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Piano tuner

Yesterday I had my grand piano tuned by none other than thee famous Chris Teuten. He tunes many many pianos all over the place.

Chris-Teuten1This is him…

He always wear a suit and tie and has a interestifying case with different piano-tuning implements in. So far he has shown me how to take the keys out from the piano all in one go and check the hammers and take out dust from under etc, how to adjust the hammers so that they hit the strings properly, how to change a hammer, how to tune a note and how to tune the piano using just my thought-waves.

He says I could learn how to tune pianos without much difficulty thereby making lots of money as there are more pianos than tuners can cope with apparently but I don’t think I could do piano tuning because a) I would probably want to tune it differently to a normally-tuned piano b) I might get a slighty bit bored as you have to do all the octaves then all the fifths then the fourths and I would probably not be able to concentrate that long without getting distracted by actually playing the piano I was tuning c) I would have to tune pianos I don’t much like or pianos of people I don’t much like or both d) I would not like to wear a tie or suit e) All of these.

However Chris can do tuning and now my piano is in tune ready for Bill Bates (sound recording engineer) to come over and experiment with how he is going to record me singing with the lovely piano which has wellies on and the hinges for the lid are broken and it is almost as big as the room it’s in.

I am always most happy when my piano is just tuned as it sounds lovely. I wish I could take it with me…

Warwick Folk Club next week

I’m going to be at my local club in Warwick playing some stuff for Bill Bates’ night with friends. It’ll probably just be a couple of songs but I shall also probably play along with other people I expect.
Keith Donnelly will be there as well.

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Here is what Bill looks like – you can see how nice he is. Plus he writes good songs and sings and plays the guitar…

He is excellent at doing recording as you can see from this.

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Plus also here is what I look like at the moment with a 2nd hand christmas jumper on and playing the banjo which is a 5-string banjo with 4 strings…

Recording started…

Well I’ve started recording at my friend Bill Bates’ place. Heathcote Studio. He has a little well-equipped studio and has recorded albums for Keith Donnelly, Ursula Holden-Gill and others.

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I recorded the vocal and guitar for a song called ‘Lay Down Your Worries’ which I wrote in 1993 – that’s a 20 year old song! It’s rather strange coming back to this song – I used to sing it quite a lot but it missed getting recorded on “Pockets On Fire’ and didn’t really fit for ‘Paper Girl’. So it’s interesting to sing it again.

I’m approaching this in a different way to how I recorded years ago. Then I went into a studio and recorded everything over a relatively short period. That meant everything had to be in perfect condition – I mean the performance and quality of playing and the arrangements and decisions on instrumentation already made etc. If you were regularly gigging then mostly all this fitted into place.

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With this approach I can target songs as I go along and record the bones and then decide what I’d need to add later. This is quite interesting and I think things will become apparent! It’s quite an exciting way of recording but it will be slow-ish.

Batsch

Last night I went to The Tin (formerly known as Taylor John’s) in Coventry to see Batsch (formerly known as Don’t Move) launch their new EP which was released as an mp3 download but also as a cassette.

Cassettes are back!

Batsch are Mason Le Long (my step son) on vocals, electric guitar and tambourine, Joe Carvell on bass,Matt Rheeston on drums and someone on keyboards and accordion who is nifty. They make a unique sound together which uses riffs, digs, precise intricate patterns and interlocking rhythms. It’s really hooky and dancey. And the lyrics are properly original.

Excellent.

Check out BandCamp for the EP

General Stuff Going On

2012

December 2 christmas-type gigs with Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention) and PJ Wright with Brooks Williams – Banbury Mill then Priors Marston Village Hall

Birmingham Town Hall Nov 2nd as part of Dave Pegg’s 65th birthday celebration

Playing Sailing Boat with Fairport and Somewhere Over The Rainbow with Chris Short of The Churchfitters – also featuring the Strawkestra

Didmarton Bluegrass Festival with Alan Thomson (John Martyn Band and others)

Song-writing: Everybody Loves You on piano

Recording session: Accordion on ‘A Long Way To New Orleans’ on Peter Cox‘s (Go West) new album Riding The Blinds

2011

Butlins Big Folk Weekend Skegness December singing solo set and joining with Bob Fox, Steve Tilston and Dave Pegg & PJ Wright for their sets.

2011+2012 StuFF

Playing Sailing Boat with Fairport and Somewhere Over The Rainbow with Chris Short of The Churchfitters – also featuring the Strawkestra

Didmarton Bluegrass Festival with Alan Thomson (John Martyn Band and others)

Song-writing: Everybody Loves You

Recording session: Accordion on ‘A Long Way To New Orleans’ on Peter Cox’s (Go West) new album Riding The Blinds

2011

Butlins Big Folk Weekend Skegness December singing solo set and joining with Bob Fox, Steve Tilston and Dave Pegg & PJ Wright for their sets

Hedgy

I found Hedgy. He is 200g.
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 Problem
H x 200g = >400g = 0 (Where >0=600g+) Calculation needed is >0
Solution:
H + HC (where HC=Hcarer)  x T (where T=Time) = >0
Outcome:
H+HC+6m (where m=months) = >0
(Where >0=life and 0=death)
Update Spring 2013
H=>0 + R (where R=released) in W (where W=Whitnash)