(430 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Rafael Cortes    "Don Cortes Maya"    (original)


A "taste of Spain" for this week, featuring legendary Flamenco guitarist Rafael Cortes from Granada in the south of Spain.     


(87 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Gorgeous! He has a very sensual New Orleans type of sound, and terrific horns in his ensemble ... thoroughly enjoyed this one, CG!


(7 replies, posted in My local band and me)

That's a noble accomplishment, Roger, and full ,marks for the substantial amount raised. Well done, good sir! When Mr. and Mrs. Booth founded the S.A. over 100 years ago, I wonder if they had any idea at what it would become?     


(14 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

So sorry to learn of your dear wife's departure, and am hoping that you eventually find comfort knowing that her difficulties are over.     


(4 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

keysandstrings wrote:

I play through a Blues Deluxe Reissue. The dirty channel is a weak point, but I never use it anyway.

Well you've certainly got a terrific amp there, and Fender tube amps are among the best for blues. Since you like the clean sound best, a set of higher quality pickups (Gibson, Seymour-Duncan, etc.) in your Epi Dot should make you grin for a l-o-n-g time.     


(7 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Terrific idea to ask this question, CG, and it's something performing musicians need to think about seriously.

I don't play in a band and usually don't play very loud at home. However I do wear hearing protection when running power tools, since woodworking is one of my favorite past times. I find these ones (below) work best, and I'll just have them around my neck until I turn on the saw, planer, jointer, etc. They reduce the sound by around 25 db, which hopefully keep me from going deaf in older age.



(547 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

TIGLJK wrote:

That was interesting - good music - lyrics had several twists to them. 

Good stuff - reminds me a bit of Genesis.

A question - why does the keyboard player have two keyboards - some bands have even more.  Are they in different keys of have different sounds or something?

That's a really good question, TIG.

At one time, a player needed several keyboards at hand because they wanted several different voices in a song (piano, organ, synthesizer, clavinet, mellotron, etc.) and needed them all programmed so they could go from one to another without having to interrupt the flow of the music to change programs. Companies like Nord, Korg, and Roland now make very sophisticated keyboards which can change on the fly (via foot switch) and also split the keyboard (piano on right side, organ on the left). Jordan Rudess (Dream Theatre) tours with a single KORG Chronos programmable keyboard, and uses footswitches to access everything it can do.



(4 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Welcome to Chordie K&S ... and a great question about upgrades for your guitar.

Epiphone make really decent guitars for the price, but their stock pickups often sound a bit "muddy" and lifeless. So a reasonably painless upgrade would be to drop a new set of humbuckers in it (like Gibson 490's or Classic 57's) and you'll notice an almost immediate improvement in tone and note definition. Other things (like a bone nut, new strings, etc.) will provide minor improvements, but the pickups are the real key.

And ... what type of amp do you use? That's also a conversation which will pay you dividends.


(547 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Steve Hackett (Genesis)    "Get 'Em Out by Friday"    Liverpool, 2015


Written by Peter Gabriel, this song is a musical play about an excessively greedy land developer, and the people he both uses and abuses. The original song appeared on Genesis' 1972 album "Foxtrot", which began a series of albums featuring Gabriel singing with different voices for different characters in various songs. In Hackett's rendition here, he uses three singers to do this, and as good as they are, they still don't quite match Gabriel's range and intensity. One standout here is Roine Stolt's coverage of Mike Rutherford's bass guitar lines, and he does a fantastic job. The Genesis group were all in their early twenties when they wrote this, which is staggering in itself. And for a comparison of how good this cover is, here's the original from the "Foxtrot" album:




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Thanks, CG ... I appreciate your views, and won't ask that you think otherwise. You're an accomplished classical guitarist, and I respect both your opinions and abilities.

When I began this column, it was to feature guitarists making music using their "flying fingers" on their guitars. Not every weekly feature has had someone tapping on their guitar, but there have also been features with classical, jazz, and flamenco ... the latter style also featuring regular guitar tapping. Not having an accompanying percussionist makes this style very portable, economical (only one paycheck), and also adds an element of creativity and talent. I don't like that some of them do a lot of damage to their instruments (which I don't do) but I do enjoy the creativity.

I hope you can at least enjoy the music itself ... which is the main point. Cheers to you, and thanks for always commenting ... much appreciated, good sir.


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Very interesting video, EB ... for anyone wanting their music to be seen / heard, he has lots of good ideas. I suppose the questions that need answering before getting to this stage are:

1) Why do I play / make music in the first place .. for myself, or others?
2) Is gaining an audience important to my creating / playing music?
3) Does having an audience some how validate / vindicate what I do?
4) Do I hope to receive some form of reward for making my music public?

I ask these questions from a personal perspective (obviously), because I have no desire to perform, entertain, or create music which I think others might want to hear. Music is a very personal thing for me, and offers an oasis in a nutzo world where I can lose myself entirely in something for a period of time. As selfish and silly as this might sound, someone else wanting to hear me play almost feels like an intrusion into my private space.

Now I'll say further that if someone wants to do both, that's terrific, and my hat's off to them. And for anyone who puts their musical creations up on SoundCloud, YouTube, or the like ... I wish them well and all the success in the world. I would just hope that any artist (music, painting, poetry, woodworking, etc.) does it for themselves first, for the sheer joy of the journey. And I suppose if that joy is there, then it will come through loud and clear if the artist wishes to make their work public. And I love to celebrate and promote great musicians making great music; it's just not something everyone needs to do to fully enjoy their own creations.

These thoughts might be worth two cents, but not much more. big_smile


(430 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Luca Stricagnoli    "Thriller"    (original by Michael Jackson)


Another display of Luca's innovative way of interpreting a song, incorporating multiple elements flawlessly.     


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Really good selection, CG ... thank-you. I wasn't familiar with Crystal, as she's considered a country & western performer, which is a genre I don't follow closely. She's got a terrific voice, really well suited to blues.


(6 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Such a terrific tribute to person who has obviously made a positive difference. Some teachers do indeed seem indifferent to their duties, but many / most of them are in the profession because it's a calling, and the care they exhibit is impressive.     


(9 replies, posted in My local band and me)

I love this is as an instrumental; wouldn't change a thing. Very atmospheric ... nice work.     


(8 replies, posted in My local band and me)

Good idea to record it, Beamer, and a very neat riff. I need to start doing that. A riff or chord progression will often develop while noodling around, and unless I keep at it for several days, it evaporates into the ether.     


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Big Big Train    "Judas Unrepentant"    London, 2015


BBT formed in 1990 in Bournemouth, England, and did only studio albums for their first fifteen years, i.e., no live concerts until 2015. Having relied solely on album sales through their website, many of which received terrific reviews, it wasn't until the last few years that they actually began performing concerts. With the distinctive voice of David Langdon (who sounds a lot like Steve Winwood) and an ensemble of talented musicians, BBT gives full value for their musicality and performance abilities. This group is a recent discovery for me, so this is their first appearance in Prog Rock Wednesdays ... enjoy!



(430 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Glad you enjoyed her, CG. Her online bio says she's only 22, and never really started playing until she was 12. She's obviously had good training and practices a lot, yet has a very relaxed / natural presentation ... good technique without being too mechanical.     


(430 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Gabriella Quevedo    "We Are the Champions"    (original by Queen)


An appealing arrangement & performance of this Queen classic, by Sweden's talented young finger stylist.


(17 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Nice find, Neo ... a beautiful looking guitar! The smaller body makes the head stock look larger than normal and the fret board wider than normal, almost like a lute. Looks like a cedar top and maple sides?     


(9 replies, posted in My local band and me)

Good observation about the early Floyd influence in your song, which came through clearly. Good work, mate!     


(8 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

There are some single note riffs which I find always tie my fingers in knots, even though I've been playing them for years. The worst ones are:

1) The opening riff from "Skating Away" by Jethro Tull (while singing "Meanwhile back in the year one")

2) The opening riff from "Life of Illusion" by Joe Walsh (I play it in standard tuning)

3) "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin (can rarely manage to mute the A-string consistently)

I've worked out the fingering to make them work, but just can't execute with consistency. Any others care to confess the songs that tie their fingers up?


(19 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Posting on the Forum is something I've enjoyed daily, even if it's just to encourage someone else who has posted. There's been some terrific poems / songwriting recently, and when a fellow Chordian takes time to show us their work, I feel it's only proper to acknowledge it. Truth is, it's all quite good! And CG's Friday Blues page is always enjoyable.

Lots to like here!     


(7 replies, posted in Poems)

Fantastic ... no words but WOW!



(547 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Thanks, CG ... glad you enjoyed them. For a small country, it's amazing how much music comes out of Poland, especially in the Prog Rock category (Riverside, Collage, Believe, Quidam, Satellite, Division by Zero, etc., etc., etc.).