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  1. Very brave of you to put your head above the parapet! And good on you. I do have a question (me sir!) And would love to know your thoughts. I went through three years of music lessons at secondary school in the late 1970's and never picked up an instrument once. The school did have instruments, and an orchestra, but they were all reserved for the kids in the top streams. The riff raff in the lower groups got some perfunctory lessons on theory and that was it. I would love to have played, and was decent at the recorder in primary school, but all that stopped in secondary school. please tell me things have moved on since then!
  2. Only ever seems to be Andre flippin' Rieu on whenever I tune in.
  3. It always amuses me how musicians seem to be held to higher standards that other folks. So Eric Clapton hasn't produced anything decent in the last 30 years. So he's a mediocre musician is he? Let's apply the same rationale to some others. What about Steve Cram? As far as I can see, he hasn't produced any decent athletic performances since the 1980's. I saw him jogging round the park the other day. Looked a bit slow, if truth be told. Nothing inspirational in that. And what about Bill Gates? Hasn't produced a decent operating system since DOS 6.22. Windows 3.11, at a push. Totally mediocre if you ask me. Seriously, do we understand what mediocre really means? I'm right slap bang in the middle of being a mediocre Musician so I should know what I'm talking about. And Eric Clapton has nothing on me!
  4. A list that would be incomplete without Shirley Collins. Who, incidentally, released a new album yesterday at the age of 85.
  5. On the subject of poor grammar in songwriting, shouldn't 'Hello, is it me you're looking for?' be 'Hello, is it me for whom you're looking?'
  6. I suppose the recorder does have a bum rep from many of us remembering playing it at school. I really cannot listen to a descant recorder without having flashbacks to 30 kids playing London Bridge is Falling Down as if trying to reproduce the sound of hades itself. But the tenor recorder has a beautiful, mellow sound, that is quite soothing (except when I play it, of course). It also has holes that give a stretch not unlike the lower frets on a full size bass so I originally started on it as a way of keeping my fingers moving when travelling away for work.
  7. Anyone else been watching the BBC Young Musician finals on BBC4? I tuned in to watch the highlights of the woodwind finals. Really superb musicianship on display from everyone, as you would expect, but the winner communicated the piece in a way that left me absolutely entranced. I will confess to having a soft spot for woodwind as a family of instruments. I'm learning the tennor recorder but am finding it quite tough. Still, I'm persevering. But I just wanted to say home much I enjoyed this programme. Anyone else watched it?
  8. Currently watching a live acoustic set by Sonya and Glen from Echobelly on Facebook. This sort of live set is perhaps one of the very small consolations to come out of all this.
  9. Ok, just tried switching on mine. Plugged in. Switched on. Green light comes on at the front. A VERY low electronic hum can be heard with my ear right on the casing. But the fan is definitely NOT running. Left it plugged in for half an hour. Still no sound of the fan running. Does that help?
  10. Looper pedal. Not only still in its box, it's still in the original Amazon parcel.
  11. We all chip in with suggestions on an equal footing. Then we end up doing whatever songs the BL and guitarist want to do. Same thing with dropping songs that don't work. If the BL and guitarist still like them, they stay in. I've given up making suggestions now which works perfectly for everyone.
  12. To be fair, Hartke stuff is not necessarily all bad. By accident rather than design, I've got two Hartke 112 cabs and, driven by a 700 watt class AB amp, blows away everyone else in the band if I've a mind to. And the 4/8 ohm switching is useful for running one cab on it's own. My gripe is twofold. firstly, they are probably the worst company for inflating the power values of their most recent class D amps (I'm not talking about the older ones here). But, more crucially, their distribution in the UK is abysmal. Good luck if you do want to buy any Hartke product from a UK dealer because almost none have any actual stock to sell you. That's got to be down to the distributor. Soon Hartke will go the way of Blockbuster Video and Border Creme Eggs. something that you vaguely remember from childhood but can't quite put your finger on why.
  13. Which is fortunate as their UK distributor makes not being able to buy anything by Hartke incredibly straightforward!
  14. Does he have his own transport? Brings his own gear? Is he reliable? Unlikely to run off with the drummer's wife?Otherwise trustworthy? If the answer to all of those things is 'yes' I'd say he's 90 percent of the way to being a perfect band member. I'd cut him some slack and see how he settles in with the band. If you drop him, you may not be so lucky next time.
  15. In my main band, we don't so much play covers as covers of covers. For instance, we play a cover of Rocking in the Free World (yes, I know!) but a cover of the Suzi Quatro version. Actually, I add some riffs in from a Bon Jovi live version so it's a completely different version to the original. Same thing for a cover of House of the Rising Sun. We do a cover of the Frigid Pink version, not the Animals version. The only cover where I do try to follow the original is You Oughta Know but precisely following Flea's riffing in F# is kinda tough. I think i play all the right notes, not necessarily in the right order! So I suppose it all depends on how your band sees the original material. If you're a tribute band, then by all means follow the original. But some bands like us see the original as source material only to be played in our own style.
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