June 26, 2020

Phil Johari - Slow Burn (Part 1)

In the autumn of 2019, I became involved in the debut album project of Lancashire-based guitarist Phil Johari.  Phil is a versatile writer and player and takes real care over his creative process and when I was drafted in as an arranger,...

June 8, 2020

I've loved the music of Django Reinhardt since I became aware of him as a keen jazz beginner in the summer of 2005.  His cheeky style captured my musical imagination and I still play his records if I need cheering up.

Don't be fooled though - Django is a guitarist...

April 6, 2020

Here is a nifty little finger-twister that can be used as a springboard for further exploration.

The theory behind diminished scales is fascinating and the naming of the notes and intervals contained therein is a contentious issue among musicologists - 13/6/bb7 anyone?

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December 12, 2019

John ‘Rhino’ Edwards has had a varied career to say the least but is perhaps best known for being the longest-serving bass player in UK rock band ‘Status Quo’ after joining full-time in 1986.  He has also worked with Peter Green, Cliff Richard (on Dave Clark’s ‘Time’),...

September 24, 2019

I've recently been rediscovering the music I listened to as a teenager and, love them or hate them, Level 42 always feature in that list for me (thanks Scott!).  Mark King's basslines are engaging and the funk-pop grooves still float my boat.  Revisiting the music that...

January 21, 2019

I've been away for quite a while!  I'm still out and about playing, teaching and recording but I've neglected my blog for many months!  Is there anything you'd like to see here?  Let me know!

This is a great track from Wooten's debut album 'A Show of Hand...