The Wings to Fly is the story of Midge, a female aviator in World War Two, her life and experiences as a ferry pilot in the USA and in Britain and how she discovers herself and finds love at last.
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 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.
I am probably the last person anyone would expect to own a Kindle. My house is full of big, beautiful books with that delicious old book smell. I have hundreds of my own, hundreds of Colin's, hundreds in the loft from a...
As I am allergic to potatoes I am always looking for ways to adapt my favourite potato recipes to a safer version. Here is a recipe I would love to try with real potatoes but my substitute is tasty.
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.
Brahms wrote for conventional instruments and orchestra but his music fits the guitar too. Here is a selection of Brahms guitar TABs and Brahms sheet music for classical guitar.
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!
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.
If you want to know how to play Johnny B. Goode, this page will show you. Chuck Berry's classic rock and roll song is often requested. This is a simple version of the song for guitar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gratitude is the key to happiness. It is a secret everyone needs to know. Being thankful for the good things around us stops us dwelling on the bad and makes us happier and healthier.
I love those village school memoirs and Jack Sheffield knows how to tell them. I enjoyed Teacher Teacher so much I wanted to share it here.
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!