NUMBER OF PERSONS PRESENT 25
(a mixture of players and non players)
7.00 pm - Classical Guitar Ensemble practice
7.45 pm - arrival of other members and drinks time
8.00 pm - short guitarry chat
Luthier, Carlo Errico, was preent with two of his handcrafted Classical guitars Carlo has recently built another Flamenco guitar which he hoes to bring with him in January 2020. For further information on Carlo's guitars/ restoration work, visit his websites www.carloerricoguitars.com and www.facebook.com/carloerricoguitars
1. NWGC/CGGC ANNIVERSARY/CHARITY CONCERT - SATURDAY 30th NOVEMBER, 2019 at Split Willow.
''AN EVENING OF GUITAR FROM BAROQUE TO ROCK''
The chosen charity is ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY based in Conwy.
Posters were distrubuted between members in a bid to spread the word as much as possible. This is the first time we have held a concert in Llanfairfechan, it will be interesting to know how much of an audience we attract. It was decided amongst those present this evening that it would be less intimidating if chairs were placed around tables instead of rows.
Mandy will supply mics to help enhance the sound.
Thanks go to Jane and John at Split Willow for allowing us to use their venue and welcoming the idea of future concerts with them.
2. NWGC/CGGC PERFORMANCE AT ST. MARY'S, CONWY on Saturday 26th October went really well. Representing NWGC/CGGC were Juan (Lute) Mandy + Llew (Duawedd Elidir Duo) and NWGC/CGGC Ensemble. We were expecting to be performing as visitors wandered around the Church looking at the architecture and Art exhibitionn , but it ended up as a seated audience. Tony Holt (NWGC/CGGC member + guide at St Mary's) invited us to perform at St Mary's. The following day Jane asked whether the Church would be interested in us performing again to halp raise with their own fund raising. Tony put this to the Ministry Team and the outcome is that NWGC/CGGC members may be invited to perform as part of a 'music festival' organised by St Mary's. More info to follow
The question was 'what do you use to file your nails'? Are all guitarists the same about the length/shape of their nails?
Jane recently purchased a glass nail file and is very impressed with it. Following up with the 'buffer' on a 4 way nail block.
Other members comments are as follows
I use Emery boards. Small ones I carry in my pocket to deal with rips and tears and recently I bought a set advertised for guitarists on eBay which turns out to be large Emery boards and buffers . . .
Fingerstyle on steel stings (AK)
I have used Boots sapphire files for a long time now they seem to do the job in a way that emery boards didn’t. I have never had good nails and in fact over the past couple of years have altered the way my fingers hit the strings so the finger tip pulp backed by a short nail hits the string. Changes the tone a bit but is much more satisfactory and I don’t break or split nails so often. It is possible that when playing with steel strings ensuring there are no catches on a nail is even more important than when using nylon sets. . .
Slide and Fingerstyle on Steel and Nylon (DK).
The Nail file is a cut-up part of a sapphire on metal nail file bought from Boots the chemist (I think).
Superdrug do one similar for about £1-70. Some people love them and some hate them, but the main thing (for me) is that the cut-down bit lives on my key ring so it's always available.
Fingerstyle and Classical - Nylon (RA)
As for nails, I've tried all sorts and never been happy. The best one for me was a combined file/ridge remover/po!isher from Sainsburys but it soon wore out and they don't do it anymore. Mandy was saying she uses 1200 grade sandpaper and a polisher so I'm going to try that next. I'm also interested in the glass file you showed us but I'm not sure where you can buy these. I'd be interested to hear what other members use?
Fingerstyle + Classical - Nylon (HT)
For my nails I use nail files from eg Boots, using say three progressively finer ones. I favour thin files so you can get them under the nail a bit to smooth the underside, rather than the 4-sided blocks which you can't really get under the nail.
1200 grade sandpaper
Any comments are welcome - firstname.lastname@example.org
Players in Ensemble this eveing Mandy B, Joanna MR, Alan D, Jane S, Ian W, LLew O, Delmi B
Wonderful excuse from Chris Hanks this evening for not playing his best ''My trousers are too tight'' :-)
A big thank you to all who make our evenings run smoothly and making it fun. x
Also, thankyou to Jane and John Mills for accommodating and looking after us at Split Willow. x
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU/HEARING YOU AT OUR CONCERT AND NEXT NWGC/CGGC MEETING
North Wales International Music Festival in St Asaph Friday 27th September - Folk Night - http://nwimf.com/
Pontio Friday 22nd November - Talisk - https://www.pontio.co.uk/Online/
FACEBOOK - you don't have to be a member of Facebook to visit our page www.facebook.com/northwalesguitarcircle
DJANGO JAM - thanks to Neil Browning for arranging our end of evening Django Session. Neil arranges these pieces in tablature, notation and chords with chords diagrams/shapes which enables all players to participate. Neil has now written up a list of Django Jams for us to work on throughout 2019 - this will be sent to all members on the circulation list.
Points pending from previous meetings
SEPTEMBER 2014 North West Classical Guitar - meeting up with Chester and Liverpool Guitar Societies (2019 -meet at CGC - under discussion)
MAY 2018 organising to meet at Chester Guitar Guitar Circle along with Liverpool Guitar Society and also to invite Aberconwy (Sept 2019 - under discussion)
OCTOBER 2014 - NWGC/CGGC personnal profiles - to sort out. (AUGUST 2019- IN PROGRESS)
MUSIC PERFORMED THIS EVENING AND PREVIOUS MEETINGS
|Si Baeg Si Mor
|| T O'Carolan
|| Mandy B + Llew O
| Ty yn Yr Ardd (The Garden House)
|| Welsh Trad
|| Andrew Knight
| Jig y Fidlwr (Fiddler's Jig)
|| Hugh Taylor
| Railroad Bill
| I Belong To The Band
|| Rev Gary Davies
| Canto De Otono
|| Arr K Vasiliev
|| Mike McCann
| Flora de la Luna
|| Steve D + Paul R
|Come Down Jehovah
|| ? Chris Wood
|| Dave King
|Until Final Redemption
|King Of The Swingers
||R + R Sherman (arr Neil Browning)
||NWGC/CGGC Django Jam
||D Reinhardt (arr Neil Browning)
|| Mandy B + Llew O
| Maple Leaf Rag
||Mandy, Llew + Geoff
| Over The Hill and Far Away/ Old Mole
|| Andrew K
| Old Mole
| All in a Row
| Concerto Rosso
|| Alan D
| Police Dog Blues
|| Blind Blake
|| Dave K
| Evil Woman Blues
|| Babe Turner
| How High The Moon
|| Mark J
|Manoir de mes Reves
||D Reinhardt (arr Neil Browning)
||NWGC/CGGC Django jam