Thymeshift + Amsler has been on the road for an intense week performing at different venues around Sweden. Besides playing regular concerts, we’ve been doing some really fun workshops with students at different stages in their musical development. The common theme for the workshops has been improvisation. Everybody can improvise in music, it’s no different than improvising in your everyday life. We make split second decisions all the time everyday and we can do the same in music. It doesn’t need to have anything to do with playing the “right” scales or notes. It’s a mindset! We had some really rewarding moments with the students during the week. Fun, fun, fun!
Also worth mentioning is that we’ve now completed our forthcoming album. We spent 2 days at Studio Zen in Gothenburg recording several new tunes. We’re stoked about this. It will be a great album, maybe there’s material for a double album. We’ll see!
Finally, look out for our last shows on this tour!
September 29th, 7pm, we’re playing @ Glenn Miller Café in Stockholm, Sweden
October 6th, 2pm, we’re playing @ Hagakyrkan in Gothenburg, Sweden
The tragic loss of Avicii earlier this year had a deep impact on me. I started listening to his work. I had already heard much of it, but not really listened thorougly. I discovered new sides of him that I never been exposed to. Like this tune. It’s a beautiful song with some deep lyrics that got me hooked. Me, Lindha and Johan decided to give this tune a go and here it is!
Ten more days under water
And I already know
I’ll be fine
Ten more days ’till it’s over
‘Till the darkness goes
And I see the light
I’m torn between
Fulfilling my wildest dreams
To satisfy the beast inside of me
And I grounded love
That raises me high above
The grabbing hands of cowards
And of thieves
Ten more days to find my way
Ten more days ’till I’m awake
Ten more days ’till I don’t have to fight
I don’t need a future king
There ain’t a prayer that I could sing
Ten more days and I’m gonna make it right
You see my conscience betrayed me
But baby I’m strong enough to take the tides
The bed it trembles beneath me
But wherever the road is rough
You know I’ll rise
This one is an old favorite. I’ve used this tune lots of times in my guitar teaching, enabling the students to get a grasp of Drop D tuning and getting started with playing octaves. The tune is also a great display of fine rhythm playing. In this case I used the baritone guitar to get that low grind needed when playing “bass less” 😉
Finally you can hear the sounds of this new trio. Me, Johan Björklund and Lindha Kallerdahl are performing “A Forest” by The Cure. Recorded live in the studio and mixed by me. Look out for more music soon!
Some new punk ballad stuff coming up! Been preparing for this new unit for the last few weeks. Something as unusual as a cover band. I have been working with drummer Johan Björklund for 14 years now and with bad ass singer Lindha Kallerdahl for 10 years. We decided we needed to celebrate that by forming a cover trio! So fun! Now we’ve been rehearsing and recording tunes by Avicii, The Cure, Foo Fighters and Chaka Khan for a couple of days. We’re stoked and just wanna get out and play. While in Gothenburg I also laid down some guitar tracks on Johan’s new solo album. That music sounded great. Now you have some wonderful music looking forward to! Can’t wait!
Lately I’ve been getting into the music of Queen and the guitar playing of Mr.May. I was asked to play guitar for a Queen production featuring a large orchestra and a huge choir. I really dug into the tunes and tones of Mr.May, thinking that this will really put the trusted Line 6 Helix to the test. 10 years ago I was a part of another Queen production. Then I was relying on another Line 6 product, the M13. I must say guitar technology has made a huge leap in 10 years. While the M13 really got me into the ballpark for the tones, it didn’t have the amp modelling or the snapshot features of the Helix. Helix is also a big upgrade in terms of sound quality and useability. Right now in this production I’m using it without an actual amp, relying on the modelling of the unit. This is a great way to work when you need total control of your stage volume while retaining the sounds of a pushed amp. I run two FRFR speakers as monitoring and then direct out to FOH via the XLR outs. On may 6th we’ll be playing a show at Västerås Konserthus, Sweden. Will be really fun!