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Back again!

Sorry everybody, I’ve been away for long time. Sorry for not replying to your comments but last two years have been very busy. My wife and I built a new house and that took lots of our time and energy. But the house is finished and it includes a guitar man-cave (my amps can be turned to 11 now!). I might post some pictures.

Anyway, a lot has happened. Saddest event of course was the death of Prince. I couldn’t believe my eyes when a friend sent a whatsapp with the sad message, it took me three days to recover. The best concerts I ever saw were by the little genius from Minneapolis (Lovesexy in 1988 and 20Ten in 2010) and I am absolutely going to miss him.

Not surprisingly, the death of Prince has caused an immense number of videos on youtube which are not being deleted. My favorites: Prince with Sheila E – ” a Love bizarre”, the Grammy performance of “Baby I’m a star” in 1985 and “Dance 4 Me” live on French television from 2009.

Other personal (guitar) news. Bought a second-hand Hohner G2T. My  Hohner G3T has some issues with the zero-fret which I had to replace. In order to always have a replacement I bought a second-hand G2T (the ‘2’ stands for the two humbuckers of this model instead of the ‘3’ which is the HSS set-up). I only totally had to ‘rebuilt’ the G2T and I decided to paint it in a groovy sparkling red color. Pictures coming up!

I got myself a BOSS GT100  multi-effect. Check my article on this nice piece of gear although it took me some time to master this beast (and I still haven’t completely mastered it…). I also added some articles on music theory, hope you like it.

Still working on the mini-Falcon (sorry Paul) and my Prince telecaster project. But plenty of time ahead! Keep coming back!

Marley

If you have the chance, go see the documentary ‘Marley’. It gives a good overview of he life and the career of one of the most influential musicians of the last 40 years.

"Marley" Movie poster

“Marley” Movie poster

The documentary is definitely made by a fan, so most of the times the movie isn’t that objective, but it gives you enough information to learn more about the person Bob Marley. On the one hand the sheer adoration nowadays, on the other hand the discrimination and racism (Bob Marley father was ‘white’) in his youth. The poverty when he was young, the conservatism of the Rastafarian movement (women were not allowed to wear trousers), his political involvement in the ‘civil war’ in Jamaica in the 70’s (was it political interest or was he just naive?), his tragic end etc. etc.

Go see it and most of it enjoy the fantastic music!

Chuck Brown dies at 75

On May 16th 2012, Chuck Brown the godfather of go-go died at 75 of pneumonia.

Chuck Brown, not very known to the public, especially in Europe, is regarded the godfather of go-go. Go-go (the music goes and goes because the underlying rhythm never stops) being a sub genre of funk in which endless Caribbean rhythms and jazz are mixed with a good portion of funk. You have to be an absolute non-musical idiot if go-go doesn’t move your hips. It’s the ultimate party music and therefore it’s sad most people don’t know his music.

I was introduced to Go-Go by a review of a Chuck Brown live album somewhere in 1987. It still took me about a year to get hold of this album (I was able to rent it from the Rotterdam Discotheque which has one of the largest record collections in the world) and it changed my world. Just listen to ‘Run Joe’ or whatever song on this album and gone are the rainy days.

Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers – Live ’87

I was never able to see Chuck live. I remember he played North Sea Jazz once but sadly I missed it.

Get his stuff at www.windmeupchuck.com

Van Halen tour 2012?

The guys are warming up, look at this great footage:

Eddie at Club Wha 2012

Eddie at Club Wha 2012

And I must say, the first single (Tattoo) sounds good, better then Chickenfo……????

 

Stunning 12 year old jazzer

Check his video:

I think I’m gonna tab parts of his solo, always steal from the best!

And did you also notice the guitar brand? Not a bad sound for a Richwood! But I like my RE-125 better!

Check this solo!

Just listening to ‘Red Hot Mama’ from Funkadelic. The guitar solo is great, just as smooth as Eric Clapton in the 60’s but with an American vibe. A real vault of licks. More coming up on this one!

Music Theory

Music Theory

Everything you want to know about music theory.

Building a Clapton “The Fool” Replica

Finished replica of Eric Clapton's "The Fool" guitar

It took me about 2 years, but I turned a cheap SG kit into a pretty good Eric Clapton’s The Fool guitar.

Check out how I did it here!