Happy New Year TGers!

I hope everybody had a nice holiday season and the adjustment back to the real world goes as smoothly and gently as possible. Today’s update started with a little random improv and ended with a little country blues borrowed from the 2nd Hot Tuna album. In between I mentioned some of last year’s personal highlights, which of course included our International Guitar Camps. I hope you have taken a look at the video our handy videographer Larry put together.

I talked a bit about picks, and then a bit on ear training, how important I think it is. I brought up how my student Kevin and I worked on it just yesterday and he figured out what was happening in the Alan Jackson song Little Bitty. Take a look sometime and see what you hear.

We released a couple new artist packs recently, featuring The Allman Brothers and then Elvis, as well as a new lesson from Vanessa on Spending My Time by Roxette.

The next big thing coming up at TG Central is visits from some friends, first Muriel Anderson and then hopefully our fearless leader, Matt Williams. If all goes well we will get some fun videos to share. Muriel is on her annual swing through California leading up to the NAMM show at the end of the month. I encourage you to check our her schedule and catch her if you can. She will be doing a guitar workshop hear in Los Gatos next Saturday, January 12. She will also be doing a some shows in the desert then on to Arizona.

Somewhere in the middle I gave a sample of what I was working on over the last couple weeks and would like to hear from anybody in the TG Community about what you have been working on. I look forward to hearing some of updates.

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There are a lot of Holiday Happening going on here at TG Central, including a new (or old depending on your TG tenure) shooting location. With the house getting festive the latest videos are coming from the Hogan living room, which reminded me to bump up an old thread on my first Christmas video shot in 1984. This was the days of long sleeves, hair, and even pants! (maybe). Even the 1959 Lionel still runs around our tree some years.

This week we released three sets of Holiday Instrumental Packages along with a couple new arrangements. Jingle Bells is a great, easy solo and a ‘Campfire’ version of The Christmas Song shows how I might play it backing up a vocalist. There are some challenging changes in there and I hope you enjoy strumming through it. We also had Max’s look at Footprints and Dancing With Tears In My Eyes by Ultravox, thanks to Vanessa.

We still have our DVD clearing house sale running, save 30% off all our remaining sets with the code DVDDEAL. If you’ve been following our newsletter we’ve shared a super secret discount, good towards all streaming lessons and lesson packs on Totally Guitars, shoot us an email if you can’t find the newsletter and we’ll share it with you.

Today’s video included some musings on Do You Hear What I Hear, Rudolph, and a stab at The Christmas Song in A, like the accompaniment version posted this week. There were also some leaks about guests we might see here in the next couple weeks.

And heading into the New Year I hope everybody is healthy and happy!

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So halfway into December I was in the mood to knock the dust (rust?) off some Christmas tunes, having not really been playing much at all lately. Today’s video started and ended with some abstract improvs based on tunes you might recognize. The big news this week was punching out 10 new lessons. There was quite a variety including some jazz standards, Christmas classics, and a handful of rock/pop tunes.

The list-

Take The A Train
Autumn Leaves
How High The Moon
The First Noel
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Down In A Hole – Alice In Chains
Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Cuts Like A Knife – Bryan Adams
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
Shambala – Three Dog Night

I hope everybody took a look at the post about featuring TG members. We are looking to keep the TG Community involved in some of the upcoming changes and this is a little part of that. Please consider helping us out. I also want to remind everybody that we still have Target Gift Cards available that some of your musical, or wanna-be musical friends might appreciate.

I also noticed we have gotten a few lesson requests lately and I want you to know that I take a listen to just about everything suggested and some recent ones have a good chance of becoming lessons. Keep them coming, as well as Uploads For Review, which can be loaded here.

Happy Holidays and I hope you are getting in some playing/practicing time.

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