Tag Archive: Music

Aug 17

MY MOST PHYSICALLY CHALLENGING GIG.

MY MOST PHYSICALLY CHALLENGING GIG. (But also one of my most fun gigs) Life can be challenging sometimes. When you are a self employed musician it’s a case of NO PLAY, NO PAY. How many times over the years have I dragged myself to the gig when I should have stayed in bed. In the …

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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 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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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 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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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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Feb 08

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

bose

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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Feb 08

THE CARROT CLARINET

THE CARROT CLARINET Hey, sax and clarinet players.  Are you looking for a really fun,  spectacular and entertaining item to add to your show?  Check out Linsey Pollaks Carrot Clarinet. (Carronet) Video Here Really good fun, and easy to do. He is kind enough to share the dimensions and “how-to’s”  in this next video. Linsey …

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Feb 08

DANCING TO ‘TAKE 5’

Being a musician in various international hotels,  I have developed an uncanny skill of very quickly being able to identify different nationalities on sight.  This is a very useful skill to have as it helps to know what languages to focus on when speaking on the mic, but probably more importantly it determines what repertoire …

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