I have a little taste of what it’s like to be a Youtube celebrity – I just hit 100,000 views of a video I did 4 years ago covering Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. It’s nice to get comments from people from time to time – if I’m feeling down, I read how someone got cheered up by watching this, and feel much better. Let’s see if I can go for the big 1M views!
I have just finished mixing an editing a video for my song “Beautiful Mystery” and uploaded it to Youtube. Click on this link Greg Wyard Beautiful Mystery on YouTube to see it, and help me get as many views as I can! Hope you enjoy it
I’m happy to be making a switch from playing solo to playing with a 4-piece band on Saturday April 16th.
Joining me will be Troy Feener on drums, Allister Bradley on keys and my old friend Jason Farrar who used to join many years back at the Unicorn Pub. We’ll be doing a mix of originals and covers. I’ll post more details as the date gets closer, but mark it on your calendar. Should be a great night!
I had my third voice lesson from Elaine Overholt yesterday. Wish I had gone to see her years ago! One thing I’ve always struggled with is singing high sustained notes without the strain, and I’ve discovered that I’ve developed a singing technique where my head is locked and I am always shooting for high notes with too much force, and wearing out my voice in the process. There is a vocal technique I had never heard of before called “covered sound”, where the vocal cords vibrate in the middle but not at both ends, so you can sing high notes without fatigue that vibrating the whole vocal cord would cause. It takes time to learn, perhaps years to do properly, but now that I’m aware of it at least I can get started. Elaine showed me a video of Luciano Pavarotti explaining this very process. Of course I’ll never be anywhere remotely close to his level, but if I can learn a couple of tricks from someone, he’s a good place to start. Here’s the video Elaine showed me – fascinating to hear him make these beautiful sounds sitting in a chair in a TV studio
Thank-you to my friend Clifton David Broadbridge introducing me to Eddie Kramer last night. I went over to play Clifton some of my live band mixes, and was surprised to find none other than Eddie Kramer sitting in on the listening session. Clifton has been working for several years with Eddie, and they are currently working on a project together. For those of you who may not know, Eddie is a world-renowned recording engineer who perhaps most famously engineered the Beatles “All You Need Is Love” bed tracks and the entire “Baby You’re A Rich Man” session at Olympic Studios in 1967. He’s a very amiable and interesting guy. I was fascinated to be able to ask him direct questions about those sessions, especially about the clavioline that was used on “Baby You’re A Rich Man”.
Anyway, he was kind enough to compliment some of the mixing work I had done, and needless to say, that was a huge compliment.
My four-piece band comprising myself on bass, Ed Bernard on guitar and violin, Allister Bradley on keyboards and Troy Feener on drums, will be performing two shows and the Canadian National Exhibition this year. We’ll be performing on the Midway Stage at 3.00 p.m. on Saturday August 29 and Sunday August 30. Please come down to the Ex and join us!
I’ve just finished mixing and editing a 10 minute highlight video from my CD Release Party, featuring clips from 13 songs that were performed at the show. I’ll be uploading the entire video once it’s mastered and colour corrected, but this will give a sample of what’s to follow.