Ye Banks And Braes – Robert Burns in John Martyn style (live)

The banks of the river Doon

UPDATED 09/11/2018 Following my post about  John Martyn I was thinking about where I’d used his guitar style most, and it was probably this Robert Burns song. Here’s a live video, recorded at home where you can follow the guitar style if you’re that way inclined. Also updated: the Now page Here’s the studio version … Read moreYe Banks And Braes – Robert Burns in John Martyn style (live)

Waveforms ambient looping (or Frippertronics 3)

Guitar and effects pedals

In my last couple of posts on Frippertronics I’ve shown how Robert Fripp started playing this form of wave-like looping soundscape, and I’ve demonstrated how I tried to copy it for my own enjoyment using various bits of equipment I’d accumulated over the years. That was very much derivative of Fripp’s music. In my own … Read moreWaveforms ambient looping (or Frippertronics 3)

How to play Frippertronics (2): into action

In my last post I described how I approach Frippertronics and ambient looping in general. I also talked about the equipment I use. But how do you approach it in a performance? Even if the performance is just for your own enjoyment? Over and over I’ve seen friends try the equipment and very quickly create … Read moreHow to play Frippertronics (2): into action

How to play Frippertronics (1)

What’s Frippertronics? Robert Fripp’s typically mock-academic definition of Frippertronics is the musical experience resulting at the interstice of Robert Fripp and a small, mobile and appropriate level of technology…. The origin of Frippertronics The origin of Frippertronics is well documented. Brian Eno introduced Fripp to the recycling delay effect of playing into a set of … Read moreHow to play Frippertronics (1)

My life in music: my first guitar

My first guitar was probably my first love too. The guitar had always been part of my fantasy life. I’d first seen it on the One O’Clock Gang, as a suave gentleman with a pencil moustache and a knowing half-smile stroked jazz standards from a large semi-acoustic with f-holes and gleaming dials and pickups, still glamorous … Read moreMy life in music: my first guitar