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Artist of the Month for July 2005: Ian Melrose

Name: Ian Melrose

Age: 47

Town: Berlin, Germany

Hometown: Ayr, Scotland.

At what age did you start playing guitar and why?
At age 11. Requested guitar for my birthday. Had clarinet at school and felt the need to have an instrument which could play more than one note at the same time.

First guitar:
Yasuma steel-string

Early Influences:
John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, Davey Graham, John Martyn .....

First gig: A floor spot at Ayr folk club.

Acoustic Guitars you own:
Lowden S5 steel-string, Morgan steel-string,continental resonator guitar, Epiphone resonator squareneck. Avalon guitars are currentlybuilding me an L25C (steelstring with cutaway and fingerstyle fretboard = breadth gets wider towards bridge = more room for right hand )

Favourite Guitar:
At the moment still my trusty Lowden S5

Your Style, and how you developed it:
Celtic and contemporary. Listening to appropriate instrumentsand doing a lot of arranging, learning how things work musically, then trying to apply it to the guitar.

Practice Regimen:
If possible a few hours every day. Warm up with a few scales and right hand exercises (Ralph Towner book), then work on new pieces, Getting things up to performance standard usually means working slow with metronome, gradually increasing tempo.

Favourite Artist(s):
John Renbourn, Kerstin Blodig, Pierre Bensusan, Peter Finger, Don Ross, Vicki Genfan ....

Is there anything else you want people to know about you, your playing style or your views on today's music in general?
A lot of students can play fairly complicated pieces, but the main problem, 90% of the time, is an underdeveloped sense of groove and timing. A feeling for the pulse of a piece, and an appreciation of pauses can make all the difference.My website lists a lot of the stuff i do. People can gladly get in touch with me via MelroseAcousticGuitar.com about guitar stuff, but also producing and arranging things.

To experience a little bit of Ian's music please visit MelroseAcousticGuitar.com.
If you are a guitarist with a cd out and would like to be featured here please contact me.

AOTM Archives:

August 2008 - Danny Combs
March 2006 - Bryan Clark
Februry 2006 - Darin Leong
January 2006 - Andy McKee
December 2005 - Don Alder
November 2005 - Doug Young
October 2005 - Nancy Conescu
August - September 2005 - Warren Greig
July 2005 - Ian Melrose
June 2005 - Roger Lasley
May 2005 - Jim Tozier
April 2005 - Jessica Papkoff
March 2005 - Todd Habekost
February 2005 - Michael Hewett
January 2005 - Steve Barney
December 2004 - Tony McManus
November 2004 - Chris Newman
October 2004 - Kevin Kastning
September 2004 - Rick Duke
August 2004 - El McMeen
June-July 2004 - Charles David Alexander
May 2004 - Tony Capri
April 2004 - Shane Simpson
March 2004 - Bill Cooley
February 2004 - Greg Meckes
January 2004 - Gary Leek
December 2003 - Ernie Hawkins
November 2003 - Keith Knight
October 2003 - Jaquie Gipson
September 2003 - Chuck Durfor
August 2003 - Cathy Horner
July 2003 - Art Edelstein
June 2003 - Muriel Anderson
May 2003 - Clarelynn Rose
March-April 2003 - Steve Wildey
February 2003 - Rick Ruskin
January 2003 - Kerry Kling
December 2002 - Tim O'Brien
November 2002 - Howard Emerson
October 2002 - Dennis Roger Reed
September 2002 - Larry Pattis
August 2002 - Paul Asbell