Jan 28

NO PLAY, NO PAY (3) VOCAL CARE.






NO PLAY, NO PAY (3) VOCAL CARE. Over the years I have known several singers who have severely damaged their voices. Some were fortunate, and after a couple of weeks rest were able to sing again. Others were less fortunate. The damage was irreversible, and was the end of their career as a singer. Others …

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Jan 23

NO PLAY,NO PAY (2) Health for a gigging musician.

NEIL SHAW-HULME






NO PLAY NO PAY(series)…Health for a gigging musician. (Neil Shaw-Hulme) Today’s post is a guest post from NEIL SHAW-HULME. Neil hails from Bollington in Cheshire, the happy valley.He is a vocalist and multi instrumentalist who specialises in saxes. I got to know Neil through twitter, and he has consistently commented on my posts. His comments have …

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Jan 15

NO PLAY, NO PAY.






NO PLAY, NO PAY. A LOOK AT MUSICAL HEALTH. Unless we play in a military band,or professional orchestra or are employed as a music teacher by an institution, we as working musicians are SELF EMPLOYED That means NO PLAY, NO PAY. In many ways we are just like sports men and woman. A lot of what …

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Jan 08

PAYING ATTENTION TO DETAILS.






PAYING ATTENTION TO DETAILS. To make a living as a gigging musician, I don’t need to be the most talented musician in my town, I need to be the best. I’m not the best by playing the best guitar solo, or being the hottest sax player, or being the most amazing vocalist. I’m the best …

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Dec 27

MY TOP 5 POSTS THIS YEAR.






MY TOP 5 POSTS THIS YEAR. Seasons greetings and happy holidays to all my followers and supporters. I started posting the blogs in February this year, and your support and comments have been invaluable in motivating and inspiring me to turn out at least one post a week that is interesting, useful and informative to …

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Dec 19

LOSING,REGAINING AND MAINTAINING FORM.






LOSING,REGAINING AND MAINTAINING FORM. In many ways as performing musicians we are like athletes. To give a good performance we need to be in good musical form. Lose our form and we are in danger of losing the gig. The last 6 months I have been in the best musical form of my life. Singing …

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Dec 14

SYNTHETIC OR CANE? FEEDBACK AND COMMENTS.






SYNTHETIC OR CANE? FEEDBACK AND COMMENTS. The post this week SYNTHETIC OR CANE SAX REEDS?  drew some attention, with many comments on twitter and on the site. Thanks to everyone who got involved in the discussion, even if it was to let us know what reeds you are using. I noticed on the sidelines that …

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Dec 10

SYNTHETIC OR CANE SAX REEDS?

My FIBRACELL reeds






SYNTHETIC OR CANE SAX REEDS?   I’ve been using FIBRACELL synthetic sax reeds on all three of my saxes (soprano, alto and tenor) for  the last 10 years. How I arrived at the decision SYNTHETIC OR CANE SAX REEDS? was quit a journey. I was using Rico Royal cane reeds. When I had a good reed they …

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Dec 06

In The Key Of The Moment Documentary






In The Key Of The Moment Documentary This is a documentary on a truly amazing recording session. The band OPEN HANDS are commissioned by a radio show NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WEEKEND. The only instructions are to play a variety of styles of music, and incorporate the famous NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC theme tune. So here goes…In The Key …

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Dec 04

DID YOU KNOW GUITAR AND BASS ARE TRANSPOSING INSTRUMENTS?






DID YOU KNOW GUITAR AND BASS ARE TRANSPOSING INSTRUMENTS?   WHAT IS A TRANSPOSING INSTRUMENT? A transposing instrument is any instrument that sounds at a different pitch to the music notation. Most of us are aware that saxes, clarinets and trumpets are transposing instruments. These instruments fall into 2 main categories Bb and Eb, This …

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