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Strathcarron’s Santa Dash

I am taking part in Strathcarron’s Santa Dash on Saturday 4th/Sunday 5th December 2021 because I want to support local people living with a terminal illness to live as full a life as possible, right up until the very end. As an independent Hospice, Strathcarron cares for over 1,400 people every year at a time…


29 June 2020

With the last regular episode of Lockdown Lead Guitar being uploaded to YouTube a couple of weeks ago I’ve been focusing on other things – live music seems to be making a slow comeback, but still under certain restrictions, but rehearsals have been ongoing. Ground Control to Major Tom? nah, not quite. As well as…


11 June 2021

So… despite deciding to finish of Lockdown Lead Guitar with episode 50, due to be uploaded on Monday, I decided to have a little fun with Pro Tools, amp simulation plugins and the new John Mayer single. Having seen the song performed live on the Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the internet experts dissecting what gear…


7 June 2020

The penultimate episode of Lockdown Lead Guitar has been uploaded to YouTube, and this time I’m revisiting a song from the 90s, and one the band I was in at the time played, with me attempting to cove the parts played by an orchestra on the original. Our bass player, one of the best musician…


3 June 2021

While there have been some new Lockdown Lead Guitar videos recorded and uploaded to YouTube, I’ve been a little negligent with this blog Episode 48 was recorded and uploaded today and it’s a song that I have a little history with; I was first introduced to the song by a student several years ago and…


19 May 2021

Yesterday was quite a day; I received my appointment for my first dose of the Covid vaccine, so it’s safe to say I’ll be in a hellish mood for a day or two next week if I have any side effects, in other news Lockdown Lead Guitar now has it’s 46th episode, and this one…


11 May 2021

well, it seems I have been a little negligent of this log, luckily I have no idea if anyone reads it, so…Anyway, as well as learning a bunch of songs for a band I may be working with, I’ve been adding to the Lockdown Lead Guitar playlist on YouTube, today’s installment was a Bon Jovi…


21 April 2021

With my studio reorganised to give me a fresher feeling workspace, I decided to work on the next Lockdown Lead Guitar video and went for ‘Maria’, taken from Blondie’s No Exit album. I was involved in recording a version of this song for a charity back in 2012, our version was in a different key,…


30 March 2021

Lockdown Lead Guitar #41 is Live on YouTube. This time I picked a favourite blues track as the basis of the improvisation, I’m not really a blues player so to add to the novelty I chose a blues song that has more than the traditional 3 chords ; Otis Rush’s ‘As The Years Go Passing…


10 March 2021

Lockdown Lead Guitar’s most recent episode is, after a little surge of 90s nostalgia, coming up to date, with a 2015 track from an artist most famous for his work in the 1970s. David Gilmour’s Rattle That Lock came out in 2015 and was supported up with a tour and a number of TV appearances,…