It’s been a little while since my last blog post so I thought I’d let you know what’s been happening.
Last time I talked about GuitarBytes. GuitarBytes is a website offering free guitar lesson that was set up by my good friend, website and graphics designer Tony Otyehel and myself. It’s been a lot of work for us both but really rewarding and fun to do. The videos and audio are produced at my friend Karl Heslin’s studio so the sound quality is really good. Karl has to be the most patient man on the planet putting up with all my mistakes. Playing the guitar is easy, talking into the camera, now that’s where the skill lies. I’m getting better at it, I think, or maybe less discerning.
The follow on from all that is a book. I’ve always loved technology and have a range of Apple products. The first time I saw an interactive iBook, essentially a digital book but with loads of embedded features I was blown away. To me it looked like the future and could see these in all the schools and colleges. Whether it happens or not remains to be seen but as an educational tool I think the concept is exceptional. The idea was to create an iBook that included imbedded video, music, backing tracks, quizzes etc as well as all the usual book features. I chose to write it about chords, I wanted to produce something that was pretty comprehensive and could delve into chord substitution and chord melody arrangements. The result is, I think excellent. The video and audio was recorded at Karl’s studio and Tony did the most amazing job with the design, it looks stunning.
The book is for sale through the iBook store on the apple website. So far it seems to be doing okay. The next step is to produce a version which can be used on none apple products. This is Tony’s specialism, if anyone can do it he can.
A link to a video showing the iBook in action and also Karl’s studio can be found here.