New digital video service to teach fans how to recreate songs

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Stars reach out to music fans with new digital guide to recreating their best-loved hits. Words: Anna Millar

Aspiring musicians are being offered the chance to learn their craft from the music maestros themselves this month, following the launch of ‘Now Play It’, a new digital video service developed to help offer a more instant and direct way of learning, to music lovers everywhere. Fans and musos alike are invited to log on and download the band or singer of their choice, where available.

Among the UK stars on board with the project are KT Tunstall, who gives a step by step guide on how to play the guitar on ‘Suddenly I See’ and ‘Black Horse and the Cherry Tree’. Tunstall’s ‘Suddenly I See’ featured in the Oscar-winning movie The Devil Wears Prada and helped launch her career in America. The singer’s new album is out next month. Blur drummer Dave Rowntree is on hand to help with the band’s ‘Song 2’.

Elsewhere, on the site, Supergrass guitarist Gaz Coombes offers his thoughts on ‘Richard III’ and Magic Numbers guitarist Romeo Stodart takes the wannabe player through ‘This is a Song’. The service is currently downloadable for beginners through to advanced musicians. See www.nowplayit.com for full details.

In other music news, Franz Ferdinand have covered David Bowie’s 1977 single ‘Sound and Vision’ for a new compilation marking the 40th anniversary of BBC Radio 1. The album features contemporary artists covering a song from each year since the station’s first broadcast in 1967.

Last but by no means least, Travis have confirmed two more Spanish festival dates, one in September at La Merce-Damm Festival in Barcelona; the other at the Festival de Musica independiente de Zaragoza, Zaragoza in October.

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