Thursday, August 28, 2008

Guitar Service

So it's been a few weeks since I picked up my strat, and at lunch time today when I took it down from the wall to prepare for tonight's church service I realised that it was dirty. Very dirty indeed. I sweat muchly while playing, especially when it's 37 Centigrade under the tent, and if I don't wipe the guitar down straight after then crud happens.

Anti-crud measures include

remove strings
polish guitar body with Dunlop Formula 65
polish fingerboard with Dr Stringfellow's Lem-oil
restring with Ernie Ball Power Slinky strings gauge 11
lubricate strings with FingerEase guitar string lubricant
tune up
stretch strings
play for a while :-)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Creative Percussion Solo

This is my friend Gabriel. He's been to visit us here each spring for the last four years as the drummer in Graham Kendrick's band.

Next year I'm going to give him a better drum kit to play.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

uni-ball eye wrecked

My favourite pen, and just about the only pen I ever use is the uni-ball eye. I love the way it writes, and in some weird esoteric/aesthetic way it helps my creativity.

Anyway, every time I travel on an aeroplane, my uni-ball eye gets wrecked by the cabin pressure. The ink flow gets messed up and sometimes they leak. It's very distressing :-)

Well, I'm back in Cairo after a month of travelling in Italy and around the UK. It's been intense and I'm having a hard time re-focussing on my Egypt life, but I'll be posting real blog material pretty soon.