A Musical Life
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I love all kinds of music but as a sixties teenager, my tastes veer towards music of that era
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Music has helped to define my life

Music has helped to define my life | A Musical Life | Scoop.it

I grew up in the sixties as a fan of the new music which started with american imports and home-grown acts like Billy Fury, Lonnie Donegan and Joe Brown.

 

But most of all, my favourite group was The Shadows, fronted by Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch. I learned to play the guitar and write songs.

 

Real life took another turn for me and I became a husband and father,  a scientist /research engineer. Never losing a love of music, I still play occasionally but in my kitchen - for myself - I still have dreams tho', even if it is too late.

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guitar bashin': Bruce Welch - Vocalist

guitar bashin': Bruce Welch - Vocalist | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
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Bruce is usually thought of as MR RYTHM GUITAR with The Shadows but he is a very versatile vocalist

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Learning To Play The Ukelele - 2

Learning To Play The Ukelele - 2 | A Musical Life | Scoop.it

more videos of my progress

 

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Learning a few more chords and getting more confident

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Hank Marvin, Legendary Guitarist

Hank Marvin, Legendary Guitarist | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
Hank Marvin (formerly of The Shadows, the UK's foremost instrumental group) - a legend amongst guitarists - has been identified by so many rock guitarists (of a sixties and seventies vintage) including Brian May and Mark Knopfler, as their...
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guitar bashin': Shadows style guitar meeting at Shrewsbury

guitar bashin': Shadows style guitar meeting at Shrewsbury | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
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A great day as I finally (after my 65th birthday) perform my first gig in front of fellow guitarists

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Joe Brown And The Bruvvers

Joe Brown And The Bruvvers | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
Joe Brown, as a young cockney lad, was one of the original Rock & Roll Stars who appeared in the UK in the early sixties.
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Remember The Music Of 1969, All The UK's #1 Hits.

Remember The Music Of 1969, All The UK's #1 Hits. | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
The Sixties hold a special place in popular culture, mostly because the people who came of age in that decade cannot stop talking about how great it was.
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Billy Fury, The UK's Answer to Elvis Presley

Billy Fury, The UK's Answer to Elvis Presley | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
Billy Fury was a wonderfully evocative singer and a wonderful person. Because of his looks and sultry voice he was, in the early part of his career, compared favourably with Elvis Presley, as the UK's answer to Elvis Presley.
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Lonnie Donegan - The King Of Skiffle

Lonnie Donegan - The King Of Skiffle | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
Lonnie Donegan was a phenomenon. Long before the beatles he was breaking attendance records in theatres all over the UK and scoring top twenty hits with a run of skiffle songs.
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Quiz: Elvis's Movies From The Sixties

Quiz: Elvis's Movies From The Sixties | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
Elvis starred in 31 feature movies and a few filmed concerts / tours, but I am going to concentrate on the sixties vintage feature films in this quiz. This will leave out several from the 1950's and the 1970's.
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How To Write Memorable Song Lyrics

How To Write Memorable Song Lyrics | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
Writing a song lyric is very easy! All you need is that 'killer' idea for the lyric and an understanding of how to structure the words into a lyric. It will then virtually write itself.
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guitar bashin': The Savage from The Shadows - Pop Guitar History

guitar bashin': The Savage from The Shadows - Pop Guitar History | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
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A blast from the past, still a great tune

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guitar bashin': Sing-a-long songs with a simple ukelele backing

guitar bashin': Sing-a-long songs with a simple ukelele backing | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
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I am progressing quite slowing learning to play my new ukelele. Lack of time to practice and confusion with guitar chords are two issues. I decided to learn some older songs which I would not get confused with my guitar playing sessions

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Hits Of The Everly Brothers

Hits Of The Everly Brothers | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
With the very sad news today of the death of Phil Everly, I had to get out my old albums and listen once more to that great, original sound which made the Everly Brothers on of the acts which formed my musical tastes in my early teens. Such clean sounding...
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guitar bashin': Song Writing Week

guitar bashin': Song Writing Week | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
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Song Writing Week. some links to tips published by Music Radar and Total Guitar. Not technical but assuming that you play the guitar to start with and how to create the music, feel and rythms of a new song.

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I like this blog because it gives you links and tips to help any type of song writer and composer out there, which is what I specialize in! I enjoyed reading this material and recommend others to definitely take a look at it!

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Learning To Play The Ukelele - News - Bubblews

Learning To Play The Ukelele - News - Bubblews | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
Speak Freely. Write Your World.
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A challenge from my son when he bought me this uke for christmas last year

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guitar bashin': A Ukelele Gets Me Going

guitar bashin': A Ukelele Gets Me Going | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
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Had a uke for my chrissy present, all I gotta do now is learn to play it. Just a little confusing since the chord shapes are similar to the guitar but because of the tuning they have different names.

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Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour & Jimi Hendrix Have ‘The Best Guitar Sound Of All Time’ | Live4ever Ezine

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour & Jimi Hendrix Have ‘The Best Guitar Sound Of All Time’ | Live4ever Ezine | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
David Gilmour's inimitable guitar sound on Pink Floyd's 1979 track 'Comfortably Numb' has been named as the 'greatest guitar tone of all time' by Guitarist...
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Bruce Welch

Bruce Welch | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
In September 1958 Bruce Welch and Hank B Marvin joined The Drifters, Cliff Richard's brand new backing band. A four piece guitar and drums outfit that was to set the UK's ( and most of the world's) music scene alight for over 40 years.
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Rythm & Greens Starring The Shadows

Rythm & Greens Starring The Shadows | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
This film, Rhythm and Greens, was made as a 'B' picture in 1964; when a full show included two films. Remember those days? It starred The Shadows and featured four young ladies, and a beach.
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The Songs Of Vera Lynn.

The Songs Of Vera Lynn. | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
Do you remember the songs of Vera Lynn? She was of course 'the forces favourite' during the second world war but one of the most memorable songs from my childhood is a song by Vera Lynn.
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How To Write A Song - A Review Of Useful Websites

How To Write A Song - A Review Of Useful Websites | A Musical Life | Scoop.it
Have you ever wanted to write a song, or just wanted to improve your songwriting skills? That's where I found myself recently.
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