Nov 27

LISTEN FOR A LIFETIME.

The useful box






  The HEARSAFE HS-ER 20 hearing protectors product slogan is LISTEN FOR A LIFETIME. I started playing the Highland Bagpipes at 13 years old. Very often the pipe band would rehearse in the class room. My ears would would roar with the sheer volume, and then would ring for quite a while after the rehearsal. It’s …

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Nov 19

THE ART OF GETTING PEOPLE DANCING.

Ray reading his poem.






THE ART OF GETTING PEOPLE DANCING. In a weeks entertainment program at a typical hotel, why is it that the guests will get up to dance with certain musicians, and not with others? Getting people dancing is an art and a skill that can be learned. I have nearly 30 years experience playing dance music …

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Nov 18

LATENESS Pt.2.






LATENESS Pt.2. My last post BEING LATE IS JUST RUDE attracted some interesting comments on twitter. There was one in particular from Neil Shaw Hulme that absolutely summed up what I’ve been saying  in my posts about PAYING ATTENTION TO DETAIL .Here is Neil’s comment: I always remember Goff Richard’s first words in big band. BE …

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Nov 13

BEING LATE IS JUST RUDE.

Patrick Blog Pics Small Watch






BEING LATE IS JUST RUDE.   I’m late. I’m late for a very important date. No time to say “Hello”, “Goodbye” I’m Late, I’m late, I’m  late. The opening lines of the White Rabbit’s ” I’m late scene ” in Alice in Wonderland. For so many people in modern day fast paced living, this could …

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Nov 06

IT PAYS TO USE THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB.

The Bose T1 ToneMatch audio engine.






IT PAYS TO USE THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB A product review of the Bose T1 ToneMatch audio engine (mixer.) I recently bought  the Bose T1 ToneMatch mixer. When you are in love you want to tell everybody. (By the way today the 6th November is my 11th wedding anniversary, and I did hit jackpot …

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Oct 29

THE MUSICIANS WORST NIGHTMARE

All m transposing instruments.






THE MUSICIANS WORST NIGHTMARE I’m always very happy when I arrive at a new venue and see a proper stage and proper dance floor. When I have to play in a corner with no stage, I always fear THE MUSICIANS WORST NIGHTMARE. Playing music at the same floor level as dancers is not always fun. …

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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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Oct 15

YOU’RE PLAYING THE MUSIC WE LISTEN TO ON THE RADIO.









Oct 08

CHURCH BELL TO BOMB SHELL TO SAX BELL

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CHURCH BELL TO BOMB SHELL TO SAX BELL.   STUDENT MODEL SAX TO SELMER,VW TO MERCEDES If you are anything like me you started playing sax on a student model sax. Mine was a Yamaha YAS-23 alto. It did the job just fine for a couple of years, until my technical ability outgrew the instrument. …

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Oct 02

THE GOLDEN ERA OF GUITAR?






THE GOLDEN ERA OF GUITAR?   The last post was entitled THE GOLDEN ERA OF SAX, and looked at the use of sax in popular music since the advent of Rock ‘n Roll in the 50’s, but specifically focusing on the 1980″s as the GOLDEN ERA OF SAX. You will notice in today’s title THE …

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