Music has always been an important part of our lives. Both of us are self taught guitarists and I remember clearly the first guitar I was given by my parents for my 11th birthday. It was a full size Spanish acoustic and came with a tutor book called ‘a tune a day’. By the end of the first week I’d mastered ‘she’ll be comin’ round the mountains’ and then had to give it a break as I’d quite literally lost the skin from my finger tips.
I then got a copy of ‘Beatles Complete’ and a 12 string Yamaha acoustic for my 16th and then I was off for hours in my bedroom. That book taught me a lot of chords very quickly with the added bonus that I knew how the songs were supposed to sound. It makes such a difference hearing it in your head as you play, so now I can listen to a new song and pretty much work it out within minutes without the chords written down.
Phil and I have quite a collection of guitars now. At the last count it was 10 including my original Spanish acoustic, my 12 string Yamaha, another Spanish guitar inherited from my musician friend Alan who died (we formed a Bossanova group called Jazzamba back in the 90’s), my Takamine which has Dolphins round the sound hole and up the neck and my Baby Martin which was a Christmas gift from Phil.
Phil’s guitars include the love of his life, a Hadyn Williams Li’l 58, originally made for Martin Waugh; guitarist for Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis- Bextor, Mika, Lilly Allen amongst others.
Phil kisses it every night (he thought this extreme behaviour might stop me kissing the dogs)…… Ha ! He regularly falls asleep on the sofa with it strapped to him. His brother Chris (a real musician) says it’s the best guitar he’s ever played but let’s see if that changes.
We’ve been keeping an eye on Hadyn’s Facebook page and watching the step by step creation of his latest masterpiece. It’s a beauty! It’s a prototype acoustic called the Esk, named after a local Cumbrian river. It’s crafted from Cocobolo, Carpathian Spruce, Ebony and Mahogany. We went over to his workshop yesterday just for a look……
Then there were 11…… All photo’s and beautiful Esk courtesy of Hadyn Williams.