Interview: James Rundle, Queen Guitar lessons.

It has only been a little while since I interviewed Marc Martel, of Queen Extravaganza. (Click here to view if you didn’t see.) The response shocked me in a way, because it showed how Queen are still a popular band. But how, and why? To explore this further, I interviewed James Rundle, of Queen Guitar lessons:

Hello James, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

Thanks for asking me. I’m honoured especially after your interviews with Marc Martel (click here to view.) and Jordy van de Bunt of Queen facts. (Click here to view.)

Seriously though, I was brought up on The Beatles ,Pink Floyd ,Creedence ,Clearwater ,Revival The Rolling Stones, and The Eagles. Mostly guitar driven stuff.

What inspired you to create a Queen guitar tutorial channel?

My YouTube channel started out really just to promote my guitar tuition business. To be honest I never expected to get that much attention. After my wife bought me a Brian May Red Special replica guitar, I set myself the task of doing lessons for every single Queen song. My intention was to have my own online video notebook for my own reference,  in learning Queen songs.After covering some of the more rare Queen tracks people started requesting more lessons. There were letters through the post from subscribers to the channel and even phone calls.Emails have come from all over the world ,as far afield as Siberia. There’s a lot of people out there that love tracks like Misfire, Who Needs You, Liar as well as all the solo projects the different band members worked on.With the lack of Queen songbooks and guitar books on the market many people have struggled to learn how to play Queen tracks especially the rarer numbers. So there’s been a need for people like myself to do Queen tutorials. Queen fans know every single note of every song perfectly. So I’ve had to be give a lot more attention to detail than I would normally. It’s hopefully made me a better guitarist. It’s a great pleasure doing it.

When were you first introduced to Queen?

1986 Magic Tour {was} a few month{s} {away} from my 14th birthday. Queen were at Wembley and it was live on TV and the radio at the same time. This was before surround sound TVs so you could watch it on TV and listen to it in stereo on the radio.I just fell in love with the whole thing from beginning to end. Went straight out and bought Queen Greatest Hits. Then in a few weeks I had every album.Each album seemed like a treasure trove of magical songs. You never quite knew what you were going to get.

Queen are something of a timeless band, who often adopt to changing media. What do you think about this?

The first thing that struck me {was} when I first listened to Queen Greatest Hits album was it starts with Bohemian Rhapsody then Another One Bites The Dust. Both songs are from totally different genres yet seem to fit together perfectly. No other band has ever really been able to do that so well. Queen came in for criticism in the 80s for changing their style. Pop music had changed so much in the 80s from what it had been in the 70s. So to survive I guess they had to change their sound. I love the albums from the 70s and the whole look of the band. But I guess Freddie with a leotard and black fingernails in 1986 would have looked a bit strange. But it worked in the early 70s.

What are your thoughts about the QUEEN app?

Love it although I get upset if I don’t get all the questions right. I didn’t realise how much of a Queen nerd I was knowing so much obscure information.

Asides from Queen, are there any other bands you like?

Yes, Freddie Mercury ,Brian May and Roger Taylor solo stuff ,as well as The Cross ha ha.Seriously though, I was brought up on The Beatles ,Pink Floyd ,Creedence ,Clearwater ,Revival The Rolling Stones, and The Eagles. Mostly guitar driven stuff. My mother played piano so I heard a lot of Beethoven Motzart and Bach. My father had a big record collection and he used to play a lot of folk music as well as delta blues. Mississippi John Hurt was one of my all time favourites. In my teens I was into Metallica Guns n Roses Poison Motley Crue Joe Satriani and Steve Vai as well as most classic rock bands like Aerosmith AC/DC Deep Purple Rainbow and ZZ Top.

 There’s been a need for people like myself to do Queen tutorials. Queen fans know every single note of every song perfectly. So I’ve had to be give a lot more attention to detail than I would normally. 

Do you have any advice for people who wish to follow in your footsteps?

The best advice is do what you love. Not what you think will be popular. If you love what you do it will come across in your work and people respond to that. Trying to second guess what is popular will lead you to having a YouTube channel that doesn’t seem to have any direction. Don’t expect overnight success. It takes time to build up a channel. Post your videos on social network sites. Don’t be shy to put yourself out there. If you recieve negative comments or ‘hate’ just let it motivate you to be better.  Everyone has their own unique take on things. Even if you aren’t the greatest guitarist in the world it doesn’t matter.Some people feel more comfortable learning guitar from a moderately skilled guitarist opposed to a ‘guitar god’.Being able to play a guitar piece brilliantly doesn’t necessarily mean you know how to teach it to someone.A guitar tutorial video should enable the learner to play the piece not be a showcase for you to show off.Do what you love is the best advice

Thank you very much, James, for letting us interview you. Don’t forget to subscribe to his Youtube channel (click here.)  Also: Readers-what do you think? Let me know in the comments!

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