Posted by on May 3, 2015

Recently hit upon a new venue called, ‘Embrace’, a wine bar/eating place in Altrincham. Seems they have open mic nights some Thursdays in the month. So, I went to check it out; ended up doing a few tunes with the host musicians. I think a gig is in the offing. Watch this space!...

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Robben Ford!

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015

If there’s one thing I love, it’s TRIO PLAYING: guitar, bass and drums. Nothing beats it: everyone gets a chance to stretch out a bit. Here’s a fantastic concert featuring the great Robben Ford.

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Chord melody style

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013

Chord Melody is such a fantastic way to approach guitar playing. Essentially it means supplementing melodies (or at least some kind of line) with chords. It has a number of uses: * Jazz style lead guitar solos are often characterised by this approach; if not the main melody or head. So if you want to take a Jazz approach…then think about chord melody style! * With the above point in mind,...

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To Pick or not to pick!

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013

Let’s assume that the answer is to pick…to pick every single note with either an up or down stroke. There are several solutions if every note must be picked (so excluding finger tapping, slurring with the left hand or hybrid technique with some combination of plectrum and fingers). They are: * alternate picking * economy picking * sweep picking ok, sweep and economy are pretty much...

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