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Robin Dawes

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ebooks, virtual tours, music, courses, games ...

https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home?fbclid=IwAR1j3dTsxvb_KLDjlILGB63i9Uvb8YmCdanfLUFPQi_CMI3Q3pwNKBhcnII
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Among other things, I have been teaching myself the Tarot. So far, so fun!

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Thank you there is so much there to keep one busy and informed.
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I've been revisiting some dear old Chuck Berry licks. My finger tips have toughened up no end.

As well as the usual box of slime  posted by showoffs and know-nothings, there are some excellent guitar tutorials on Youtube. Music tutorials in general, really.

I love Magic, but all this does make a change from the eternal Over-Under-Sideways-Down-Knuckle-Cridge.
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I've been revisiting some dear old Chuck Berry licks. My finger tips have toughened up no end.

As well as the usual box of slime  posted by showoffs and know-nothings, there are some excellent guitar tutorials on Youtube. Music tutorials in general, really.

I love Magic, but all this does make a change from the eternal Over-Under-Sideways-Down-Knuckle-Cridge.


On that note, I have been revisiting some old albums from the late 70s and early 80s. Prism, Taxxi, Toronto, Honeymoon Suite, Balance, Chilliwack, Saga... Listening to the old grooves while writing or practicing is soothing to the soul and oh so flippin' fun. Streaming music = heaven. But I do miss those huge album covers filled with eye-popping art, lyrics, and liner notes. 

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Among other things, I have been teaching myself the Tarot. So far, so fun!

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Working with any teaching aids / books in particular? Always wanted to do this but just never got around to it.
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I've been growing my beard back, so at least I'm not being idle.


Not a beard fan. I tried it once for a couple of hours, but progress was slow and the result left a lot to be desired. However I have been growing my hair a bit, just like the good old days; and just like beard-growing, hair-growing is an anytime thing. You can even do it in your sleep.

Fingernails go and grow their own way, but have to be trimmed to help the strumming. So that's another pastime.

I fell over some manipulation cards during a rummage. Five minutes practise reminded me why I gave up back-palm productions.

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Working with any teaching aids / books in particular? Always wanted to do this but just never got around to it.


Me too. When I realized that the Tarot was, at heart, an intuitive thinking tool, I committed to learning to read the cards. I looked into several options, including video instruction, and ended up with this. It takes an intuitive, less rigid approach to reading the cards, which is perfect for me. For instance, one early suggestion is to avoid reading traditional descriptions and instead lay out each suit in order and come up with a story based on your observations. Does one card progressively lead to the next? How? Why? What does the card say to you? It's a workbook format, which is also perfect for me since I tend to absorb information quickly and don't like getting buried in the details.

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I've decided it is finally time to build myself a palace.  A memory palace, that is.  Several of the "rooms" are memorable images from the Tarot.
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I've decided it is finally time to build myself a palace.  A memory palace, that is.  Several of the "rooms" are memorable images from the Tarot.


As long as you remember where you built it....Yes I know. Please don't throw fruit.

And still with the Groans....

I've been talking to my Fender Guitar more than ever these last few weeks.  It needs some TLC. It was made in the Corona Factory in California.

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Thanks for all those great links, Robin!

Over the course of the last two years, my wife and I have created 4 more royalty-free music CDs for magicians.  A Latin-flavored one, a Southern Rock one, a Blues one and one entitled “Cinema” which has fully orchestrated pieces resembling the scores to many familiar movies.  We were on the verge of releasing two of these simultaneously when the corona virus pandemic hit.  So those plans were put on hold.  With no other pressing music projects in the works, that leaves me with a lot of free time at home.

So, have I used that free time to tackle household chores that have been put off for far too long?  Or to dig in and get our yard and garden in shape for the summer?  Or even to finally record my own original compositions for my own pleasure, instead of always writing for paying clients?  Noooo.  Instead, I’ve been binge-watching various TV series on Amazon Prime.  Some really good productions on there … Hunted, Sneaky Pete, The Man in the High Castle, Bosch, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Counterpoint, Orphan Black … much better and more believable than the usual run of the mill stuff you see on regular TV.

In term of magic, I’m in the habit, every day, of running through the tricks and moves in my close-up act.  Plus I make sure I remember the sleights and subtleties for a few other tricks in my repertoire.  I’m also perusing the contents of some new book acquisitions.  Most notably The Complete Illustrated Book of Card Magic by Walter Gibson, which I’ve never owned before.  And I’m also rediscovering some great little gems in Card Tricks for Cardicians with features contributions from Al Leech, Ed Marlo, Jack Avis, etc.  Good stuff!

Finally, are regards beards:  I tried the growing a beard thing, on the assumption that if it looked OK after 2 weeks, I would buy a trimmer and maintain the “new look.”  First week felt fine and looked promising.  Plus I loved the fact that I didn’t have to shave every day!  After two weeks it got very scraggly and I looked like a real stubble-bum.  But the worst part was the itching!  It became unbearable.  Just couldn’t take it anymore, so I shaved it off.

To Alan Smithee:  My sympathies to your guitar from Corona!  Is it a Tele or a Strat?


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On my guitar I play some Car Stevens songs. Boy do I need new strings. Just got the Gary Kurtz book, so there is lots to play with. To start the day I have to illustrate in order to be focused
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To Alan Smithee:  My sympathies to your guitar from Corona!  Is it a Tele or a Strat?



It’s a Stratocaster.
It’s interesting how you want something and then when you get it, it’s a let down. I always wanted a Telecaster, well always after I’d seen Eric Clapton playing one. And I’d always want a Stratocaster since I can’t remember when, but before I saw Clapton with the Telecaster.

The Stratocaster was a winner from minute one and I still have it. It cost an arm and a leg back then. I’m glad I’m not looking now. It would probably be a Squier, and though they’ve had their ups and downs, they’re generally decent these days.

The Telecaster was just about all right, but I was never desperately thrilled. So off it went.

I’m going through the same thing with a Epiphone 335 at the moment. Always liked them, but it’s not doing the business.

Because we’re not spending anything at the moment, I’ve been informed by the financial committee that when (hopefully “when” and not “if”) the opportunity presents itself, an exchange of some sort will be in order. Maybe an SG. Epiphone, though, I can’t afford a Gibson.

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My trusty Telecaster has accompanied me for 40 years of touring to six continents, most notably when playing with Peter Frampton.  (I double on keyboards & guitar).  

But the funny thing is, I always wanted a Strat!  Finally bought an el cheap Squier Bullet Strat about 2 years ago.  It’s a real piece of junk, but I got it just for the whammy bar.

Another relatively inexpensive investment I made recently was an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Pro.  Real happy with that one!  Great tones and I love playing it.


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At the risk of really nerding and geeking out here, when not working or taking care of family stuff I've been working my way through the whole of Doctor Who - starting with the beginning in 1963 with William Hartnell (as well as having a deck of cards or some coins working in my hands whilst watching).

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Aw man, I've been a fan since '82, when I was introduced to the series by a friend. Loved the New Who too... until this most recent season, that is. I'm done. Disgusted and done. I mean, I loved the idea of Jodie as The Doctor, but the execution has been brutal. Bummer.

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My trusty Telecaster has accompanied me for 40 years of touring to six continents, most notably when playing with Peter Frampton.  (I double on keyboards & guitar).  

But the funny thing is, I always wanted a Strat!  Finally bought an el cheap Squier Bullet Strat about 2 years ago.  It’s a real piece of junk, but I got it just for the whammy bar.

Another relatively inexpensive investment I made recently was an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Pro.  Real happy with that one!  Great tones and I love playing it.



A few years ago I bought a book I found in “The Works,” a remaindered book shop. By Tony Bacon, it’s called “Squier Electrics: 30 Years of Fender's Budget Guitar Brand”. Good Stuff.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Squier-Electrics-Fenders-Budget-Guitar/dp/1617130222/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=squier+electrics&qid=1587045258&s=books&sr=1-1

As it happened I was revisiting it when this natter popped up. The main thrust of it is that in the late 70s and early 80s Fender were losing business to the Japanese copyists. Good guitars and cheapish. So Fender decided to copy themselves, and as they already owned the name Squier, decided to use that.

After the usual this way and that, they had their own copies of the Telecaster. Stratocaster and Precision Bass. The book is not and advertisement for Fender, nor an endorsement, but the tone of the book is that the guitars are top-notch. Budget instruments, certainly, but solid. There are some setbacks, as might be expected, but any number of pros use them.

I haven’t got one, so can’t comment. I do have a Fender Bullet Bass, mid-80s model. Mexican I think. It’s okay, though I could really do with a short scale job these days. As with more than a few card moves, my finger don’t have the stretchability of yesteryear.

And speaking of cards, which we should be really(!) we all know that quality can and does vary considerably from batch to batch. Buy a carton today and they’re fine, buy another one or two tomorrow to stock up and they’re not so fine. I’m sure that’s what happens with the guitars.

I used to have a Sunburst Les Paul Epiphone. I liked it, but it was too heavy for me.

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