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Fylde Alexander Guitar

Posted on August 18, 2009, under general, music.

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.

Fylde Alexander Guitar

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;

Direct MP3 link.

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.

Direct MP3 link.

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.

The Wild Mountain Thyme

Posted on January 5, 2009, under creative commons, music.

The Wild Mountain Thyme is a well-known folk song from Scotland that I’ve been playing for a few years now, with various singers. It’s always been one of my favourite songs, it’s got a wonderfully simple melody, so I’ve recorded it.


That’s me singing, and the arrangement is my own, which I’ve tried to make more interesting than the usual version.

The guitar and vocal were recorded simultaneously, with a dodgy USB attachment that won’t let me record two channels without it being a stereo pair, which is why the vocal is in the left channel. The bouzouki part was recorded later (it’s what you can hear in the right channel). The guitar is tuned DADGAD, the Bouzouki is in ADAD, and the song is in F major.