Tag Archives: confidence

Don’t Teach an Instrument, Grow a Musical Person.

The week started well with me interviewing Basira Ward-Davies about her techniques for confidence as a performer and singer. (see the previous blog post for this interview) She mentioned at the end of the interview that I should take time … Continue reading

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Is Musical Technique the refuge of the insecure, or a foundation for Mastery?

This question popped into my mind whilst in conversation with the professional singer and vocal coach Basira Ward-Davies with respect to the slight difference in approach she had experienced collaborating with Youth, a producer who has worked with Primal Scream, … Continue reading

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Rob Brian talks about how to become a Confident Drummer

This week, I was very privileged to be able to interview Top Session Drummer and Drum Clinician, Rob Brian  about the aspects of being a confident drummer. Having played for Siouxsie Sioux, Black Box and Modern English and taught extensively to all … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Getting better or getting worse?

Richard Bandler (Co-founder of Neuro Linguistic Programming) had a profound effect on my outlook as a musician. He said in his book entitled, “Get the life you want” that we are either getting better or we are getting worse. What … Continue reading

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