Tag Archive: practice

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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May 30

STAGE CRAFT 101

STAGE CRAFT 101 I was a music student in the mid 80s (I did the South African equivalent of the Berklee jazz course) At that time there were no subjects or studies that related to the business side of music, other than a very brief introduction into copyright law in the composition class. I hope …

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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 19

YOU ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR REPERTOIRE

YOU ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR REPERTOIRE If you are paying the bills or would like to pay the bills playing live music, on of the most important factors in being successful is realising that YOU ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR REPERTOIRE If you are playing live music in a pub, hotel, restaurant …

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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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