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CarsickPhil
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Hello from Cambridge UK

Post by CarsickPhil » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:31 am

I am a classical guitarist of some immediate ability, who started to play blues guitar a couple of years ago and now like playing slide guitar. I look forward to learning from everyone on this site and sharing ideas that may arise along the way. Very recently I started posting on youtube to amuse my niece on her birthday and have posted one or two things since. Just click on CarsickPhil to go to my profile where you'll find my website is set to my youtube channel if you're interested.

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VikingBlues
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Re: Hello from Cambridge UK

Post by VikingBlues » Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:55 am

:welcome: to the forum - I like the name you've chose BTW. :big_smile:

I had a view of the YouTube videos and applaud the inventiveness for a start - 'Happy Birthday' on slide was a surprise and the idea of 'Orlando Sleepeth' on slide works would never have occurred to me in a million years, and it's impressive the way you've even got some variations out of that too.

There's also an impressive precision to your playing, and really solid rhythm :clap: - I guess if you've taken classical guitar seriously to a high enough level you have to have that quality - I used to play classical and took lessons to a fairly serious stage but RSI crept in and at that point my interest was also on the wane. I find blues playing has a freedom that suits my nature more and I love improv - which is not really on the menu with classical guitar.

I've only recently taken up slide properly - I'd tried a few times and didn't get anywhere - a series of lessons with Eric Madis on Jamplay finally made something click - and using the slide on the little finger and getting a proper fitting glass slide helped a lot too. I love the way slide sounds nice and bluesy with so much less effort than playing 'normally'. :banana:

You've picked a great site for learning more about and getting an insight into blues - there's a load of very good players here and they don't leave the less adept and less knowledgable of us feeling inferior or put down the way some forums members do. Their encouragement has been of huge benefit to my blues guitar playing aspirations.

I notice you said on one of the YouTube videos 'but probably happier with slow blues'. I can identify with that - big time.

Hope you enjoy your time here. :thumbsup:
An improv a day keeps the demons at bay!

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Re: Hello from Cambridge UK

Post by CarsickPhil » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:14 pm

Just had a look at your website VikingBlues. And I found the two clips of your playing that are tucked away there. Nice work.

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Re: Hello from Cambridge UK

Post by HalfBlindLefty » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:39 pm

Welcome here CSP
I'll have a listen a little later

Yeah That where some good listens. Good technique, fantastic note choices.
Couldn't help noticing you seem to be counting while playing and reading music from paper while playing seems a to influence your fluency in playing a little.
Time and practice will heal that :D
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Re: Hello from Cambridge UK

Post by Blindboy » Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:03 pm

:welcome: from the mountains of New Mexico.
Great name... :thumbsup: Will give your stuff a listen.
I play a bit of slide... acoustic and electric... but am pretty primitive with it.
"Throw yo' big leg over me Mama, I might not feel this good again!"

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Re: Hello from Cambridge UK

Post by 12bar » Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:11 pm

:welcome: at 12bar!

It's never too late to dig the Blues, even for those nylon guys... :lol:

Seriously, I can imagine that slide guitar for a classical guitar player is a whole new world. And you succeeded! :thumbsup:

PS: the volume on the variations video is very low - is it just me/my damn PC?

PSS: I like the nick, too :D

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Re: Hello from Cambridge UK

Post by VikingBlues » Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:22 am

CarsickPhil wrote:Just had a look at your website VikingBlues. And I found the two clips of your playing that are tucked away there. Nice work.
Thank you :D - hope you didn't get hit by the tumbleweed blowing around my site - it's not on a well beaten track! Videos ... I can get the video camera in focus but I wish I could get my mind to focus on my playing when I'm recording on video - the closer it gets to the end of the recording the worse it gets too - all I can think is "don't make a mistake...don't make a mistake....". Not helpful for note choices or effective phrasing. Don't know why it's so much trickier than doing an audio recording. :icon_whoknows:
An improv a day keeps the demons at bay!

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Re: Hello from Cambridge UK

Post by 2WheelsOfBlues » Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:07 pm

:wave: CarsickPhil :welcome: here,

Greatings from the Netherlands :wink:

Nice to have you on this great club
play guitar like the wind, mysterious but definitely present....

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Re: Hello from Cambridge UK

Post by tytlblues » Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:17 am

:welcome:
big HOWDY from Texas....welcome aboard. Couldn't have chosen a nicer bunch of blues folks here.....

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Re: Hello from Cambridge UK

Post by Golfxzq » Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:12 pm

:welcome: CSP... Welcome to the forum. I'll check out your YouTubes. Sounds like you have a lot to offer.
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Re: Hello from Cambridge UK

Post by kiwiclapton » Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:42 am

Kia Ora Bro,

Chur....
In the name of God, Eric Clapton and the Slowhand, Amen.

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