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So, you want to play in a band… and why you should One of the best things that you can do as a musician – whether you are very experienced or an absolute beginner – is to play together with other people. There are many reasons why you should do it. Unfortunately, too many people shy away from it thinking that they’re not good enough, or that they will let themselves down, or that they will embarrass themselves, and so on. In this post I am going to talk about what’s involved and what to...
Hi all, I hope that this will produce a very useful resource for all us musicians. Just click on the link and hopefully you should be able to edit the map. Add any pubs that you have been to that host jam sessions and gigs. Tell us a little about the establishment, were they welcoming, was the music good, what genres and how loud was the evening, and most importantly, when is it. Here is the link, if you have any problems let me know. The Breakfast Room Jam and Gig Guide. Thanks for your...
Following some Forum discussions earlier in the year, I have written the attached article (in full below as well) to set out some information about what is involved in setting-up and running a group or society. It is intended to provide helpful hints - it is not a definitive list of what is involved. Circumstances vary from group to group, so if you have any doubts about anything, seek appropriate qualified advice. I have run it past a couple of mods to sense check it, so hopefully it...
I have done a bit of transcribing and use Transcribe ! software which is brilliant in every way. It helps me enormously. My sense of relative pitch and my ability to translate rhythms from their sound to their notation and vice versa are not good at all, but I think it is worthwhile trying to get every aspect of the transcription right (key, harmony, pitches, rhythms, articulations and effects). You can always go back and refine your transcription later on. Here is a rough outline of my...
As a veteran of more function gigs than I care to remember me and my merry men (and ladies) have fallen foul of a wide array of things that can potentially go wrong, misunderstandings and the like. In the spirit of making our shows run smoothly, and in conjunction with my work colleagues here at sax.co, I’ve devised a letter which we now send out with our booking to try and head off some of the more predicable pitfalls. Feel free to use/modify/ comment for your own projects…. Thank you for...
I’ve only been playing the sax since November 2004 when my lovely wife bought me an alto, supposedly for Christmas. Well, we got it home and she let me have it there and then! (The saxophone that is!) After around an hour, I could do a bad rendition of several very well known tunes, not in time and not in the right key for that matter! My idea of practicing (probably not recommended by the highly disciplined Mr Thomas) is to turn on my computer, find itunes, and work my way through the...
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