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8 March 2021

The Lockdown Lead Guitar series on YouTube has been, so far, my interpretation of various riffs and solos hat I kinda like, last week I’ve turned inward and recreated the solo from a song I wrote back in the 90s. Demo’d on a 4 track at some point in 1997, and recorded in 1998 with…


16 February 2021

After a couple of lazy weeks I recorded the next installment of Lockdown Lead Guitar today, once again featuring the awesome playing of Wet Wet Wet’s Graeme Duffin, I think this is the third entry in the series to feature my take on his playing. The song If I Never See You Again was the…


29 January 2021

Since I’m coming up on my 21st (for the second time) I’ve set up a donate page on Facebook to raise some money for the charity Help Musicians. If you are able and have a Facebook account, I’d ask you click here and donate whatever you can. It’s thanks to this organisation that I’ve been…


25 January 2021

I’ve been a little lazy with updating the blog since the new year, but I have continued to make videos for the Lockdown Lead Guitar series and they are live on YouTube. Last weeks entry in the series was Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ and used an Eggle Iommi artist model guitar from 1995. Today I decided…


18 January 2021

2020 is over!!! That’s a good start to 2021 by it’s self, and I’ve added a new video to the Lockdown Lead Guitar collection, this time is a track from David Gilmour’s 2006 Album On An Island. This is based on the main solo towards the end of the song and is interesting in that…


22 December 2020

With tier 4 covid restrictions being imposed on Scotland from December 26th, it would appear the Speedtrap reunion gig scheduled for that day won’t be happening. Hopefully we’ll be back on track for December 2021 where the guitar solos will have twice as many notes. With this in mind I’ve decided to pluck episode 31…


15 December 2020

All the way back in March we thought the covid pandemic would be resolved within a few months and I thought my YouTube series of guitar solos would be lucky if it reached 10 episodes. Well… Episode 30 was uploaded last week and there has been some progress with a vaccine, fingers crossed 2021 will…


3 December 2020

No bitching about the lack of live music today, instead I’m gonna pretend to be happy that we had some snow fall over night, since it’s December I’m only a Die Hard viewing away from agreeing it’s almost Christmas. Musically I’m keeping myself busy learning new songs that my students have asked about, this week…


26 November 2020

Another week with no gig news to report, and with out local area moving into tier 4, we’re pretty much locked down again. Too keep myself sane, relatively speaking, I decided to tackle some Scottish pop from 2007 for this week’s Lockdown Lead Guitar; it’s my take on the solo from Wet Wet Wet’s ‘Too…


18 November 2020

Lockdown Lead Guitar episode #27 is on YouTube, this one was inspired by a student asking about the song, so it felt like a little self indulgent improv was in order. The original version of the song from JJ Cale dates back to 1975, with the Clapton version appearing 2 years later. The version of…