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!
New Lesson Update
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.
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’ve just filmed a few beginner’s lessons which take you through the basics of every guitarist’s favourite scale: the minor pentatonic. Perfect for those of you just starting to get into lead guitar. And even you’re a more advanced player, it might be worth worth taking a look and making sure you really know this stuff as well as you should. More of this kind of thing coming soon, in an effort to fill a few of the gaps in this site and make it a bit more comprehensive. Check out the lessons here.
This week I’m taking a look at the playing of delta blues great Robert Johnson. It’s quite tricky and intimidating to learn any of his songs note-for-note, so what I have for you here is an accessible piece which takes you through some key elements of the great man’s style in a beginner-friendly way. Check out the video here.
One of my favourites, and quite why I’ve never got round to looking at any Captain Beefheart before I’m not exactly sure. In this new video I’m looking at the song Plastic Factory taken from his debut album from 1967, Safe as Milk. A weird, warped piece of psychedelic blues, it’s pretty easy to play and lots of fun. Check it out here.