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Al Bampton

Leeds based musician, guitar teacher and music tutor

Hi there,

okay, the 15th to the 17th of August brings up the fiftieth anniversary of the most famous festival of all time – Woodstock. For me that is a bit special.

I was only eight when it took place and on the wrong side of “The Pond” as the Atlantic is often referred to but Woodstock’s impact on my life was extremely significant.

 

I was lucky enough to attend many festivals in the seventies and early eighties and while I saw many incredible bands no line line up came close to Woodstock’s.

My interaction with the festival was through the film which was shown regularly late on Friday nights at The Cottage road cinema in Leeds. I must have watched it at least twenty times.

There was no internet, no YouTube, no tabs and no electric guitar tutors back in the day so I came home from the film simply inspired by the music and played for hours.

I couldn’t copy Richie Haven’s rhythm on Freedom as I couldn’t remember what he did but I felt the power. Once home I just bashed the merry hell out of my guitar. My rhythm technique isn’t at all like his but my power is down to him. Thanks Richie.

As well as Richie Havens I got to see Hendrix, The Who, Sly and the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Joan Baez, Ten years After, Joe Cocker and many many more sensational acts.

Nothing blew me away more than Santana though. Back in the seventies world music didn’t really register in England and it will seem laughable now but I had never seen or heard congas played in a band. Wow, Santana turned my world upside down.  The rhythm was life changing for me.

I suspect that it will have been forgotten in another fifty years which is the way of things. We will all be long gone.

I only hope the musicians, if they exist will have something like Woodstock to inspire them.

Rock On

See ya — Al.

Millennium Square, Leeds. (01/08/2019)

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Al Bampton

Leeds based musician, guitar teacher and music tutor

Hi there,

Here are a few pictures from last Thursdays gig with The Deuce katz. We were lucky enough to get to play on the big stage in Millennium Square. Cracking night. Click on the pictures if you wish to enlarge them.

See ya — Al.

New Joe Satriani tab – “Midnight”

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Al Bampton

Leeds based musician, guitar teacher and music tutor

Hi there,

AB – Guitar tabs has just taken delivery of “Midnight” by Joe Satriani.

This is a cracking piece if you want to get your head around two handed tapping. If you are new to tapping and are not sure where the notes are coming from I would advise brushing up on your theory knowledge. It’s all in the chords.

If you want to download a free PDF of the tab click on this link — Sheet Music This will take you directly to the sheet music and tab page on my website. For the home page click the following link — alBampton.com

Skype lessons are now available

There is plenty more to come.

Have good days.

See ya — Al.

New Coldplay tab – “The Scientist”

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Al Bampton

Leeds based musician, guitar teacher and music tutor

Hi there,

AB – Guitar tabs has just taken delivery of “The Scientist” by Coldplay.

I have transcribed Chris Martin’s piano part for the guitar. This has been a very popular tab with my pupils over the last decade or so. If you want to download a free PDF of the tab click on the link below the video.

If you want to download a free PDF of the tab click on this link — Sheet Music This will take you directly to the sheet music and tab page on my website. For the home page click the following link — alBampton.com

There is plenty more to come.

Have good days.

See ya — Al.

The Sunday evening Project (9/12/2018)

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Al Bampton

Leeds based musician, guitar teacher and music tutor

Hi there,

I am really looking forward to this one. It will be good to see James and Judith performing again and it will be Gabrielle’s first full appearance having joined her brother Oliver last time.

If you click the link below you will be able to have a listen to James and Judith who are part of a larger ensemble called The Moon Shyners.

https://moonshyners.bandcamp.com/track/coalminers

Al Bampton’s Sunday Evening Project

East of Arcadia (Meanwood)

East of Arcadia

James Raftery and Judith Watts

Gabrielle Stapleton

Al Bampton

Sunday 9th of December

7.00 pm

Be there or be somewhere else and enjoy whatever you end up doing.

See ya — Al.

The Sunday Evening Project. (14/10/2018)

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Al Bampton

Leeds based musician, guitar teacher and music tutor

Hi there,

Another cracking gig alert, they are coming thick and fast at the moment and long may it continue.

I will be joined by the Latin American band Mestisa and the acoustic duo Siren and Strings on Sunday the 14th. This is a really strong line up so hopefully they will get the audience the gig deserves.

If you haven’t come across Mestisa yet check out the video below.

This is rather nice as well. Siren and Strings performing Fleetwood Mac’s Songbird.

Like I said, this is a really strong line up. I for one am looking forward to it.

Al Bampton’s Sunday Evening Project

East of Arcadia (Meanwood)

East of Arcadia

Mestisa

Siren and Strings

Al Bampton

Sunday 14th of October

7.00 pm

Be there or be somewhere else and enjoy whatever you end up doing.

See ya — Al.

Two down, eight hundred to go. (ish)

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Al Bampton

Leeds based musician, guitar teacher and music tutor

Hi there,

okay, I have finally uploaded my second theory video on to the YouTube channel AB – Music Theory

As the quick witted amongst you will note the video below is the first video and not the newly uploaded second. Intrigue?

This is because I truly believe that it is best to start any project at the very beginning. With music this is of paramount importance.

The first video deals with the five things I believe people should get their head around before the journey begins.

  1. We have twelve notes but there are only seven letter names. What happened to H,I, J,K and L?
  2. What actually is a scale?
  3. What creates the sound of any given scale?
  4. Why do we need sharps and flats to create scales?
  5. Why we don’t use H,I,J,K and L

Hopefully the following video will be of use to you.

Video number 2 can be found on the channel so click here if you are interested. AB – Music Theory

It deals with how to easily work out the sharps needed for all the Major keys that require them.

  1. G Major
  2. D Major
  3. A Major
  4. E Major
  5. B Major
  6. F# Major

A huge thank you to Lauren for the picture used for the video thumbnail. The young lady has just taken and passed the ABRSM grade VIII theory exam. Spot on Lauren you nailed it and all the best with your music course in York. Al’s world will miss you.

While we are at it my ABRSM grade V theory students achieved 97%, 96% and 92%. Vintage year. Well done guys you have been a pleasure to teach.

If after watching the video anybody has any comments feel free to drop me a line.(Comment as you wish)

I started teaching when I was fourteen and having now taught people for forty three years the one thing I have learnt is that we all can and will get better at what we do.

I am a better teacher than I was but not as good as the one I will be.

See ya —- Al.

The Sunday Evening Project

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Al Bampton

Leeds based musician, guitar teacher and music tutor

Hi there,

Cracking gig alert. I am playing with Kate Riley and Lisa Gillingham (aka the Deuce Katz) this coming Sunday down at East of Arcadia. I love performing with these two partners in crime. Matthew Evans will be stepping back in the limelight for a set as well. It’s been a few years since I have heard him so we are excited.

Al Bampton’s Sunday Evening Project

East of Arcadia (Meanwood)

East of Arcadia

The Deuce Katz

Matthew Evans

Al Bampton

Sunday 30th of September

Be there or be somewhere else and enjoy whatever you end up doing.

See ya — Al.

New Ed Sheeran tab. “The shape of you”

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Al Bampton

Leeds based musician, guitar teacher and music tutor

Hi there,

AB – Guitar tabs has just taken delivery of Ed Sheeran’s “The shape of you”

Learn the riff, the chords, variations or the complete song with left and right hand guidance throughout.

Firefly (Ayshea Megyery and Al Bampton) play this song. It was fun arranging this for a duo. The trick is to create enough variation with just one guitar.

Ayshea Megyery and Al Bampton (Firefly)

Enjoy. See ya — Al.

Wow, what a week.

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Al Bampton

Leeds based musician, guitar teacher and music tutor

And the sun is still shinning. Is this England or did I wake up in the wrong country.Great for outdoor gigs and really bad if you grow onions. Thinking about you guys.

Tuesday was fun although I learnt a lesson. My life has so far taught me to focus on the gig. It was only afterwards i realised that this life learnt lesson needs to be tweaked slightly.

If you are going to play on a big stage in Millennium Square (Leeds) with two of the acts you work with do make sure you leave with something to post on the net. Doh, as Homer would say. We’ll get there.

Had a stunning Evening with Tasha Lawes and The Deuce Katz. A serious thank you to all the local folks who turned up to enjoy themselves. We all had a ball so cheers from myself, Tasha and the gang that is The Deuce Katz.

AB. Tasha Lawes and Al Bampton.

The Deuce Katz.

“It’s been a long time since I rock’n’rolled”

The Evening was finished off rather well with The Boss and The Beeston Street band. If you like your Springsteen do try to catch them.

The Boss and the Beeston Sreet band.

Gigs

We have a cracking gig coming up on Sunday. Tasha, Ian and myself played a birthday party a few months ago and the combinations were fun. There will effectively be two different duos and a trio. I love playing with these guys.

Al Bampton’s Sunday Evening Project

East of Arcadia (Meanwood)

East of Arcadia

Tasha Lawes

Ian Fairbairn

Al Bampton

Sunday 5th of August

Anybody interested in a bit of folk rock history may be interested in finding out more about Ian Fairbairn. These links may be of use I’ve included a video from the kind of gig he often plays – The Cambridge folk festival.

Ian “Walter” Fairbairn (wikipedia)

Ian with The Mighty Doonans playing Cambridge

There’s more

Al is trying to get his head around what we call Social Media. Interesting to observe and powerful in a good and a bad way. A bit of a paradox perhaps.

Anyway, feel free to pop by. Al is now active on Instagram and Twitter I promise to be on my best behaviour.

Al Bampton – Instagram account.

Al Bampton – Twitter account.

Possible right direction

I have a few of my transcriptions and arrangements on a YouTube channel going under the name of;

AB – Guitar tabs

I checked it yesterday to discover that one of my arrangements/transcriptions had been viewed nearly a thousand times. Most of those hits have happened in two months. Little acorns as they say.

Emimem’s Lose yourself was always popular at school. All I did was transcribe the opening piano part for the guitar. Shot out of the door regularly for years. Actually I also taught pupils to play the riff with attitude as well.

AB – Guitar tabs.

Lose yourself – Emimem

New Project

I’m investigating the concept of internet lessons using Skype. I will need to sort out my broadband first. Any tips will be gratefully accepted.

Al’s first podcast

This was fun. A big thank you to The Blind Dead McJones band for inviting me along to their radio shows podcast. Al talking for two hours. Whatever next.

For more information about The Blind Dead McJones band and chapelfm click the following links.

The Blind Dead McJones Band

Chapelfm

“The blues ain’t dead, it’s just hard to find” – Blind Dead McJones

Moving moment of the week

A couple of days ago I caught a headline and ended up watching a wonderful music video. For me it was powerful and very moving. Rhiannon Giddens is the ladies name and the song is the first track on her new album and is titled At The Purchasers Option

As a very young teenager my father gave me an Alan Lomax recording which taught me many things. The most important lessons were that I learnt where the music I loved came from and how much pain the people who gave me it had endured for centuries. Thanks dad by the way. This lady is telling the world something that to me is very, very important and it would do well to listen. Stunning.

“you can take my body
you can take my bones
you can take my blood
but not my soul”

I would say that before you make any comment about the racial tension that exists in America you need to understand this. The advert in the video is real and was actually written by a slave owner back in the 1830’s. Understanding that slavery didn’t actually end when our history books tell us it did is crucial knowledge.

If you are moving to virtually any kind of modern popular music this is where your fun came from. My dad gave me an understanding of this which has led to lifelong respect. Sadly I cannot rewrite history.

Alan Lomax

This guy was a bit special. As well playing the music, his love of blues led to him recording people in their environment and blues musicians for over five decades starting in the 1940’s. It was real people back in the forties I was listening to on the record my father gave me. That had an impact on my life. The American Library of Congress stores over 17.000 digital files. This guy loved the music and has made sure it is remembered. Thank you Alan Lomax.

If you would like to know more about Alan Lomax click the following links

Cultural Equity – Alan Lomax

Alan Lomax – Wikipedia

Time to go. Speak soon.

See ya — Al.