Learning to play the guitar doesn’t have to cost an arm and leg
A quick visit to Amazon and you can see a number of acoustic guitars costing less than £50 to get you started, or for less than £100 you can get a full size electric guitar with an amp, strap etc.!
So for very little outlay, with lots of practice and some professional lessons, you could be well on your way to your musical dream, be it playing to friends and family, down the local pub or even on stage in front to thousands.
If you are into music and like watching live bands, one of the best ways to see a variety of different acts, is to go to a festival.
Whether it is a local one, such as Splendour, Dot to Dot, Chillifest or Gloworm, or one of the big ones such as Download or Glastonbury, you are guaranteed an eclectic mix of styles and music. Sadly, the only thing that can’t be guaranteed is the weather!
So why not drop me an email and one day you could go from standing in the crowd to playing to the crowd.
For both my original band “Thrasonic” and my function band “Superfuzz” I favour one of the most iconic set ups in rock history, which is a Gibson (in my case, an SG) into a non-master Marshall amp and turn up to eleven!
In both bands I use a variety of effect pedals, but two I simply couldn’t do without. These are my JMI Tonebenders – I have a Mark 1 and a Mark 1.5. The Mark 1.5 is my current favourite and I use extensively in my original band.
The other classic vintage effect is a Treble Booster, which I use when playing in my function band.
To hear this classic sound of a Gibson through a Fuzz, into a Marshall listen to artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Mick Ronson (early Bowie) and, most famously, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all my students and many thanks for the cards, presents and continued custom.
If you are still searching for that last minute Christmas present, are having a guitar for Christmas, or are buying a guitar for a loved one at Christmas, why not consider some personalised guitar lessons?
Details of my prices and services provided are on my website.
Have you ever stood in the crowd and watched a band play and wished that you were up there on the stage playing with them?
Well, it needn’t take years to make that dream come true! One of the best ways to get yourself and your music noticed are the local open mic and jam nights around Nottingham where people just turn up and are given a chance to play in front of a ready made audience. Usually you get the chance to play around three songs – it is a great way to boost your confidence and meet with like minded musicians.
Whether you are a complete beginner or a little bit rusty one on one guitar tuition could help you achieve your goal.
Some of the best city centre venues for acoustic sets are The Rescue Rooms, Jam Café, Filthy’s and Pepper Rocks. Or if you want pull out your favourite Fender or Gibson, then go to The Navigation Inn and jam with local blues legend, Colin Staples. Alternatively try the cool, chilled out crowd at The Doghouse, Carlton.
Despite a very wet summer in West Bridgford, I have been seeking out different blues artists and gone back to the real roots of the blues. I am currently listening to a group of talented musicians from Mali, Africa called Songhoy Blues. Raised on a diet of Hip-Hop, R&B and Hendrix, their album “Music in Exile” is an exciting addition to the world of blues music.
If you are looking for something a bit different, check these boys out!
As many of you will already know, B. B. King sadly passed away on 14th May 2015 aged 89.
According to Edward M. Komara, BB introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed. His influences are far and wide and include Eric Clapton, The Edge and Slash.
BB’s classic songs include “The thrill has gone”, “3 O’ clock blues” and my personal favourite, “Sweet little angel”.
Many people know that BB’s guitar was called Lucille and an interesting fact is that in 2005 Gibson made a special run of 80 Gibson Lucille’s – these were referred to as the 80th Birthday Lucille.
If you get chance, try and catch the Big Boy Bloater Blues Magazine Show on Team Rock Radio where they have done a fantastic tribute show to the great man.
Sad news this week as Andy Fraser bass guitarist with Free passed away.
He co-wrote and played on one of the most iconic rock songs of all time ‘All Right Now’!
My band THRASONIC will be playing at the Navigation on Wilford Street tomorrow the 21st March, where we will be dedicating our version of another Free song (and probably my favourite) ‘Fire and Water’ to Andy!
I bought the new Rival Sons album, “Great Western Valkyrie” a couple of weeks ago. They are a good, modern, rock band and are worth a listen. Interestingly they are signed to Nottingham based Earache Records. I’ll be catching them at Rock City in April – it should be interesting!
Today, 9th January, is the birthday of Led Zeppelin legend, Jimmy Page – so happy birthday Jimmy!
For anyone who has not heard (or seen) much Led Zeppelin, I recommend you watch the live concert from Madison Square Garden filmed in 1976 – “the song remains the same” – this is classic Zeppelin at their Rock God best.