Monthly Archive: April 2013

Apr 30

FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS CLAP ON BEAT 1 AND 3

FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS CLAP ON BEAT 1 AND 3 Recently I blogged about guest singers. However there is something that is even more irritating to a musician than a Karaoke musician wanting to sing with you. That is having a CLAPPER in the audience. Someone who insists on clapping along to every song, who …

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Apr 29

SPONTANEOUSLY EMOTIONAL GIG MOMENT

A little while back I did the blog FUNNIEST AND MOST EMBARACING GIG MOMENT. Today its the turn of the SPONTANEOUSLY EMOTIONAL GIG MOMENT. Do you remember Elton John singing Goodbye England’s rose at Lady Diana’s Funeral. The tears were rolling down his cheeks as he sang. I don’t know how he did it. If …

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Apr 26

IS THERE ANY REASON TO BE PLAYING AN UP TO DATE REPERTOIRE?

IS THERE ANY REASON TO BE PLAYING AN UP TO DATE REPERTOIRE?   Over the years there has always been and underlying perception or even pressure to be playing an up to date repertoire. In other words catering for a younger audience. Unless you are playing in a venue whose profile is a mid twenties …

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Apr 19

YOU ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR REPERTOIRE

YOU ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR REPERTOIRE If you are paying the bills or would like to pay the bills playing live music, on of the most important factors in being successful is realising that YOU ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR REPERTOIRE If you are playing live music in a pub, hotel, restaurant …

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Apr 11

THE ART OF USING BACKING TRACKS

THE ART OF USING BACKING TRACKS In an earlier blog THERE ARE 2 TYPES OF MUSIC: GOOD MUSIC AND BAD MUSIC. I touched on the subject of backing tracks. In this blog I would like to expand on the subject. Let me say from the outset that I will not enter into an argument with …

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Apr 08

SAX TRANSPOSITION CHART.

Transposition Chart

SAX TRANSPOSITION CHART. If there is anything that can get your head in a spin, it is transposing sax parts. Here is a chart that you can download, print and paste on your wall in your work space. When your head starts spinning, remember there are 2 basic rules: Bb instruments 1 whole tone above …

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