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Moving House or From Blue to New

Posted by Rene Avenant on June 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I am currently working on some more sophisticated Jazz/Blues/Rockabilly guitar-centric tunes for my repertoire, namely All Blue by Miles Davis, Caravan by Duke Ellington, A Night in Tunisia by Dizzy Gillespie and Don’t Take Me Alive by Steely Dan.  Yes, folks it is time for me to grow up and embrace that funky smelling monster called Jazz.

Whether I will have them ready for my next gig at the Thomas Easton on 21st of July remains...

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Time Based Effects Processing

Posted by Rene Avenant on June 5, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I have chosen Time Based Effects Processing because I believe that it is the single most important technology that has had the greatest impact on enhancing vocal production in popular music in both the studio and the live environment.

As we have learned in this course, Time Based Effects Processing covers a tremendous range of sound textures. Applied simply it can have the effect of Comb Filtering, Widening, Doubling, Sl...

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Dueling Axes

Posted by Rene Avenant on April 30, 2017 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

As you can see my weapon of choice is a Fender Stratocaster (I have two of them in my arsenal). From the bottom is first born, a 1988 Made in Japan '62 reissue with Graphtech Saddles Nut and Tree. On top is my second born, a 2010 Made in Mexico '64 reissue? with Texas Special PUPS (I've pushed the poles level to kill the excessive brightness)

I have rewired both guit...

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Kid Charlemagne

Posted by Rene Avenant on April 30, 2017 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)
Kid Charlemagne is a number that I have wanted to cover for a very long time, not only because of the ingenious lyrics of Steely Dan telling the story of the enigmatic Owsley Stanley but also the masterfully crafted lead solos by Larry Carlton. You can hear in on this site Listen Hear or on Soundcloud

Bands and Artists I listen to

Posted by Rene Avenant on April 22, 2017 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Most people I know over the age of 25 tell me that the music they make today is total crap. In fact, quite a few people in their teens have expressed the same view. The trouble is that most people stop exploring or buying new music after they leave high school. The target demographic for the music industry is 11 to 19 year olds. These individuals can still afford music because they are living at home and don’t have to prioritise their money between food, clothing, transp...

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50 Great Guitarists

Posted by Rene Avenant on April 19, 2017 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (1)

These are my 50 favorite guitarists (Alphabetical Order). Each and every one of them have influenced the way I play guitar today. 

  • Jan Akkerman (Focus)
  • Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers)
  • Jeff Beck (The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group, Beck, Bogert & Appice)
  • Chuck Berry
  • Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, ...
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Thomas Easton Sat 1 April 2017

Posted by Rene Avenant on March 22, 2017 at 6:10 PM

I'm working on Larry Carlton's Solo from Kid Charlemagne. I hope to have it down for my next gig at the Easton on my Birthday 1 April 2017

Thomas Easton Fri 17 February 2017

Posted by Rene Avenant on February 6, 2017 at 5:25 PM

I have just finished studying and recording Stevie Ray Vaughn's Lenny. Listen Here .It was an epic battle to try get SRV's tone and style right but I guess I learned a lot from it. I will be playing The Thomas Easton (old Plebs) Friday 17 February from 8pm. till whenever. Charles Thompson will be opening for me from 6:30pm

Plebs Fri 25 November 2016

Posted by Rene Avenant on November 21, 2016 at 5:10 PM

I will be playing Plebs Friday 25 November sandwiched in nicely between Steve Newman on Thursday and Tony Cox on Saturday  :mad:  

Plebs Sat 1 October 2016

Posted by Rene Avenant on September 28, 2016 at 6:25 PM

I will be playing Plebs Saturday 1 October