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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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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 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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Oct 22

LIFE AS A GIGGING MUSICIAN

My son's first recording session aged 2

LIFE AS A GIGGING MUSICIAN In my Twitter profile it says that the SAXAXEMAN blogs about LIFE AS A GIGGING MUSICIAN . This week I would like to highlight some of the highs and lows, and emotions of being a gigging musician. First of all it must be said that to make a career as a …

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Jul 05

Ear Training

Ear Training In a recent blog PIANO PERFECTION -1 I discuss the piano as an instrument that is easy to to visualise the relationship what you hear and what you see. The guitar however is not always so easy to see the relationship visually and aurally. It is therefore important to take extra effort to …

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Jun 20

La Herradura

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La Herradura   The quaint seaside Spanish village of La Herradura in the Andalucia region of Spain is famous for a few things: Photo used by kind permission of Jose and Nihal of CENTO DIGITAL (La Herradura) www.joseynihal.com A SPANISH NAVAL DISASTER On October the 19th, 1652 the Spanish naval fleet were surprised by an easterly …

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Mar 30

HOW TO HANDLE GUEST SINGERS

HOW TO HANDLE GUEST SINGERS About 25 years ago when i started playing music professionally, I was working with a duo called “Who’s Who?” with my friend, Zac Hilon on vocals, and myself on guitar. It was quite common for people to come up and ask us would they mind if they sat in and …

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Mar 27

THERE ARE ONLY 2 TYPES OF MUSIC: GOOD MUSIC AND BAD MUSIC

THERE ARE ONLY 2 TYPES OF MUSIC: GOOD MUSIC AND BAD MUSIC. A commentary about snobbery among musicians. My favorite line in the original Blues Brothers movie is: “There are only 2 types of music…Country and Western.” When I was a music student in South Africa, my lecturer’s favorite quote was “There are only 2 …

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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 16

THE FIRST IRISH PIPER ON THE MOON

Direct From the Moon

THE FIRST IRISH PIPER ON THE MOON My real claim to fame is that I was the first Irish piper to play bagpipes on the moon. Here is the photo to prove it. And here is the real story…. Two years ago I got this birthday card from some really good friends Bob and Chloe. …

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