Welcome to July's Newsletter.
Well, our glorious summer
rolls on – maybe not the correct adjective; drought then flood with limited
sun! The England football team has just crashed out of UEFA Euro 2012 and
our Olympic Team GB seems to be stuttering in some departments before the
start of the great event. Mix all of this in with the constant media flood
of austerity and depression not to mention banking fraud.
Are there any reasons to
At the time of writing
this Newsletter, Andy Murray is surviving well in Wimbledon and the England
Cricket team has just beaten the West Indies AND we have two
brilliant Guitar Weekend courses coming up in the next two months – tenuous
link I know.
20 July - Rock & Gear (with the irrepressible Eddie
31 Aug – Country (with, compared to Eddie, the serene
Lee Hodgson) #
Continuing with our free lessons; something that is covered
in great detail by our Country tutor, Lee Hodgson, and also looked at on all
of our Weekends - Double Stops. More on this later in the Newsletter.
Rock & Gear Weekend (20th of
Any Rockabilly (Carl Perkins), or
classic rock (ZZ Top)
fans, will love this Weekend. Eddie Allen is currently touring with
Marty Wilde together with his mate Neville Marten from GT magazine but he's
taken a weekend off to do this Weekend for us. Eddie was the first editor
for Guitarist magazine when it was in Ely and he was also the main
demonstrator for Fender Guitars and Amps in the UK for many years.
If you need to get a better sound from your amp and guitar,
plus find out what FX you really need and how to connect them then this is
the Weekend for you. It's a chance to learn some great rhythm techniques a,
rock & roll riffs and classic rock sounds. With a look at more contemporary
rock techniques and how to sort out your own backing tracks we can guarantee
you an excellent and rewarding Weekend. Only a couple of places left now and
just to help you make up your mind we’re offering a special offer
Aims for weekend - good sound - great rhythm - and a solo.
Download the Summary for the
weekend and add your own requests.
NEWS OUT THERE IN THE GUITAR-ETHER
We were really sorry to hear about Johnny
Dickinson’s debilitating illness – I saw Johnny perform with Tommy Emmanuel
some 6 years ago in Wargrave – what a smooth slide player and laid-back
singer – very tuneful and easy on the ear! I’ll never forget his question to
Tommy on the night, “Are there any chords I can help you with?” I didn’t
even have to convert my wife to Johnny’s music – his songs are cool, slick
and sometimes haunting – check him out if you haven’t heard Johnny – you
won’t be disappointed and you could really help him and his family at this
time if you order his latest compilation download. Only £5
it includes artists such
JAN AKKERMAN, TOMMY EMMANUEL, JOHN RENBOURN, TONY
McMANUS, JENNIFER BATTEN, AZIZ IBRAHIM, JOHN SMITH, CLIVE CARROLL,
WIZZ JONES and THOM BRESH.
All have given a track to make up this excellent download.
If there is some interesting local
guitar-related news out there that you want us to mention then just let us
Special offers on at the moment **
** Eddie Allen's Rock & Gear Weekend, 20th July for £325
(fully residential) just quote EASP-Jul12
Registration and Booking - Dates -
Improvers Rock Weekend has moved to the Westmorland hotel (Cumbria) to make
way for our new Introduction To Jazz Weekend which starts on 16 Nov
at Farncombe (The Cotswolds). This course is filling up very nicely – if
you’re interested in venturing off the beaten track from Blues, Rock or
Country then this course can be a gentle introduction to this genre for the
newcomer or, for the already-converted, some excellent help to crack through
any aspects you might be struggling with.
The 2013 course schedule
is nearly finalised
over the next two weeks and it will be posted on the web site
– I’ll also publish it in next month's Newsletter. You’ll see lots of
familiar courses and hopefully some new ones (an Acoustic-only is
By the way, if you have
any suggestions for courses that you would like to go on, but don’t
think that there’s anything suitable there right now, then just let us know.
We are always on the lookout for these. I think adding new courses is good
for students and tutors alike.
Requirements page. to see what you need to come on a
Now lets have a look
at some harmony, double stops or just playing two notes
at the same time.
Have you ever been
listening to a tune and wondered how the guitarist gets
that great sound. A lot of the time it's because he's
double stopping. Getting a bit of harmony by using two
notes played at the same time. Sounds simple just play
two notes at the same time however it's not so easy
deciding which two notes work together every time. Also
there can be a lot of technique involved on how you play
those notes. Mayby bending the first not then adding the
second one, adding some heavy distortion, sliding into
the double stop or bending both notes and adding a bit
of vibrato. Gerry Donahue is a good one to listen to for
this. Used clean in country, dirty in blues and lots of
octaves in jazz they add lots of interest to any solo or
So to make a start First
you have to learn where they are and practise moving
between them. Get to know where you are and which ones
work best. In the first lesson on the web site I'll show
you an idea that Lee Hodgson introduced on our Country
weekend. Lee is a great exponent of double stops. His
next weekend 31st of August.
The link to download
pdf with instructions & tab:-
another backing track and
video lesson available on this web site page.
Thanks to Lee Hodgson and Lick Library for this
We really value your
feedback on the exercises/lessons – having received some
excellent comments it seems the exercises certainly seem
to be making a difference for some players. Keep your
comments coming? If you have any tried-and-tested
exercises that you’d like to share then let us know; for
next month we have an excellent rhythm/strumming
exercise to tell you about.
I've been doing the first lesson virtually every time I
pick the guitar up. I spend at least five minutes at
least once a day. The other times maybe just up and down
a few times. Sometimes my left hand plays itself, other
times it's like I'm doing it for the first time! It
works wonders for the alternate picking though; I do
that almost without thinking about it now."
All the best Dave W
Click here for
More customer comments
mentioned last month about the
superb collective tutoring talent that we have here at Guitar
Weekends; our Facebook following and repeat customers
are testament to this. The combination of these tutors
and our great venues means that it’s a real missed
opportunity and experience for those of you out there
who haven’t tried one of our courses yet. Check out some
of the comments from earlier weekends this year.
Best regards to you all
Ronnie and Malcolm
See the photos
Items For Sale
Only a few items for sale
on the web site, old Fender Guitar Pins, Red Jay Turser
Guitar (gold fittings) and a few amps.