Dave Holmes

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ICMP degree students - How to get that last 30%!

ICMP degree students - How to get that last 30%!

Playing all the right notes, in time, at the right volume, with the right sounds and no mistakes IS NOT ENOUGH!!

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Remembering Steve McManus 22nd September 1965 - 19th January 2014

Remembering Steve McManus 22nd September 1965 - 19th January 2014

Lessons learned from a fine musician and friend

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12 Hours To Please Me

12 Hours To Please Me

On 11th February 1963, the Beatles recorded their first album at Abbey Road, Studio 2. 50 years later, I was privileged to take part in a BBC project to record each song from that record with a different artist.

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Meeting Heroes part 2

Meeting Heroes part 2

The power of openness and honesty...

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Commitment, attitude and lethargic singers!

Commitment, attitude and lethargic singers!

Taking responsibility to lead and influence the players around you with energy and commitment....and lethargic singers!

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Meeting Heroes part 1

Meeting Heroes part 1

I've been privileged to play with three guitar heroes of mine. Gordon Giltrap, Brian May (mentioned in my last blog) and Pete Townshend were all a huge influence on me as a teenager and, along with a few others such as David Gilmour and Jimmy Page, inspired me to practise relentlessly and take up the guitar as a career. I've also had the privilege of meeting Ronnie Wood at a party, lending him my guitar and watching him play at close hand. Ronnie wasn't an influence before that day but he is now.

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Be Versatile or Specialise?

Be Versatile or Specialise?

Students sometimes ask "Is it better to specialise and really master one area of your playing or try and become as versatile as possible?"

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Music and Music Business part 2.

Music and Music Business part 2.

"It's not your table"

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Music and Music Business part 1.

Music and Music Business part 1.

You can keep your head in the clouds but make sure your feet are on the ground.

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Royal gigs: a Jubilee Blog!

Royal gigs: a Jubilee Blog!

gate crashing the Queen Mum’s 100th birthday party and welcoming her into hell!

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Fireman Sam session

Fireman Sam session

When guitars earn their keep!

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Carl Davis James Bond session at Abbey Road

Carl Davis James Bond session at Abbey Road

A day in the life of a working guitarist.

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Just Be Good

Just Be Good

How to conduct yourself; some do's and dont's!

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It's Only Music!

It's Only Music!

Keeping a healthy sense of perspective.

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Raw album launch at the Bedford, Balham, March 4th
Album launch gig and turning down Lionel Richie

Album launch gig and turning down Lionel Richie

Welcome to my website and welcome to my first ever blog!

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© 2012 Dave Holmes

Dave Holmes