I’ve had a few questions from parents over the past few weeks about what students should be practicing if they are taking a break from lessons in line with their school holidays. Practicing guitar is not like other school subjects. For young students, things like reading, writing and numeracy are skills that they will continue to … Continue reading What your guitarist child should be practicing over the summer holidays.
I wasn’t there; some year soon I will be. It’s a festival I want to go to more than any other and rumours are it will only be going until 2020, but here I’ve created a list of my favourite bands that played at Glastonbury this year. I always enjoy watching the coverage of it … Continue reading My Favourite Bands From Glastonbuy 2015
Thank you to all of my students and their parents for your support in 2014.
Today is due to be one of the busiest shopping days running up to Christmas so I thought I’d put together a list of 5 simple gifts you could give to a guitarist friend this year. Obviously they’d just love a shiny new American made Gibson or Fender guitar but lets stick within the realms … Continue reading The Top 5 Christmas Gifts for Your Guitarist Friend
Here’s a really nice classical guitar piece by Cuban compser Leo Brouwer. It’s one of a few south american pieces that I’ve been working on lately. I’m a fan of Brouwer’s guitar pieces, they really are essential for anyone studying classical style playing a higher level.
Brand New are one of my favourite bands. It’s nearly exactly 5 years since their last album but they tour almost constantly. They rarely ever do any interviews but in this video from this week they had a pretty in depth talk about their guitars, amps and effects for Premierguitar.com. No mention of albums but … Continue reading Brand New talk about their guitar sounds
A student of mine has recently been studying Adelita by Francisco Tárrega. I’ve recorded a video of this as a reference for them. Hopefully plenty of others will enjoy this too. I’ve tried to keep the phrasing clear on this version. I also have tried not to use much rubato in the phrasing as this … Continue reading Francisco Tárrega – Adelita
Can someone buy this guitar for me. Please….pretty please. I promise I won’t set it on fire or reinvent music or any of those things anyone else did with it. You can read about it more here. First production Stratocaster Guitar for sale for $250,000.00
For the St. Patrick’s Day Weekend here’s some Irish music played on the Guitar that I’ve been working on recently with some of my students. There’s two tunes here, one slow and one quick. There’s ‘The Rakes of Kildare’ which is a Grade 6 RGT exam piece and before that ‘She Moved Through the Fair’. … Continue reading Something For The Weekend
A 17 year old saxophonist has won the first BBC Young Musician Jazz award. The BBC Young Musician contest was started in 1978 and has always had classical music categories for brass, keyboard, percussion, strings and woodwind. I was really happy last year to see a new Jazz category was to be added. I have … Continue reading BBC Young Jazz Musician 2014