You Can Constructively Ignore Harmony

Following on from yesterday's post Too Much Harmony?, a good approach to learning to solo on a standard would be to have in your mind a version for soloing that weeds out as many chords as possible, leaving only the most important. So taking the first 8 bars of I Thought About You as an … Continue reading You Can Constructively Ignore Harmony

White Sourdough in the Bread Machine

White loaf on a cooling rack with a knife for scale

UPDATE: This post is out of date. Please view this post instead. This series of posts is meant as a record of my experimentation with sourdough and bread machines, plus various ways of hand finishing and baking. I am not an expert but I've found a way that is really very simple, although you do … Continue reading White Sourdough in the Bread Machine

Sourdough 100% whole wheat using bread machine

A loaf of bread on a cooler with a mixing bowl in the background

UPDATE: This post is out of date. Please view this post instead. Who is this for If you've never made bread before, this is probably not the place to start. Maybe make white bread first, or 50/50 strong white / stone ground wholewheat flour, using active yeast. Also, practice makes perfect, you shouldn't expect your … Continue reading Sourdough 100% whole wheat using bread machine

100% Whole Wheat bread baked in a casserole dish

Loaf of bread on a wire tray

UPDATE: This post is out of date. Please view this post instead. During the 1977 Baker's strike I started to make my own bread, and did so for years, but at some point it dropped away. Maybe because we could get decent bread locally, and then because we had a bread machine. But inspired by … Continue reading 100% Whole Wheat bread baked in a casserole dish

How I learn material for the guitar, or No Pain, Good.

Here are some things that I aspire to do when learning / practising specific melodies or solos for guitar. I wish I could remember to do these things all the time. Some of them apply to other instruments (particularly piano) and other activities (like drawing, handwriting). This is not advice for other people because everyone … Continue reading How I learn material for the guitar, or No Pain, Good.