Totally Guitars Weekly Wrap Up August 30th, 2019

by admin on September 1, 2019

A lot of messing around in the key of E Major in today’s News, starting with a blues improv based on the Forum post about Tony Joe White’s Polk Salad Annie, with only minor snubs to some of the other artists in the videos.

A couple other Forum post drew my attention this week so I mentioned a bit about the key of F# Major and why guitar players, and even most jazz composers stay away from it, as well as Wiley’s suggestions for IGC, which is coming up in just a few weeks. We have about 20 people signed up with plenty of room for a few more if anybody is still thinking of joining us. The manageable number does mean that everyone will get a good amount of individual instruction in whatever directions their interests lie considering we have five talented teachers lined up: Max Rich, Doug Young, Jim Bruno, Dave Nachmanoff, and your truly.

I also spent a little time talking about my recent trip to the East Coast where one of the reasons was scoping out a possible site for a future mini-camp in the woods of New Hampshire. I wonder how many TG’ers would be interested in getting together at Upton Pond in Stoddard, which is about a 2-hour drive from Boston.

The new lessons this week included Let’s Stay Together by Al Green and My Sharona by The Knack.

As August comes to an end I am glad to say that my travels are over for a while and I am able to get back to lesson planning. I gave some hints as to what you might see in the upcoming weeks.


This week TG Central has become temporary headquarters for my partner and globetrotter, Matt Williams. He happened to come with a long list of songs that he thinks should be lessons at TG. I made attempts at a couple of them in today’s segment, and probably didn’t identify them all. And of course, some of them may not be recognizable because I might have just been guessing at the chords.

I spent a little time with thoughts on the Beatles question from the Forum, as well as a few more thoughts on modes, sparked by Dean’s Eureka Moment thread.

The new releases this week included Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone, from Top Gun, Three Little Birds by Bob Marley, and a FOTW lesson with Bill working on Here Comes The Sun.

Matt and I talked a bit about random stuff but the important thing is that we are on our way to a video solution for everything here at TG, and Matt’s explanation of it follows below.

We’re testing a new video player for Totally Guitars that will replace the current flash experience that can be problematic for some members.  The new player should provide a seamless experience for you…but to make sure, we’d love your help testing!

While we’re planning to roll out the new player slowly, there’s a bunch of lessons that have been migrated to the new player already. To make testing easy today, you can experience the new player when you play ANY Cat Stevens lesson.

We believe we’ve found a solution that provides the security we need, a fast, easy user experience plus also a solution that caters to all types of devices.  We want every member to have at least one great option to watch the lessons on whatever device they have, but it’s fairly standard that some browsers will work better than others and our new platform promises that it is currently more compatible than Netflix in how it supports different platforms!

So when you test – if you experience any issues, please let us know what device and what browser you were using when you tested.

Thank you!

Stay Tuned & In Touch,



It’s been a few weeks since our last regular update and all the new lessons are listed below. I imagine most of you know I was in Europe for a couple weeks mixing a bit of business, IGC Europe, with some sight seeing and visits with friends and relatives. Today’s update started with some of Eric Clapton’s Signe, on my mind because of a FOTW lesson just released with Victor working on it, and other tunes either hinted at or messed with included Long May You Run, Reason To Believe, a little Jefferson Airplane, ending with a Long Time Gone jam, as I recall. Some of this was Woodstock related and I hope to get to some lessons on songs from the concert if anybody requests some on the Forum soon.

Some of the verbal ramblings included a recap of the trip, with some thoughts on goings on at camp, a few tips on modes, an unusual left hand technique I call an arch barre (where one finger plays 2 different frets at the same time), and some news about video upgrades that are imminent here at TG.

Also, next week our friends at the Phoenix Guitar League will have Vanessa being the presenter at the meeting on Tuesday, August 13. 


New lessons since the last update:

Jungle Love by Steve Miller Band
Jazz Arrangement of Over The Rainbow
Hit The Ground by Lizz Wright
Swingtown by Steve Miller Band
Taylor by Jack Johnson
Wham by Stevie Ray Vaughan
Who Says by John Mayer
Certain Kind Of Fool by The Eagles
Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
Footloose by Kenny Loggins
Fly on the Wall Lesson – Signe with Victor