I was sitting here trolling through some classical pieces – mostly Rossini for something to start the new album with and then it hit me, William Tell Overture part 1 Prelude Dawn, talk about gob-smacked. I’ve heard it a million times before and just took it as a nice peaceful piece of music but as I’m listening to it, the next door neighbour who has only lived there a few days came home from work and was greeted by his daughter (probably around 3yrs old I’ve no idea) with a hearty ‘Daddy Daddy I love you.’
Now you’re probably sitting there thinking so what, well I’ll tell why what (huh?) he is profoundly deaf and for me to hear his daughter over the top of ‘Prelude Dawn’ gave to me a new vision of that 2 minutes 45 seconds (give or take) of music. Instead of a peaceful morning dream sequence, the way I’ve always seen/heard it, it became a subtle audio visual feast and for that one simple fact, that being I can hear I can honestly say ‘Thank God’ – if I couldn’t hear music I think I’d go spare.
Anyway the youtube video attached to this is Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Prelude Dawn is obviously the beginning to approx 2:45/50, enjoy.
I mentioned the other day my like of working with timber, and two days ago I decided it was time to have a quick tidy up, that being put wood where the wood should go (I always put tools away as I finish with them) seeing as I’d made a slight mess doing the restore of the rare as rocking horse excrement Modelo 1813 Asturcon (with provenance I might add) bass.
Anyhoo, I saw three 10 foot lengths of timber that could be put on the rack in the other shed, plus a 5′ x 5′ 6mm sheet of MDF that could go in the same place. Actually the MDF is two 6mm sheets stuck together with two more 5′ x 2′ stuck to that as bracing (I was using it as a roof section on a store room for a while) so I grabbed the MDF first and stacked that, then went and got one of the 10′ lengths and seeing as I had to stretch over the MDF to stack the 10′ length I knocked the MDF which obviously wasn’t stacked real well and it slipped off the rack, twisted and came down corner first. Did it make me yell? Hell yeh it did, it made a noise a big noise – but the bigger noise was coming from me as that corner came down on top of my right foot and yes you guessed it I wasn’t wearing boots (who wears boots to clean up?).
So after covering the shed floor in what looked like gallons of blood (weren’t really but hey I’m a musician I can exaggerate) I hopped out of the shed and in to the house only for her who must be obeyed to yell at me for being a dipstick and getting blood on the carpet. Personally what’s the more annoying part is I use both feet when playing, the left for the sustain pedal, the right to switch patches but if I move my right foot too much now it splits the skin and makes it get all bloody again so I’m stuck with trying to do everything left footed at the moment.
Anyway the moral of this story?
WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR EVEN IF YOU’RE JUST CLEANING UP HARMLESS STUFF OR THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU, AND YOU TOO COULD FEEL LIKE AN IDIOT!!
Just sitting here thinking of places I’d like to see around the world if I had the spare cash. They’re not in any particular order, they’re just as they came to my befuddled mind.
- La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona (pic 1)
- Catedral de Santiago or the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia (pic 2)
- The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (pic 3)
- El Molinón (home ground of Real Sporting de Gijon) (pic 4)
- The Giant Hand in the desert – Atacama Chile (pic 5)
So, all bits ordered – Gibson style Tuners, a three string pickup, antique bronze box corners and a set of strings oh and the obvious cigar box. I actually bought two (see pics) so I can learn from the first and improve.
I’ve already got the neck blank, but with that I’m going to go a tad loony and insert a truss rod and mill down a fret board (both nicked from a Strat knock off) so I end up with a straight 40mm. As for the bridge, nut and tail piece I’ll make them as I go along from either spare guitar parts or just by hand.
Watch this space for a step by step.
Update 14th October – It Starts!!
You will notice in pictures 11 to 13 a nut made of wood. I won’t being using it, it’s just there as a guide so I can line up the fret board 😉 I’m taking my time as I still haven’t got the three string pickup, tuners, strings and corners yet, so this is all there is, well I may put up a photo of the fret board glued on and finished (burning) and maybe the scribbling on the side of the neck that shows the final shape.
Update 15th October – Got ’em!!
Inserted the truss rod and glued the fret board on yesterday, and what do I get in today’s mail? Yep you guessed it, the tuners, pickup and strings so that got me motivated enough to go out and rough shape the neck and machine head. That’s all for now, two pics of the neck are at the bottom. 😉
Update 17th October – Cheesed off Sorta
Seeing as the Spoke Shaver didn’t arrive so I could finish the neck all proper like I’ve decided to continue on with the box itself. Now personally I’m not overly fussed with the labelling on the box so I thought ‘bugger it, make me own‘ which I did – see picture 16, along with the left and right templates for the half R ‘oles (F holes to everyone else) picture 17 and measured up the positioning for the pickup and tail-piece. When I went to create the the label I didn’t have any clear to spray on to seal it before soaking it in water so that brought that to a grinding halt as well *shrug* I’ll get it finished by the end of next week (25/10).
Update 19th October – Nearly There
I finished making the new labels and added them, bloody fiddly but sorted you can see them from picture 18 to 22 I got a tad carried away and even printed copies of the seals, they’re not the exact size but I thought they needed to be there. Not bad considering I was going to strip it all back to bare timber and stain it 😛 . Anyway, apart from still not getting my Spoke Shaver yet to be able to finish the neck I suppose I can get all the wiring and small fitments done. Oh and before I forget yet again, it’s got a 25.5″ scale.
I was looking at buying a lap steel (dunno why) and fell over this site http://www.guitarworld.com/diy-musician-how-build-2×4-lap-steel-guitar and decided sod it I’ll bloody build one instead. So a brief hunt through the shed gave me an old timber dining table that deserved to be cut up so that was the wood side sorted but as you can see from the pictures I got a tad carried away in that mine isn’t going to be a single 2×4 I’m going to recess it in to a wider piece. Why? Well I thought I might knock up some legs for it too 😉
When will it be finished? Buggered if I know, probably mid next week – I hate sanding and I’ve got a lot to do although I’ll get the notch cut out of the body to sit the neck in today.
Update (a few hours after the original post): From Picture 7 you’ll see I got well carried away, got it all sanded as well as sorting the ‘neck’ pocket – gettin’ there. It’s going to have a single Strat pup with just the volume control, the input jack is going in the right side of the body – just gotta work out the best way to set the strings, through body or Gibson tune-o-matic style bridge although I’m leaning toward through body.
Update (the following day): From Picture 12 (dunno what happened to 11) you’ll see I’ve dismantled a Strat tremolo bridge and it makes an ideal string mount, I’ve recessed the Strat pup, used a spade bit to make the holes for the volume control and input, cross drilled everthing for the wiring and dry fit it all to make sure I hadn’t stuffed it up.. I even got carried away and milled a track for the pup wiring to sit nicely and not cause any grief with the neck. What you can’t see is the earth wire from the String mount as that’s all through the timber 😉
Update (Yet another day passes): Got the frets marked but for some reason near the pick up end of the neck they are off, dunno what happened there. Also got the Machine head cut out, the tuners lined up and everything varnished. It should be assembled tomorrow. 😉
Update (A good few days later): It’s finished, up to and including making a cover (Picture 12) for the holes that make it a damn sight easier to sort the wiring than not being there, I’m just waiting on a new set of heavier strings and then I can call it completely finished – total build time was six days 😉
Next is going to be a three string CBG or a Cigar Box Guitar, I’ve already started on the neck so drop back in a week or so to see how I’m getting on.
Some fella by the name of Dr Mick Grierson, from Goldsmiths, University of London used some form of mathematical/computational theory whatever to come up with the top 50 iconic songs and what a crock of shit his end list is (see here for the story and list).
Looking through the list I could probably agree with two or three, the rest are just pure crap down to and including a sodding cover song – shit if you’re going to call a song iconic, atleast credit it to the original artist.
Anyway, I (amongst probably 1,000’s of other bloggers) have decided to create my own top 50 iconic songs and if you don’t agree with me then tough shit, do I look like I give a fuck?
They’re not in any particular order, just as they come to mind.
- White Christmas – Bing Crosby
- 32-20 Blues – Robert Johnson
- Seasons of Change – Blackfeather
- Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
- Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
- Smoke on The Water – Deep Purple
- That’s Amore – Dean Martin
- My Way – Frank Sinatra
- In A Gadda Da Vida – Iron Butterfly
- Paranoid – Black Sabbath
- Toys in the Attic – Aerosmith
- School’s Out – Alice Cooper
- Death Walks Behind You – Atomic Rooster
- Can’t get Enough – Bad Company
- Most People I Know (Think That I’m Crazy) – Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs
- 21st Century Schizoid Man – King Crimson
- In For The Kill – Budgie
- You Are The Sunshine of my Life – Stevie Wonder
- White Room – Cream
- She Loves You – Beatles
- Riders on the Storm – The Doors
- For Your Love – The Yardbirds
- Brown Sugar – Rolling Stones
- Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland (although I prefer Billy Thorpe’s version)
- Heart of the Sunrise – Yes
- Pictures at an Exhibition – Emerson, Lake and Palmer
- Billy The Mountain – Frank Zappa
- Wishing Well – Free
- Child In Time – Deep Purple
- Iron Man – Black Sabbath
- Be My Lover – Alice Cooper
- Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
- Babe – Styx
- Back in to the Future – Man
- Gypsy – Uriah Heep
- Thick as a Brick – Jethro Tull
- Race With The Devil – Gun
- Mesmerisation Eclipse – Captain Beyond
- Breadfan – Budgie
- Us and Them – Pink Floyd
- Julia – Pavlov’s Dog
- Aqualung – Jethro Tull
- All Right Now – Free
- Atom Heart Mother – Pink Floyd
- Sheer Heart Attack – Queen
- Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
- Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Rick Wakeman
- Cross Road Blues – Robert Johnson
- Bloody Well Right – Supertramp
- Fantastic Piece of Architecture – Bloodrock
Well that’s my 50, it could easily be 100 but hey Grierson started it!
I so hate having my photo taken, but when you’re asked because it’s needed you just have to grin and bare it aye.
Too much time on my hands again 😉
I’ve said for a long time that FIFA needs a total rebuild, but not being in the privileged position of being able to take back-handers and under the table payments pretty much excuses me from being able to do anything – much the same as any other football fan.
Personally now with Blatter semi-stepping down, those in the background should be looking at bringing the game in to the 21st century and utilizing technology to get shot of the on field cheats so when Blatter finally leaves, the game itself will be in a stronger place.
For years I’ve said things like goal line technology was needed, as is a video ref and a great case in point for a video ref would be Thierry Henry’s blatant handball for France against the Republic of Ireland – a game France won. Now after the calls for handball from the Irish players the captain should have had the right to call for a video ref to double check – he (the video ref) would only see what the rest of the world saw, a player blatantly cheating. A video ref could be used for divers, along with other attempts at cheating, VIDEO DOESN’T LIE!
Would a video ref be of any use in football? Well rugby league seems to thinks so, rugby union seems to think so, even tennis has technology to sort out line ball issues, FIFA (or is it just Blatter) in its wonderous gilded cage is oblivious to the fact that SOMETHING needs to be done aside from lining their own pockets.
Do I think a video ref will see the light of day in football? Fat bloody chance, there are too many dinosaurs running FIFA, the FA, FAW, etc etc.