Tag: music

Recording the electric guitar

I think that I may have solved my problem of recording my electric guitar.

I tried using the Peavey Vypyr 75 (mentioned in the previous post) as an audio interface today but found it a little too muddy without much fiddling and adjusting of the presets. I then tried using Native Instruments Guitar Rig in Logic and found most of the presets fairly bland and noisy though this might be due in part to some rusty technique. I then fed the headphone (speaker emulated) output of my Blackstar HT-1R into the line-in inputs of my Presonus Inspire audio interface, turning off the amp reverb and using Logic’s own reverbs, delays and modulation effects. Great results, not perfect but great! Clean hum free input with my modified Ibanez Blazer (Kent Armstrong humbucking blade pickups) that bothers nobody. And I can always put a dynamic mic in front of the speaker for recording when there’s nobody about.

Blackstar HT-1R not for sale!
A photograph of 2 (1981 Japanese ) Ibanez Blazers
My favourite guitar (left).

I will choose a path that’s clear…

I think I may have come to a decision regarding my next step(s). I’m hoping to revisit my Earth Balm material of 15 years ago and re-record, re-arrange, re-write it with a progressive rock mentality. My mate Andy Long (I hope it’s alright to call you a mate Andy) has been (no pun intended) instrumental in this. There’s no need for me to ditch the re-working that I’ve already done on the material and I’m filled with ideas for odd meter changes, modulations of key and tempo changes and melodic and rhythmic contributions. I’ve a new name in mind too but more about that at a later date.

I thought I might begin by remastering an EP of tracks and making them available via my band camp account as much as a statement of intent as an attempt to generate a little revenue :).

But first, I have to spend some time completing a generic cover letter and a new CV as I haven’t needed them for 25 years. I was hoping the job centre would get in touch to help out with writing and editing the documents. I’ve searched on line for examples but most of them were lacklustre and contained errors. I think it’s also true that I’ve acquired such a broad range of skills and experiences over the last 30 years that it’s difficult to know what to keep in and leave out. That will probably become clear when I start applying for work and can tailor content to the job requirements.

Please wish me luck in both endeavours.

Apologies for using a Rush song lyric for the post title.

Photograph of myself and Nigel Hodge at the Castle jam night. Copyright info to follow.

Retirement (at last)

Today is the first day of my official retirement (from teaching). So far it has consisted of nothing but phone calls to HMRC to sort out tax state pension and national insurance queries. I’m wondering what I should do next. Look for employment? Go self employed? Take a break and sort out the long list of jobs that require doing around the house?

Meanwhile, I’m still deleting school files and shredding school documentation. Looking forward to creating some music. At least I don’t face a 7.45 a.m. to 5.45 p.m. day with added marking when I get home – big smiley 🙂 .




The weather here has been fine and warm all day and I’ve had the chance to listen to Classic FM and my Coke Studio Pakistan CDs whilst travelling in the car. I’m inspired to say how important artistic expression is – music, writing, art, dance et al. Gosh dang it all :).

I’m hoping to find time to properly update the blog in two weeks time.

Photograph of me solo at the Islwyn Acoustic Club
Solo at the Islwyn Acoustic Club