Amateur guitarist. Been playing for many years, but not much in bands. I'm better at rhythm than lead and can sing a bit. Into rock and blues, but would like to try some more adventurous arrangements.
I've been involved with a few bands that have not reached the point of playing gigs due to personnel issues. I would really like to play some gigs, so looking for a lineup that is serious about that. Couldn't commit to weekly gigs, but once a month should be possible.
Currently doing the Paul Gilbert guitar course to learn some new stuff.
Based in Arlesey and lack time to travel far. I run a pub acoustic session where I do a bit of singing. You can find us in the White Horse on a Wednesday night if you want to come and jam. There's a monthly open mic where I have performed many times
I'm on various social sites as steevc, so look me up there to contact. Or as steve via bagofspoons.net
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- Member since:
- May 28 2008
- Active within 1 week
- Level of commitment:
- Moderately Committed
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- Gigs played:
- 10 to 50
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 1 night a week
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Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Eels and loads of others.
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Gordon Smith electric, Benford custom Telecaster, Zoom G3X effects, Belcat valve amp and Roland Cube 80x. Dean electro-acoustic, Yamaha classical guitar, Peavey bass, ukulele. Currently putting a pedal board together.
Basic recording set-up at home based around Linux. I'm gradually learning more about recording.
She Floated Away
She Floated Away Track number: 1 Year: 2012 Genre: Punk
Hüsker Dü cover. Bass, guitar and vocals by me plus programmed drums
Feeling Good Year: 2011 Genre: Acoustic
Not quite Matt Bellamy
Open Car Year: 2013 Genre: Alternative
Porcupine Tree cover. Vocals, guitars and bass by me. Rest from a MIDI file.
Climbing to the moon
Climbing to the moonEels cover record on Zoom H4 using Dean Performer E acoustic. A bit rough, but I just felt like recording it to see how it sounded.
About a girl
About a girlNirvana cover this time. See if you can spot where I nearly drop my plectrum near the end. Didn't have time that night for another take
The Blower's Daughter
The Blower's DaughterAttempt at a Damien Rice cover. I can't quite manage the high bits. Messed up some lyrics and a few chords
Open CarMy contribution to the Six String Bliss album project Driven To Bliss. It's a cover of the Porcupine Tree song. Drums and keyboards from an existing MIDI file. The rest is all me. Production notes at http://studiospoon.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/driving-around.html Hear the rest of the album at http://www.sixstringbliss.com/?p=1235
She Floated Away
She Floated AwayMy submission for the http://www.sixstringbliss.com/ '1987' album. It's a cover of the Hüsker Dü song on their Warehouse: Songs and Stories album released in that year. Drums are done in Hydrogen. I played guitar and bass. I also did all the vocals. Basically, it's all me! This is my most complex effort to date where I have done everything from scratch, i.e. no pre-made MIDI files. It's by no means perfect. I would consider re-doing the vocals, but I ran out of time and had some ear trouble that made singing difficult later on. It was fun to do and I learned a few things along the way.
Cuppa Soup - Coz I Luv You
Cuppa Soup - Coz I Luv YouAnother Six String Bliss collaboration that I sang on
Comfortably Dumb - Hey You
Comfortably Dumb - Hey YouI had the honour of singing on this amazing collaboration by members of the Six String Bliss guitar community. Nine people around the world contributed to this. My vocal was the first take. I would have been happy to do it again, but they were happy with it
Duelling BenfordsMy submission for the latest collaborative album by members of the Six String Bliss community. I put together a simple version of the 'classic' Duelling Banjos using a couple of wonderful guitars I was kindly loaned by a 6SB friend. Recording was in Ardour on Kubuntu Linux using my newly acquired M-Audio Delta 66 interface. The whole thing took about an hour to record.
Capriccio by M. Giuliani
Capriccio by M. GiulianiFirst recording using the Yamaha C40 classical guitar I just got for Xmas. My dad had it, but just upgraded. This piece is from my old grade 5 book that I used when I was about 17. I was having lessons back then, but haven't since. I sold my old classical guitar many years ago, but have been feeling the need to have one again. Recorded with Ardour on Linux using Zoom H4 microphones feeding M-Audio Delta 66 interface.
Goodbye Blue Sky
Goodbye Blue SkyA Pink Floyd cover. It's a nice little tune to play, but I'm missing a few of the subtleties. Also, I can hear I rushed a few bits. Been playing it a while, but still needs more work
CreepIt's been done a million times, but why not? I was influenced by Amanda Palmer's version to try it with my cheap blue uke. Did it a few times down the pub. Recorded, as usual, on my Zoom H4. BTW I'm not big on swearing. I want my kids to be able to listen to this.
Is there anybody out there?
Is there anybody out there?For some reason I originally thought this was Empty Spaces. Oops. Learned this a while ago. Tried recording with the Zoom H4 on a tripod close to the guitar. Level is still low on fingerstyle and squeaks come over loud.
Feeling GoodBeen meaning to do this for a while. I've sung it a few times at the pub. My singing teacher encouraged me to do it higher than I normally would. Recorded in the high-ceilinged living room for a more ambient acoustic using my trusty Zoom H4. This was the fifth take after I messed it up a few times. Verse 3 is a bit weak, but don't feel like doing it again just now.
Heavy hornpipesAn experiment in putting together a whole track from the drums up. Used Hydrogen for a simple drum track. Audio recorded in Ardour using my Gordon Smith GS2 into Korg Pandora via the PC aux in. A few playing mistakes, but I'm trying to get the technical issues ironed out. Getting too many xruns from Jack and some distortion on some signals. Comments welcome
Nothing else matters
Nothing else mattersMore inspired by Apocalyptica that Metallica. Just playing with multi-tracking on the Zoom H4 with my acoustic. This was recorded back in November 2009, but I just found it again.
Ziggy StardustMy version of the Bowie classic for the Six String Bliss 70s album. All me playing guitar and singing. You can hear the other amazing tracks here https://soundcloud.com/ssb70salbum/six-string-bliss-presents-the-70s-album-dark-side-of-the-bliss and download the album from http://sixstringbliss.bandcamp.com/releases
Good Riddance at the White Horse
Good Riddance at the White HorseA Green Day cover at our open mic last week. Me on guitar and vocals, Tilly on violin and Ian on cajon. A bit under-rehearsed and we only met Ian on the night.
Man FluThis is a song I wrote a while back when I was feeling ill. I soon realised it needed slide, which is not a style I play. I just tuned to an open chord and it seemed to work.
Murder (Dave Gilmour Cover)(feat Steve Clark, Jonathan Gillham)
Murder (Dave Gilmour Cover)(feat Steve Clark, Jonathan Gillham)This track was suggested by Jonathan Gillham, and it really gives him a rare opportunity to strut his stuff on the bass. With a great lead solo provided by Steve Clark.
These Are The Days Of Our Lives (Queen Cover) (feat Steve Clark and Jonathan Gillham)
These Are The Days Of Our Lives (Queen Cover) (feat Steve Clark and Jonathan Gillham)This song so much belongs to Freddy Mercury that it just doesn't sound right from anyone else. But we have the guts of superheroes. So, with the able assistance of Steve Clark and Jonathan Gillham, here goes.
Love's Great Adventure (Electro-acoustic cover)(feat Steve Clark)
Love's Great Adventure (Electro-acoustic cover)(feat Steve Clark)Myself and Steve Clark attempting a song by my all-time favourite band, Ultravox. This song never appeared on a straight studio album, but remains one of my favourites to this day. (great video too). We tried our best to do it justice. Listen hard and you might even catch a snippet of Midge himself, contributing a bit that, try as I might, I couldn't replace.
Life on Mars (feat Steve Clark, Jonathan Gillham)
Life on Mars (feat Steve Clark, Jonathan Gillham)Always wanted to record a cover of this. In my humble opinion, you could pick just about any Bowie track and be listening to a masterpiece, but I've always been fond of this one. Bass by Jon Gillham, and lead guitar by Steve Clark.
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Soft Cell cover)(feat Steve Clark, Jonathan Gillham)
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Soft Cell cover)(feat Steve Clark, Jonathan Gillham)A bit of Soft Cell for you. Steve Clark and Jonathan Gillham lent more than a little support here, and, between us, we have two or three others in the pipeline.
Weekly session at the White Horse in Arlesey. We just play for fun. There's also a monthly open mic. Next date to be announced soon
An informal meet up to talk and play guitars. We plan to meet every two weeks. Currently using my home, but we may need another venue as the group grows. This is for anyone interested in guitar. We won't be doing much teaching for beginners at these sessions, but can probably arrange something if you need it.
More details on our Facebook group.
Free-form song circle at the White Horse in Arlesey. All welcome