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Not a guitar lesson – Deep River Blues, Doc Watson

I first heard this song played live by a guy at a local open mic a few years ago. It totally captured my imagination. I’d never heard the guitar played that way – certainly not by a living, real person, live in front of me. Where as I’d been strumming or perhaps finger picking arpeggios, …

Why do you need that guitar? Seagull, Artist Mosaic Folk

Like many guitarists, I’ve acquired a few guitars. Not a ridiculous number… maybe… 10…ish. If my wife ever finds/read these blog articles then I hope she will finally believe me when I say that they have all been acquired for a reason! Kind of like a workman’s tools – you need different guitars for different …

You are what you practice…

Have you heard that idea that it takes 10,000 hours to master any skill? It’s an over simplification but I’m convinced that the sentiment is true… you’re only going to get really good at something through repeated practice or/and if your conditions, environment or upbringing play a role in enhancing your skills. Malcolm Gladwell’s book, …

Performing for free?

We’ve been asked to do a free gig (one of several slots) for a smart burger/diner type place here in Yeovil. However, am I contributing to the demise of local musicians, original music and the niche occupied by local professional musicians? It genuinely troubles me – I know professional musicians who want/need to earn money …

Wed 29th May – Practice

We practice regularly. Every week. When Becs and I first collaborated I was hugely relieved to find that she thinks just like me – we won’t perform anything until we’re really happy and comfortable with it. In my previous experience of playing with other musicians, and also when I’ve seen some local players at Open …