Topic: Music

A Tribute to Ginger Baker

I am very sad to hear of the death of Ginger Baker today at the age of 80. Ginger was Rock’s first superstar drummer and became an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Cream, of the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2008 and of the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2016.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

Faeland

Faeland live

Faeland are a contemporary folk band from Bristol UK. At the core of the band are songwriting duo Rebecca Nelson (lead vocals, guitar) and Jacob Morrison (guitar, backing vocals, ukulele, banjo). They are currently touring their debut album, “All My Swim” (released January 2018). This post now includes video from Faeland’s BBC ‘Introducing’ session –

“She Moved Through the Fair”

Moved Through the Fair

A few years ago, a friend declared a new interest in folk music and asked for some recommendations to serve as an introduction to the genre. As an example of an Irish song that has permeated the folk music of the British Isles (and beyond) with many recordings by various artistes spanning at least 6 decades, “She Moved Through the Fair” would be a necessary inclusion in my list.

Light of Other Days

Light of Other Days

This improvised guitar duet marks the very first time that I played with my good friend Dave Spector. It was recorded in 1999 soon after we graduated from LGU where I had built my MIDI enabled guitar. To celebrate graduation, we decided get together and make some guitar music. This is the first piece that we played on that occasion and was intended as a ….

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