Release Day!

Yep, that’s it. Release day. Today I release Irradiated Hamster Alert as Blue Alatar. The album represents about 8 years of work on-and-off, much of which took place this last year. The album is available on most music apps, (incl Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer), as well as ones that I manage: ReverbNation and BandCamp. You can pay-what-you-like for … Continue reading Release Day!

Note Durations

Music theory lesson covering everything you need to know about note duration or note length. Specifically aimed at beginner guitarists and bedroom producers who have little to no understanding of rhythm or note values. Try to ignore the layer of sweat on my face. This has been the warmest day of my entire life. Like, … Continue reading Note Durations

Does Gear Matter?

Adam Neely recently uploaded this video entitled “Does Gear Matter?” It’s here, feel free to watch it before you watch mine, it’s a good video. I agree with him entirely, but feel he stopped short of making a really crucial point. Crucial in my opinion anyway. The answer to “does gear matter?” is, in my … Continue reading Does Gear Matter?

Chord Theory Brain Teaser

This is a fun, (well, fun for a specific kind of person), exercise which will help familiarise you with chords and scales and how some of the more complex chords can be constructed. Essentially we’re adding a Common Tone to a sequence of chords ...

I Made A Music Video

Flippin’ heck, I made a music video! Hello Malcolm is a parody of indie music videos and contains as many cliches as we could find. The above video is all about the process and how the project came about. Here is the completed music video, for your viewing pleasure. If you want to check out … Continue reading I Made A Music Video

Rewrite Your Song From Memory

Quick tip for songwriters and composers, especially ones wanting to create memorable, popular music. The idea is that trying to re-create your song using memory alone will highlight the elements that are most memorable and allow you to reconsider the ...

Neck Positions Are Dumb, Discuss.

Let’s clear something up before watching the video. There’s been some confusion in the  video comments which, I think, stems from the fact that there’s 2 things often referred to as “Neck Positions”, but only one of these is relevant here. The first is Scale Position – the note of the scale you begin on, (“starting on the … Continue reading Neck Positions Are Dumb, Discuss.