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:
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:
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:
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:
I’ve recently got my hands on a GoPro Hero and been trying it out at rehearsals and gigs to be able to capture some live footage. It’s fantastic and the quality is amazing. This means I’ll finally be able to start uploading the videos I have been wanting to do for quite some time.
I also managed to get my hands on a Line 6 M5 which has came in handy for session gigs. Instead of having to keep a flanger, phaser, tremolo etc or any effects that I might not use often on the pedalboard, I can just keep the Line 6 on there for when the time calls for one of those effects. For those who aren’t sure of this pedal, definitely check it out, it’s a real ‘Swiss army knife’ of pedals:
The last thing I’ve managed to acquire recently is a 26 year old Made in Japan Squier Stratocaster. It plays great and almost plays as well as my American strat and was only about 10% of the American’s price! Anyway, here’s a picture of it and really short video of me testing out the sustain at my first rehearsal with it: