The Kids Are Alright.

The Who are often overlooked when there is a top 10 of the best bands but for me they merit a place no problem.
Formed in 1964 they have sold over 100 million records and singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townsend continue to perform 55 years later.
A string of early hits including My Generation , I cant explain and Substitute was followed up in 1969 with the bands 4 th album Tommy featuring the fantastic Pinball Wizard and See me Feel me.
It really is a great album and if you haven’t heard it you should get a copy.

The band had a reputation for being very loud with Townshend regularly smashing his guitars on stage and the hard drinking Keith Moon all cementing  their wild boys of rock status.
The Who has the classic line up of Frontman , guitar, bass, and drums. Townshend would spin windmills on his guitar and Daltrey whipping his mic they really were great showmen as well as having the songs to back it all up

All great things come to an end though and as with many flawed geniuses Keith Moon succumbed to rock and roll excess in 1978.

Check out the classic footage of the band at the Woodstock festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight in 1970 !

The Pentatonic scale.

It is the bedrock of most blues guitarists solos and the reason is most obviously the sound it creates but it is also extremely easy to learn and is the first scale I teach any student who has an interest in the blues and soloing.
Replacing the major 3rd and 7ths with their flattened cousins gives the scale it’s unique sound.
The amount of simple bluesy licks that can be formed with these 5 notes is endless.
Many of the greatest guitarists have relied on this scale for their soloing including Clapton Page and Angus Young.
The scale fits perfectly under the fingers and is easily moveable up and down the fretboard.

Clapton builds his solos around the minor pentatonic scale throwing in a few notes only he can find!


Lockdown lessons.

Due to the current lockdown we are all having to endure I am currently doing online music lessons.

Everything is pretty much the same except I have to  make my own cup of tea!
So if you are thinking about learning a new musical instrument to relax and relieve the boredom please don’t hesitate to contact me!