Monday, June 8, 2009

37) My guitars and the 'Shadows' sound

My time now is spent on teaching budding musicians and also adults who just want to play the guitar or keyboards. I have met some who just want to be able to accompany themselves and sing. I have not been able to read a single musical note as I learned to play by ear all my life. Many people have approached me to teach them the easy way without having to read notes and I have obliged them in showing the way.

I was the lead guitarist with The Fabulous Falcons and I was always fascinated with sound of 'The Shadows'. My favourite guitar is the Fender Stratocaster, and together with a Vox AC30 amplifier and Swissecho sound effect, I produced that haunting sound. Probably because of this, I was nicknamed the 'Hank Marvin' among musicians. Over the years, I have accumulated a number of guitars which my son Don bought from the USA . Together with the guitars, I have a Yamaha PS1000 keyboard which I use for my gigs at company functions and dinners. These instruments have served me well.

As I am still quite active in music, I would like to pass on my knowledge to aspiring musicians and even to those who want to partake in the pleasure of music. Some have come to me seeking the 'Hank Marvin' touch while playing to The Shadows music. For those of you who have read my blog, and are interested to learn to play music, please feel free to contact me. It will be a pleasure to pass on my musical knowledge to you.