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Thursday, September 2, 2010

A New Start

What's all this about, then?

Well, back at in January 2008 I was a bedroom guitarist with no real experience of playing along side other musicians. In the spirit of the "New Year" I decided to give myself 12 months to pull my finger out and get into a band. As 2009 approached I guess I considered my project a success as I had, indeed, managed to get into regular rehearsals with a bunch of other people. Moreover, along the way I met some great folks who helped my development tremendously. You guys know who you are!

As a motivational tool I decided to blog my experiences over the course of the year. That old blog, "The Fillmore Five Project" can still be found here, for those interested in a 300+ post recap!

Unfortunately, my first band only lasted a couple of months, but at least I'd dipped my toe in the water.

As of today, 2 September 2010 I feel like I've made leaps and bounds, not only in my guitar playing, but also in my understanding of music, recording and production techniques. I even led a band of my own, which opened me to all new challenges. Sadly, that band fizzled out. I guess each of us just had too many outside commitments to keep the momentum going. While we were playing, though, I had a big smile on my face.

So, once again, what's this all about?

Well, I'm not going to lie and say that I'm not looking for a new people to play with. I am. Once you've been bitten by the band bug, it's hard to turn your back on it completely. Having said that, though, I now realise that, for myself, I need to engage in a new challenge. That challenge is writing, and recording, my own material. I'm hoping that by once again blogging about my progress I can keep myself motivated to move forwards.

I suppose that brings me to the title of this new blog, "TFFP: Recording Red". "Red" is the name of my 2006 Les Paul Standard. Why "Red"? Long story, documented in the old blog. It's basically an indirect reference to one of the bands who influenced me the most growing up, "The Allman Brothers".

So, "Recording Red" documents my attempts at song writing and home recording. Of course, I won't just be recording my Les Paul. We'll have an equipment list roll call in a later post.

In the meantime, sit back, relax, and let's see if we can make some music.


  1. Hello ;-)

    Why not link here from RTYD - might be a way of opening up to musicians of like minded minds (does that read right?)

    Anyway... i'm here now :-)

  2. And FINALLY I figured out how I'd ballsed up the comments on this page!!!! Welcome back/here/now/whatever!