guitar, learning, music

Work in progress – Rio

So, we’re in week whatever of the lockdown. It’s a blur. I feel honoured and lucky to have all this time to spend with my daughter, I’m also acutely aware primary school teaching is something I should NEVER consider once all this is done, unless it’s all sewing, art and music……

In between that I’ve been working on some new stuff. It’s an act of faith that one day us musicians will be able to earn a living again. So here I am, in our ‘secret getaway’ working on Rio by Duran Duran.

I love the energy of the original but am going for a more laid back approach. At school one of my friends loved Duran Duran… I pretended I didn’t as I liked Spandau Ballet…. We had some common ground with Japan…. thinking about doing a cover of Swing but that’s another story.

So, it’s a bit rough and the guitar needs its intonation looking at, oh and I need a hair cut, but don’t we all!!😂🤣

guitar, learning, music

How to play – Gold

Growing up I loved Spandau Ballet. My friend liked Duran Duran and never the twain met (although Rio is one of my favourite albums of the 80’s). I love performing this, it feels so liberating.

I’ve recorded this tutorial which shows how I play it; it’s not particularly polished but it shows you all the shapes you’ll need. If you want a more faithful version I daresay that there are others. See below for the chord diagrams. As I say on the video, I’m using a capo and the chords can move up or down the neck depending on your vocal range.

I hope you enjoy playing it as much as I do.

busking, street life

Windy City – heaven knows I’m miserable now 😂😂

As I unpacked my stuff from the (shaking) van I was hit by a gust of wind and a load of stuff went bowling down the car park. Worse still my hair was blowing all over the place.😱😳 I CANNOT STAND HAIR IN MY FACE!!! That’s the hole point of the hairdo!

I checked the met office and in the time it had taken to drive into town it had gone from 10% light rain maybe at 12 to 80% heavy rain at 10. So I’ve waited a while in the van and, Here comes the rain again ( love that song).

Not fancying donning the wet weather gear and tying my gear to a a lamppost I’m sacking off the busking today and going home to work on a medley of my favourite songs by The Smiths ….. actually there’s only 2 songs so technically it’s a segue I think … Not a massive fan of The Smiths – (I certainly never had a T Shirt) they write some great music and I love Morrissey’s voice. Please please please let me get what I want and last night I dreamed that somebody loved me are lovely songs … I’ll see if I can get it to work as both are tantalisingly short songs…

So anyway back home for a nice cup of tea ☕️