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Bendology in Total Guitar

It was fun putting together this article with Chris Bird for Total Guitar (Feb 2022), and using the whole BoomerBendGate as an opportunity for some bendological research. In so doing discovered some ridiculously killer zoomer players in Tim Henson, Mateus Asato, Wes Hauch, Ichiko Nito, Plini and all.

Archetypal WT1.5.3 Bend & Shake
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Guitar Jazz & Improvisation Music

Pat Martino GT Tribute

It was a painful privilege to write this tribute to Pat Martino (1944-2021) who passed away on November 1 2021. Published in Guitar Techniques Magazine Issue 330

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Audio Production & Engineering CVs Electronic Works Live Electronics Music Music Technology

Ableton Certified Trainer

Super happy to be made an Ableton Certified Trainer, and join a wonderful international community of artist-educator-technologists from 56 countries. Just 8 of us from the UK were selected since 2013, so it’s a real privilege. I am of course a technophile (=nerd), but I have a particular love for Ableton Live (and Push) which – now with Max for Live – is incredibly open, flexible, and linked to diverse forms of historical and contemporary music making in composition, performance, production, and programming. I genuinely love Live and Ableton and relate to their musical ethos deeply.

Milton Mermikides | Certified Training | Ableton
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Guitar Guitar Lessons

John Mayer in GT

My article on the remarkable John Mayer’s Blues techniques is the cover feature of Guitar Techniques GT328. Read it and (make your guitar) weep.

May be an image of 1 person, playing a musical instrument, guitar and text that says 'ACOUSTIC TRY OUR MOLLY TUTTLE BLUEGRASS WORKOUT.. GuitarTe 328" MBE20 que BLUES: Play like... JOHN MAYER Learn to groove like one of today' most accomplished and stylish bluesmen examples, fullpieces, tone, gear and more.. WE'LLMAKE YOUABETTER PLAYER MAWA JAZZ ROCK VIDEO LESSON Allen Hinds, with Steely Dan's Herington Gallagher bar solos the RORY Two fantastic styleofreland' blues genius SHRED JENNIFER BATTEN Five licks from the tapping virtuoso'
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MiltOnNotes Music Theory

MiltOnNotes: The 4 Chord Loop(s)

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Music Music Theory Publications Writing

J.S.Bach in Aeon

My essay on J.S.Bach’s crafty brilliance and its implications for us all is now published in the wonderful Aeon digital magazine. Many thanks to Nigel Warburton (author, philosopher and podcaster) for the commissioning, editing and constant support.

https://aeon.co/essays/look-into-the-secret-world-of-numerology-and-puzzles-in-bach

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Composition Concerts & Gigs Electronic Works Guitar

Insighted Down Under

The wonderful New Zealand classical guitarist and professor Matthew Marshall is touring Insighted in his 12-date tour around NZ and Australia (July-August 2021) in a super eclectic programme. Sounds great in rehearsals, what fun. Score now available.

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Guitar Music Music Theory Musical Illustrations Publications

Led Zep IV at 50

It was fun writing this track-by-track musicological analysis of Led Zep IV (50 this year ahem) for the cover feature of Classic Rock Magazine. Limited by copyright and terminology, it’s challenging and instructive to communicate deep theory without dumbing down. Also I now know how to hear the beginning of Rock n Roll and the bridge of Stairway. Get it here and all reasonable shops.

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Hidden Music in New Scientist

Hidden Music featured in the wonderful New Scientist Podcast

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Guitar Guitar Lessons Publications

Lessons from Eurovision

Total Guitar (Issue 345) has published an article on what Eurovision teaches us about music listening, and (guitar) performance. Some sample images below on rhythmic, perception, tempo and modulation respectively.

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Guitar Music Publications

Eurometal in Guitar World

My Total Guitar article is here re-adapted and syndicated in Guitar World. The intersection of Metal and Eurovision – Eurometal.

(Image credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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Guitar Lessons Jazz & Improvisation Publications

Holdsworth on the Radar

My article providing practical insights into the music and playing of the late, great Allan Holdsworth is now available for public free consumption on MusicRadar (including notation & audio). A teaser below.

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Music Theory Musical Illustrations Publications

Arvo Pärt Analyses in Print

Musical illustrations of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel and Beatitudes are now published in Arvo Pärt’s Resonant Texts: Choral and Organ Music 1956–2015 (Shenton 2018) and Illiano, R., & Locanto, M. (Eds.). (2019). Twentieth-century music and mathematics. Brepols.

These unpack the musical mechanisms of Arvo Pärt’s music as outlined in this lecture below.

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Audio Production & Engineering MiltOnNotes Music Technology

MiltonNotes:Spectral Layers

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Playing in the Key of Sea

A breakdown of the musical science of the Sea Shanty in Total Guitar Issue 344

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Live Electronics Publications

Two Blue Circles – published on Viribus

https://www.viribusmusic.com/shop/two-blue-circles-for-classical-guitar

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Electronic Works Live Electronics Publications

Corale for Solo Guitar & Live Electronics

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Guitar Music Theory Publications

Anatomy of a Guitar Solo

Originally commissioned for Total Guitar, this examination of the reader-voted top 50 guitar solos is now publicly available on Guitar World.

Notes per bar profiles
TImeline vs Popularity revealing ‘Mount Late 70s’
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Guitar Lessons Jazz & Improvisation Lectures & Presentations Rhythm

Art of Timing

Engaging directly with time-feel and micro-timing on the electric guitar with specific exercises and style studies. This is for many levels of player who wants to draw focus to the elements of groove which are often excluded, glossed over or mythologized in the learning process.

Art of Timing – for the development of Time-feel
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Guitar Jazz & Improvisation Lectures & Presentations Live Electronics Music Technology Music Theory Research

Digital Self-Sabotage

A live video presentation at the fantastic 21st Century Guitar Conference “in” Lisbon, March 2021, hosted by the wonderful Amy Brandon and Rita Torres. ‘Digital Self-Sabotage’ explores we guitarists’ deep and twisted engagement with the fretboard, and how technology can expand and disrupt this bond for learning and insight.

Digital Self-Sabotage Lecture