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“Caught in a Storm” is the first album by Miles Grindey, proceeds from the album and other tracks will be donated to the UK mental health charity, Mind. The album will be released January 11th 2018 and available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Tidal and more!
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During the general election, I was contacted by an eye-opening number of people about the stigma surrounding mental health. I was absolutely shocked about the abuse and vitriol people received from attempting to discuss their issues with their mental health. In response to this, I put this at the forefront of my campaign. However, I felt there was more I could do. Following this, I decided to write an album based on the music I wrote during the worst year of my life, in an effort to encourage other people to talk about their mental health and fight the stigma.
This album is a guitar-centric story about my year last year, one of highs and lows, laughter and sorrow. It completely changed who I am as a person and put me through at least two periods of mental health problems, where I’d previously had none at all in my life.
This is for all of you who’ve been told to “get over it”, that “it’s just a phase” or been cut off from friends of family. It is a reminder of the fact that you are not alone.
I’d like to personally thank, from the bottom of my heart, all of those who have stuck by me over the last year. Friends, family, everyone. Thank you.
I’ll be recording and mixing this album over the next few months and I aim to have this out on SoundCloud on January 11th 2018. It will be called “Caught in a Storm”. Any revenue I make from this will be donated to the mental health charity Mind.
My EP “Keeping My Sanity” was released early on in May 2017 – you can listen to it HERE.
It’s been a confusing time really, for about a week now I’ve had this Ibanez GRG7221 (it’s a seven string and by the “G” before the “RG” it means it’s part of the GIO series and this is actually one of the cheapest around) and It’s absolutely fantastic, I’ve had no complaints – it’s a very responsive guitar!
One of the greatest bargains of 2013.
Now I’ve got three Kramers and I’ll tell you more about each one:
- The Kramer Pacer Classic, it’s based on the 1983 Kramer Pacer Imperial. It has a sort of “Explorer” wiring, so if I turned down the neck volume and still had up the bridge volume I could use the pickup selector as a kill switch. Licenced Floyd Rose – Now I remember when I got this it was recessed slightly so you could do SOME pull-up techniques but I had it flush mounted (more EVH style, that’s all I use the guitar for!) but I remember I had to sort out the wiring a couple of times, the action was quite high from the factory, pickups (Epiphone, go figure) were weak! It now has two Ibanez (Coincidence!?) pickups, v7 & v8, humbuckers – action is nice and low. Overall it is an “okay” priced guitar £249.99, if you’re willing to put in the work to get it to a satisfactory level.
Pacer Classic – left
110st – right
- The Kramer 110st, a fine relic from 1988 – part of the 100 series! Came with a Floyd Rose II (not schaller, the terrible cheapo Floyd, it’s been there since ’88) and an EMG 81. It now still has the FR-II and now with one of my all time favourite pickups the Bare Knuckle VH-II. It’s a lot better now but still the lead input is EXTREMELY dodgy. Need to get THAT repaired again! This guitar was made in Korea, and in the 80s that meant one thing… TERRIBLE. (Although it’s better than some would think!) Priced at £186.00 and from a very good eBay seller!
- Kramer SM-1, basically it’s the Kramer Stagemaster, a lovely set neck, EMG equipped and Floyd Rose Special, stays in Tune, but what was my problem with this? Screws. Like on my old Steinberger GT-PRO deluxe, the screws were so cheap and awful that they broke, usually I don’t mind but when it’s the Trem claw screws I’m gonna get annoyed. So I had to take THAT into PJ’s Guitar Centre and get THAT repaired and now it’s absolutely perfect so thank you PJ’s! Bought B stock from Thomann for £460 – usually it’s £649… bargain!
Now I love all 4 guitars, but the thing is that after the fact that a cheapo Ibanez has blown my mind, I want more! Oh YES. I am considering to defect to Ibanez due to that simple occurrence. Gibson own the Kramer brand (est the late 90s) and in my experience I have found that Gibson’s quality on their guitars has somewhat slipped, their Les Pauls are starting to have chambered bodies instead of a solid body. Gibson has been frantically making attempts to make some more variation on their standard models, but to no avail. Honestly, nothing has blown my mind. The last time I was impressed by Gibson was when they decided to make a Flying V Tremolo and an Explorer Tremolo.
I’ve never had a more painful experience than trying to set up the Kramer Pacer Classic or SM-1, in the end it has been worth it, they are great – as long as you put in the effort to make it work. UNLIKE my latest Ibanez – which came in perfect condition AND the action was already low! So I was extremely happy.
As soon as I can I will be making a M-Grind III (with Carvin).
I must say that if you expected this point you thought this post was about Van Halen, you’re wrong. Though they are my favourite band of all time, this post isn’t about them.
NOW, I’ve got a new guitar coming! It’s the brand new Ibanez GRG7221 – basically it’s a cheapo Ibanez, it’s got 7 strings (and that’s why I got it!). Usually it’s not evident for non-guitarists (or Guitarists who just play what they’re given) to be able to tell what the difference is between guitars, but this time it’s easier for me to tell these people. It has an extra string! (Thank you Mr Steve Vai for the Ibanez Universe and all the music, naturally).
Anyway, It’s been a pretty average week so far! All I can say is that I’m suffering from my usual shyness, yes even I suffer from an occasional bout of shyness, but I won’t go into that.
Now you know I said that this wouldn’t have anything to do with Van Halen?
Well I lied. Here’s a song that really can put me in a good mood!
Have a great day.
I can say without a doubt that the 8th week of 2013 is the greatest week of my life so far. I’ve never felt so good in all my life I just feel so incredibly happy.
Monday and Tuesday I spent time with one of my best friends in the whole world, we sat around chatting and bantering. The weather was also really nice on Tuesday so I went with my friend on a walk around the area. That was nice! On Wednesday I just had a lazy day and helped my Grandparents with their shopping. Thursday was just a great, but lazy, day! Friday I had a great guitar lesson and I cannot thank my Teacher (Mark Poulter) enough for showing me more scales and stuff to assist me in my general playing, Then it was just sit around and wait for 8pm to fly around and so I could go to an old friend’s party. That was fun too!
Overall I must say I’m really pleased with life as it is right now, seeing so many people happy makes me happy. It’s just a beautiful thing life. I can tell you, dear Reader, right now that if I ever feel slightly down – for whatever reason – I shall look back to this week with a big “Grindey Grin” and just use that to make another time EVEN BETTER.
One of the happiest people around,
Well today I’ve had my first guitar lesson in a long while it was fun, can’t wait to have another very soon. It’ll help me build my confidence to learn more solos!
Now I need to check with the world to see if this is socially acceptable right, and bear with me for this:
Telling someone that you’re upset but you don’t QUITE feel like talking about it…?
Last time I did that I got told that I was “taking it out on them”… HOW? Someone please enlighten me!
So it’s been a few days since my last post – due to Christmas and illness! I’ve had the friendly staff at PJ’s Guitar Centre restring my Acoustic and have some work done on two of the Kramer Guitars! They’re going to look and sound great, my Acoustic sounds better than ever with some new strings and plays amazing with low action.
Such good guys over that store, I advise to check them out they’re absolutely fantastic, know their stuff and really can steer you on the right path if you want to play the guitar. I did some YouTube videos for them a while back.
Christmas was great, some quality time with the family and some great food being consumed! Never felt happier in my life, although that’s usually what Christmas should do for anyone who chooses to celebrate it.
Time to get cracking on with the Bond DVD box set I received!
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Well today is one of my best friend’s birthday – I wish him all the best on this day. I can’t wait till mine, while we’re on the subject of birthdays – in just 4 weeks!
I’ve been stuck with an ailment, occasionally I sound like Brian Johnson/David Coverdale/Liam Neeson (if I wanted to) and it’s just been the most funniest thing I’ve ever heard. My mother thought I had a friend over! Although, that being said if I had a friend that sounded like Liam Neeson I’d have him do my voicemail.
I’ve started playing a BIT like Steve Vai recently, I’m not saying that I’m a god like Steve Vai as in my playing is a combination now of Eddie Van Halen, Joe Perry and now Steve Vai. I must admit seeing Steve Vai earlier on this month did inspire me to work harder on my guitar playing, and I just wish I could get my Kramer SM-1 repaired (that, unlike my 110st, has a full cavity to which I can pull back on) so I can continue improving my sound!
Oh and I recommend anyone who hasn’t seen it yet “Bill and Ted’s EXCELLENT Adventure!” – I saw this film when I was younger and it never fails to amuse me!
But that’s all really.
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Oh! It’s been pouring it down over here, I couldn’t bear being stuck in for two days straight watching DVDs! I went out for a bit and popped round a friends house – catched up with them. I mean I’m trying my best to beat the weight I’m putting on over this Christmas period – so it’s something.
I’ve not got much to say today – but I will say this. If you’re whining about “your friends aren’t making the effort” – it takes two to make a friendship work, you’ve got to put in the effort as well. If you constantly strive to make plans with your friends and they keep turning you down because of an assortment of reasons then yeah I can understand your angst but the key thing is to keep trying because it’s just pointless to throw your arms in the air and blame them.
Now I’m absolutely dying to get a new guitar – people who aren’t into “Guitars”/Play guitars don’t understand this but… EVERY GUITAR IS DIFFERENT. For example two of my guitars – My Kramer Pacer Classic and Kramer 110st what is different about them, I’ll list them here:
- The Pacer Classic’s Floyd Rose has been set to divebomb only it has no cavity to pull back on and was recessed, the 110st’s has pull back as well as divebomb.
- The Pacer Classic has two humbuckers and the 110st has ONE.
- The Pacer Classic has two volume controls (for both humbucking pickups) and a tone control – I could make it as a killswitch if I wanted to, The 110ST has only one volume control.
- The 110st’s fretboard is made from Rosewood, the Pacer classic’s fretboard is made from Maple – it has a brighter tone.
- The 110st’s neck is larger and is more closer to that of a typical Les Paul’s neck, the Pacer Classic is in between “Fat” and “Thin” necks.
- Pacer Classic: Licensed Floyd Rose. 110ST: Floyd Rose “II” – The strings on the PACER classic are exactly the same brand/style as the 110st (I use only D’addario XL’s) and on the 110ST tuning stability is slightly better than the Pacer Classic.
I could list differences between guitars but I’m afraid I cannot be bothered.
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