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New Track – Gary Moore’s “The Loner” cover

Hey folks,

This morning I recorded a cover I’ve wanted to do for a while – it’s my tribute to Gary Moore, his track ‘The Loner’. The guitar world will miss his fantastic & inspiring playing.

I hope you enjoy my rendition, it’s a track that has been a big influence to me over the years:

http://soundcloud.com/johngregson/gary-moores-the-loner-john

John.

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“Love Story” Cast CD available

Dear all,

It is with great pride that I can announce the Original London Cast recording of “Love Story” is now available! Currently you can pre-order it at Amazon and Dress Circle, or download it immediately from iTunes here.

We had an absolute blast recording the session at the no-introduction-needed Abbey Road studios, worth hearing for that alone!

Of course, for the ultimate convenient package, you could come to the Duchess Theatre in the West End and pick up a copy there after seeing the show!

It’s official: our limited run will conclude 26th February so please make sure you pop along before then for a chance to see this wonderful show. The chamber music setting makes the guitar chair a delightful challenge, and everyone involved is thrilled to be involved in such a classy, individual show in town.

Hope to see you there one last time!

John.

"Love Story" CD Session at Abbey Road

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“Soloing Concepts” videos

Dear all, I’ve started a series of tuitional videos on YouTube under the banner ‘Soloing Concepts’. This is going to be a continuing series of developing ideas that are designed to give you some concepts to apply to your playing and practice.

Part 1: Combining Disciplines

Part 2: Harmonic Variations

Part 3: Rhythmic Variations 1 , Rhythmic Variations 2

There are quite a few more in the pipeline, so please subscribe to my channel for updates!

Thanks for watching.

John.

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Lessons Page & New Video

You may have noticed a plucky little addition to my humble navigation bar up there…

It coincides with my new tuitional video on my YouTube channel.

I hope you enjoy, and get some use out of, these videos.

John.

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*doff*

And why else should we have blog caps, if not to tip?


Attention should be drawn to a new blog emerging, blinking, into the vast overcrowded Metropolis of the blogosphere.


If you cannot get your regular Phil of Osophy, check this blog out. I found the latest post on computing & emergent AI very interesting.

And couldn’t resist reading the German bits in a Dr. Strangelove accent.

Happy reading!

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Biggin’ up Apple

I know, I know. I’m not a complete Apple Evangelist, but they are great.

For a start, I can run Logic Pro on my Macbook. Awesome.

But then, I started having issues with the optical drive & battery – and they fixed it instore for free! Gratis. If I had delusions of working towards the public good on this site, I might even say they did it pro bono¹.

I mean, that is GREAT customer service – which they can deliver given the nature of Apple being the sole manufacturer I s’pose, but still. Good on ’em. Bless their little cotton socks.

This is actually old news, since the repair was over 2 weeks ago, but every time I put in a disc and have it STAY IN THERE, I get a lovely feeling of human-cyborg relations², man and computer working towards a common goal.

Anthropomorphising is fun. At least until Cyberdyne’s prices become affordable.

[TOTH to xkcd as usual]

¹You don’t want to see what they’d do pro bonobo, but I’d imagine it’s frequent and sweaty.

²Yes, I should just have bought a protocol droid, I know. But they talk funny, and rust up like THAT.

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In which the humble author discovers Frost*, a band of whom awaresness previously evaded.

Again, I have to thank Dream Theater.
If they hadn’t booked Frost* as their opening act for their upcoming tour, I would doubtless have remained ignorant of this wonderful prog experience. As a proud ticket-holder for DT’s Leeds show in June (see you there!), I viewed it as my duty to find out about this oddly-titled group with such a love of wanton typographical symbols.

And I’m very glad that I did. “Experiments in Mass Appeal” is a superb example of modern Prog, that is at once nostalgic and also forward-looking. Incidentally, I hate over-used phrases like that one, normally symptomatic of exceptionally lazy journalism, but it’s the most appropriate one here, honest.

Jem Godfrey’s use of keyboard and guitar orchestrations lend an intelligent texture to the music, and Andy Edwards just rips on the drums. There are some lovely nods to bands such as Spock’s Beard, and even hints of Gentle Giant in there.

All in all, given I’m just emerging, squinting, from the dark cave of Metal, I think this is a portent to go back to some prog roots. After a month or two of Dimmu Borgir, Nile, Messhugah, Mastodon, LinearSphere, Cynic et al, a glimpse back to the sunny days of Prog feels like water to my parched ears. Ahem.

Ah, those heady hours of listening to ‘Snow’ by Spock’s Beard, or those marathon Genesis/Yes/Rush sessions. I’m back.

Despite the fact that the bonus DVD refers to a gig Frost* played in Glasgow, England (and they’re a British band!), it’s a wonderful document of a great creative force.

Yours in the grand parade of lifeless packaging,
John.

* I thought you’d look down here. Honestly, the asterisk is part of their name.

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