Okay, so we are back online again. Well, part of the way there that is.
My father has been in hospital and he and the family needed the attention. Work on the site pretty much came to a standstill. Apologies to THWOTH.NET for that but the understanding is there.
There is nothing new on the site as yet but the real world musical goings on have been fun.
I have set up a gig in a place called East Of Arcadia which is in the bustling Leeds suburb of Meanwood.
“Al Bampton’s Sunday Evening Project”
I’m chuffed to bits with the way it has been developing over the last couple of months. The ex and current pupils who have joined me have been superb.
The next gig is this coming Sunday (8th of July) and I will be joined by Harry Zalega. Formerly known as Harry Felton-Glen. Harry will be playing a mixture of his own stuff and covers. Great voice and a strong player. Come on down if you are in Leeds. Free admission and a 7.00 pm kickoff. Be there or be Somewhere else and enjoy whatever you end up doing.
I am getting back in to creating content for the site which will take a wee while. I am hoping to work on tuition and GCSE/A-level support videos over the coming months.
The road is long but the journey is fun.
I recorded this video with my mate Tasha Lawes last summer. Just a little something until the new stuff arrives. Fleetwood Mac are a “proper” band.
Rhainnon (cover) Tasha Lawes and Al Bampton
The next video is of Rosa Weiner’s first gig from The Sunday Afternoon Project back in 2010. Tasha joined in as well. I love my job!
Sexy Minx (cover) Rosa Wiener/Tasha Lawes and Al Bampton.
I have also added a few little extras to the side bar as you obviously will notice.
Back in the early nineties while living in Australia I worked with a wonderful singer/guitarist called David Giles. We recorded this version of Blue moon on a battered up old Tascam four track. We got gigs so it did the job but the recording quality obviously ain’t the the best. As I have never tried to get a record deal there are no Abbey Road recordings lying around my house and that is fine by me. Believe it or not I have very little time for the recording industry although the scenery is changing out there.
Have great days and nights and for all the true football fans out there, enjoy. Come on England! (Or in your case come on whoever it is you support. Unless they play my team that is.)
See ya — Al.
PS. Guitar Teacher Leeds.
Got a fair number of pupils heading off to University this year so I have a few spaces that could do with filling. If anybody is after tuition you can find contact info on the main site.
I doubt if there are any people out there in cyberspace worrying about where I have been for the last month or so but just in case — Hello again, it’s been a little while.
It’s been a combination of things really. I kind of worked myself to a standstill last year. It was a load of fun and a seriously enlightening experience but having worked so much I needed a break to recharge the batteries.
This sudden need to sit down and play my guitar was accompanied by the arrival of my daughter who flew in from Australia at the beginning of January. I haven’t seen her for two years so needless to say I have been otherwise engaged.
I haven’t been completely at a standstill though. It did occur to me that if I am going to post videos regularly it might be useful to have a stockpile of the little darlings. To that end I am compiling a folder excitingly titled entitled “videos 2018” which is being filled up with videos for future use. This way I will hopefully feel in control of the situation rather than rushing to finish a video to upload.
At some point in the near future I will hopefully be in position to move this website in to another gear.
Definitely busking this project as I have done with many things in my life. As I can never be sure if that is a good or a bad thing I never worry about it.
I have also had to spend a bit of time focusing on the real world, bills to pay and all that jazz. I am hoping to start up a new gig which will hopefully end up being called, wait for it —
The Sunday Evening Project.
I am currently in talks with the manager of East of Arcadia (Meanwood, Leeds) about a regular Sunday night gig in his bar/cafe/restaurant. I’m hoping to perform with Tasha, Ayshea, various older pupils and if we are lucky an acoustic version of The Deuce Katz may materialise. The idea is to have a different gig every week with acts returning every two to three months. Hopefully as with The current Sunday Afternoon Project it will be good experience for my pupils and by an enjoyable evening for the audience. I will try to get the legend that is Ian Fairbairn involved as well. Keep your fingers crossed!
I have also had my head stuck in photoshop which is another very big piece of software I have had to learn to use very quickly. I have been trying to make posters. The first draft took several days as I tried to work the thing out and the one below required less than an hour. Just like riding a bike as they say.
For the time being here are a couple of videos I did last summer with two of my ex pupils Tasha Lawes and Gabriela Griffiths.
I’m off. This blog will be properly maintained from now on (hopefully) but for now,
Having told you to watch this space I must apologise for the month of silence on the blog front. It has been a fairly hectic month in my house at least, not that anybody out there would know that.
It’s fun being a complete amateur again. Planning videos, shooting videos and then editing videos efficiently requires the expertise I am in the process of learning. I love learning although this is definitely doing it the hard way. Spending a lot of time heading back to the drawing board but I am getting there slowly but surely.
I have been working on content for two new YouTube channels which will at some point be linked to the site.
Clicking the link above will take you straight there or you can check out the video below to get some idea of what you will find. I have thousands of hand written tabs which I am slowly going to upload on to this site. Hopefully it will end up with the best and most popular tabs from the past with current popular hits as well, although finding time to work on new stuff at the moment is proving problematic. It is on the way though so I’m happy. Thank you to THWOTH.NET for designing and creating a chord box app for me to play with. Absolutely stunning. PDF’s may be coming soon. I will keep you posted so to speak.
The second channel is AB – Electric guitar technique.
I have not got too much up on this site yet but it will grow over the coming months. I am planning a series of videos where I actually demonstrate various things. Coming soon as they say. Anyway, for a taste of what is to come click the link above of take a quick peek at the video below.
As I have said these channels are going to be interwoven into the actual website as things progress. Patience is a virtue I need at the moment.
Given how much of a novice I am feel free to pass on any constructive criticism you may have. Going back and changing things is something I have become well used to recently. If you have any suggestions I can be reached at the following email address;
or by using the contact form on the site itself.
I will get on top of the blog at some point. Abigail, one of my pupils has kindly offered to give me a crash course in running a blog although I will have to wait until she finishes her masters degree next month. Good luck to the lady from Al’s world. Abigail runs a blog for a company so this might be about to become a touch slicker in 2018.
I am playing with my band The Deuce Katz tonight down at The Chemic Tavern in Leeds. Feeling a bit like a caged tiger today so I suspect we will be hitting the beat well hard tonight. Just discovered that my new Fender lead has packed up. Not impressed and no recommendation for fender leads from me. Having said that I will be knocking seven bells out of my Fender strat tonight so they have been good in the past.
Okay, back to the grindstone and probably the drawing board again for now.
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.
Okay,this website malarkey is both fun and frustrating at the same time but there is light at the end of the tunnel as they say. My good friends at THWOTH.NET have been the coding brains behind this project, and while it is true that I have learnt a fair bit this year I am still hanging on by my finger tips. (Some people are just a bit special and team THWOTH walk among them)
I am responsible for content which is where the bottle neck is. Having been a musician and a teacher for most of my life I arrived at the table with a brain full of ideas but no actual skills to transfer said ideas on to the net. It has been a funny old year. If I was going to offer any advice to anybody attempting a similar project it would include the following gems;
Before filming starts check that your microphone is switched on folks!? (doh!)
Borrow a few lights before you start filming unless you like “The Darkside” that is. (doh!!)
If your camera has one of those small flip screens turn it away from you. Fourteen minutes not looking at the lens ain’t the way to go. (doh!!!)
Remember that batteries like to be fed in a morning. (doh!!!!)
Work on the premise that video editing will be fun once you work the program out. The first video of Tasha and myself performing “Wild Horses” technically took thirty five hours although that was from a standing start while the last performance video took ten minutes. There is only one way to learn how to use a program — dive in. (doh!!!!!)
Prepare a few coping strategies for that moment when the person you have asked to analyse your teaching video see’s the obvious and sends you back to the drawing board. Thanks Tasha! The thank you is actually genuine as you were right. A fifty six year old like myself looks at the internet in a totally different way to a twenty three year old. (doh!!!!!!)
I could go on all day about all of this stuff. It has definitely been fun if a little frustrating at times.
I have dropped in another video from the sessions I did over the summer with Tasha Lawes. If you want to hear more feel free to click the following link —
Those who know me will know that I sometimes have quite a lot to say.
This is the place where I intend to say it – whether that’ll be my thoughts about music or the wonders of the guitar, making videos, gigging, or teaching, guitar tips and tricks, gear reviews, links to interesting stuff I’ve come across, or general thoughts about the world we all happen to find ourselves living in.
Please check back later to see if I manage to pull it off, but in the meantime here’s a little something to be going on with…