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December 21, 2008

Season's Guitar Greetings!

It is that time of year again, Christmas is almost upon us! I don't know about you, but I tend to get that extra need to buy guitar gear around this time of year... so, I have a little guitar Christmas present in the mail and it should show up any day now. Curious?

This year, our family is going on a trip to Disneyland during Christmas. We are looking forward to getting away from this crazy weather we've been having here. It's been minus 26 to well over minus 30 degrees Celsius most of December! That's around -15 to -25 Fahrenheit, by the way. As a runner, this is terrible. Luckily, we have an indoor track that I'm able to use quite often. I can't let the cold weather stop me from running!

Now, I don't know if there are any interesting guitar stores around Disneyland, but I'll keep my eyes peeled. It's always fun to check out guitar stores when you go on a trip, isn't it? You never know what you might find... I am also hoping to meet up with my friend Mark Wein, since he's in that neck of the woods, and he'd know any guitar store locations, I'm sure.

Last time I posted the tab and GP5 file for The Christmas Song, and I'd love to hear if anyone has tried my arrangement. I had Chris Isaac's version in my head as I wrote that arrangement, so you may want to check out his version. He released this Christmas album a couple of years ago, it's really nice.

I received a comment about playing The Christmas Song with a chord melody arrangement. Well, I'm not the best chord melody player, but I tried it and I managed to struggle through the tune playing chords and melody at the same time. However, I find it is really difficult and I would definitely say it's not for beginners... it takes many hours of practice to get it right, and honestly, I prefer just singing the melody as I play the chords. Maybe I'll write down the chord melody arrangement for next year - I don't have any time to do it now before I go.

So, I wish you a holiday season full of joy and guitar happiness. Stay healthy, spend quality time with your loved ones and enjoy this time of year. If that guitar gets a bit of rest during the holidays, that's okay too.

Thanks for taking the time to hang out on dolphinstreet.com and thanks for all the feedback! It's great for me to hear what people think of this website. I am going to work hard on making it even better in 2009.

Happy Holidays!

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on December 21, 2008

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