Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 30

STAGE CRAFT 101

STAGE CRAFT 101 I was a music student in the mid 80s (I did the South African equivalent of the Berklee jazz course) At that time there were no subjects or studies that related to the business side of music, other than a very brief introduction into copyright law in the composition class. I hope …

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May 21

LIVE MUSIC ZONE… RESPECT!

LIVE MUSIC ZONE…THEREFORE A VOLUNTARY ELECTRICAL DEVICE FREE ZONE…. OUT OF RESPECT FOR MUSICIANS In a recent blog KEEP YOUR COOL AND KEEP THE GIG I was talking about paying attention to details to hold onto the gigs we have as there are fewer and fewer gig opportunities. I have been hearing along the musicians …

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May 13

JONATHAN BUTLER PLAYED MY GUITAR

JONATHAN BUTLER PLAYED MY GUITAR The moment I decided to become a musician I have been thinking a lot lately about the importance of mentors and role models. How we meet certain people and they have a life changing effect on us. Over the next few blogs, I would like to tell you about some …

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May 10

Piano, Perfection -1

stickman Piano

Piano, Perfection -1 Thanks to Gillian Jeffrey for the fantastic stick-man graphic. If you would like to see more go to www.pinmandesigns.com     Both my children are coming to an age now where they are staring to show an interest in learning music. I have just recently bought my daughter a Ukulele  This is a wonderful instrument for …

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May 09

KEEP YOUR COOL AND KEEP THE GIG

 KEEP YOUR COOL AND KEEP THE GIG In a day and age where live music opportunities seem get get less and less, more than ever we need to hold onto the gigs that we have. It is not just good enough to be a great musician. We need to pay special attention to the details. …

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May 07

KEYS THAT ARE POPULAR WITH GUITARISTS FOR TRANSPOSING INSTRUMENTS

KEYS THAT ARE POPULAR WITH GUITARISTS FOR TRANSPOSING INSTRUMENTS   Many modern church bands and pop bands are GUITAR DRIVEN. So as an instrumentalist playing a transposing instrument (sax, clarinet or trumpet) in a guitar driven band,it is very useful to know how a GUITARIST THINKS A piano is a very intuitive instrument where intervals …

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May 02

IF YOU CAN PLAY IT SLOW,YOU CAN PLAY IT FAST.

Thanks to the very talented Gillian Jefferies for the graphic.  If you would like more head to www.pinmandesigns.com

  IF YOU CAN PLAY IT SLOW,YOU CAN PLAY IT FAST. IF YOU CAN PLAY IT FAST DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN PLAY IT SLOW. I was taught the bagpipes as a school boy by a wonderful man.Pipe major Alan Watters  (P.M. 1st battalion Black Watch 2nd world war) In the near future I will post …

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