Wow, this has been a journey and a half. It will have been around three years ago that I realised that Al’s world was slowly disappearing. Up until that point things had been fairly straight forward for me. My gigging led to more gigs and my teaching led to more phone calls for lessons. In my old world I didn’t even have to advertise for work, it just kept coming. Then the phone started to fall silent and the gaps between gigs started to increase in length. Hmm, something was afoot. But what?
Then it dawned on me. The human race was in the midst of it’s biggest ever mass migration. This wasn’t physical movement but I see it as a migration just the same. The real world was moving into cyberspace at an astonishing pace. The reputation I had built up over the years which had served me so well for decades was going to count for nothing. Whoops. Houston we have a problem.
Okay, there were two obvious issues. Firstly everybody was turning to google to find the bands and teachers they required and secondly you couldn’t locate me on google. In fact I had virtually no internet presence whatsoever.
So the planning began and I started buying the things I was going to need. First up was my Roland R26 field recorder which is quite simply magnificent. The good/bad thing about me is that I won’t spend money until I know what I’m doing so that purchase followed the best part of five months research.
I went through the same process to buy my camera. After many months of thought I ended up with the Canon EOS 550D which I am more than pleased with. Once I found out it had manual sound level controls it was an easy decision. Finding that out took a fair while though as most camera reviews focus on the picture taking and video side of things as you would expect. I ended up trawling through the makers PDF instruction manuals to find the information I needed. They are not exactly short stories either, more Lord of the Rings.
At the beginning of the year I was lucky enough to team up with the good people at THWOTH.NET and the rest as they say is history. Cheers THWORTH, Al is a happy bunny.
So there you have it, my website is finally here and I have an internet presence. Now all I have to do is spread the gospel which will no doubt be another steep learning curve. It has been one hell of a year. Not sure if I have ever learnt so much so quickly. Certainly not since my college days back in the mid eighties.
IF you happen to be reading this and haven’t seen the site click the link below if you fancy a look and please feel free to spread the word.
I now have to focus on the content. Only another thousand videos to go and I ain’t joking there. Watch this space.
Speak soon. See ya —- Al.