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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This morning I had a couple interesting lessons which led to topics I addresses in today’s update. One was holding notes to keep voices independent in John Renbourn’s Judy, and the other was about the harmonic minor scale and how it alters the natural minor scale. I opened with an improv in A Minor which did use the harmonic mostly. There was also a personal story on how this week’s release of the Tom Petty 5-Pack struck a chord with an old friend who tracked me down to let me know it got him back into loving the guitar. Another slight diversion went into the post of Tommy Emmanuel and his piece Questions. I hope everybody has seen the our Acoustic Snapshots with him from a visit in San Francisco a few years back (hotel room and toilet as the backdrop!).

Other than the usual ramblings and noodling, the new stuff we added this week include a ridiculous range of lessons; Be Bop, AC/DC, Steely Dan and Neil Young, including the folky Out Of My Mind, the jazz rock Josie, the mad guitar of Angus Young in Thunderstruck, and Charlie Parker’s Blues For Alice.

On to the rest of May…

Neil

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