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26 June, 2015
I am still alive and well and at the moment in…er, where am I? Oh yes, just arrived in Mexico...  
17 May, 2015
Took a train from Liverpool Street Station in London to Norwich on Friday. Nothing special about that, except a station...  
10 May, 2015
Just arrived back in London town. My advice is that learning to pluck would be excellent therapy for the trio...  
3 May, 2015
– to achieve it is a circular process, not a straight line – Technique is often discussed as a pre-requirement...  
25 April, 2015
I write these words from my New York hotel at 5pm. I have just arrived. I’m OK – but only...  
11 April, 2015
An old friend of mine once said that if you can’t explain something to me so that I can understand...  
3 April, 2015
I have spent much of Good Friday on my hands and knees trying to find loose screws (which have fallen...  
27 March, 2015
The story of how I ended up with her playing the lute… Was there ever a more surprising woman than...  
20 March, 2015
– and play through all your favourite music, no sweat – 1 Play through single line music like recorder sonatas...  
14 March, 2015
– tick them off one by one and you’ll be on your way sooner than you think – 1 Improvement...  
9 March, 2015
THIS MONDAY 7th SEPTEMBER!!! Yes, that means you should enrol now if you are a new student. There will be...  
1 March, 2015
– but the guitar world is the last to recognise this, as was revealed in London on Thursday – It...  
22 February, 2015
Here is an imaginary conversation in the manner much loved by the Ancient Greeks of an imaginary conversation between a...  
14 February, 2015
Many is the talented guitar player who has come seriously unstuck by ignoring the warning pains I describe below. And...  
10 February, 2015
It can be a complete waste of time. There are other ways to improve your playing. 1 Contrary to popular...  
8 February, 2015
– for everywhere I go I am reminded of guitar playing – Decided to put the old box away, close...  
31 January, 2015
– only music stops me from tipping over the edge – Arrived back in London town, shocked, on Wednesday after...  
22 January, 2015
Very pleased to share with you some highlights from my activities for 2015: 24 – 26th January, Oklahoma, USA I...  
17 January, 2015
Also: an Apache Concerto, the best fish dish ever, and my week in Mexico My eye was caught this week...  
3 January, 2015
– Stick to them and 2015 will be a great year for us – unless events take over like in...  
28 December, 2014
My next blog will be posted during the first weekend of the New Year 2015. Best wishes to all for...  
18 December, 2014
Here are a few quotes which I have found thought provoking and amusing during 2014. Enjoy Christmas, or if you...  
13 December, 2014
– The Crown Jewels of English Lute Music now available free online in Matthew Holmes’ hand-written manuscripts – His name...  
6 December, 2014
Classical guitarists are famously reputed to be unable to string together a sequence of phrases without an exaggerated reliance on...  
29 November, 2014
– but it all started with crowds going mad in a department store – This has been a joined-up sort...  
22 November, 2014
– first get the sound right, and dexterity will follow on from that- Right hand technique is about two things:...  
17 November, 2014
While right hand technique hogs all the attention, left hand technique is considered mechanical and simple by comparison But is...  
7 November, 2014
Can’t let this moment pass without noting the passing away of flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata. If ever there was...  
25 October, 2014
– all of these exercises take less than 60 seconds each – 1 Open string arpegios in different patterns. How...  
25 October, 2014
– the complete bluffer’s guide, which might just turn you into the real thing. Now, that is what I call...  
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