Can you clean the oven without chemicals? No! Can you clean an oven without dangerous chemicals? Absolutely! I am going to share my experience of cleaning my oven without dangerous chemicals here.
The Lydian is perhaps my favourite mode to listen to. It is beautiful and uplifting, sometimes heartbreaking in its brightness. This page relates it to pentatonics to make it easier for you to use.
The mixolydian mode is commonly used in blues and is really nice. It differs from the blues scale in that it is basically major and sounds really bright. The two can be easily interchanged.
Learning moveable scale and chord shapes take you to the next level as a guitarist and understanding them makes it possible to play in keys that are better for wind players. Great for jazz and blues!
The Dorian mode is built on the second note of the major scale, it is common in folk tunes and is used extensively by rock guitarists. This page will get you improvising easily with the Dorian mode.
The pentatonic scale is a gift to musicians learning to improvise and the pentatonic box is one of the first things guitarists learn but getting out of the pentatonic box makes solos more interesting.
Could the ancient Egyptians make ice cream? Well just suppose they had the technology.
Elizabethan music has lasting appeal. Like pop music, forms are simple, short and sweet, its rhythms catchy and its melodies are tunes you can whistle. Learn more about music from Shakespeare's time.
Should you learn fretted or fretless bass? What are the advantages and disadvantages of fretless bass? What is a good bass to start with...
Daisy Rock guitars are marketed as guitars for girls but they suit anyone with smaller hands - and a taste for pink! Here are a few nice examples.
The guitar was standing in a corner and someone knocked it over. Now it is broken in two. How do you fix this? This is a solution I have used several times in emergencies.
The three chord trick - how to make great music but keep it simple.
Irish style mandolin is an easy step for violinists and guitarists to make. Mandolin is also a very beginner friendly instrument. I hope this page will help get you started on celtic style mandolin.
Guitar modes are the key to mastering interesting improvisation but understanding and using them correctly involves both mastery of modes and the links between them and other easier scales.
How to play bass guitar, a free first lesson on bass guitar to get you started plus a few tips about instruments and bass stuff!
Do you play power chords? They are what define the rhythm guitar sound. They involve sliding patterns rather than changing shapes and sound better with distortion. Learn more about power chords here.
A selection of classical music I love to hear at Christmas. I hope you will enjoy it too.
Some food allergies ring alarm bells. Peanuts and shellfish are well known for being life threatening, but what of potatoes? Potatoes are used in gluten free foods, but can be deadly and dangerous.
What is the pentatonic box and how do you use it? The pentatonic box is an almost foolproof way to improvise lead guitar. This page shows how to improvise in the pentatonic box on guitar.
The Rolling Stones were the bad boys of rock when I was a kid whereas the Beatles were clean cut and sweet, they were wild and angry. Satisfaction was typical of them. Learn to play Satisfaction here.
If you want to know how to play Johnny B Goode, this page will show you. Johnny B Goode is Chuck Berry's classic rock and roll song and is often requested. This is a simple version of Johnny B Good.
The House of the Rising Sun is a folk classic and its most famous version was released by The Animals. There are so many ways to play this song in different styles, but this way works nicely.
Stairway to Heaven - the song everyone wants to play and music stores get fed up with hearing! Learn the basics chords and how to play Stairway to Heaven here in this easy lesson.
A celebration of Shakespeare images, scripts and facts. These flyers are all featured in my Zazzle store and a selection of Shakespeare gifts based on them can be reached form the link below.
Which is the best way to hold a guitar pick? How do you use a plectrum properly? These are questions beginners often ask. Here are a few tips on picking guitar techniques.
Metallica songs are great, the guitar playing is superb and to hear a metal band that plays tunes and a singer who does more than raspy shouting is a bonus. Here is a lesson in how you play One.
Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg wrote the Peer Gynt Suite and Anitra's Dance is one of the most popular tunes. This page is about Anitra's Dance.
Burns Night is a traditional celebrated by Scots worldwide. This page gives some ideas of how to celebrate Burns Night and honour the memory of the poet himself, the great Robbie Burns.
The camel dance is very real - I don't just mean the one that bellydancers do. Yes camels can and do dance - we have video proof here. Camels are as funny as they are useful -welcome to my camel page,
In the Bleak Midwinter has the distinction of being a favourite Christmas Carol with two equally well loved melodies. Here I teach you how to play In the Bleak Midwinter with my favourite tune!
O Holy Night is one of the most well loved carols and probably one of the most recorded. It is not an easy melody as the range is wide, but O Holy Night is beautiful. Learn how to play it here.
Cute cartoon pigs are a regular bestseller on Persimew Designs, the Zazzle store that features artist Colin Mason. Here are a few examples of his work and some cute pig illustrations.
Perfect Day by Lou Reed is an absolutely beautiful song. Here are the guitar chords you can use to play it.
Away in a Manger is such a well known tune there is hardly a Nativity Play anywhere that doesn't include it. This page will show you how to play Away in a Manger.
Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly is a lovely traditional tune full of life. I hope you will enjoy playing and singing it!
Silent Night - what is its history? How do you play Silent Night. Are there any simple chords for Silent Night? This page aims to help you play and sing this beautiful carol.
What are the best children's Christmas party songs? How can we do more to bring he run up to Christmas alive and as magical as it seemed to be when we were little? We can start with Christmas songs.
A collection of resources and and place to start to play well known rock riffs and chords, or the best guitar songs for beginners.
Jimi Hendrix was perhaps the ultimate guitar god in his day and Hey Joe is one of my favourite Hendrix songs. You can learn to play it here.
Opera has some amazing melodies as well as exciting stories and action. Here are a selection of my favourites.
Learn the chords and the main riff for Highway to Hell with this simple visual page.
Smoke in the Water is probably the best known rock riff in the world. This page was written to help you play it.
You see a fish swim past and it has a leech attached. What can you do to rid your pond of leeches without destroying other wildlife? This page shows you a trick that works to destroy leeches safely.
Hallelujah is an iconic song with a hauntingly repetitive melody. Leonard Cohen fans and Shrek fans will know it well although it has been a chart topper for many. Learn to play Hallelujah here.
A simple way to mix vocals with inexpensive software - all you need is a good vocal and a good ear! I hope this helps.
Melodyne software and autotune are music industry standard these days. The era of raw music and singing off key is fast disappearing. Good or bad? Depends how you do it!
Marmite - love it or hate it, you can't ignore it. I love it and this is my shot at a gourmet marmite sandwich!
Cats love to climb and exercise their claws, this page shows a simple design for a cat tree, instructions how to make it, and more cat tree ideas.
Whether for Halloween or fancy dress, this Green Man mask is simple to make.
Here is my take on the best guitar for beginners. I have over 30 years experience teaching guitar in school and at home and in that time I have seen parents make expensive mistakes. I hope to help.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is often responsible for ending musical careers. When practice becomes too painful and performance is hindered it is often too late. So how do you avoid carpal tunnel syndrome?
Teaching music effectively means more than being able to play well and put a book on a stand. Bad music tutors use bad methods and destroy children's confidence when they need it most.
Archie Grey Owl was possibly the first Canadian conservationist. He was also a fraud of sorts. He lived the First Nations life, but came from Hastings in England. This is Grey Owl's story.
Charlie Chaplin was an all round genius, music hall comic, silent movie star, director and also a composer who in his later years orchestrated the music from his own silent movies.
A short lesson on the classic song Summer of 69. Here you will find guitar chords, a little TAB, advice on how to play and a few links to the song. I hope you enjoy it!
Recycling in urban art has been trendy for years, Liquorice Park's secret garden is a demonstration of how materials can be adapted to produce an interesting organic space in the middle of a city.