Composer, author, lecturer, guitar teacher

Play Great Guitar

I have just heard that there is a Kindle edition of my book Play Great Guitar published by Infinite Ideas. There is a discount on it at the moment. It is suitable for beginners and people who have a couple of years’ experience on guitar. Their website is

Since I last blogged I’ve had tentative discussions about another book in my Backbeat songwriting series, which would appear in 2013. I’ve been working on another writing project not to do with songwriting and making good progress with that.

I have a short article in the Music You Might Like series in the new edition of the journal of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society.

Talking of books I can recommend record producer Tony Visconti’s biography Bolan, Bowie and the Brooklyn Boy.

On the creative front I’ve revised two scores for string orchestra – ‘From Cornish Springs’ and ‘The High Oaks’ – and have worked on generating new audio for them. I’m now ready to write the strings for Kate Bush’s next album … should she need me. 😉

I was also writing some acoustic guitar instrumentals, but that project has got pushed out for lack of time.

Since I last wrote the acoustic player Bert Jansch has died. I interviewed him back in the 1990s around the time of the release of Crimson Moon. I always found his music a little on the dour side; much preferring the brighter, more mercurial John Renbourn for folk-baroque British guitar.

I was intrigued to discover recently that the unfinished second symphony of E. J. Moeran has been completed and recorded on the Dutton Epoch label. First listens suggest it was a worthwhile thing to do. Unfinished symphonies are an interesting topic. Moeran’s first symphony (Symphony in G) from the late 1930s (I think) is a very enjoyable piece. There’s a good recording on Naxos. It owes something to Sibelius, who was dominating the world of the symphony in the 1930s and 1940s, but not to the point of it spoiling Moeran’s music.


4 responses

  1. I always enjoy looking up the artists you talk about in your posts, thanks! What is your non-music writing project topic?

    ~ Jody

    November 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    • Hello Jody,
      Thanks for your email. The project I referred to is not non-music, but non-songwriting. I don’t want to say too much about it at present but it is something of a departure. It will be a music instruction book. There is a possibility that there will be another songwriting book to be written in 2012 for publication in 2013 and that will interest people who buy my songwriting / guitar books.
      Best wishes,

      November 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

  2. Thanks for the update. I will look forward to hearing more about the current project when you finish it.

    Best wishes,
    ~ Jody

    November 16, 2011 at 4:37 am

  3. Andrew Dove

    Dear Rikki,
    I’m a fan of Play Great Guitar and borrowed it from my local library.Great book. I downloaded it on my Kindle a few months back and most of the tab and music are ineligible due to the Kindle format. Any ideas if there’s a re-print of the book in the offing?
    Cheers from Andrew Dove.

    January 13, 2017 at 7:16 pm

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