My YouTube & Soundcloud

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

Just to be explicit about this, here are links to my Soundcloud and Youtube pages. Admittedly rarely updated and with a lot of content private and some of zero interest to the average punter, but there you go…

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYoGHPYFdUk9lqxrhc1h_6Q

 

 

 

 

What does tommysixstring do for an actual job, I hear you say? I’m a dual-degree-qualified integrated circuits design engineer, focusing on analogue circuit design. I’ve worked in imaging, powerline communications, audio, power management and motor control. Think about those little microchips you see on printed circuit boards – I do the nanometre-level circuits that go into those – think “silicon valley.”

 

Nothing beats playing my guitar, though…!

 

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Best Rock/Guitar Films

Monday, December 30th, 2019

I’ll add to this post as I remember them, but here are some of my fave rock/guitar films. Some just have great cameos or feature cool guitar scenes (did you know Slash was in “The Dead Pool?”). I’ve left out gig DVDs (or there would be a million from Slash, Aerosmith, Extreme etc). Just finished Bill & Ted 2 for the millionth time. Did you know STATION was a typo in the script? The intro to the KISS song “God Gave Rock and Roll to You” in this film was done by Steve Vai and is epic.

 

Some I have to check out:

20 Feet From Stardom, Searching for Sugarman, Only Lovers Left Alive, Satan and Adam.

 

I’ll follow up with some of my favourite songs, too. That might be a LONG post…

 

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Getting up Stronger

Saturday, December 28th, 2019

Not long out of a relationship which I thought was going somewhere, I have decided to pick myself back up and get into my music again properly. It’s tough when you think you’ve found a real love and it ends – but I tend to get back up even stronger than before and show life what I can do.

This is a great song after a breakup!

 

 

My music has been a constant throughout my life – it’s who I am – I need to reinforce that part of my identity. If anybody knows of a rock band in Edinburgh then give me a shout. Alternatively or as part of said band I have a long list of acoustic numbers which I have been learning. List below. I fancy adding a Loverboy or Enuff Z’ Nuff song but those may be too obscure for the average punter.

 

Civil War – GNR
Don’t Cry – GNR
Cold as Ice – Foreigner
The Flame – Cheap Trick
Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
Jackson – Johnny Cash

Hole Hearted – Extreme
Big Love – Lindsey Buckingham
Cheers Theme
The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
Never Going Back Again
White Wedding – Billy Idol
Wild Mountain Thyme – Corries / Bert Jansch
I Wanna Be Like You – Jungle Book
Ride like the wind – Christopher Cross
Dust in the Wind – Kansas
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
I Did It My Way – Frank Sinatra
La Bamba – Richie Valens
You’ve Got a Friend – Toy Story (Randy Newman)
More than Words – Extreme
Common People – Pulp
Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
Beauty and the Beast – Disney
Hurt – Johnny Cash
Solitary Man – Johnny Cash
Beautiful – Gordon Lightfoot
I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
Here Comes the Sun – George Harrison
In My Life – Beatles
Queen of Argyll – Silly Wizard
On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top
Country Roads – John Denver
Bob Seger – Old Time Rock n Roll
My Michelle – G N R
Kiss from A Rose – Seal
Fat Bottomed Girls – Queen
Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys – Willie Nelson
I’m Sexy and I know It – LFMAO
Sunglasses at Night – Corey Hart
I’m the Only One – Melissa Etheridge
Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
Time of Your Life – Green Day
Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer
You Know My Name – Chris Cornell
Turning Japanese – The Vapors
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
All That She Wants – Ace of Base
Like I Love You – Justin Timberlake
Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
Magic Dance – David Bowie
MMm mmm mmm – Crash Test Dummies
Dream Catch Me – Newton Faulkner
Steve Tilston – The Reckoning / Grass Days / Let Your Banjo Roll
Silent Lucidity – Queensryche
Happy Birthday – Stevie Wonder
I Believe In a Thing Called Love – The Darkness

-> You can probably add that Elton John song on, too.

 

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New Acoustic

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Out with the old. In with the new.

 

I recently sold my Taylor GS Mini and bought an Avalon Ard Ri L2-230. You can read all about it on Avalon’s website. Incredibly vibrant guitar and I got a K&K Pure Mini installed, too.

 

In other news… still learning lots of acoustic cover songs and trying to power through some vocals with the aim of acoustic gigs at some point.

 

And the album is shaping up very nicely…! It’s taking time but I hope it will be worth it.

AV1

 

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Back in the Saddle

Friday, September 14th, 2018

In a bid not to destroy nearly two decades’ worth of playing after the grief of losing my wife, I have set myself up with a few recording sessions (covers) and have been getting back into bass & drums for the album. Future gigs will consist of me being a one-man acoustic band (or at least, that’s the plan) and I have been keeping up with practice on the electric. Gigs planned are Halestorm, Def Leppard, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash.

 

–> I just have to say, I feel I witnessed something very special at the Halestorm gig. Utterly one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to.

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Tommy No-Strings

Friday, November 24th, 2017

It feels like Tommy No-Strings right now. My wife passed away one day after our first birthday of mine as man and wife. It was expected (terminal cancer) but nothing can prepare you for it. Words aren’t enough to express my thoughts and feelings. She was my wife and best, best friend, and gave me an amazing ten years that I will always cherish.

 

A special shout out to Marie Curie and all nurses involved with her care.

 

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Raw Album Demo

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

A short demo of my 10-track album. Things need polished and completed but I’ve had a few hours here and there to work on it – and this is a demo of the result to date.

 

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Album Halt

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Unfortunately, due to bad news received a few months ago, the album is on halt. My now-wife has terminal cancer and she is more important to me than anything – the music will have to take a back seat!

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Guns N’ Roses Madrid 2017

Monday, December 5th, 2016

That’s right, compadres….

The moment I’ve been waiting for since I was 15 years old….

It may not be the complete original line-up, but it’s as good as it’s getting….

Come June 4 2017, I will be in the Golden Circle at Vincente  Calderon Stadium in Madrid to watch Guns N’ Roses play live….

In other news… work is still progressing on the album. Lots of work has been done on the drums, and more on bass. Guitars are practically complete. I’ve dropped one track, which was actually one of my favourites… but it had to be done in order to try and get this thing out any time soon. 11 tracks of sheer joy coming your way, hopefully in 2017.

 

–> Turns out I’m also going to see Aerosmith in their last tour… 2 weeks later in Dublin! What a year!

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Rocktober Update

Monday, October 10th, 2016

New amps! Blackstar HT20 and HT5. After years of playing modellers, I’m blown away. And I preferred the sound of these to most of the £k++ amps so win-win!

New cabs! I’ll be keeping the bigger NL212 cab on the left. Neodymium speaker – super lightweight! It’s bright, so it couples really well with the darker-voiced Blackstar heads.

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New gadget! I’ve yet to use it but I can stream anything from my phone to my amp for practising along with. Alternatively, I could have gotten a WiFi speaker..

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New pedal-board, power supply and case! I’m sort of gutted to have sold the BCB60 board as it was so compact, the power supply worked fine… it was a great little package. This is more “professional” but we’ll see how it goes.

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New acoustic pickup! I bought the K&K Pure Mini over other pickups as I’m not playing too many acoustic gigs where I need stellar output. It’s non-invasive and should work well. Sounds great. I also got an Orchid DI box which was cheap as chips and works well.

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All that and….. I quit the band! You know what it’s like when you put a lot of effort in and others show up late or don’t practise etc… well, it had to be done. A shame, as it was so good for so long. Due to Edinburgh noise rules, it is difficult for a 6-piece rock & pop band to get gigs, so I’m now looking at acoustic gigs, with me doing some singing! Hopefully in future I can get back into a rock band so I can use my gear!

While I’m at it, here is a selection of songs our band did. I did a lot of adaptions to make songs recognisable with the absence of keyboards etc, so I hope to record myself playing them so I don’t forget all the nuances.

ABP songs:

Fleetwood Mac 		- The Chain
Fleetwood Mac		- Go Your Own Way
Billy Idol 		- White Wedding
Alanis Morisette 	- You Oughta Know
Abba 			- Does Your Mother Know
Bryan Adams 		- Summer of 69
ACDC 			- You Shook Me
G N R 			- Sweet Child O' Mine
Kenny Loggins		- Footloose
Halestorm		- Bad Romance
Journey			- Any Way You Want It
Journey 		- Don't Stop Believin'
The Vapours 		- Turning Japanese
Cher 			- Turn Back Time
Pretenders 		- Only Wanna Be With You
Eurythmics 		- When Tomorrow Comes
Survivor 		- Eye of the Tiger
K T Tunstall 		- Black Horse + Cherry Tree
Adele 			- Rolling in the Deep
Bangles 		- Hazy Shade of Winter
Anastacia 		- Left Outside Alone
Blondie 		- Maria
Whitesnake 		- Here I Go Again
Texas 			- I Don't Want a Lover
Kelly Osbourne 		- Papa Don't Preach
Heart 			- Alone
Bon Jovi 		- Livin' on a Prayer
Pat Benatar 		- Heartbreaker
Glee 			- River Deep Mountain High
Pretenders 		- Brass in Pocket
Joan Jett 		- I Love Rock and Roll
Janice Joplin 		- Piece of My Heart
Amy Winehouse		- Valerie
Pink 			- Who Knew 
Kelly Clarkson		- My Life Would Suck Without You
Adele			- Rolling in the Deep			
Cameo			- Word Up
Deacon Blue		- Real Gone Kid
Tia Carrere		- Ballroom Blitz
Poison 			- Ride the Wind
Marth & Muffins 	- Echo Beach
Amy Mac 		- This is the Life			
Pat Benatar 		- We Belong 				
Peggy Lee 		- Fever 				
Laura Branigan  	- Gloria
Patti Smith 		- Because the Night
Pretenders 		- Hymn to Her
Cheap Trick 		- I Want You to Want Me
Blondie 		- Atomic

The acoustic set should hopefully feature some of these (plus more!):

1.  Tainted Love
2.  Say you Will (Foreigner)
3.  Stand by me
4.  La Bamba

5.  Somewhere over the rainbow
6.  Dust in the Wind
7.  Big Love
8.  Landslide
9.  Holiday Road
10.  Gentle on my Mind
11.  Cheers
12.  Cold as Ice
13.  White Wedding
14.  You’ve got a friend
15.  More than Words
16.  I kissed a Girl
17.  Sweet Child of Mine
18.  Hazy Shade
19.  My Life Would Suck
20.  Every Breath you take
21.  We will rock you.

22. Iko Iko (Natasha)

I decided to stop writing articles on technique because technique develops over time, as does musicality (which is more important!), and I don’t want to offer erroneous advice. I still stand by my earlier articles, though 😉

I will be going to see these guys in a week or so (edit – I’ve been, and it was great!):

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Looking forward to that!

The ALBUM is still progressing. Mainly drums for 3 tracks which is slowing me down. I need to do bass for a couple, some FX/vox for a few, and drums for another one. I have decided to leave off a few songs as there are already 11 on there. A shame, as it was a killer track. This thing needs to get finished, though – and soon, so I can reclaim my life!

No new videos – all effort has been going into the album, acoustic workouts and non-musical ventures (work!).

Ciao for now!

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