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Big band and swing dance night

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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... read more

Robben Ford!

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. read more

Chord melody style

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, it is... read more

To Pick or not to pick!

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 the same... read more

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