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Green Day at Hyde Park – Summer 2017

A really cool day! The wife and I were lucky enough o be offered VIP tickets for the Hyde Park Festival. It was worth it for the quality of the toilets alone! Luckily the weather was great as well. First up was The Damned, possibly the most "un-punk" punk band I have ever seen. T'was ok as a  starter but this about it. The Hives did their black and white thing and played a good set but showed why they will always be division 2 players really. Good quality music but something missing for me.

It all heated up from then on. Gogol Bordello did a high energy punk/gypsy set that reminded me a bit of the Levellers. A great high energy hour. They went down well. Next up was Rancid, a band I have wanted to see them for years and they did not disappoint. Great punk tunes played at high velocity. 

Then onto the main event, Green Day and it was a fantastic 2 hours of music, all the hits and more with  a great acoustic finale from Billie Joe to end.

You can see the full set list here 

Highlights for me had to be the encores, Jesus of Suburbia and American Idiot and the acoustic set. All in all 27 songs and two hours of good fun. See them if you can!

Whatever your age, Come and learn Electric guitar with me. My customers are all ages and like all types of music.  Here you learn by playing, the lesson is all about playing whether its learning chords or lead improvisation. 

Here we spend the lessons focussing on your musical desires. Lead playing involves learning skills, techniques and improving your physical dexterity whilst playing in key and understanding your scales and arpeggios and how to apply them in a song context. learning chords is through learning real songs, not dreary chord charts. 

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Whether you want to play 6 string, 7 string, 12 sting, Electric or Acoustic, I am fully equipped to help you. If you want to do grades, I can help - I have 100% pass rate! 

From Cheesy Pop through to Rock, Metal, Reggae, Punk, Folk  and Jazz, I can help, creating lessons that are directly related to what you want to  achieve. 

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Are you a singer songwriter or performer who needs backing tracks of famous artists to accompany your performance? Get in touch to see what I can produce for you. I can create backing tracks for all artists with only the instruments you want. All tracks are fully licenced through the PRS so you are all legit!

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My Custom beats come with Exclusive rights to the instrumental. Files will be uncompressed and Radio ready.   Have a look in the store to get an idea of what we’re capable of. Song keys can always be changed, just contact me for more info.

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I am no stranger to mixing and arranging material. If when creating your own songs you feel that you need that extra sparkle, punch, and clarity to cut through or some additional instrumentation then get in touch. I can give you that and more, using state‐of‐the‐art software and equipment. I am a Logic Pro Certified Professional and use the Native Instruments Maschine, S61 and Komplete Ultimate suite of products.

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Gig review – Korn and Limp Bizkit – Cardiff – December 2017

Learning Korn Guitar

Before I yadder on about the gig, I do teach people to learn Korn Guitar styles and songs at my studio. Read on to the bottom for the most important thing you need to know!

The Venue

Out of all the bigger venues, this has to be one of my favourites around the country. Easy parking, great local food and a hall that’s not massive so you do get to see the band without the aid of binoculars or a TV Screen. Arriving late I caught only the last 2 numbers of the support act Madball which was a bit of a mistake in hindsight. They are certainly worthy of further inspection.

Limp Bizkit

Co-Headliners Limp Bizkit were on for about 80 mins and went through a whole range of hits including Rollin’, Hot Dog and Take a look around. Their music lends itself to this sort of hall and they really did get the arena rocking with their powerful rap infused metal. Limp Bizkit were not on my must see list but I am glad I did. As a result I’d give them 5 stars.


Most of all,  I was really there for Korn. At Download they had been very impressive so I was keen to hear them again but from a bit closer than at Download. I was able to get pretty close,  and as the soundcheck was going on I could feel that kick drum pound right through my body.

Straight in with “Right now” which set the scene for an evening of crushing riffs and catchy hook lines. Furthermore Drummer Ray was knocking nine bags of Sh** out of his drum kit with Fieldy keeping the songs moving with his iconic bass playing.

Both Head and Munky were also on top form and Jonathan’s singing was at it’s usual great level. We even had some bagpipes!

Like Limp Bizkit, this is stadium rock at its best and I was knocked out by them.  I will see them again

Korn on top form are something to behold and that night they were on great form and the set included Here to Stay, Rotting in Vain, Word up, Coming Undone and Falling away from me.  The full setlist can is found here

Here’s a few photos from the gig. Were they better than at Download? Probably yes!

Finally, If you want to learn Korn guitar styles then get in touch with me via the contact page but first………………..


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Download 2016. Rain doesn’t stop play

Friday, at the top of the hill!

I took a break from Guitar lessons and playing music over the weekend to go to the Download 2016 festival.

Well you guessed it, It was wet, very very wet but hugely enjoyable too with many great bands to choose from on all stages. Friday from me was The Wildhearts who did not really live up to my expectations, I have wanted to see them for ages but never got round to it. Killswitch Engage followed by Korn and the Rammstein produced an excellent evening of entertainment and Metal music. Rammstein as always were in a class of their own with huge amounts of pyrotechnics to go along with the pounding riffs

Still more rain on saturday and I made the wise choice to miss Black Sabbath and watch NOFX on the Encore Stage. The American punk legends put on a great show and you could get up real close which is what live music is really about. Before that I had seen Rival Sons (ok) Megadeth ( pretty good) and Skindred who were the stars of the day.The  Newport Helicopter in the pouring rain was sight to see and be involved with. Sunday was more rain and 5 hours to get into the car park which put a dampener on the day. It was an ok day but really Korn, Killswitch Engage Skindred, NOFX and Rammstein were the ones that made it worth it for me. Korn’s music worked really well in the

In my Guitar lessons, I can show you great metal riffs  from Rammstein and all the best bands at the festival so if you want to get in touch, hit the contact button or give me a call on 07917 022412

Getting into The Maverick Stage to see The Wildhearts. It got wetter and the mud got deeper as the weekend continued.












Getting close to NOFX. You can see the rain!
Getting close to NOFX. You can see the rain




That sky looks dark…….Learn all the famous Black Sabbath riffs in my lessons
Kindred’s set was amazing. Get ready to retune your guitars if you want to play their stuff!












Learn Hangar 18 from Megadeth, all the main riffs and the solo!
Learn Hangar 18 from Megadeth, all the main riffs and the solo!
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RGT Guitar EXAM results – All distinctions this time

DSC03053Success in Guitar Exams for all

Well done to the 2 lads Andrew and Sam that did their Grade 2 exams in April. Sam successful in his Grade 2 Acoustic with a distinction and Andrew was also successful in his Grade 2 Electric guitar exam with a distinction. Both benefitted from a whole heap of hard work and solid backing from their families to make sure all the practice was done to get the right result.

Both are pleasing results and both lads are on their way to having a long and fun filled time playing the guitar.

Grades are not the be all and end all but they have their place and structured learning is extremely helpful with making sure you get the most out of your skills and dexterity. It is also really helpful if you are a creative spirit in that it helps you understand how music works.

Interested in Guitar lessons?

I still have 100% pass rate with students of all ages so if you are interested in having lessons yourself or getting your kids involved then please get in touch via or give me a call on 07917 022412.




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Are you learning the guitar for fun or a career?

Remember the reality of the music industry! A thought provoking article about life as a musician. I do think that all youngsters need to have a read of this article if they are going to think about a career in the music industry. It’s a tough old life and success is not always guaranteed by Hard work.

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Guitar or Music lessons can give you the technical skills that you need to succeed but there’s a whole lot of other things needed. Its a calling for most people. I start by offering guitar and music lessons to Primary school kids, focussing on the fun and melody elements of playing and move forward through to the more complex with my older customers.

learning  the guitar for fun

Learning the guitar should be fun and all about getting you to you play the sort of music that you want to play. Rock, Blues and all types of new wave and metal as well as reggae are my favourites but the idea of my lessons is to get you play the music that is important to you.

We all have our heroes.  That’s why we do this. Get in contact via the contact page and I’ll see if I can help you get to play what you want to be playing. On the grades front, I still have a 100% pass rate with my students

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Guitar Tuition – 3 Distinctions on RGT Exams

All students and parents are happy with this term’s guitar tuition results! Well done to Oscar (Grade 4 Electric guitar) Stan (Grade 4 Acoustic Guitar) and Ollie (Grade 1 Acoustic Guitar) for their success. I had 3 students in for the winter exams and all 3 passed WITH DISTINCTION which is a super effort. Special mention goes to Stan who now had a Distinction for Grade One, Two, Three, and Four.

Keep it going!!

OSCARI’ve still got a 100% pass rate with my students

so if you are looking for Grade style learning as a parent or in your own right, then you can be assured of quality and that I do not put them in for the exams before they are ready. No point in paying twice!

Thanks to the parents for leaping and making sure the necessary practice goes on. It always .helps and enhances the chances of success.

Guitar Tuition and teaching in Stroud, Bussage , Chalford

As well as learning for the exams using all the RGT resources form the Grade books, I have 100’s of quality resources for both chord songs and lead improvisation. I have 100’s of song walkthrough’s of a quality you cannot get for free on the internet that will allow you to play famous chordDSC02985s songs all the way through very easily and just like the originals.

I have take great care to replicate songs exactly and chosen a range of songs to cover all grades, decades and styles of music with a huge range of chord changes that you will find in songs that YOU want
to play.

In the end, Guitar tuition is all about YOU, making sure that you are able to play the styles and genres of music that you want to play. That is my aim and always my goal.

Feel free to get in touch via the contact button to get more information about how I can help you reach your musical objectives. It’s easier than you think. I am based in the Stroud, Bussage , Chalford area of Gloucestershire.




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My Trip to Denmark Street

Denmark St is the world famous road full of nostalgia for guitar nuts. I used to go past it and take a look practically every month when I worked in London. Just before christmas, I went on a sunday to a gig in London so I decided to spend some time in Denmark St looking for two new guitars for my collection, Ebay being a bit thin on these. One is is a Charvel with a Kahler Trem and the other is a Carvin DC600.

My ’80’s Charvel is still a wonder to play with great pick ups and fast neck. So I want another but this time with the rare Kahler Tem. Just do. It’s not a question of need…

This was a suDSC02964nday and here’s some pics of some of the famous shops. No Charvels, no Carvin but there was a Fender strat that the great SRV used to own.

I have not plucked up the courage to email and enquire the cost yet……

There’s plenty of vintage Fenders and Gibsons and pedals galore but I think I have enough of those right now.

There was a vintage Coloursound was/fuzz but the chap wanted £250 for that and I know there’s one in a Brighton shop that you could get for cash for half of that.

I spent a good hour and a half wandering and chatting before making my way down to the Coronet to see Hawkwind supported by Steve Hillage.

No Charvels or Carvins unfortunately…..


So plenty to sDSC02947ee but not what I would say a place for bargains although you are always likely to find something of interest. There’s nowhere in the country like it with so much cool and interesting stuff.

Take a trip when you next go to London. Far more interesting than The Monument or Cleopatras needle.




there’s also a great bookstore or two and loads of the lick library DVD’s which are useful if you want the definitive on any particular song.

Many vintage Fenders in here
No room to swing a cat in here!
Mostly Pedals in here and Keyboard tech stuff
Some nice Gibsons lurking in here….

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Albums of the year 2015

Peter Tosh - Live at my FathersSpecial mention has to go to this  Peter Tosh – Live at my Fathers which would have been the Number one album of the year had it not been for one failing. It was released at the back end of 2014 and I missed it!! Aarrgggh.

All the old favourites from Bob Marley’s main man on guitar are here plus some absolutely searing rock guitar from Mikey Chung. A classic live performance and reminds me of the great gig I saw in Swaziland  at the Mbabane Stadium in 1983



61pVrtQikQL._SL1056_So onto this year. Another fine CD for ageing Hippies was the Hawkwind Space Ritual live 2014 which was recorded at Shepherds Bush Empir81hSaBpMM1L._SL1300_e. Interestingly for me, I really enjoy CD 1, especially Steppenwolf , but the revisit to the old Space Ritual, whilst good if you like that sort of thing ( and I do) is just not as good as the original.

I will listen to CD 1 often and if I want a dose of Space Ritual, I will go to the original which is in my top 20 ever albums.  So go buy it, a genuine classic, still fresh and energising 40 years after release.



In 5th Place is Iron Maiden ‘s newie Book of Souls and I am looking forward to seeing them at Download 2016.

I expect all Iron maiden fans have it already. It’s good.

4th place goes to Monster Magnet with Cobras and Fire.  They are doing a cool reworking of some of their earlier work, really adding in a late 60’s psychedelic trip feel to the stoner rock riffing they are known for. They’ve done this on two albums now and both are a real treat.71kSWu5P9fL._SL1050_


91eGDqNK70L._SL1500_Clutch’s Psychic warfare comes in in 3rd place. Clutch continue to go from strength to strength and this will have their fans feeling totally satisfied.



81shAe0T6vL._SL1500_Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of the best if not THE BEST GUITARIST EVER. Transmission Impossible is a 3 CD set of live performances showcasing the master at work. Production is what you would expect, so hit and miss but the guitar work of this genius shines through.






So that gets me to my numbering album of the year. It was a surprise to me  but its Hawklords R:Evolution


After 3 decidedly ok to decent albums, the Hawkwind offshoot produce this. There’s not a dud on it and it really recaptures the Hawklords experience of the late 70’s so full of proto- punk influences and space rock themes. 3 stand out killer tracks Evolver, The Joker and Shadow of the Machines plus 6. .other top pieces of music. I was surprised. So will you be.

Of course if Tool had finally got off their arses it would all be different.


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Why you need a guitar teacher – Morrisman has it nailed

Morrisman Smith’s riff Station critique says it all about the limits of online lessons.  Morrisman is a US tutor and has some great insights into what’s going to help you become the guitarist you want to be. His views mirror mine.

Have a listen to his review of Riff Station. It might help! Plus it might save you some money!

With me, You’ll learn chord songs and solos based upon ACCURATE chord charts of songs. These will tell you which version and will include the full song structure that you cannot get from Ultimate Guitar tabs or any chord song websites.

For Guitar lessons or and Music tech or Music Production in the Stroud, Chalford, Bussage areas, get in touch via the contact page.



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Lemmy – RIP. We are Motorhead, we play Rock ‘n’ Roll

Well, he’s been a constant in my musical life since I was 16 and saw Motorhead supporting Hawkwind at the Music Machine in London with my best mate at the time , Mick Fox and now after all those years of living fast and loose and living to win, he’s gone.

There’s been lots in the papers about his life so I won’t add to those, suffice to say that when I bumped into Lemmy as a callow youth at a gig, he was happy to shake my hand and chat briefly. They always said he had time for his fans and was a genuinely humble man. That was my experience.

I saw Lemmy and Motorhead live about 15 times, mostly with Fast Eddie and Philthy Phil but in later times with Mikkey Dee and Phil Campbell. My favourite has to be Hammersmith Odeon, 3 rows from the front, ears ringing for 3 days afterwards

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Lemmy’s music will always be with me and here’s my top  songs in no real order.

My first brush with Lemmy was with Hawkwind and this great song. Stadia eh? what a girl! 6ft 2in !

from Hall of the Mountain Grill in his Hawkwind days. One of his early compositions

Nothing more needs to be said really

The studio album has Lemmy on guitar for the second solo

I said in no particular order but this is probably my true favourite.

from the BBC live sessions. This was always one of my first favourites from the first album

Just great lyrics and fun and a TOTALLY AWESOME TEAR UP!!!

That TOTP audience looks a bit stunned!

Too late Too late. This live version is done with Metallica. Feel the power!!

from one of the latest albums showing he still had it in him.

Enjoy the vids and enjoy the music.

Lemmy played Rock ‘n’roll

RIP and thanks for everything.

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RGT Exam results…Stan gets another Distinction and Callum a Grade 4 Merit.

2 more passes. Stan gets a Grade 3 Acoustic guitar Distinction and Callum gets a Grade 4 Acoustic Merit award, missing a distinction by a whisker. That’s 2 great performances from the lads so well done indeed. Stan gained praise all round for his excellent performance which included a 100% performance in the Accompaniment section of the exam.

Well done to both of you and thanks for keeping my 100% pass rate!

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RGT Guitar Exam results – Still 100% pass rate for RT Guitars

Congratulations to Sam for getting a distinction in his Grade one Acoustic Guitar Exam. Sam is the youngest student I have had to do the exam and worked hard with attention to all areas covered by the Grade. Well done Sam.

Congratulations also to Andrew who passed his electric guitar grade one exam with flying colours. Andrew received a distinction and was praised by the Examiner for his melodic solo.

Well done to both of you!

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RGT Exam news….100% pass rate again this term!!

So thanks to Callum, Stan, Anya, Benj, Seb and Oscar for allowing me to brag that I still have a 100% pass rate for all students in the summer season RGT exams for both electric and acoustic guitar.

Anya was a Distinction in her grade one with the highest score ever, only narrowly better than Stan’s 94% on Grade 2 acoustic. All the others were merits with Oscar putting in an excellent performance in getting a grade 3 Electric pass, narrowly missing out on a merit too. So well done to all of you!!

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Albums of the year 2014

Yes I still listen to full albums, not just singles or snippets. These days there’s quite often a lot of filler on CD’s with just a couple of great tracks on them. Here’s my best ones of the year. I’ve included links to Amazon but of course there’s other places to buy them

I’ve chosen my 5 favourites of the year and it’s not really in any particular order but they cover rock, blues, prog music.

Steven Wilson First up is Steven Wilson’s (Porcupine Tree) The Raven the refused to sing. A solo album from the Main man and leading light in Porcupine Tree. It gets five stars from reviews on Amazon and no surprise well. Great musicianship, great songs and production make this the Prog Music Album of the year.



61HhpNjrRRL._AA160_Next up is The Temperance Movement’s debut album. Full of songs that remind you of Southern rock bands such as THe Black Crowes. There’s not one dud on this, great rock/blues tunes with great soulful vocals from Phil Campbell. Despite what you may think, the band come from the UK, not US of A



51wIxZie8OL._SY300_My next choice is a bit retro and is the re-release of 2 old ones from Eric Clapton in the package called Give me strength. This package is a 3LP set that brings together the 1974/1975 trilogy of Eric Clapton albums 461 Ocean Boulevard, which featured his first No. 1 hit single “I Shot The Sheriff,” plus 15 bonus tracks including session out-takes & previously unreleased versions!




Hailed as the next big thing in rock and Blues, Gary Clarke Jr.’s Blak and Blu is a real treat offering up some great songs

and astounding guitaring. Stand out tracks are Bright lights and when my train Pulls in. 




And now to my favourite one of the year. A Heavy dose of riffing sludge from Monster Magnet. Last Patrol is Dave Wyndorf and his New Jersey band’s latest piece of work. It’s back to Monster Magnet basics with long and strong powerful riff based full-on psychedelic space-rock. There’s even a cover of Donovan’s Three Kinfishers that gives an entirely new take on the song.

Stand out tracks are many, but the title track Last Patrol is Monster Magnet at their best.

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Now offering autotune and pitch correction on vocals…

That’s right, the type of products used on famous TV programs ( I won’t mention them!) that allow you to improve your vocal performances are now available from me. I can now offer Autotuning and pitch correction so if you are not on perfect pitch for example, I can help out and make you sound the best you possibly can be.

If you want your vocal performance enhanced for a demo tape  or simply for your own use, just get in touch with me and we can have a chat about what I can do for you in more detail.

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Logic Pro X is here…..

Just downloaded my version today. All looks good so far on the specs. £139 for the App store of Apple. Loads of new features and a tidy new layout are  the first things you see. Some different names for things as well which might confuse initially but not for long!

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This weeks Stroud FM 107.9 Saturday sports show playlist

This week’s playlist on the saturday sports roundup played on 8th June

  • Bad to the bone – George Thorogood and the Destroyers
  • Doesn’t remind me – Audioslave
  • Bound for Glory – Black Star Riders
  • She bangs the drums – Stone Roses
  • Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top
  • Lips like Morphine – Kill Hannah
  • Come with me – Zwan
  • Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
  • Slob – Weezer

Show on every week between 9 and 10 on saturday morning