National tour of ‘Grease’

I have been offered to play guitar in Ben McDonald’s production of Grease. We will be going on tour for approximately 5 weeks and have around 2 days of rehearsals. I will be starting off in the Bruce Mason Centre up in Takapuna and then making my down the North and South Island playing in a different location every night for most of the duration. Then the final week will be in Sky City in Auckland.

The setup for the band is Keys 1 and 2, Guitar, Bass, Saxophone and Drums. The musical director for the show is Laughton Kora and musical supervisor is Paul Barrett. I have  also had to give measurements for a costume which means that we are on stage for some parts of the show.

We start on November the 3rd and finish December 12th – looking forward to meeting everyone on the team.

Mamma Mia Regional Tour NZ 2016 Pictures and Video

Had a great time playing in Mamma Mia with fantastic cast/crew/musicians. The season flew past really quickly and really enjoyed playing through all the tracks every night. I managed to get a couple of pictures with the band mates and also put together a quick video (link under pictures) of the first act of the show, giving you an idea of what I had to play:

Mamma Mia First Act Guitar Orchestra Pit

Mamma Mia Regional Tour

In September (2016), I have been asked to play the Guitar 1 part in a regional tour of “Mamma Mia” in New Zealand.

Really looking forward to this one as Mamma Mia has been one of the shows I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Got the sheet music last week and decided to do a quick sight reading of the overture. Couple of slips in there, but did it for a bit of fun. Will also upload some GoPro footage when the time comes to playing in the show.

Check the sight reading video out:

New Video

I have been a fan of many different session guitar players like Tim Pierce and Brent Mason over the years, but discovered another player this year called Ryan Haberfield. He plays for Jessie J in her live shows and he also does a lot session work. Anyway, I seen him upload a video clip on Instagram of him playing a solo for Doug Harper (session drummer). I thought it sounded great and decided to try use my ear and pick up as much as I could from the video to try learn it. It’s not something I would usually play as it does have a bit of ‘shredding’ in it, but I always like to try keep my chops up in all genres. Ryan saw the video I uploaded and commented on it saying “Cheers man! Great Job”.

Here it is, testing out the new Japanese strat. Hope you enjoy:

 

Ryan’s comment below:

ryan haberfield comment

In other news, I have also been setting up a lovely 89 USA made Fender Strat for a friend. Almost there, just waiting on a new nut arriving that I ordered and it will be playing lovely! Here it is next to my 90 Japanese Strat:

usa and japanese strat