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Siberia to Sydney – album launch

Siberia to Sydney – album launch

When: 9pm Saturday, 5 March, 2016 Where: Tilley’s Devine Cafe About the album World renowned concert pianist and winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition Konstantin Shamray will launch his new album “Siberia to Sydney” at Tilley Devine’s cafe in Canberra on 5 March. The album of works composed by Canberra’s Peter Gelling is literally […]

Shuffle Variations

The shuffle is probably the most important rhythm in blues. Almost everyone knows how to play the classic two string shuffle used by everyone from Robert Johnson to ACDC. But when you dig a bit deeper into the blues, it’s the subtle variations in the rhythms that keeps things interesting and makes people want to […]

Styles of the Greats: Lightnin’ Hopkins

Let’s take a look at the playing style of Lightnin’ Hopkins, one of the originators of Texas blues. His style often alternates between rhythm and lead within a single verse and is well suited to everything from solo acoustic playing to a whole band. Lightnin’ himself played both acoustic and electric, and was a big […]

Digging into the blues

Open Position E Blues scale (With Extension) Apart from the common moveable pentatonic and blues scale forms, many Blues licks make use of the open position Blues scale and its extension, particularly in the key of E as shown below. The following solo is derived from this scale. It is based on ideas from the […]

Reviews: Progressive Blues Lead Guitar Licks

Reviews: Progressive Blues Lead Guitar Licks

After years of just mucking around with guitar, and going through a few tutorial books on blues guitar, it was wonderful to come across Peter Gelling’s books. I’ve been using his Blues Guitar Licks book for a few months now, and try out the licks with some mates who have a jam at my place […]

Review: Progressive Blues Lead Guitar Method

Review: Progressive Blues Lead Guitar Method

If you don`t know anything about music theory … but you want to play Blues, this is the right book for you … it teaches you the most important concepts of music theory, introduces you to the most famous blues rhythms, teaches you the blues scale … [and] “From beginners to advanced guitarist…” is really […]

Reviews: Bluestime

Aria-nominated in the year 2000. Peter’s first solo release. Recorded partly in Adelaide, partly in Sydney, mixed at Electric Avenue, and mastered at Studio 301. Peter composed all but two of the tracks, wrote all the arrangements, and played guitar, bass, harmonica, keyboards and vocals, ably supported by guest appearances from some of Adelaide and […]

Reviews: Fortune

MusicOz Blues Award 2003 A contemporary blues album encompassing soul, jazz, gospel, funk and world music, loops and sound effects, and featuring the spectacular voice of Sydney (ex-Chicago) singer Doug Williams. Two songs from the album have already won awards – the 2003 MusicOz Blues Award for “Tell me Blues” and second prize in the […]

Reviews: It Seemed Like a Dream

Peter Gelling and Neal Pattman – 2001 Featuring Peter on guitar and American blues man Neal Pattman on vocals and harmonica. Neal was 70 years old, straight out of Georgia, and touring Australia – and the world – for the very first time when this live session was recorded. With a heritage that goes back to […]