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Composition Film Scores Guitar Jazz & Improvisation Stuff to Buy

Martino Unstrung on Journeyman

Martino Unstrung (2008, Sixteen Films, dir. Ian Knox) – the Pat Martino documentary I had the unique privilege of scoring – is now distributed through Journeyman Pictures and available for rent, purchase on iTunes, GooglePlay, Vimeo as well as screening requests. A rare insight into a rare artist. https://www.journeyman.tv/film/6605
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Pat Martino & Milton Mermikides (2007) during filming of Martino Unstrung (2008)

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Fundraising Leukaemia Music Stuff to Buy

Towards The Sunlight – Digital Release

Following the successful (emotional, fun, wonderful) EGO concert at Bush Hall – a charity concert (raising close to £4000) with some of the finest musicians and friends one could hope to know – here’s another good reason to donate some more to the worthy charities. The Eclectic Guitar Orchestra’s Towards the Sunlight is a collection of donated tracks from the players and all proceeds will go to Leukaemia Research and the Anthony Nolan Trust. Enjoy.

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Guitar Guitar Lessons Stuff to Buy

Guitar Soloing DVD Out Now

 

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No 4 in a series of Guitar Instructional DVDs is out now! Available in many newsagents worldwide, or the interamawebs here

What’s in it (besides from a nice new shirt and guitar(s)? In the words of Future Publishing –

Everything you need to know to play like your heroes – with full lessons on your DVD
  • Theoretical: You will gain knowledge of scales and how to use them to make music
  • Practical: This will help you gain the technique and skills you will need to create solos
  • Style and Creativity: Listening to and adapting the playing of great guitarists is a brilliant way to begin developing your own vocabulary.
Play like Clapton, Hendrix, Gilmour, Page, Slash, Santana, Van Halen and many more
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Guitar Lessons Stuff to Buy

Texas Blues DVD Out Now

My 3rd in a series of guitar DVDs, Play Guitar Now: Texas Blues is now out on Future Publishing. Quite a lot of work this one trying to capture essential playing concepts of Lightnin’ Hopkins, Albert Colins, T-Bone Walker, SRV and all those other amazing Texan guitar-slingers.

You can pick up a copy in WHSmiths and other places, or online here

Texas Blues DVD

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Audio Production & Engineering Stuff to Buy

The Classical Guitar Compendium

Bridget’s book The Classical Guitar Compendium (Hal Leonard 2013) is now available on Amazon and Amazon UK

It’s a huge 160-page book of original (and beautiful) arrangements, with 2 CDs of Bridget playing the pieces.

The book launch at London Guitar Studio, with Craig Ogden, Gary Ryan and Amanda Cook playing a selection of the arrangements was too much fun to express in WordPress.

 

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Learning & Teaching Stuff to Buy

Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults: Jenevora Williams

Will wonders never cease, my 8-year old dream* of being a professional graphic designer came true momentarily, when asked by my good friend and singing guru Jenevora Williams to create some digital designs for her seminal teaching book Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults: Amazon.co.uk: Jenevora Williams: Books. Highly recommended. Here’s my illustration of 2-D formant frequencies so you can say “Ooooo” with confidence.

 

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* Dream when I was 8 not 30-something

 

 

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Guitar Learning & Teaching Publications Stuff to Buy

Chicago Blues Instructional DVD

 

 

My instructional DVD on Chicago Blues is now available in newsagents and online. The early Chicago Blues players – hugely influential on Hendrix, Clapton and the rest – are incredibly important in shaping much of what is now standard practice in all contemporary electric guitar playing. Researching these players was hugely instructive and I worked hard to distill and communicate some of these powerful elements on the DVD. And I have new guitarists in my pantheon of inspiring players Jimmy Dawkins and Magic Sam

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Film Scores Jazz & Improvisation Portfolio Stuff to Buy

Martino: Unstrung

Composition for Martino:Unstrung (Sixteen Films 2008) Full length documentary of the extraordinary life of jazz guitar legend Pat Martino.

“Perhaps the best documentary about a jazz musician ever made” – Victor L. Schermer All About Jazz – read full review and interviews here.

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Guitar Guitar Lessons Jazz & Improvisation Learning & Teaching Publications Stuff to Buy

Jazz Guitar DVD released

Jazz Guitar Instructional DVD published by the good folk of Future Publishing

In their words…

From the makers of Guitar Techniques this magazine and DVD package is especially for guitarists that can play from lower to upper intermediate level. It’s for those that want to strike out on the path to jazz – or who simply fancy adding some cool jazz chords or some juicy jazzy licks to their current arsenal of chops.

  • To get you started, the most useful chords and scales you can use in jazz
  • Jazz rhythm styles; now you’ve learn some cool jazz chords, do some comping (accompaniment) with them!
  • Learn some great lead jazz guitar licks
  • Playalong tunes:
    • Bossa Nova – in the style of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Charlie Byrd
    • Jazz-Blues – in the style of Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrell and Herb Ellis
    • Jazz-Funk – reminiscent of George Benson and Grant Green
    • Ballad – inspired by accompanists Joe Pass and Herb Ellis
    • Rhythm Changes – essential jazz progression first used by George Gershwin

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Guitar Portfolio Stuff to Buy

Dress Down Friday – The Voodoo Trombone Quartet

The Voodoo Trombone Quartet’s latest album is OUT. Lovely, lovely post ska eclectica. http://open.spotify.com/album/3ViPhvhno2st63A6tSAVSn Personell:

Paul Thorpe – Keys, Vocals

Milton Mermikides – Guitars

Matt Duke – Bass

James ‘Frank Watkins’ – Drums

Liz Mitchell – Baritone Saz

Nathan Thomas -French Horn

Pat Symes – Trombone

Richard Watts – Trumpet

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Audio Production & Engineering Composition Data Sonification Portfolio Research Science Stuff to Buy

Hidden Music

For a dynamic list of Hidden Music projects click here.

Hidden Music:Sonic is a collection of electronic works using compositional systems to translate physical phenomena of the biological world into complex mesmeric soundscapes. Source material include the DNA, colour and shape of microbacterial colonies, the population of blood cells during leukaemia treatment, the shape of the coronal suture of the human skull, tree-rings, MRI scans of the human brain and the passage of molecules through the cell membrane.

Bonus material! Album purchase includes 6,000 word liner notes, detailing the philosophy and process behind these works.

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The Theme Attic. Album now available!

A collection of Internet theme tunes (2008-2011) in glorious high quality (including themes to the Pod Delusion, Lady Geek, QED and GeekPop). Free to listen or pay little/what you like to own.

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