Totally Guitars Weekly Wrap Up December 4th, 2015
A week after Thanksgiving and I hope all is well with everybody in TG Land! Today’s News turned into a bit of a lesson on pentatonic scales, partly due to Jay’s upload of Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out. In between a little Arlo Guthrie and the closing blues improvs I went over some of the new content we released, commented on some Forum topics, relayed a little IGC news, and talked about the DVD set that we brought out recently.
Of course, here in the United States it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without some Alice’s Restaurant, so that’s how we got started today. Arlo then led me into some of the new lessons. We had Vanessa’s great take on Don Henley’s The Boys Of Summer, a couple more installments of the instrumental approach to While My Guitar Gently Weeps, a strategy Fly On The Wall with Sandy going over using a capo and transposing to create second guitar parts, and a theory Tip Of The Week emphasizing the importance of learning the natural notes in first position on the guitar.
I was happy to see a couple new videos from students uploaded. I had a short response to Marc’s great rendition of Eye In The Sky, and was working on another for Jay’s experimenting with Pentatonic Scales when I just decided to add that to the News today. So the last few minutes offers some thoughts on the types of progressions that Pentatonics work well for, and the type where you need to bring in a few additional notes.
I also want to commend our own Time Zone Zombies on another very enjoyable tune. I hope everybody has seen their emoji song. It is impossible to watch and listen without a smile invading the scene.
Another thing I mentioned was that we recently started putting some of our lessons on DVDs. We have gotten a lot of requests for this over the years but just were not able to work it into the picture until now. We got rolling with some of the Target content on Strumming, Chords, Blues and Fingerpicking, and included a new disc with some insights into common problems. Some of the musings on that disc include: I Played It Better At Home!, Who Has Time To Practice?, and some goals and benchmarks for students at various levels, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced.
The last quick thing I want to bring up is that we are about 75% full with registrations for our California International Guitar Camp coming up at the end of August, 2016. If you are thinking of joining us it would be good to get on board soon.
Till next week-
Stay Tuned & In Touch,