The Major Pentatonic Scale

A 25 year old recording where I am practising lead guitar at home with an exercise based on the major pentatonic scale that had been set by my guitar teacher. The article includes a description of pentatonic scales and their use in guitar solos and improvisations.

Dad and D-Day

Fleet

As a result of a DNA test conducted in Australia, I have recently been contacted by previously unknown cousins from whom I acquired copies of two photographs of my young father. Coincidentally, these arrived at about the time that would have been his birthday and also in the run-up to the 75th anniversary of D-Day. I was therefore bound to be thinking of my father and in particular his involvement in WW2.

On the Advent of 5G

Should we be concerned about 5G networks? While the UK worries about security issues, should there perhaps be more concern about health risks, the proliferation of masts and the sweeping changes to everyday life that will accompany 5G?

Tommy Smith MBE

Tommy Smith

So sad to hear that former Liverpool defender and captain, Tommy Smith MBE has died today at the age of 74. Born in Liverpool (1945) he played for the club as a youth from 1960 and as a senior player from 1962 until 1978. He was a key central defender when I first supported the club in the 1973/4 season.

Faeland 2019

Faeland

Last year, I posted my reviews of a live concert and first album by the contemporary, indie, folk band Faeland. Since its release, the album “All My Swim” has received widespread support and acclaim. I am now delighted to be able to report that Faeland are currently recording their 2nd album –

Torbryan

A slideshow of photographs taken at Holy Trinity Church, Torbryan, in 2015 and set to an excerpt from Albinoni’s Adagio performed by David Spector as a solo for MIDI-enabled guitar.

Sorry Dave

Sorry Dave

This is a recording “from my vault” that I recently made available for the amusement of a few friends but even so, has registered a significant number of visits. I am therefore making it more accessible by posting it as a blog. The recording was made fairly soon after beginning guitar lessons and when practising in my lounge nearly 25 years ago.

Mental Health Awareness

Voices

There has been some concern in the UK, regarding what has been described as both a mental health crisis and a mental illness epidemic. According to a 2017 BBC report based on NHS digital statistics, at least 1 in 6 adults in England will experience a mental health problem at any given time.

 

Yet only 1 in 3 of those suffering a mental illness were receiving any mental health treatment. Of particular concern to many were reports stating firstly that schoolchildren are suffering from an ‘epidemic’ of mental illness and secondly that young people’s mental health is a ‘worsening crisis’.

“Magic Bus” – The Who

Magic Bus LP

Autumn 2018 represents two 50th anniversaries for The Who. Firstly, The Who released their “Magic Bus” single in the UK. It was a year when the band appeared to be in decline as far as singles were concerned. Prior to 1968, all (8) of their authorised single releases of original songs had made the top 10 in the UK.

When Our Ship Shall Leave the Riverbank

Lapels

Recently, in social media, I was asked to recount a particular anecdote from my schooldays. If a story is worth telling, then it may as well be told in its entirety. In order to make this longer story accessible to all interested parties, I decided to post it on this site.

Daniel McGillis

Daniel McGillis

Daniel is a computer engineer and devoted musician based in Winnipeg. After many years of playing with his band and two years of touring during which his drummer snapped his wrist, his bass player became the head of a major international company and with the second guitarist being the owner of a huge farm, Daniel decided he could make the most use of his time and be more musically productive by going it alone as an independent artist.

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