Category Archive: Music

Sep 16

SHARED MOMENTS IN THE LIFE OF A TRUE JAZZ LEGEND

melvin peters

2 SPECIAL NIGHTS TO REMEMBER (One of them went down in the history of jazz) Co-written by the SaxAxeMan and Melvin Peters   On the 6th November this year (2013) it will be our 11th wedding anniversary. Andrea and I got married in South Africa, and then had the most amazing honeymoon. Safari in the …

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Sep 11

THE PERFECT SONGWRITING FORMULAE

THE PERFECT SONGWRITING FORMULAE If there is one thing that really inspires me, it is a well written,well crafted song. My 2 favourite songs of all time have to be CAROL KINGS YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND and RUPERT HOLMS ESCAPE(THE PINA COLADA SONG) Watch the videos at end of this post. My favourite songwriters have …

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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 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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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 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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Mar 20

PAYING YOUR DUES

Patrick Wight Paying his dues

PAYING YOUR DUES Paying your dues is a term that was constantly used in the eighties when I was staring out in the music business. Unfortunately its a term that you don’t hear any more. We live in the day and age of big TV talent competition with instant stardom and success.  The Simons and the Garys are so quick …

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Mar 14

THE STORY HOLLYWOOD COULDN’T DREAM OF WRITING

Sixto Rodriguez

THE STORY HOLLYWOOD COULDN’T DREAM OF WRITING. A film review of SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN   This  story so amazing, it could only happen in real life.  The story of Sixto Rodriguez as told in the multi award winning documentary film Searching for Sugar man,  including the Oscar for Best documentary. In a nutshell,  Rodriguez is a …

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Mar 05

DON’T BITE THE HAND THAT PLAYS LADY IN RED

 DON’T BITE THE HAND THAT PLAYS LADY IN RED I had to learn the hard way that to earn a living as a n hotel musician that you can’t necessarily play the music you want to play.  Even if you play it exceptionally well.  People on holiday don’t want to be educated about good music. …

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