Tag: music-making

March 1, 2013

Some of you more experienced guitarists may have come across this already (the really experienced guitarists may not need it!); but I recently acquired a Flexi-Capo, and I am having a lot of fun with it. It does the same kind of job as a…

December 21, 2012

So according to the NRA, the problem is that there should be more guns in schools, not less. NRA chief breaks post-Newtown silence to call for armed guards at schools (Guardian)

December 17, 2012

I’ve been frequenting the website and YouTube channel of a guy called Justin Sandercoe. Some of you will have already come across him, as he’s been getting some good press; but for those of you who haven’t, I’d really recommend taking a look. http://www.justinguitar.com/ http://www.youtube.com/user/JustinSandercoeSongs…

September 23, 2012

For most of my guitar-playing life, I have played acoustic rhythm, with occasional use of an odd thumb and index fingerpick I developed out of nowhere – it is distinctive and works quite well, but I used to yearn for a bit of variation. Over…

August 24, 2012

Coming back from London, on Wednesday, the train was busy, even though it was past rush hour. At King’s Cross, I walked down towards the end of the train, and came across a set of 6 seats, 3 opposite 3, occupied by two guys. Seated…

August 9, 2012

I ended up not blogging anything during my time in Somerset. The cottage I was in not only wasn’t online (which I knew in advance), but I couldn’t even get a reasonable mobile data connection. Even the phone service was very hit and miss.

On reflection, this was not a bad thing. I had a relaxing time in the cottage, going out for days (and getting my email fix in Starbucks or similar) and chilling out in the evening.

March 9, 2012

When I was young – 8 or 9, I think* – I wanted to play guitar. My brother was starting piano lessons, but I wanted to play guitar. We weren’t made of money, so I was delighted when my grandad gave me an old second…

February 6, 2012

I have a Casio AP60R electric piano. It isn’t the best electric piano in the world (although it ain’t bad), and it is getting on a bit, but I like it. A couple of weeks ago, I was moving a heavy object, and it slipped…

May 21, 2011

About the same time that I bought my Kindle, I noticed the Wii Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock full band kit was being sold by Amazon for a ridulously low price of 60 quid. I ordered a copy, on the principle that even if I…

August 17, 2010

While at Halsway, a few of us discussed exchanging song fragments, to see if we could either finish off each other’s songs or get some kind of inspiration to go in another direction. Anyway, I have sorted through my “unfinished” folder, and posted up half…

June 8, 2010

I was walking past Denmark Street, when I saw a 6 neck guitar in the window of Macari’s. That’s right, 6 necks. I took a picture of it, but the reflection off the window made it useless. However, there is a good picture of it…

March 13, 2010

As it has been blogged by , I guess it is now ok to reveal that I have been asked to be the International Guest at Consonance 2011, the San Francisco Bay Area filk convention. I’ve been sitting on the news for a month, and…