Tag Archives: Clive Stocker

Starting a Music Course with Confidence

Starting a new music course can be daunting. At every step of my musical education, I worried if I was going to be good enough and whether I would be able to stay the course. In this short article, I … Continue reading

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Am I too old to learn to play music?

“You cannot teach an old dog new tricks.” “When you get to my age, you stop learning.” “Learning is a lot easier when you are younger.” These are all phrases I have bandied around when I talk to older people … Continue reading

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Injuries and Poor Musical Technique

If it hurts, then you are probably doing it wrong. Playing a garden party piano gig on a slightly inclined slope for a couple of hours seemed like a good idea at the time. However, the day after, my back … Continue reading

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What do you make of this performance?

What would it be like if you had 100% belief in what you were doing? A month ago, my friend and colleague Ben Angel (Lead singer from The Bohemian Embassy) showed me a video performance on Youtube which has really had … Continue reading

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As a beginner musician, should I take grades?

It is a question which comes up regularly in my work as a music teacher and lecturer. In the popular music world of guitar, vocals, bass, keyboards and drums, taking grades almost seems irrelevant to many musicians. The idea of … Continue reading

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So what is behind the Confident Performer?

A couple of weeks ago, presenter, actor, dancer, director and choreographer, Laura Graham-May interviewed me about the Confident Performer Book and I have had a number of requests for the audio interview to be presented as a written transcript. So … Continue reading

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How do you beat Writer’s Block as a Musician?

Have you ever had writers block or noticed that you have struggled to create something musical? Over the years I have come to realise that limitations can be liberating when it comes to creativity. Make sure  you leave tips, suggestions … Continue reading

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