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!
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.
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….
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!
Saturday, February 15th, 2020
So I decided to take a short break from learning all these acoustic songs. I thought I would crack out my electric and do a video like I used to. It’s nothing mega but here you go. I’m playing the Van Halen “Jump” solo on my Suhr through my Blackstar.
You can also find the audio-only here:
On another note, I watched “This Is the End” for the second time last night. Love that film. I’m doing a Backstreet Boys song as part of my acoustic set-list so I really found the end to this film funny… Enjoy…
Saturday, February 1st, 2020
So G N’ R just announced that they are playing Scotland (where I live) but….. it’s in Glasgow. We were hoping for it to be Murrayfield (Edinburgh). Very disappointing. When there are also dates in Munich and Seville, I think I know where I’ll be going to see them again (last time was Madrid)!
In other news, only 4 more songs to go in order to round off my acoustic set-list! It’s really coming together, with a great mix of complex fingerstyle tunes & solos, loud chordal songs etc. I’m going to ease into it by doing a few open mic nights in and around Edinburgh.
I’ve been making some small modifications to bass lines on my album tracks, as well. Now that I’ve free weekends, the musical part of my life is kicking back into full gear and I love it.
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…
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…!
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…
Other cool films with good music:
Don’t forget this!! Best scene from the movie below….
Saturday, December 28th, 2019
Not long out of a bad situation, I have decided to pick myself back up and get into my music again properly. I tend to get back up even stronger than before and show life what I can do.
This is a great song for such an occasion…
My music has been a constant throughout my life – I love it. I have a long list of acoustic numbers which I have been learning over the course of the year. List below (in flux). 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
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.
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.