Archive for August, 2009
Almost 6 months ago now, after a lot of trialling, some borrowing, and a serious think I order a new guitar. This time, it’s a Fylde Alexander guitar. It’s hand made, and now that it’s arrived – absolutely gorgeous and a joy to play.
First things first though, I’ve managed to figure out how to work the H2 recorder to get decent sound … have a listen, these two tunes are a slow waltz-like “Heritage Close” and a hornpipe I can never remember the name of;
The tuning is DADGAD, played low to get a feel for the bass. As an experiment, I’ve made a video .. the sound quality isn’t as good, but you can get an idea of the kind of pull-offs and ornamentation the guitar enables, maybe this will get across just how much easier it is to play.
I also have one other recording – done through the pickup, of a jig in E-minor that I also can’t remember the name of – it gives a good sense of how great the pickup sounds.
I ordered the guitar through Monastery Music. If you’re ever thinking about getting a hand-made folk instrument, I’d give Fylde a serious look. Very very happy with it so far.