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Γεια σας! Milos.

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2016 at 12:52 pm

Funics, à la brasserie des Halles, Versailles, le 4 juillet

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Stolen Moments

In Uncategorized on May 28, 2014 at 10:25 am

1965 Epiphone Casino Original

In Archtop, Gears, Uncategorized on April 7, 2014 at 12:28 am

At the mention of an original ’60s Epiphone Casino, some guitarists will immediately think Beatles, Stones, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller… But this is not that model. This Casino has the same feel, but a different sound, on account of it featuring a single, centrally-mounted pickup, rather than a neck/bridge pickup combo. These single-pickup versions don’t command the ‘fetch me a chair’ prices of the twin-pickup jobs, but they still don’t come cheap, and this one is a real delight.

Made in the Gibson factory to a very high standard, this instrument reeks quality and is a right stunner to look at. The finish is a faded cherry sunburst, which now looks spectacularly golden, evoking thoughts of famous 1959 Les Paul Standards. There’s something about the way these old Gibson sunbursts fade to orangey-gold, which is almost magical. Condition is extremely good, and all parts are original. The lacquer’s cracked enough to confirm the guitar’s age and heritage, but not enough to interfere with the effect of that sensational finish.

The Casino has a hollow body with no solid block – so it’s very light, and whilst it’s not very loud acoustically, it’s got a lovely sweet sound and can be used unplugged for accompaniment when writing songs. As an acoustic alone this beauty has given me loads of pleasure. Plug it in, and you get the full kick of a single, metal-cased, vintage Gibson P90, and it’s an absolute belter of a pickup. Extremely warm, perfectly balanced for tonal range, and very best friends with a good valve amp. The bottom end is awesome for a middle position pickup. There’s a volume control, a tone control, and that’s it. But you really don’t need anything else.

Looking at the guitar you may be tempted to think: “Well I couldn’t do much with that”, but once you start to play it you realise it covers more styles than you imagined. It’s not gonna be the choice of heavy metal players, but it fits well into jazz, country, 1970s rock, etc. Whereas some guitars just sound wrong in domains where you wouldn’t expect to find them, this one sounds absolutely right, and actually very refreshing, since it stamps its own personality onto whatever it does. But of course where the one-pickup Casino really excels is in the genre of blues. You can take the work of BB King, Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and even Hendrix, play it on this guitar, and it sounds like it was made for the job. Different from the original sounds, but no less exciting. If you use an amp at home for practice at relatively low volume, this type of guitar can be immensely inspiring to create with. With an amp set at ‘home’ volume, the acoustic sound from the guitar’s ‘f’ holes blends with the amplified sound to give a fantastic pseudo-stereo effect. You can just play one chord and it sounds brilliant.

Without a solid block inside the body, this instrument suffers more from hard-to-control feedback at high gain than a Gibson ES335. So the Clapton Cream-style thing can be a bit touch and go if you’re not careful. However, playing cleaner blues on a single-pickup Epiphone Casino is an unforgettable experience.

If you have any tendencies towards the classic American roots musics, I reckon you’d be immediately smitten with one of these. This one is precisely what vintage guitars are meant to be about. Stunning looks; organic, woody tone. It’ll bring out the best in your playing, but may well bring out the worst in your nature. When I first picked it up in the shop I instantly became selfish, possessive, and I immediately dropped into “I’ll do anything to get the money” mode. I haven’t quite adopted a “don’t even look at it!” stance, but if the guitar gets any more orangey and golden than it already is, I may just have to consider it.

Battle’s guitar

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Battle’s guitar propose depuis plus de 15 ans de nombreuses sections sur l’achat, le réglage et l’entretien de la guitare électrique et des matériels associés. Il complète l’approche de l’instrument par les aspects théoriques et pratiques essentiels dans le jeu de guitare électrique. Enfin, des conseils sont abordés dans les domaines du son, des techniques de jeu, du jeu en groupe, et des risques liés à la pratique de la guitare. Quelques réfléxions personnelles seront aussi partagées, pour vous inciter à vous poser (je l’espère) de bonnes questions.

In Fun, Uncategorized on March 30, 2012 at 11:47 am


From just about its inception, Jazz has had a (spoken) language all its own.

Though most words haven’t seen the light of day outside of a jazz club, quite a few have found their way into the mainstream American lexicon, and are still bandied about today. Words like, hipcat and daddy-o have helped contribute to Jazz’s “cool” mystique.

18 Karat — All the way, full out.
The Duke is a classy guy, his heart is “18 karat.”

Air-check — A recording of a radio or television performance.
Did you hear the “air-check” of Billie Holiday with Gerry Mulligan?

The Apple — New York city. This is now common usage.
We got a gig up in “The Apple” at Minton’s with Diz and Bird.

Axe — An instrument.
Hey, Jack, bring your “axe” over tomorrow and we’ll jam.

Baby — A term of endearment.
Hey, “baby,” I got some…

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In Uncategorized on March 29, 2012 at 9:30 am


Pour approfondir la connaissance de la guitare et du jazz, vous devez apprendre quelques accords « jazzy » de base, et même si vous n’avez pas la guitare archtop, universellement reconnu comme la “guitare de jazz”, vous pourrez obtenir un son très jazzy. Voici donc comment construire l’accord de 7eme demi-diminué

  1. Déterminez tout d’abord la note qui sera la base de votre accord. Prenons l’accord de Do.
  2. Placez une tierce mineure (1t 1/2) au-dessus de la note de base. Dans cet exemple, c’est un mi bémol
  3. Ajouter maintenant une tierce mineure (1t 1/2) au dessus du Mi bémol. C’est donc ici un Sol bémol.
  4. Puis ajouter par-dessus le Sol bémol, une tierce majeure (2t) . Ce sera ici dans cet exemple, un Si bémol.

autre exemple:

Accord Semi diminué 1     b3        b5        b7 BØ (Si, Ré, Fa, La)
1t1/2   .    1t1/2  …

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In Uncategorized on March 28, 2012 at 5:30 pm



Soirée Grar Acacia, le 12 mai 2012

à Saint Nom la Bretèche

Espace Jacques Kosciusko-Morizet

1 Place Henri Hamel

78860 Saint Nom la Bretèche

plan d’accès

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In Uncategorized on March 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

2011 in review

In Uncategorized on January 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.