of the closing one as one of my Top Songs That Every Student Must Learn.

There was an interesting cross section of threads this week on the Forum and I threw out a few thoughts about practicing, neck width and big fingers, along with comments on some recent uploads. One of which was more of a commendation than a review as the rendition was spectacular, leaving really no room for suggestions, more just thanks for something so easy to listen to. We had a survey shared earlier today on the feedback thread, asking what everyone has been working on lately, hopefully everyone has had the chance to share so we can start crafting new content ideas while I continue to heal.

It has been a rough stretch recently with losing so many great artists. I talked a bit about Pete Huttlinger and some of the great things he brought into our world. I hope everybody has seen Muriel Anderson play his arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s Superstition.

Speaking of Muriel, she was in Northern California last weekend and we spent a little time with her and Bryan Allen. They are out on tour debuting their Audio/Visual show Wonderlust. Bryan has created great videoscapes that play behind Muriel as she plays a set of mostly new pieces. We were even treated to a short mini concert of Eleanor Rigby played on her 20-string harp guitar right in the middle of a football playoff game last Saturday night. Be sure to catch their performance if it comes into your neck of the woods.

Other than that, almost mended and able to get back to work. I know I’ve said that before but this time it’s really true, or at least closer to true than the last three times I promised…

Neil

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