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.
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.
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.
Upon recently releasing my Jackson Stealth from its case, I was surprised to find that it needed very little attention or even tuning. Realising that the instrument is now 25 years old, I decided that this was a good time for a re-appraisal of the history and specifications of the Jackson Stealth along with the Pro series of Japanese imports and within the context of my own experience of the guitars in the early 1990s ….
Ronnie Moran ( 1934-2017) gave 49 years of service as player, captain, physio, coach, trainer, manager, kit man, mascot, tea person and member of the legendary ‘Boot Room’ at Liverpool Football Club ….