Ambient Alternative at the Anza

Ambient Alternative at the Anza poster

I'll be playing guitar in this cool event. I'm excited about this one because we finally have a line-up of bands that will go together well. I've played many gigs with Elza in Vancouver but over the last two years we always seem to get paired up with good, but mis-matched bands. Usually we are opening for bands that are of a completely different genre.

So one day I suggested Elza just produce her own show, that way she can choose the bands that we play with. I suggested she call it something like "A night of Post-Rock," or some such thing. Well, now it's happening. She called it "Ambient Alternative at the Anza."

The poster is pretty cool too. Yes there will actually be cello, but I don't think there will be a cat. All the details for the show are below. I hope to see you there.

Ambient Alternative at the Anza

Join us at the ANZA Club for a night of ambient alternative rock with Elza, Boy Breaking Glass, Au4 and Bright Red Kite

Doors - 7:30 pm
TIckets - $10 (Cash only)
19+ to enter

Elza's music is introspective, haunting and emotionally charged. Her dark and intricate sound is inspired by a wide variety of styles, drawing mainly from 90's alternative acts and mixed in seamlessly with her classical piano training and synths explorations. Elza brings her studio-born dreams to audiences with 7-piece live band, dazzling crowds with her rich, dark grooves.

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Sinatra and Dean Martin Charts Update

Sinatra big band charts

Thanks to a Sinatra performer in the UK, I've received a few more Sinatra charts as we exchanged a bunch. He sent me what he has, and I gave him what he needed.

So here's the updated list of charts I have for these to great artists. Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to play this music in Vancouver for a couple years. I miss playing this style of music on guitar. Here's hoping there will be come another day.

I'm interested to hear from any other performers out there who have played this music, who might want to share ideas and tips. If you are one of them, please get in touch.

Here is a list of all the Sinatra charts I have now:

  • All of Me
  • All the Way
  • A Lot of Livin' To Do
  • Angel Eyes
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Best is Yet to Come
  • Best is Yet to Come -- Quincy Jones Arr.
  • Brazil
  • Cheek to Cheek
  • Come Dance with Me
  • Come Fly With Me -- Billy May version
  • Come Fly With Me -- Sinatra/Basie version
  • Embraceable You
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • Fly Me to the Moon -- Quincy Jones arr.
  • For Once in My Life
  • Have You Met Miss Jones
  • I Get a Kick Out of You
  • I've Got the World on a String
  • In the Still of the Night -- Johnny Mandel arr.
  • I Won't Dance
  • I'm Gonna Live Until I Die
  • I've Got you Under My Skin -- Nelson Riddle arr.
  • It Happened in Monterey
  • It was a Very Good Year
  • Lady is a Tramp
  • Learnin the Blues
  • Let's Fall in Love
  • Love and Marriage
  • Luck Be a Lady
  • Mack the Knife
  • My Kind of Town
  • My Way
  • New York New York
  • Nothin' But the Blues
  • One for My Baby
  • Second Time Around
  • September in the Rain
  • Something Stupid
  • Strangers in the Night
  • Summer Wind
  • That's Life
  • Way You Look Tonight
  • Where or When
  • Witchcraft
  • Young At Heart
  • You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me

We now also have the Harry Connick Jr. chart for "I Get a Kick Out of You." And also the Michael Buble version of "Come Fly With Me."

Dean Martin Big Band Charts

  • Ain't that a Kick in the Head
  • Everybody Loves Somebody
  • Everybody Loves Somebody
  • Just in Time
  • Sway
  • That's Amore
  • When You're Smiling / Drinkin'

Voted one of the Top 50 Blogs

Thanks to Guitar Trance for voting my website one of the top 50 guitar blogs on the internet recently.

I haven't spent a lot of time on Guitar Trance but I did find some useful articles on pedals, like the article on how to choose a Fuzz pedal. There's a lot of detail in there for someone who wants help finding a fuzz pedal that will be right for them. The language can be a little dry, but there is a lot of detail as you can see the article doesn't skimp on content.

How about this article on Chorus pedals? I've been listening to the latest Ryan Adams record and it's got some sweet chorus effects on the guitars on some tracks. It's inspired me to pull out my old Ibanez Super Stereo Chorus that I've had since the 80s.

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Bob Dylan Cover

Perhaps the most passive-aggressive break-up song ever written, it's also one of my favourite songs by Bob Dylan. He'll be performing here in Vancouver in July so he's been on my mind.

I teach this song to a lot of my guitar students because it's a common fingerstyle pattern everyone should learn.

I recorded my own cover of it and posted it to YouTube. Hope you like it.

Custom Edjan Stratocaster Guitar

I am totally blown away by this new guitar, custom-made just for me by Vancouver luthier Jeremy Edjan! This is the second Edjan strat I own. This one is on par with the high-level Fenders, the ones that hang on the expensive wall at the back of the shop!

Not only does it look amazing, the sound from the hand-wound pickups is thick, meaty. And yet it still has that distinct pharmacy Stratocaster tone. The playability is just as good if not better than the Fender Pro Telecaster I bought a few months ago.

I am truly honored to own this guitar. I can't wait to play a show with it.

Custom Edjan Stratocaster guitar