It’s certainly been a while, but I’m pleased to say I’m now back at work on this site and on my YouTube Channel. I’ve been so busy recently with family stuff, the studio move, and just the general boring need to earn a bit of money, that I ended up taking a slightly longer period off than I’d anticipated. But I’m back now and feeling re-charged, so stay posted for what I hope will be regular weekly videos and updates. To kick things off again I’ve filmed a couple of new videos. Firstly a look at one of my favourite songs, September Gurls by the incomparable Big Star. And to keep you country guitar fans happy, I’ve made this video on pedal steel bending licks and techniques. Have fun, and speak soon!
Been a while…apologies there’s not been much going on around here lately. This website is still very much a part time thing for me so it’s sometimes hard to make time for new lessons and regular updates. However, I’m poised to get back into things this month. I’ve just completed a move into a new studio which I’m very excited about and which should enable me to be more productive on the new lesson front. More news soon…
For this year’s Christmas video I’ve gone for a bit of 60s twang in the form of the Venture’s version of Sleigh Ride. Super fun to play, I’ve even gone to the trouble of making a backing track for you to play along with. Check out the lesson here. And a very Merry Christmas to you all.
Here I’m taking a look at 4 of my favourite riffs from Manchester band Happy Mondays. All of them inventive, catchy and fun to play. Video here.
In this pair of lessons I take look at ways you can combine fretted notes and open strings to create some lovely chiming, cascading sounds. It’s a technique most commonly associated with country players but there’s no reason why you can’t use these ideas in any style you like. Check out the videos here.
I finally got round to making a lesson on the playing of the great Phil Manzanera. He’s best known as the guitarist for Roxy Music, but he’s made many great non-Roxy records too (his solo album Diamond Head is well worth a listen if you don’t already know it.) The song I’ve chosen to look at is Amazona, from the Roxy album Stranded. And it’s a really fun song to play – a lovely main riff, an odd time signature bridge and some bonkers soloing at the end. Check out the video here. If enough people enjoy this then I’ll try and look at a bit more Manzenera in the future.