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Word Up!

Posted on September 21st, in Blog. No Comments

Here is the new video from my band The Black Sheikhs



Rootie Tootie (solo in E major)

Posted on August 10th, in Blog, Intermediate Lessons, Sheet Music. No Comments

This is a solo on an old Hank Williams track by guitarist Zeke Turner.
It’s approachable for a beginner and has lots of good stuff to practise in there.
Here’s the sheet music;

And here’s the video.
I’ve played it twice. Once at speed and once slow.



Americana Festival 2015

Posted on July 13th, in Blog. No Comments

I played at the Americana International festival outside Nottingham last Saturday with Sandy Kelly and George Hamilton V. It was great to dust off those country licks and do some pickin’.



Chinormous!!

Posted on May 31st, in Blog. No Comments

It’s the last gig of our tour today.

I’m in Nanjing in China and we have played 4 concerts here to beautiful and glowing audiences. The band is a Carpenters tribute act and I am on guitar and vocals.  

 

Here I am on the stage at Nangbo. Before that we played Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing. All big concert halls and all great craic. Tomorrow we fly back to England, but tonight… WE ROCK NANJING!!!



Joe Bonamassa!

Posted on April 10th, in Blog, Inspiration. No Comments

Joe Bonamassa channels Jimmy Page.



Recording acoustic guitar

Posted on February 7th, in Blog. No Comments

I’m doing some home recording and here is how I make sure I get a good, consistent sound.
I have a stereo pair of small diaphragm condenser mics (röde NT5s) and I listen to each one separately using closed headphones. I move the guitar around the mic as I play, listening to the different qualities of sound on the soundboard. I want two distinct tones. One round and bassy, but not boomy, and one punchy and bright. I have found that close by the neck, near the hole, I get bass, and down under the bridge I get the mid and high. When I’ve got the two points, I use stickers to mark them. That way I get consistency across my takes.

When I have finished, I’ll probably pan them both fairly central in the mix. Perhaps placing the bassy one at … Read More »



Brand New Rag

Posted on December 28th, in Blog, Can I Play?, Ukulele. No Comments

Here is the latest Guitar/Ukulele duet I’ve written for myself and Phil to play.


On the Road Again!

Posted on November 27th, in Blog. No Comments

Sufferin’ Jukebox on the road, miming (badly) to Willie Nelson’s brilliant ode to touring.



Country Tour 2014

Posted on November 8th, in Blog. No Comments

I’m on tour again with the country band. The same tour I did last year. It’s an absolute blast . We’re playing some beautiful venues like Aberdeen Music Hall (pictured). Feeling slightly rough today due to the pedal steel player having a bottle of whiskey in his bag. I’m playing electric and acoustic guitar and vocals too.


Yee Haw once again!

Posted on October 19th, in Blog, Uncategorized. No Comments

Yup, I’m off on tour again til 17th November, so no lessons til then.
I’m touring country music again. Great fun for a guitarist.
I’ll post some video and photos once the thing kicks off.
Check Ya later!