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The greatest rock band of all time………..

Kindadukish's Blog - I am not a number, I am a free man (The Prisoner)

My musical education started in the earl 1960s with the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Yardbirds and the godfather of British R&B Cyril Davis. I then began to investigate original Blues artists such as Sleepy John Estes, Sony Terry and Brownie Mcghee, Muddy Waters alongside the likes of Chick Berry and Bo Diddley who were having some commercial success because many British blues artists were covering their songs (listen to the Stones very first LP for a clear Diddley rip off).

Over the next 40 years I became an avid jazz fan and fell under the spell of the great Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett and many other esoteric performers.

I took in classical music from the minimalism of Arvo Paart and Terry Riley, the sweeping symphonic grandeur that is Mahler, Bruckner, Tchaikovski and the more contemporary composers such as Valentyn Sylvestrov, John Adams and James McMillan.

I have…

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Ukeleles & rock’n roll

Mike the Psych's Blog

I play electric and acoustic bass and guitar and I wanted something to add a different musical colour.

One of my friends had raved about the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain so I investigated, found that ukeleles come in four sizes from soprano, the smallest, through concert (alto), tenor to baritone.

And although ukeleles are tuned differently from a  guitar I realised I could easily transpose the chord shapes, so I bought one.

DSC00640Portability was also a factor so I opted for a soprano ukelele based on a Harmony Vita ukelele; a 1920s Art Deco style with the performing seals sound holes. (I think it looks more like the Scream mask).

The small size was a challenge for my long fingers but I liked the shape, which is different from the miniature guitar or the pineapple shapes, and it’s a lovely instrument with a solid spruce top and a built-in pickup.

Then I…

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