How to Build Your Own Pedalboard

As a guitarist one of the things you eventually get into is effects pedals. For many years I used the programmable multi effects units and never needed a board. I upgraded to start building a collection of the good reliable and hard working Boss Pedals. For a while I only ever used two, and so […]

Adding Stereo Speakers

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been focused on my music and in particular my studio set up. After rebuilding an old organ to make it a MIDI keyboard and computer desk, it was time to find some more permanent speakers or studio monitors. Sound wise, I do have to balance out the tone […]

iTunes: Get it to do what you want it to do.

So a while back now I was frustrated with iTunes. I was frustrated at it’s insistence to monopolise my music collection by organsing it for me, but without allowing me to choose just how it is organised. For instance, when I first started collecting my music in mp3 format, I decided that I wanted my […]

How to build a Mandolin

The following is some of the things I learned along the way of building and constructing my kitset Mandolin. The kitset is a SAGA Mandolin AM-10. I suspect other kits are similar in the pieces they include. Hopefully, you read this BEFORE constructing, and so you don’t make some of the same mistakes I did. […]

Studio Wall

I’ve finally decided to begin work on the mural for my studio. I wanted something classic, with a little bit of my own flavour. I knew I wanted that black and white rock portrait silhouette feel, and so I just had to come up with the musicians that have inspired me. Obviously Eric Clapton had to […]

Hillsong Live – God is Able: Review

The first time I listened through the album I was a tad disappointed. Usually there’s a bit of a guarantee that there’ll be a hit song on a Hillsong album. But nothing stood out. So I do what I usually do, and put the CD in my car. It’s now been in there for 3 […]

Haven Grove Studio

Welcome to Haven Grove Studio. The studio was set up by Al Ingham, in the spare room of his house. It is a place where the music can be played, the worship lifted up, and begin to be captured to share with others. The hunt has been on for a name for my music room […]

Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk – Review

This week I got Hugh Laurie’s new album “Let Them Talk”. Lets just say one thing. Magical. Having followed his masterful career in ‘House’ (which I’ve followed since Season 1), I have seen links to Laurie’s musical side, seeing a glorious Les Paul hanging on the wall in his apartment, and the occasional scene of House sitting […]

Playing By Ear – Part 2

There are many benefits for playing by ear in a worship team, just as there are benefits for having music in front of you. I must say, that when I lead the congregation in worship, I like to have the music in front of me as a fail safe, although there have been times where […]