A slice of real life

Posted on: 10th September, 2015 in Music

Ha ha, we’re off! At least I am.  Shut up shop, literally, camper van under my ass, a dozen bottles of water, and a pack of sandwiches to shorten the journey. Once we hit the motorway to Dublin the shades...

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Getting set up

Posted on: 4th August, 2015 in Music

Getting your instrument set up can be something close to a revelation. So many of us have instruments lying around at home that have never done it for us. They may have been a disappointment, we may have disappointed ourselves...

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Playing to the tune of summer

Posted on: 6th July, 2015 in Music

And we’re off!  Schools are out, exams are all finally done, days are long, you can smell the warmth in the air, and even the vegetarians amongst us are thinking about ‘having a Bar-bee’.  It’s festival season. Of course all...

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Avoiding extremes

Posted on: 8th June, 2015 in Music

LOVE/HATE — two extreme emotions, but is anyone going to pen a successful TV drama called LIKE/DISLIKE. It is probably more acceptable to have stronger emotions about less significant things (like marmite and cricket) than it is about things that...

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The Kenwood Chef of electric guitars

Posted on: 5th May, 2015 in Music

To me there is nothing as comforting as an iconic piece of engineering.  Engineering is a high bar. It can be hard just to make something work, and I mean to work at all, however badly. It’s also quite possible...

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Where the magic lies

Posted on: 7th April, 2015 in Music

My one and only brother is a metal sculptor, which puts me in the lucky position that sometimes I get to ‘look after’ the odd piece for him, three-dimensional works of art.  It invariably happens that I first get to...

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More than one way to take up an instrument

Posted on: 9th March, 2015 in Music

Formal or freestyle? Learning to play a tune ‘by ear’ or starting on page one of the sight-reading manual? For many this is a consideration when thinking about how to go about ‘taking up’ an instrument, when it comes to...

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Pick, pluck, strum or strike

Posted on: 9th February, 2015 in Music

I love the way we (humans) keep stumbling from one stone cold fact to another. Everything we know about Dinosaurs is suddenly thrown in the air by the fact that they now tell us that our scaly monstrous lizard-like friends...

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