Pete Lee – ‘The Velvet Rage’ launch date announced

Pete Lee‘s debut album has a release date at last! The Velvet Rage drops on 29th June 2018. There will also be a launch gig on 16th July 2018 at Pizza Express Live (Holborn).

It was a joy to be involved in the recording of this album, and I can’t wait for the launch. Hopefully see you there!

James Sayer at The Jam House (Birmingham) on 08/02/18

James Sayer at The Water Rats (London) on 07/02/18

Aretha Franklin – ‘Get It Right’ bass playalong

I uploaded this playalong video last week. I had a huge amount of fun transcribing and recording this one. The album of the same name is produced by (and mostly written by) Luther Vandross, with bass duties performed by Marcus Miller. An instantly recognisable 80s soul combo!

As soon as I heard this tune a couple of years ago, I knew I had to have a go at it. However, I encountered a stumbling block when I first sat down to figure it out, as the recording isn’t tuned to the standard 440Hz. Marcus Miller plays it tuned down 1/2 step as well, but the two factors combine to make the resultant pitch somewhere in between. I found I was closest to the original tuning when setting my tuner to 448Hz, then tuning down 1/2 step.

Hope this one’s as fun for you as it was for me to make!


Check out my other playalongs here