I have a photography blog – photography is my hobby. As I’ve just updated it with a new post, I thought I’d provide a link here.
This is the site: imagesrm.com - and the latest blog post is at the top of the page: Meditations On Kolbenneblok.
What else is new? Well, I’ve added a new page to this site, devoted to my study of the plectrum banjo. LINK.
I will be performing a 30-minute plectrum-banjo recital at THIS EVENT is Huddersfield on the 26th October.
Twenty Popular Uke Tunes For Kids!
Fresh from Mel Bay Publications, my latest uke book, this one aimed at kids, but if my adult students are anything to go by, this one will be popular to all ages!
and a video to promote it:
Available in most good stores, but also from the Mel Bay website, where it can also be downloaded as a pdf with mp3 soundfiles…
This is one of the very beautiful Ukrainian folk song arrangements by Jacobus Olevsiensis. Played on a lute by Bill Samson. I very much enjoy playing these arrangements discovered by Roman Turovsky, who also made the video…
Something a bit unusual, perhaps… Here are two test recordings I’ve done of pieces of cello music by Bach, which I’ve arranged for the Gold Tone Cello Banjo (CEB-4). I think they work really well, and have confirmed my decision to arrange the first three cello suites of Bach for the Tenor and Cello Banjos. The publishing giant, Mel Bay, has agreed to publish the arrangements, and that book will have an accompanying CD.
Here are the two cello banjo performances:
I already recorded the full first cello suite, played on a magnificent Tenor Banjo by Deering, the Eagle II:
Frank Converse wrote the most advanced music for the banjo in the 19th century. Here are two of his pieces from his Analytical Banjo Method of 1887, The Dell Schottische, and Boquet Mazurka.
The banjo is from circa 1900, by Parslow, with nylon strings.
The young animator, Nik Ottinger, used my banjo playing to great effect in this moving short film. Enjoy:
I’ll be giving two seminars at the first Edinburgh Guitar and Music Festivals.
Saturday 25 May – Fingerstyle for all styles
In this workshop I’ll be looking at how people have played fingerstyle over the years, the changing styles and techniques, and how their technique affected the music they played. I will also perform some classical guitar, some ragtime, as well as my own arrangements of Scottish music in Open D tuning.
Monday 27 May – Ukulele for Guitarists
I will introduce the family of ukuleles, the techniques used, a little background history, and perform lots of items from my seven ukulele fingerstyle books.
Hope to see you there. See the Festival website for details.