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New website!

I wanted an overhaul, but it wouldn’t let me transfer domains so I just did a new one!

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Time Signature Madness!

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A few months ago I asked my friends on the wonderful world of Facebook for their favourite or most interesting songs with alternative time signatures or something interesting about their rhythms/feel. Here is the list we came up with.

When I say alternative time signatures, I mean ones that aren’t just in 4/4 3/4 or 6/8, although some of these may well be with something else quirky about them.

I’m not gonna put links to videos – lazy.



Take Five – Dave Brubeck

Seven Days – Sting

Mission Impossible – Lalo Schifrin

Everything in it’s Right Place – Radiohead – or 10/4

From Eden – Hozier


Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel

Times Like These – The Foo Fighters – in 4 and 7 later on


March of the Pigs – Nine Inch Nails – 7/8 for three bars 8/8 for one

Money – Pink Floyd – other than the guitar solo in 4

Them Bones – Alice in Chains

The Sounds of Muzak – Porcupine Tree (count it as 3+3+3+3+2 to make 14, it’s easier)


Blue Rondo à la Turk – Dave Brubeck

I Hung My Head – Sting


Postman Pat Theme -Bryan Daly – 3/4 bar within 4/4

Kashmir – Led Zeppelin – 4/4 (drums) vs 34 (everything else) + random bar of 9/8

Black Dog – Drums in 44 guitar and bass in 5/4 – 5 over 4

Golden Brown – The Stranglers – 13/8 – or three bars of 3/4 then one of 4

Heart of Glass Blondie – carefully placed bars of 3/4 within 4/4

Hey Ya – Outkast – sneaky bar of 2/4

Paranoid Android – Radiohead – 4/4 7/8 8/8

Commemorative T-shirt – Oceansize – 9/8 and 11/8

Why Do You Hate Me – Marmozets – 9/8 4/4 3/4 11/8 2/4 – in different orders within the first 15 seconds of the song. Ouch.

The Riverboat Song – Ocean Colour Scene – 6/4

Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield – 9/8 7/8

Turn it on Again – Genesis – 6/4 and 7/4 (13/4) for some parts.  4/4 5/4 (9/4) in others.

2+2=5 – 7/4 8/4 4/4

The Pyramid Song – Radiohead – See below:

The Terminator Theme – Brad Fiedel –

Random others that are interesting:

Six Ate – Camel

45 – Bearskin

Subdivisions – Rush

It’s Indian Tobacco My Friend – Cornershop

To the End – Blur

Dave’s Gone skiing – Toto

All Radiohead time signatures in almost mundane detail:

Here’s a Spotify link to them all: (there are probably a few missing)

This post is more detailed than mine:


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What electric guitar shall I buy my child?

(If you) “Buy Cheap, you’ll buy twice”

So I get asked this a lot. Horrible when a student comes to lessons after Christmas with a guitar that would be better used to bash out a fire to be re-lit as another fire than plugged into an amp.

This is my exact reply to the last one. I’m not up for editing it or removing the links. Mostly it’s down to preference and opinion I guess.

Just buy a HSS Yamaha Pacifica and be done with it….Ideally one that’s already been set up.


I was fortunate enough to get this Strat as my first proper electric guitar after playing my dad’s old rusty relic guitar for years. I still play and love it to this day so worth every penny!



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A lot of the starter kits tend to be quite terrible. It is quite easy to buy an electric guitar which is practically unplayable these days (one of my pupils has done this recently and I can’t express how bad it is!) so I’m glad you asked!

I always recommend Yamaha Pacificas as they are very good for a small relatively small amount of money. Though they are a little more than what you’ve been looking at. Fender squires are ok as well but the quality can vary from guitar to guitar.

The Epiphone Les Paul Express guitar are surprisingly good for such a small amount of cash (but not half as good as their full sized brothers):

The Fender Squire minis are probably better than the epiphone though:

The school has one of these actually.

Electric guitars are smaller than acoustic/classical guitars anyway and I think “child’s name” would be fine with a full sized guitar. The advantage of a full sized guitar is that the string tension is higher and therefore the intonation is (usually) better.

If the member of shop staff can tune it up and play a few chords that sound good then it should be ok. If they can’t do this don’t buy it essentially. Another problem that makes cheaper guitar unplayable in when the strings are too far away from the neck so it’s very hard to push the strings down onto the frets.

I hope this helps, sorry for rambling. Buying cheap guitars in a total minefield!

It’s hard to tell how good a guitar is without playing and they vary even if they are the exact same make and model.


Followed by another quick mention:


However this is much better than the Epiphone Express and you can get them from Dawsons in Leeds City Centre I think…



I’d be interested if anybody had any other opinions?







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Soundwave 2016

Figured I should post this before I forget…

Soundwave 2016:

Another belting year at Soundwave Croatia including a longer road trip (stopping by Oxfordshire, Nijmegen, Berlin, Prague, Graz, Villach and Strasbourg), a slightly shorter and less sunny stay at Tisno, accidentally having dinner with Craig Charles, dancing to Gentleman’s Dub Club and thunder storms!

I played at my old guitar teacher’s wedding the night before being picked up from Witney in Oxfordshire to start the long journey to Croatia. We set off about 10/11ish and easily made our ferry across to Calais with no sea sickness to speak of and started to make our way to our first destination in Nijmegen. We spent two nights in Berlin and had a rehearsal in Noisy Rooms which is an awesome rehearsal space with great equipment.

We then proceeded to Prague via a music shop to buy some new gear as we had some laptop problems. The gig in Prague was…interesting and eventually turned into a blues and folk jam after playing some acoustic arrangements of Rogan songs. Leaving Prague early in the morning after some of us spent the night clubbing and some got an early night, we set off on our last leg of our trip to Tisno via Graz to pick up Josh’s brother.

We arrived quite late at the festival site and were swiftly pounced on by plain clothes police officers who decided we needed a full search. After seeing the amount of gear piled up in the back, they swiftly changed their minds and skulked off into the night leaving us to unload all our stuff, collect our festival and AAA passes and find our apartments. Aside from a few accommodation issues and the occasional power cut, the rest of the festival went off without a hitch and both gigs were great and we had photographers and videographers to boot! The sound was as great as it was last year thanks to the amazing sound team (especially Kim!)

The next day we went out for a celebratory meal to Teresa (mostly because we were knackered) where we accidentally sat next to Craig Charles, who is hilarious and a truly lovely man, along with his family.

The trip back was long, hot and tiring but we managed the whole thing without trying to kill each other and even included a lovely night and dinner on the outskirts of Strasbourg. After the ferry we went via Witney again to Manchester and finally tumbled into Leeds about two in the morning with about 3500 miles on the clock.

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New website, new Blog?

I never really new what a blog was? I still don’t think I do haha. hmm…. we shall see.

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