Got my ticket

Went to the “Art Shop” Abergavenny today to pick up my ticket for this Thursday’s concert by Tony McManus.

tony ticket

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PMT Music Cardiff

The new PMT Music store opens in Cardiff tomorrow and I’ll be visiting. I won’t be able to buy anything as I spent some money on plug-ins in the Black Friday sales and I have enough music equipment anyway. Hopefully, I’ll find Mike Podesta managing the store. I’ll let you know!

Kelvin L Smith

I took a trip down to my parents today and discovered a tape cassette of tracks that I had recorded back in 1991 with Kelvin L Smith guitarist and ambient musician. I’ve lost contact with Kelvin even though I live just a few miles from him. Work commitments mean that I am virtually a recluse as far as local musicians and music go. It’s very much like Bill Nelson’s current work with Pink Floyd-like touches. My guitar work is very major / minor pentatonic but it’s a good prelude to the Earth Balm work in many ways. I’ll be archiving it to the Mac shortly (whilst I work on school planning of course).

Nik Forster Blog

Following a newsletter email from guitar luthier Nik Forster, I have downloaded an e-book of his archived blog posts. The ‘book’ features many fascinating photographs of his guitars being built accompanied by very informative commentaries. The e-book is a fantastic idea from Nik. It is available from this page: http://www.nkforsterguitars.com/thankyou/. Sign up for the newsletter while you’re at the page.

Guitars

I’m busy writing student reports at the moment so I only have time for a short post.

I love guitars. Steel string acoustics are more attractive to me than electric guitars. And classical guitars are more beautiful than steel strings. here are my two (budget) classicals:

An Admira with built in Fishman pick up and pre-amp and a Francisco Bros all acoustic nylon.

Photograph of Dale's nylon strung classical guitars.
Photograph of Dale’s nylon strung classical guitars.
Photograph of Dale's nylon strung classical guitars.
Photograph of Dale’s nylon strung classical guitars.

Currently I am mostly working on “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”.

Finally reading the dots. It’s a steep learning curve at this age!