Beauty and the Beast

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

So in a spare hour I set my little studio up and had a shot at recording this song (Tale as Old as Time), which I love. It’s not 100% perfect but I’m pleased enough with the result and I hope you enjoy it.

More (varied) acoustic tracks to follow in time.

 

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Backstreet Boys

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

I’ve always quite liked a few of this band’s songs. Not very “rock” but good music is good music! Had a few friends round at my place the other day and decided to record a video last-minute. It’s not a work of art – just a bit of fun. There’s an audio edit in there you can spot if you’re sharp. Also mocked up a “bloopers” video with some of the fun “behind the scenes” bits!

 

Will be travelling to Skye soon and potentially have a fortnight in Argentina toward the end of the year, so will maybe try to get some good location-based videos (or at least a Beunos Aries Hard Rock t-shirt!). More videos to come in future (lots more) but lots of musical-related things happening means they might become a little more far in-between.

 

 

 

 

 

Some images from the day (minus the awesome food shots!):

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My Love is Like a Red Red Rose

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

A difficult day for me today… my first funeral since that of my wife. Yes, I was in tears. At it, my co-worker played two pieces on the accordion for his late father. The second was accompanied by his stepson singing “My Love is Like a Red Red Rose” – it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. Needless to say, I will be adding this to my setlist. It was an honour to have been a part of this.

 

 

Same again by the brilliant Eva Cassidy:

 

 

While I’m on the subject of Eva Cassidy….. this is brilliant:

 

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Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

I’m getting a Rode NT1-A to mic my vocals for acoustic & singing videos. My SM58 will be used to mic the acoustic. I used the SM58 on the recording below. I thought I’d best do a Slash video given he’s my guitar hero!

 

 

 

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Van Halen – Jump Solo (again)

Friday, February 21st, 2020

So I re-did this now as an actual VIDEO!

 

 

Here’s the audio:

 

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Play With Me (video)

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

So my friends joked that when I did the “Jump” solo video, it could have been anybody playing because there was no actual video – only stills! So I recorded this when I got back tonight from work (notice the Bill & Ted t-shirt!). It’s not perfect but I don’t care – it’s good enough. And now my friends say I am good… at “finger-syncing” 😀

 

 

Audio-only:

 

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Ice 9 – Live in Bath

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Last video for a while….

 

Many moons ago I took part in a few of the International Guitar Festivals in Bath, UK. At one, I got to meet Paul Gilbert. I saw some really amazing players and worked with a great crew. At one, I took part in an advanced guitar class run by Jimi Savage, and had the chance to play Joe Satriani’s “Ice 9” to a crowd. There were 30+ guitarists on stage and we each had our parts to play. I was one of three lead guitarists. You can hear my guitar in the foreground throughout. The video stops shortly after three solos, the first of which is mine. Enjoy!

 

 

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Paradise City

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

So last year I played Paradise City live with a bunch of good friends (in addition to some solo acoustic songs). Prior to doing this I had a shot against a backing track, the result of which is below. Unfortunately, the backing track ends too early but as ever, it’s all just a bit of fun.

 

 

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Eugene’s Trick Bag

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

I found this old video of myself back in 2007 trying to play “Eugene’s Trick Bag” from the film Crossroads. It’s very poor lighting and there are some mistakes but it’s just an extra bit of media that you may enjoy. I might re-record this properly one day.

 

Oh and here’s the original….

 

 

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RATM

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

Visited four music venues until the early hours this morning (!), fave being a rock joint in Edinburgh. It brought me back to some of the slightly heavier music I used to listen to and I felt right at home. It’s amazing how music can bring people together – there was a council worker just  finished his shift wearing an orange hi-vis coat, a guy in a kilt and his partner in a classy dress, scores of rockers and two couples up front doing jive dancing to heavy music – it was brilliant. Brought me back to the slightly heavier music I used to listen to – Rage Against the Machine, Pantera, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Nine Inch Nails, Limp Bizkit, Alien Ant Farm, Linkin Park, System of a Down, Korn, Disturbed etc. A bit different from my typical 80s guitar rock!

–> Ace of Spades is definitely going on my set-list!

 

So it turns out Rage Against the Machine are touring again…. Prague or Poland look like good locations – two tickets incoming!

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