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Website of Pete Jinks - Tunesmith & Guitar Advocate

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Pete Jinks has been writing his own tunes since he first began playing guitar more than 40 years ago. During the 1990s he formally studied electric guitar and bass at London's prestigious Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. He has also enjoyed attending summer schools at Brighton and Shrewsbury. He has received lessons from, amongst others, Alan Limbrick, Terry Gregory, Deirdre Cartwright, and Chris Woods, and has attended masterclasses with John Etheridge and Gary Ryan.


For more than ten years Pete regularly produced and presented various guitar-themed shows as a volunteer on Halton Community Radio, including separate shows devoted to rock, jazz, and classical genres. Alongside his musical interests Pete has held various management roles within the UK's administration, including Secretary and Chair roles for some national committees in the employment and skills sector.


Pete enjoys the creative aspects of crafting new tunes far more than trying to remember how to play them all, so very rarely appears in front of a live audience. In developing new material, Pete casts his net wide and draws from established classical music theory from the common practice period, jazz and blues concepts, and modernist ideas. He feels he now has reached a point where he is mostly focused on creating something listenable, rather than something heavily angular or overly complex for its own sake. Listeners might hear individual pieces employing devices such as secondary function chords, pivots, borrowed chords, planar movement, and occasionally even some neo-Reimannian parsimonious transformations - but transported into the realms of modern popular instrumentation.


For some listeners, Pete is aware that instrumental tunes can sometimes start to sound very alike. To ensure variety he pays particular attention to the sequencing of how individual songs are chained together to create an album. He often likes to pay homage to 17th and 18th century suites of courtly dances, by using contrasting rhythms and tempos.


Across the years, at different times Pete has concentrated mainly on one style or another, and consequently built up an extensive personal collection of guitars and other musical instruments. These included the inevitable Gibson Les Paul Standard, Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster models. Some of the more exotic beasts where he has briefly dabbled include a hammered dulcimer, harmonium, Nordic lyre, bowed psaltery, Irish bouzouki, tenor mandola, ukulele, Cumbus saz, gu zheng, and a bandurria. Feeling the need to downsize, nearly everything was either sold or given away during 2017. Pete then began writing new material on his computer, initially developing first thoughts with an acoustic guitar.


Pete Jinks was born in Sussex in 1960, and now lives in Cheshire, UK. He is a member of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Previously he also has been a patron of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.


The surname Jinks comes from an old Powys/Shropshire family whose main branch died out around 300 years ago with no eligible male heir - two sons having been disinherited for their outspoken opinions in post-Civil War society. Herbert was declared mad and removed to Worcester. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography identifies that Francis was a linen draper and potential candidate to serve as Lord Mayor of the City of London, and also was a prominent Leveller and member of the Green Ribbon Club. Francis was imprisoned without trial in 1674 by Charles II, for a speech in Guildhall urging that the King should be petitioned to summon a parliament. Eventual heiress Margaret Jenkes was married to Bartholomew Lutley, High Sheriff for Shropshire in 1706. Family patriarch Jenkyn Cambrae (John, of the people of Wales) was a soldier during the medieval Marcher Wars. Jenkyn Cambrae was also known as John ap Rhys, the name of the Welsh Herald for King Edward I. Tenth century Powysian king Elystan Glodrydd features in the formal Shropshire Visitation records, and - although Pete has not invested the time and energy to fully verify his own lineage - potentially he might have direct patrilineal descent as 43rd great-grandson of Vortigern, the legendary first King of the Britons after the occupying Romans departed. And through Vortigern's wife Sevira, daughter of Magnus Maximus, Pete would potentially - if the genealogies prove valid - be 46th great-grandson of Constantine the Great!



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