Rob MacKillop

June Already – General Update

In Music on June 9, 2012 at 8:03 am

Time is flying by, so I should take stock of what has happened this year.

I had some fun with a guitar by Michael Nalysnyk of http://www.historicalguitars.co.uk. He made a copy of a Lacote guitar, the type favoured by Fernando Sor. So, I made a few videos of Sor’s music on this beautiful instrument (which is on loan from Michael – many thanks!)

You can view all these videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/RobMacKillop/videos?view=1

I also added a few more to my Mickey Baker Jazz Guitar book series, including:

And a very beautiful arrangement from 1950s, by Barry Galbraith, of Lerner and Loewe’s “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face”

 

As usual, I’m getting torn between different styles, instruments, periods, but life would be tedious otherwise. I love all the music I play, therfore there is no problem. I’d like to do more jazz, maybe working with a singer.

I’ve also made more contributions to my http://www.ScottishLute.com project – see the updates page.

Photography is a fairly serious hobby with me now, and I’m halfway through an Open University course in Digital Photography. You can see some of my efforts here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/robmac1/sets/72157629503917131/

The next few months? Stay tuned…

 

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  1. Hi Rob, I send greetings from Spain, congratulations on your work and thanks for sharing it with everyone.

  2. Rob I’m looking for feedback on the Loars. I’ve received a lot of negative responses from people about their construction. Yours sounds great as does your playing. I’m about to start working in a Lang/Venuti type string group and want that sound. The eastmans seem to have too “modern” a sound and I’m trying to avoid an older instrument that needs an overhaul. Appreciate any feedback or wisdom you could impart. Thanks.

    • The build quality is apparently variable, and I was lucky to get a good one. However, I’ve since sold it, as I grew a little frustrated with the pronounced V-shaped neck, which is historically accurate, but a bit of a problem sometimes when playing certain passages. But, for the price, a good one is a good buy. I agree that Eastman and Peerless have a more modern sound. Not sure what I would buy now if I were in the market for an all-acoustic archtop. Gibson’s are very expensive. Maybe a Hofner, German-made?

      • Thanks for the quick reply. I know a guy at a Guitar Center and they have a 30 day money back policy. Might give one a shot.

        Sent from my iPhone

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