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…
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.
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.
I haven’t got that much in the way of gear-related information on my site, but I know from the comments and emails I get that loads of you are interested in what guitars, amps, effects I use, how I get certain sounds etc. So I thought I’d start doing the occasional video or lesson along those lines. I’m kicking off with this look at a mini pedal board which I put together recently. Let me know if you enjoy this kind of thing and I can do more. I’m thinking maybe some videos on my different guitars and amps, some on how to use effects…
I’ve gone major pentatonic mad this week with three new videos on probably every guitarist’s second favourite scale. There’s this video which takes you through a rock-style solo that demonstrates a few ways you might get some of these sounds into your playing. If the whole idea of the major pentatonic is totally new to you, then you might like to check out a couple of new videos in the resources section which will take you through the basics. Over the coming weeks I want to continue to update and improve on the resources section of the site, to make it a bit more detailed and comprehensive. So I’ll try and do some similar lessons on other common scale types.