Category Archive: Performing

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 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 02

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

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  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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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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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 07

FUNNIEST AND MOST EMBARRASSING GIG MOMENT

FUNNIEST AND MOST EMBARRASSING GIG MOMENT One of the funniest and most embarrassing moments at a gig happened about 20 years ago. I was still living in South Africa. It was a wedding at a weird castle called Kyalami Castle near to Kyalami race track (motor racing).  The castle had been built by a very …

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Feb 08

10 REASONS WHY THE BOSE COMPACT L1 IS THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD

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10 REASONS WHY THE BOSE COMPACT L1 IS THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD Am I only allowed 10?  The most incredible sound.   In 25 years of being a pro musician I have never known anything that comes even close.  Absolute portability.    When you are performing in different venues every night, this is a …

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