Monday the 26th of February saw a great turn out for the Howden Park Centre Acoustic night. We usually are in the Bistro part which has excellent acoustics for what we do however as there was a show on, we got given one of the small rooms.
Iv noticed more and more people come just to watch which is excellent as it lets some of the people who don't play in front of people a lot get a chance to play in front of a bigger crowd.
The most compelling thing about the night is listening to the diverse and surprising choices of song people perform. You get everything from Metal to country to people even singing the songs they have written.
Its hats off to West Lothian Leisure for putting these nights on.
The next shows are 26th March and then 23 April, 7.30 till 10.
Gigs these days are so loud and there has been many times iv left a performance with ringing in my ears, this ain’t good. I hook delivery of a set of Dbuds. These ear protectors are brilliant as the decibel protection can be changed.
There are so many ways to hold a plectrum and strum the guitar. It's also simple to fall into bad habits. Something I have been guilty of in the past when playing the guitar is holding my plectrum a little further away from the strings than I should. The downside of this is speed issues and getting to the next note on time and merely giving myself more work to do.
The positioning of fingers on the fretboard is necessary as well. Through the years I have had to address my pinky sticking out while playing chords.
I'm glad to say there are so many exercises out there that are helpful in addressing these challenges. A top tip is to video yourself playing and see what you can pick up, then just practice the new techniques to eradicate any bad habits.
Oer the years I have noticed a great improvment in my playing due to addressing these challenges however its important to always look out for these small things.
Good times when guitars are around.
After playing a good few gigs on The King Lot tour and battling the cold this week, I struggled with vocal fitness a little. To fight this, I tried to get as much sleep as I could and also drink lots of water.
The only downside of the water thing is that I have to go to the toilet all the time; This can be frustrating while travelling to another city.
Vocal fry technique for recovery works for me. I will be doing a video for this very soon for the site.