Spicing up your RH arpeggio practice Here is a simple way to both make your Right Hand arpeggio practice more interesting as well as making your arpeggios more even. In all the examples of tablature and notation below I have put brackets around the note which should land on the beat. The chord is a [...]
Understanding Keys & Chord Progressions (Basic) Learning a few basics about Keys & Chord Progressions can make a real difference if you are new to working out songs by ear or transcription in general. I'm going to try to explain these subjects as concisely as possible, avoiding academic terminology as much as possible. A chord [...]
Exciting news! I am delighted and really honoured to have been invited to play at the 2nd Paco de Lucia Guitar Festival in his home-town of Algeciras in July. I will be playing a short concert on July 22nd. It is really a very special moment for me to be playing at this festival in [...]
It was a pleasure to be interviewed and featured recently on the famous Madrid-based Flamenco radio show called 'Tribu de Miguelon' We conducted the interview in Spanish on Skype and spoke about how I got into Flamenco, my favourite artists, my philosophy as a musician and how it was that an Irishman ended up playing [...]
For anyone in that ever wanted to learn Flamenco Guitar in Ireland; I will be starting a 10 week course in Flamenco Guitar on November 24th in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. The course will be aimed at 2 levels, Beginners/Intermediate & Advanced. So whether you are new to flamenco or already a player, [...]
I had the pleasure last month of performing in with one of my favourite guitarists Jose Manuel Leon along with Salvador Andrades, Maria Delgado, Alicia Carrasco, Gines Pozas and Pepe Rodriguez. We performed at the Ards International Guitar Festival to a full house and standing ovation as well as 2 smaller gigs in Hotspot Greystones [...]
I had a really wonderful time at the Cork Jazz Festival yesterday. Gave a flamenco workshop to a really enthusiastic and respectful audience. Bruce Barth, the great American Jazz pianist attended my workshop and I was delighted with his response to my playing and teaching style. Had the chance to sit in on Bruce's amazing [...]
My Flamenco workshop in Manchester on November 23rd is now fully booked! We will be covering Soleá and Bulerías. Thank you everyone in Flamenco Manchester, I am really looking forward to seeing you all again!