Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Wedding Pianist…

This weekend saw the marriage of two dear friends in a wonderful church and dozens of friends, family guests and church people. My task was to perform two modern hymns chosen by my friends as a piano solo, to be … Continue reading

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Red Light Recording Fever

The Holy Grail of Recording. Having a recording session for a musician can be like the holy grail. A permanent record of music, something to put in the personal archives. Ever since I got my first four track tape recorder, I … Continue reading

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Recording Red Light Fever

Red light fever. Having a recording session for a musician can be like the holy grail. A permanent record of music, something to put in the personal archives. Ever since I got my first four track tape recorder, I realised … Continue reading

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Why is playing above the 12th fret so difficult and painful?

When I was a young boy, watching top of the pops, I wondered why it was so difficult and painful to play around and above the 12th fret of an electric guitar as I always saw such intense expressions on … Continue reading

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Let’s hear it for Musical Performing!

A student asked me the other day “What will be the point of performing if I am not going to be a professional musician? Is there any point in learning if I don’t want to perform to millions?” I take … Continue reading

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Using Props in a Performance

Performing and pretending to be somebody else can help to push our comfort zones. If we use a costume or props in our performance, this can help us to act in a different way and try out new things with … Continue reading

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Should we be ourselves when we perform?

Performing in front of people can be a nerve wracking experience and one quick fix strategy of dealing with these nerves can be to pretend to be somebody else. When I first became a teacher, the thought of going into … Continue reading

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