Tag Archives: Music

Thoughts on the campaign

My forty-six-day campaign to crowd-fund my new album and a global tour ended a few days ago. Although the campaign didn’t reach the “goal” amount which would have helped pay for me to tour with the album, it did reach … Continue reading

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The final five days

We are down to the final 5 days of my crowd-funding campaign. I want to thank everyone who has contributed over the past 41 days! You are helping an artist (me) to continue to create original music and bring that … Continue reading

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A short post about my Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign

I’ve decided to plunge into the new world of crowd-funding. If you’re not familiar with crowd-funding, it’s sort of like pre-ordering an album…but with various ‘perks’ available to those who contribute to the crowd-funding campaign. Why am I doing this? … Continue reading

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When I record, I am old school

When I recorded my first solo acoustic guitar album in 1979, I had no choice but to work with an engineer in a professional recording studio, paying an hourly rate for studio time as well as tape (yes, reel-to-reel audiotape) … Continue reading

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What I gain from touring

The tour is over. Fifty-one dates/ two-and-a-half months…just like that. I can’t believe there’s no airport to get to, van to climb in, hotel to check into, venue to set up in, sound check to do, show to play, fans … Continue reading

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Thoughts on openness

I gave a talk at TEDGlobal 2012 in Edinburgh recently, alongside a young guitarist from Pakistan named Usman Riaz. It was an instrumental guitar performance, but still a TEDTalk with a great (and true) story behind it. The video of … Continue reading

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More of a good thing

In an earlier post in this blog (“What it means to be sponsored”) I spoke about how a global shipping company called GAC (Gulf Agency Company) had stepped in to support my career in a crucial way: by paying a … Continue reading

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What I learn when I teach

I taught a workshop yesterday for a theatre full of music students at a college outside of London. The workshop consisted of me performing tunes, explaining my musical approach, illustrating it with representative examples on the guitar, and fielding questions … Continue reading

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A memorable gig

At the end of November 2011, I played a concert in a synagogue in Wrocław, Poland, as part of the Wrocław Guitar Festival. What made this gig stand out was a convergence of things I love: travel, international culture, language, … Continue reading

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The first year with my new guitar

The first year with my Bailey baritone guitar was a great one. Custom built in autumn 2010 by Scottish-based luthier Mark Bailey to my design and specifications, it is the flagship prototype for the Bailey Guitars Preston Reed Signature Series, … Continue reading

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