Alone Under The Stars

Over the last month I’ve been working with Mike Blair on some Country tunes for his band Mike Blair and Rafter B. Check out his website at www.rafterb.net. I’ve enjoyed our initial sessions. Mike has given me the go ahead to share samples of the tunes we record. This first one is Alone Under The Stars. […]

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Bliz Bluz

Last week the weather looked like it was going to warm up, then on Saturday we were hit with a spring snow storm. What to do when it’s snowing and sleeting outside? Get the Tele out and crank it, of course.On Friday night I received a shipment of some more great drum loops for DrumCore […]

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Promise of Spring

Its been a really hard winter here on the prairies but lately the weather has been showing signs of breaking. It warms up to above freezing and then its back down into the deep freeze. There is a real sense of longing building up. Last night I woke up in the middle of the night, looked […]

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Small Amps, Big Sounds

Last year I was working on guitar tracks for Mary Maclean’s Beyond CD. I stopped by Quest Musique in Winnipeg to pick up a few things when I came across a cool little amp, the Zinky Smokey. There were about 20 of them in a pail on the counter in assorted colours. I grabbed one and […]

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Lazy Man’s Wah

In 2007 I spent a lot of time in the US on business. This gave me ample opportunities to visit some of my favourite gear shops. Just one such shop is in St. Paul, Minnesota. If you ever have a chance and you love vintage and boutique gear, check out Willie’s American Guitars (www.williesguitars.com). In […]

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Stonebridge Guitars

A little while ago I was looking to upgrade my acoustic guitar. Steve Bell has been playing Stonebridge guitars  lately and he was kind enough to lend me a Grand Auditorium, which he tours with, and an OM 32.   The Grand Auditorium is a great live guitar with lots of punch in the bottom end. […]

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The Story of Stuff

Check out the Story of Stuff. This is a brilliant website that challenges your way of thinking about our consumer society. When I reviewed this I was struck by how we have all bought into chasing after things. Go to http://www.storyofstuff.com/ to view full presentation and them come back and leave a comment.

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Triplet Echo

I have a small home studio that provides me with an opportunity to record ideas. It is amazing how helpful recording yourself is in terms of identifying aspects of your playing that need improvement. Here is a recording I did to explore the layering of the classic triplet echo effect. I played a high part […]

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