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The Guitar and Me

Updated: Nov 10, 2021

Throughout my life a guitar has never been far from my side. From taking my acoustic away with me on my first parent free holiday to receiving a new Yamaha bass for my birthday this year.Yet you know the guitar can be a very frustrating animal. It has only been in the last few years that I have seriously worked on my technique. Yes I've always known a few chords and a few simple licks but now I need to know so much more. Not only for recording but for live gigs as well.

I know the saying 'sounds good enough for reggae' but is it really true. There are two genres of music you can get away with an out of tune guitar. Country and Reggae. Well a little out of tune anyway. Whilst in a studio you can record bits and pieces you've still got to be reasonably accomplished to play live and that is what I have been striving to be. Singing and playing together is another level and requires immense amount of rehearsal unless you are one of the real gifted ones who pick it up just like that.

So the guitar, for me, is a labour of love and now I stand on the edge of a UK tour I need to play this thing well more than ever. Piano is my strongest point and I have constantly pushed the guitar aside saying I'll never be able to master that thing.

Well now the tables have turned and theres nothing much I can do but practice ready for that opening gig next spring. Better get back to it!

Throughout my life a guitar has never been far from my side. From taking my acoustic away with me on my first parent free holiday to receiving a new Yamaha bass for my birthday this year(below).Yet you know the guitar can be a very frustrating animal. It has only been in the last few years that I have seriously worked on my technique. Yes I've always known a few chords and a few simple licks but now I need to know so much more. Not only for recording but for live gigs as well. well. well. ell. ll. l. .

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