CJ’s Musicworks alive and kicking


I don’t about you, but for me, I like to have my local music store where I can go down if I need picks, strings, fast fret or to ask as stupid question. And heck yes after by now thirty years of playing guitar I still have plenty of them. I like going to Charlie Jemmett at CJ’s Musicworks.


Additionally, I am picky on my guitar shops as I do not like it when Ibanez, my favorite brand is not adequately represented in a store. CJ’s has had a tough ride since the February earthquake but they have been back up on their feet reasonably quickly. In fact it was thanks to Charlie that I got to think about how the earthquake had its good aspects as well. As a result of the damage and mess CJ’s has changed their layout and looks more spacious.

If it had not been for the earthquake we would probably never have come around redoing the floor plan. It’s just too busy all the time.

I k now that a lot of people do not particularly want to go into town but for those that make music: this is the time to go out get over yourself and support your local music store. Situated right next to the SouthCity Mall parking lot on Colombo Street, Charlie and his colleagues at Musicworks look  forward to seeing you. 

As for our fellow guitarists: there is a mouthwatering collection of new Ibanez stock in. At least go and check that out, they are beautiful.

CJ’s Musicworks

CJ’s MusicWorks Christchurch at 569 Colombo Street is run by active musicians who, collectively have the widest knowledge of musical equipment you’ll find anywhere. With a huge range of instruments from drums to Grand Pianos this Christchurch store has something for everyone. Giving the best possible customer service is the ultimate aim and this shop has longstanding customers who come back because of the service and product knowledge, which is second to none.

And oh yes they are also on Facebook.

Who Needs Strings Anyway?


The latest found at Max Battaglia at Givingshape Design Studio. This design replaces strings with a multi-touch screen, allowing the user to adjust the number of “strings” and frets, as well as tuning and sound effects. A wireless command center that permits endless customization and infinite possibilities of expression.

Hyper Touch Guitar is a new way of thinking electric guitar making it fully customizable and adaptable to musician needs.
No more strings, but a multi-touch screen that allows infinite possibilities of expression through the perfect instrument customization.
Guitarist will be able to change as the number of strings, the number of frets, tuning, sound effects etc..
The guitar becomes a wireless command center in wich completely manage your music.
The design mantains the iconic shape of the standard electric guitar exalting and improving it.
Some controls (tone, volume and tremolo) are mantained for more rapid and intuitive use.

find more images and info here:
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Hyper touch guitar is patent pending

More at http://www.givingshape.it/

Five Online Guitar Magazines


A new post at Renaissance Man Music

Five Online Guitar Magazines.

Photo Journal: Guitar Pics


In the past period I have been playoing around with the guitar as a subject to make pictures of.

In the gallery below you’ll find some of the results. I was actually quite amazed at the beauty of the lines and curves, bot of the guitar on its own and as a group.

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And while you are at it, perhaps like my Renaissance Man Music facebook page where I will be posting lessons and guitar notes as soon as I have 25 likes.

Gary Moore remembering a great guitarist


For those of you who have not heard the news: blues rock guitar legend Gary Moore passed away earlier this month in his hotel room in Spain and was buried yesterday in a small graveyard in Brighton, where he’d been living the last fifteen years.

Read the rest of the post and see the videos at Renaissance  >>>

Photo Journal: Guitar


My fav this week

Lead Guitar Summer School Course


Set yourself up to become a guitar hero in two weeks.

Would you like to close of your summer holiday by setting yourself up for a year of musical growth? In that case the Lead Guitar Intensive Course is just for you.



The complete brochure can be read here >>>

Course Dates: 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28 January 2011

Time: 9.30 AM- 2 PM

Price: NZ$ 250 only for 24 hours of intensive training (course materials and refreshments included).

SEE YOU THERE.