• From “I get emails” series: apparently apps are now fashion. Or health. Or perhaps accessories. You decide.

  • 🎵 If you like The Beatles and guitar-based instrumental music, Andy Timmons Band Plays Sgt. Pepper is fantastic. This link is to Apple Music. There are a couple of live videos on YouTube: Strawberry Field Forever, She’s Leaving Home. And the full album in on YT as well 🤫.

  • A bit of Popcorn on guitar

    Playing around with muted notes and delay for the popcorn tune. It loops great on Instagram.

  • Today we had the first band rehearsal since the concert in October. Good to be back.

  • These eyes

  • Christmas frames

    My application for adding frames and borders to a picture, ImageFramer, has a collection of Christmas picture frames that you can you for your holiday photos. They are great for creating greeting cards featuring your family picture or stock seasonal photograph.

    You can use them in email, messaging or on social media. In fact, you can even print them.

  • Beatles Blackbird cover

    The last couple of weeks I’ve been working on a special cover of Beatles’ song Blackbird, from the White Album. I actually started working on some of the licks for the second guitar part a couple of years ago but then left it alone and came back to it just now. If you don’t know the original (you should), check it out on your music streaming service or watch on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Man4Xw8Xypo

    I changed the structure of the song a bit, added 4 backing vocals and a second guitar part, which adds quite a lot, in my opinion. I’m really happy with all the licks there. Not so happy with my singing, but it’s not my forte.

    The other thing that was quite new for me is investing in mixing. I used plugins from Slate Digital bundle, watched some videos to better understand how to mix and master and I’m actually quite happy with the result. It took me quite a while to mix it, several evenings.

    I wasn’t recording videos of myself working on it, so the video is the whole project playing in Logic Pro X with the mixer and the tracks visible. I only added some nature and bird videos to make it more interesting.

    Oh, and there’s a small surprise from my daughter in the end. Hope you like it. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel, to see there when new videos come out. Enjoy.

    youtu.be/D9Iznvg1Uzc

  • Little Wing Intro on guitar

    Just me playing Little Wing Intro on the Stratocaster

  • Thanks to Jeff Johnson who quickly replied on Twitter with the link to download it. But the link only appears on Apple’s support page at support.apple.com/en-us/HT2… and it can’t be found on the Mac App Store using “macOS high sierra”, for example.

  • My 2010 Mac Book Pro is running macOS 10.12 (Sierra) beta. I want to upgrade to latest 10.13. Mac App Store suggests Mojave but when I try to download it, says that it’s not supported (correct) but doesn’t suggest downloading High Sierra. I can’t find a way to download it.

  • Perhaps it’s a stupid and basic question in biology, but when you put a bean (as a seed) in the soil, how does it know to grow the root down into the earth and shoot the stem up through the soil?

  • Playing chess. It’s been a while, frankly.

  • Last evening: teaching kids the intro to Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters. Oh, the memories of learning it myself at my son’s age.

  • This is an interesting social project: A non-tracking search engine which uses income to plant trees around the world. Over 46mil tree planted. Ecosia.

  • Took care of my Fender Stratocaster last evening and this morning. Shielded the insides, polished frets, replaced all pickups with Suhr V60LP, and installed new festive strings.

  • Yesterday I learned that there’s an atmospheric effect of ice crystals that create so called Light Pillars. It looks pretty awesome as you drive around the city and see all these… pillars of light. Apparently it’s pretty rare.

  • For the first time in my life I did a bit of downhill skiing. Starting at age 40 is not the best but hey, there were no broken bones, so that’s a good start in my book.

  • The whole city of Winnipeg is shovelling snow from their driveways today.

  • My cover of the guitar solo on Money

    I’m quite proud of how my playing of David Gilmour’s solos on Money sounds. Somehow I never learned any of the solos on Dark Side of the Moon. This one was a long time on my list. Surprisingly, it took me less than two evening to study it and record. It’s not perfect but enough to be happy with it and move to the next thing. Watch here:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKYlqpT-Y4w

  • It’s beautiful outside. Hoar frosts create a magical atmosphere.

  • 🎵 “Lingus” by Snarky Puppy is just phenomenal. Especially Cory Henry’s solo and the drummer through the whole song. It’s just unbelievable. And their other stuff is also jaw-dropping. Watch here:

  • One of the best songs of the 80ies and one of these guitar solos I didn’t think I would be one day able to play.

  • Name the song

  • My #labradoodle eating #ice and fresh #snow

  • This Halloween we split: daughter (10yo) and I went around the neighbourhood. My wife and son (14) stayed home to treat visitors. All was good.

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