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Monday, January 22, 2018

Stairway to Heaven intro

I got myself a footstool and music stand to help me learn classical guitar, and while it may be a cliché the intro to Stairway to Heaven is a perfect piece for practicing finger placement. I don't read music fluently (working on that) but I am very familiar with that tune. So why not!

Friday, December 29, 2017

My new uke

I had some Christmas money and I got myself a baritone ukulele with it. Its a Brunswick BU4B and is tuned DGBE, the same as the bottom 4 strings of a guitar. It's quite a bit bigger than a concert uke and is about the size of a mini guitar. I called her Kalua which means Second Child in Hawaii...

Friday, December 22, 2017

Yet another new instrument

Another woodwind, bought with Birthday money, an ocarina made by Focalink. I ordered it from Amazon after watching countless youtube videos, convincing me of its quality. The one I originally was going to get, a Night by Noble, was only available via Japan on Amazon, and this ocarina came from Germany. I guess the instrument needs to gain popularity here in the UK other than that thing played in the Zelda games!
Not had chance to play it as yet, busy with Christmas stuff and such...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

RIP Fats Domino

Legendary piano rock and roller Fats Domino has died aged 89!
I have fond memories of hearing my mom play his songs when I was younger.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

A little something

On my Fender DG5 after a re-string with D'addario Extra Lights

Thursday, October 12, 2017

New strings for Tilly

I've had a pack of strings in my guitar bag for a while now, and today I decided it was time my Fender acoustic got a re-string.
They are D'addario Phosphor Bronze Extra Lights (.010 to .047) and what a difference they made!
Warmer sound and lighter on the fingers. Being a big, long scale Dreadnought the guitar has a high tension, so putting lights on seemed to be an ideal solution. Now it plays as easily as my Tanglewood!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

My two acoustics

Fender and Tanglewood go head to head. Its quite hard to choose between them-the blonde Fender DG5 (2004) has a bigger, deeper sound due to it being a Dreadnought style guitar but it's a bit too big to handle comfortably, and always hurts my fingers. The blue Tanglewood Discovery (2011) however is smaller, easier to handle but has a narrower neck less suited to fingerstyle I suppose. Both sound fabulous though and the Tanglewood played straight out of the box, whereas the Fender needed a set up, having a very high action from the outset.