Sharing the magic

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For quite a long time I have been solely working on my own material which I compose and record in my studio in Dublin. Just over a year ago I decided that I wanted to get out and play with other musicians again so I put some feelers out to see who might be interested […]

Listen to this

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As a composer and musician it is sometimes hard to remember how important it is to listen to music. I spend so much time writing, practising and playing that it can be difficult to make time for that all-important task (and pleasure!) In my studio I have a sheet pinned to the wall called ‘Listening […]

Constructive criticism

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“The Critic” by Dave Shafer (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/) Some years ago I was a member of an excellent music forum called Sonikmatter. It dealt mainly with the ins and outs of the music production software package that I use called Logic but it was also for all things to do with the writing, playing and recording of music. It is […]

Scales, scales, scales..

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I have been studying and practicing scales and modes for many years. On the guitar, it is no mean feat to master all the important scales needed for improvisation because you always have multiple alternatives for where to find the same scale on the fingerboard; a guitar’s fingerboard is laid out in such a way […]

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