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Just a little post to say both Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone out there!

It’s been a bit of an up and down year for me in lots of ways, but the joy of keeping my blog going has been a pretty much constant… Many thanks to all of you who have written to me or commented – as ever it’s wonderful meeting and exchanging views with new people all over the planet!

I hope 2011 will be a happy and successful year for us all – I have a few things bubbling away so hope to post them up asap in the New Year!

Have a lovely time peoples! Clivey xx

Happy Christmas 2010!

Happy Christmas 2010!

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After starting the recording process a little while ago, we in The Cakes have now finalised five tracks for us to send out for promotional purposes (getting gigs, sending to festival promoters, that sort of thing). . .

Packaged in a very nice way by Karen (fashion-designer by day, flautist by night) the case features some of her original paintings, and the covering letter has lots of lovely photos of us!

King Alfred's Cakes Sampler

King Alfred's Cakes Sampler

The five tunes can be heard on our myspace site – if anyone would like to actually purchase a copy however, we are selling it for the grand sum of £5 UK plus postage and packing. . . It’s a very much self-produced product at this point, but would hopefully make a nice gift for someone and all the money will go towards our promotional activities… Email us here if you would like a copy >>

Enjoy!

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Words fail me on Mati Karmin’s – one of Estonia’s foremost sculptors – use of recycled materials (Mines! That’s right, the explosive kind!) in the constuction of his art and furniture… Utter genius!

Check out his website here >>

Mati Karmin's Mines!

Mati Karmin's Mines!

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It’s nice to receive feedback on something, even when it’s pointing out one’s own omissions or short-comings!

One of my guitar students was saying (or complaining. . . !) the other day about my free neck diagram PDFs… Although said pupil used them a lot and was very thankful for them, they didn’t really meet her needs very well. Being a beginner to the guitar, she really only plays things on the instrument that are located at the very top of the neck, well within the first five frets (and, to be honest, mainly in the first three frets)

To have a diagram that goes all the way up to 24 frets is therefore next to useless – she only fills things in on the uppermost portion (rendering that particular chart full) and only has three more available charts on that page. What is more, to fit the complete length of the 24 fret version on the page, the diagrams (through necessity) are rather small.

Oh, and the devices I had used to indicate the fret board numbers were too dark and made reading and writing on the lines hard….!

So, rather than being discouraged I have now produced the following set of diagrams, both showing just the top-most portion of the neck up to and including the fifth fret. The first has as total of 16 of these diagrams on one page (surely enough for any burgeoning student!) and one with single, yet massive, example

I have also reduced the intensity of the fret board marker device. . .

Guitar First Positionx16

Guitar First Positionx16

Guitar First Position Single

Guitar First Position Single

Click the links below to download the PDF files:

Guitar First Position x16 >>

Guitar First Position Single >>

Iteration is always part of any design process (ask my excellent designer friend AK about this!) and I now feel well and truly iterated-out!

Hope people find the new sheets useful – comments and feedback always appreciated.

I am now off for tea and a hot bun in the UK snow!

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