Walthamstow Hackney Leyton Guitar Lessons

Walthamstow Hackney Leyton Guitar Lessons

London guitar Academy exists to provide exceptional guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo and singing lessons to our fantastic students in the Greater London Area.  We take a lot of pride in our approach to teaching music. We build a custom curriculum for each student, based on their own personal musical goals and interests.

Walthamstow Hackney Leyton Guitar Lessons

Walthamstow Hackney Leyton Guitar Lessons

 

 

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London Guitar Academy - Riffs of the Week

London Guitar Academy – Riffs of the Week

APACHE SUN
THE RAIN THAT NEVER CAME.

A DIY duo of two brothers from Glasgow, Apache Sun are one of the most exciting acts to be swelling in the underground of UK Psychedelic Rock.

apache sun

apache sun

‘The Rain That Never Came’ was released mid 2014 and seriously; it features one of the coolest riffs I’ve heard in a long while. It’s beauty lies in its simplicity, it sounds like the dance floor of a sweaty and hazy Friday night and yet, as if needed to be anything more it forms the basis for the entire song.

Its dirty and it’s oddly hypnotic.

And if you need any further convincing check out the spaghetti western video here –

London Guitar Academy - Riffs of the Week

London Guitar Academy – Riffs of the Week

Guitar Lessons New Cross Lewisham SE15 LONDON

Guitar Lessons  New Cross Lewisham SE15, LONDON,

Playing the guitar with London Guitar Academy is simply fun, and as you get better the more fun you will have. London Guitar Academy makes learning guitar the best  musical experience you can have. Guitar Lessons London‘s philosophy while teaching clearly shows we are all about about having fun while playing your guitarGuitar, Music theory, guitar technique, and Song wrtting Lessons in your home or in our fantastic studio’s.

Guitar Lessons New Cross Lewisham SE15 LONDON

Guitar Lessons New Cross Lewisham SE15 LONDON

Guitar Lessons  New Cross Lewisham SE15- LONDON

Guitar Lessons New Cross Lewisham SE15- LONDON

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Guitar Lessons  New Cross Lewisham SE15, LONDON

Guitar Lessons New Cross Lewisham SE15, LONDON

 

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Each of our amazing students has a unique learning style, and private lessons make it possible for each student to learn using an approach that works best for them. Your Guitar Lessons focus on actual songs. Guitar Lessons personally teach each song with video and tabs. There is no need to read music.We won’t bore you with rigorous drills and exercises. You’ll be learning songs right away.

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Guitar Lessons Camberwell Guitar Teachers Camberwell

Guitar Lessons Camberwell Guitar Teachers Camberwell

Guitar Lessons Camberwell Guitar Teachers Camberwell for YOU! London Guitar Academy enjoy teaching guitar students of all levels and ages.

Guitar Lessons Camberwell Guitar Teachers Camberwell

Guitar Lessons Camberwell Guitar Teachers Camberwell

Guitar Lessons Camberwell

Guitar Lessons Camberwell

We believe students get the most out of lessons when individual learning styles and musical tastes are respected. Guitar Lessons London lessons are one-2-one sessions, taught in professional either at your home or at our music studios. We find it gratifying being able to help beginners discover that with even a little bit of practice they can play great songs.  Whether your preference is electric or acoustic, pop, rock, blues or jazz;  whether you are interested in sight-reading , soloing, theory, tablature, improvising, or just learning some easy strumming around the campfire. London Guitar Academy promise to help make your learning experience fun as well as instructive. And, as always, beginners ALWAYS welcome!

Guitar Lessons Camberwell Guitar Teachers Camberwell

Guitar Lessons Camberwell Guitar Teachers Camberwell

 

 

Guitar Tuition and lessons in Camberwell London

Guitar Tuition and lessons in Camberwell London

Guitar Tuition and lessons in Camberwell London

 

 

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ALBUM LAUNCH REVIEW – A LIFE UNLIMITED (STONE FOUNDATION)

 STONE FOUNDATION A LIFE UNLIMITED ALBUM LAUNCH REVIEW 

Midlands based Stone Foundation recently launched their new album “A Life Unlimited” with a preview evening at the Brew Dog in Birmingham. Our LGA reviewer, Paul Wood, was there to catch a mini-acoustic set by the band and a DJ playback of the new album in full.

stone foundation album

stone foundation album

ALBUM LAUNCH REVIEW – A LIFE UNLIMITED (STONE FOUNDATION)

ALBUM LAUNCH REVIEW – A LIFE UNLIMITED (STONE FOUNDATION)

The launch evening was a free entry promotion with the full band in attendance and an excited group of loyal fans, friends and band associates who had headed into Birmingham, eager to hear the new album.

The mini-acoustic set primarily featured a 4 piece line of Neil Jones (vocals/guitar), Ian Arnold (keyboard), with Gareth John and Gary Rollins (horns).  “Learning The Hard Way” was the set opener, and the quartet was then joined by Neil Sheasby and Rob Newton to add backing vocals to next song “Pushing Your Love”. The stage was then left to Gareth Johns and Ian Arnold for a rendition of the album’s closing instrumental track “Old Partners, New Dances”. Established favourite “To Find The Spirit” (with an intro based on “Tracing Paper”) saw the band back to a four piece and the crowd encouraged to sing along by front man Neil Jones. The short set was closed with a grooving version of  Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”.

The whole event was filmed by the BBC and footage appeared on the next day’s “Midlands Today”.  You can watch the clip here:

Following the set, the album received a full playback and copies were available to buy on the night from Bookshop Pete who handles the band’s merchandise desk.

Here’s a Youtube teaser for the album released on the band’s official site:

The album’s opening track “Beverley” was already familiar to most as the song features in a new film of the same name, produced by Cass Pennant and directed by Alexander Thomas. The film is about a mixed-race girl growing up in Leicester in the 2-Tone era with the key line being the repeated mantra of “the rules of the skin are wearing thin”. Here’s a link to the official video:

A LIFE UNLIMITED (STONE FOUNDATION)

A LIFE UNLIMITED (STONE FOUNDATION)

Next track “Pushing Your Love” is built up on the back up harmony vocals from The Four Perfections, and leads nicely into “Something In The Light” (echoes of Van Morrison) and “The Turnaround” which features classic 70s soul string sounds from The Q Strings.

The album then toughens up with the jazzier “Speak Your Piece” and “The Night Teller” (featuring Graham Parker).  “Learning The Hard Way” sounds like a potential single and live favourite.

Both “These Life Stories” and “A Love Uprising” have strong bass lines, the latter wouldn’t sound out of place on ABC classic “Lexicon of Love”.

The album comes to a gentle close with melancholic instrumental “Old Partners, New Dances”.

Keen to avoid being pigeonholed, the band has made its own sound from a number of diverse influences. If you put Van Morrison, Dexys, Curtis Mayfield, Bobby Womack, Nolan Porter, the Funk Brothers, Martin Fry and the jazzier early version of the E Street band into the studio with producer Andy Codling and songs written by Neil Jones and Neil Sheasby, when you put your ear to the studio wall, the sound that you would hear is the undisputably Modern soul sound of Stone Foundation.

Knowledge of the band has been steadily growing and the band has been championed by DJs Craig Charles and Robert Elms. Blistering live shows in the UK, Europe and Japan has built up the band’s media presence and the new album is already creating a buzz – in its first week it entered the UK vinyl chart Top 10, and broke into the Independent UK Top 30 Chart.

Album track list – A Life Unlimited

Beverley

Pushing Your Love

Something In The Night

The Turnaround

Speak Your Piece

The Night Teller

Learning The Hard Way

These Life Stories

A Love Uprising

Old Partners, New Dances

Bonus track on Japanese CD release:

Honey Bee

The UK album cover is a painting by Horace Panter (The Specials) who also did the cover for their previous excellent  album “To Find The Spirit”.

The album has come out on clear vinyl, black vinyl and CD. Early copies of the album were signed by the band and came with a 4 track bonus CD live in Germany. If there are any signed copies left you can get them here:

https://www.recordstore.co.uk/recordstore/recordstore/A-Life-Unlimited-Signed-Bonus-Disc/4NBK0000000

Otherwise the album is available from all regular stockists such as Amazon, HMV etc.

September/October sees the band touring the UK and Europe. They’ve got a London date at the Jazz Café on October 17th.  Their previous show at the Jazz Café saw a sellout crowd see a fantastic show. Get your tickets for the upcoming show while you can…..

Blast From The Past

Here’s a link to the band’s promo video for “That’s The Way I Want To Live My Life” from their previous album “To Find The Spirit”

Holloway Guitar Lessons Holloway Guitar London

 Holloway Guitar Lessons Holloway Guitar London

Guitar Lessons London teach students of all ages and in all styles. We offer guitar lessons for all ages and abilities. Beginners are always welcome.

Holloway Guitar Lessons Holloway Guitar London

Holloway Guitar Lessons Holloway Guitar London

Styles of music include: Blues, Folk,Jazz, Rock, Pop, Country, Funk & Heavy Metal. London Guitar Academy teaching style is relaxed and flexible and very much depends on the student, but always ensure our brilliant guitar lessons are  interesting and fun. Guitar Lessons Holloway help you achieve your best on guitar. Our goal is to help you learn how to play your favorite guitar songs from start to finish, all while enjoying the many benefits of taking guitar lessons. We are very passionate about music and teaching in particular. No matter whether you’re a child or an adult, beginner or advanced player, London Guitar Academy is the go-to place for guitar lessons in Holloway! Whether you’re looking for beginner guitar lessons, intermediate guitar lessons or advanced guitar lessons. Guitar students will learn to play guitar, read tab, jam with other musicians.

 

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Guitar Lessons and Guitar Teachers in Holloway

Guitar Lessons and Guitar Teachers in Holloway

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Guitar lessons Crystal Palace Guitar Lessons Upper Norwood

Guitar lessons Crystal Palace Guitar Lessons Upper Norwood

London Guitar Academy offers  guitar, ukulele & bass lessons to students of all ages. You will love learning great songs, music theory, sight reading, songwriting, ear training, and soloing concepts, Guitar Lessons Crystal Palace can teach you any style of music –Acoustic & Electric guitar Lessons in  blues, jazz, and funk, to metal, rock, and classical.
Guitar lessons Crystal Palace Guitar Lessons Upper Norwood

Guitar lessons Crystal Palace Guitar Lessons Upper Norwood

 

Guitar lessons Crystal Palace

Guitar lessons Crystal Palace

Guitar lessons Crystal Palace

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Bromley Croydon  Lambeth  Southwark Guitar Lessons

Bromley Croydon Lambeth Southwark Guitar Lessons

 Guitar Lessons London‘s mission is to help enrich the lives of children and adults through music education by introducing new students to a rewarding life skill, and by helping experienced students mature as a musician.

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GIG REVIEW –DAN PENN AND SPOONER OLDHAM

GIG REVIEW –DAN PENN AND SPOONER OLDHAM

Legendary Memphis singer/songwriters Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham made a rare visit to the UK last month and your LGA reviewer, Paul Wood, caught them in the rather splendid environment of the Union Chapel.

GIG REVIEW –DAN PENN AND SPOONER OLDHAM

GIG REVIEW –DAN PENN AND SPOONER OLDHAM

The current tour was the pair’s first visit to the UK in 9 years and was timed to coincide with the re-release of their previous live album “Moments From This Theatre” which has been repackaged in a deluxe CD edition (“The Complete Duo Recordings”) which combines the original album with a live DVD recorded at their 2009 gig in St James’s Church, Piccadilly. A gig attended by both the current reviewer and the London Guitar Academy maestro, James Stratton.

A reverential crowd was delighted to see the veteran performers in fine form. The on stage banter between the two reflects the 50 year period they’ve been recording, performing and writing together.  Oldham’s greeting to the audience of “this is a mighty fine place you’ve got here” is followed by a razor sharp response from Penn “if this was the USA it would have been torn down long ago”.

dan penn

dan penn

DAN PENN AND SPOONER OLDHAM

DAN PENN AND SPOONER OLDHAM

DAN PENN AND SPOONER OLDHAM live review

DAN PENN AND SPOONER OLDHAM live review

The opening song of the set (and album) is the classic – “I’m Your Puppet”. The uptempo version of the 60s version by James and Bobby Purify is slowed right down to give it a classic soul gospel feel. Penn’s still strong vocals are underpinned by Oldham’s light but immaculate presence on keyboard. Here’s a link to a TV studio version of the song:

Hit follows hit, “Sweet Inspiration” (the Sweet Inspirations), Cry Like A Baby (Box Tops), Do Right Woman (Aretha Franklin) before Spooner takes the lead vocal on his “Lonely Women Make Good Lovers” (a country hit for Bob Luman in the 70s and then Steve Warriner in the 80s). Spooner’s fragile vocal delivery is listened to by the audience in spellbound silence, ending in tumultuous applause as the last notes fade away.

It’s then back Dan on vocals for “It Tears me Up” and stone cold classic  “Dark End of the Street” (“you can never beat a good cheatin’ song” quips Penn). Here’s a link to Dan doing this song on the David Letterman show (with the recently deceased Bobby Emmons on keys):

A version of “You Left The Water Running” leaves Dan Penn slightly dissatisfied “I’d like to have done that a little better, but sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t”

“Out of Left Field” clearly has Penn back on fine form and then it’s the Memphis funk and humour of “Memphis Women and Fried Chicken” with Penn and Oldham trading vocal chicken clucking noises as the song draws to a close.

Here’s a link to the studio version:

Having played almost all of the “Theatre” album, Penn takes a wander through his extensive back catalogue with versions of “Is A Bluebird Bird” (his first hit, written for Conway Twitty, while Penn was still at school) and “Nobody’s Fool”  (the title track of his 1973 solo album) – “I don’t think many of you will have got this album” says Penn.

Spooner gets another shot on vocals with “My Goodness” (co-written by Oldham with Donnie Fritts) and the pair close with another stone classic in “Zero Willpower”.  There’s no encore, Penn tells the audience “Our knees won’t cope with coming back up and down these steps to the stage” , but it doesn’t matter. The crowd have loved every minute of the show and it’s a delight to see the old troubadours back in the UK again.

If you didn’t catch Dan and Spooner while they were over here, buy the new CD/DCD package to see what you’ve missed.

SET LIST

I’m Your Puppet

Sweet Inspiration

Cry Like A baby

Do Right Woman, Do Right Man

I Met Her In Church

Lonely Women Make Good Lovers

It Tears me Up

Dark End of the Street

You Left The Water Running

Out of Left Field

Memphis Women and Fried Chicken

Woman Left Lonely

I’m Living Good

Old Folks

Is A Bluebird Blue

Nobody’s Fool

Oh My Goodness

Nine Pound Steel

I Do

Tear Joint

Take A Good Look

Zero Willpower

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Here’s the Dan Penn 1965 Muscle Shoals demo version of “I Do” which has recently been released on “Dan Penn: The Fame Recordings” on the ACE label

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