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The NAMM Show 2017

This Saturday I’m excited to fly to Los Angeles in advance of my appearances for Vigier Guitars at the NAMM Show 2017. This will be the second time I’ve experienced the mania of NAMM and I can’t wait to get back to the convention centre.

In 2015 I met the most incredible people and can’t wait to go back with more prepared this time. I’ll be aiming to film and keep y’all in the know as much as possible so follow me on:

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Here’s the guitar I’ll be showcasing:

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

I’m a sucker for a fresh start. I love pressing the ‘refresh’ button and planning out the next year in resolutions that I’ll probably forget about in a matter of days… however, maybe this year I’ll stick to them, there’s a first for everything.

My rule for 2017 is to do more of the things I love and do less of the things I hate. I think it’s important to focus on what you’re good at rather than trying to improve the things you just can’t manage and will forget to do everyday. For example, I’m not a morning person; if I tried to get up at 5am everyday, I’d fail. I’m a night owl, always have been and it’s when I feel my most creative. Another thing, I hate running. I’ve tried two half marathons (my timings are just too embarrassing to state, but I did cross the finish line at least) and hated every second of them, yet I know that I can cycle at least 100 miles in a day and wake up and do it all again the next day. However I love music and all the things associated with my career, so I just need to keep focus and work on that… simple!

Self awareness is so important, especially when we’re witnessing all the highlights of our contemporaries lives and feeling like we aren’t achieving as much. What do you love doing? Just keep those things in mind everyday when you wake up and put aside some time to actually do them. Stop worrying all the things you think you should be doing, because life’s too short.

Things I love and will do more of this year:

  • Make time for friends and family

  • Connect with my fans

  • Write songs

  • Perform live

  • Create music videos

  • Cycle

  • Travel

Have I missed anything?

Let me know what your resolutions are!

Love Mary x

 

 

DAILY SHRED #25 | Silent Night

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Thanks so much for watching over the past month, I’ve enjoyed hearing from every single one of you and I can’t wait to keep sharing my music in 2017. Stay in touch and write in the comments below anymore ideas you have for videos. I’d love to do more daily videos, but I need your imagination and input to do something interesting.

Lots of love, Mary x

DAILY SHRED #24 | Kashmir by Led Zeppelin

This was really fun to learn. Tricky to loop the riff due to the time signature but just about made it work! Hope you like it! Ran my acoustic guitar through my EHX Turnip Greens. Thought it sounded quite cool and a little bit unusual. Happy Christmas Eve 🙂 x

DAILY SHRED #23 | Alive by Pearl Jam

The first time I heard Pearl Jam, they blew my mind. I remember finding a tape my older brother had. So here goes. Looped the chorus and then tried to use the melody line as a bit of solo inspiration.

DAILY SHRED #22 | Layla by Eric Clapton

So when researching this song, I only just discovered the acoustic version and oh my god. It makes me realise what an incredible songwriter Clapton is to be able to completely change the vibe and it’s just as good, if not better. Anyway, I digress. I found this one challenging but got there in the end. Not sure about my guitar tone. Sorry for the click when I switched on the overdrive.

DAILY SHRED #21 | Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

First of all, this was tricky. It took a while to work out the best way to loop both instruments on the same track and then edit it so that you aren’t just watching me change guitar.

DAILY SHRED #20 | Fast Car by Tracy Chapman

I might just do a full song version of this one, but I thought I’d get a taster out and see what you lovely people think. This version is a tone lower than the original, but actually two tones lower than I sing it live. Tracy Chapman has an incredibly low beautiful husky voice that I could only dream of! I’m loving these daily shreds, but can’t wait to show you some more videos of me singing and playing 🙂