Category Archives: General Music Stuff

50% Off The Kinks Musical – Sunny Afternoon

I got an email from a chap called Cameron at who wanted me to let you all know that after two very successful years, Sunny Afternoon, the Kinks musical, is closing. If you’d like to see it before it closes, you can get half-price tickets by following this link – If you like […]

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David Byrne: When to Resist Technology

I accidentally found this clip on this Vimeo channel in which David Byrne talks about technology used in music making. I am very ambivalent about technology in general and think its use in creating music has turned in to a negative force in many ways. Valve amps electric guitars and Hammond organs are great, sequencers […]

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Musical Time – The Drummer From Semisonic Writes About Feel

Here’s a series of blog posts I discovered courtesy of The Steve Goold Blog by drummer Jacob Slichter of Semisonic talking about developing one’s sense of time and all that encompasses. This is a topic that can seem quite esoteric and can be challenging to communicate to students about, especially with those who don’t listen […]

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I Saw The Kinks Musical, Sunny Afternoon

Last week I got to see the musical Sunny Afternoon which is based on the story of the Kinks and features their music. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I’ve visited the theatre (and have a couple of fingers to spare) and I found it to be a […]

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Free MP3 Metronome For Your Downloading Pleasure

Despite living in a world where you can install apps on your toaster, some of my students don’t have access to such modern miracles. So I whipped up this batch of 5 minute long MP3s with tempos from 60 BPM to 300 BPM in increments of five BPM (except the last few which go up […]

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Footes Music Store – Helpful & Knowledgeable About Drums

Like many people, I don’t go in to music shops much any more. Buying drum stuff online is easy, cheap and doesn’t involve having to deal with surly or smug music shop staff and lack of stock and annoying upselling and misinformation. A couple of weeks ago I went into the legendary Foote’s which recently […]

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Manu Chao – As Eclectic As It Gets

I have been listening to Manu Chao for a few years. His music, played with his band Radio Bemba Sound System, is a mixture of many styles including punk, reggae, ska and latin with a splash of gypsy music. The lyrics are equally eclectic being sung in several languages even in the same song. Manu […]

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Plug for Brighton Guitar Workshop

I just finished work on the website for Brighton Guitar Workshop. If you need any guitar repairs, setups or servicing done in the Brighton area, get in touch with them.They produce Bowler Custom Guitars and do fine work on electric and acoustic guitars and basses. They also sell spares like guitar strings & picks and […]

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