Tag Archive: Gigs

Jan 16

Fun ways of training your musical ear.

Virtuoso Piano

Fun ways of training your musical ear. Fun ways of training your musical ear. Part 1. I was thinking about music in general the other night as I realised that I have come to listen to background music more closely than ever.  I use every opportunity to keep my ear keen and every-day background music …

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Oct 16

Lille Piano Festival

Lille Steps

Lille Piano Festival   My good friends Dick and Jan sent me this lovely photo of a set of steps they came across while on a trip to Lille in Northern France, and also very kindly allowed me permission to use it. Situated on the Deûle River, near France’s border with Belgium, Lille is the countries fourth-largest metropolitan area after …

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Oct 11

Hearing Care for Musicians

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Hearing Care for Musicians       A few days ago, for an experiment, I took an on-line hearing check.  I must stress this is not a medical check but an indicator.  If you have any problems with your ears you should always first seek medical advice from your GP or a qualified audiologist.  The …

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Oct 07

Losing yourself in what you are playing

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Losing yourself in what you are playing   There comes a moment in all musicians’ lives where you just get lost in the moment. Losing yourself in what you are playing is one of the most pleasurable experiences that can happen to a musician. I often catch myself wondering how my hands are doing what …

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Feb 22

My Fingers Are Too Fat

Excuses, Excuses   I have heard all kinds of excuses over the years about why people gave up playing the piano when they were younger.  Peer pressure, didn’t like the teacher ( a popular one among the older who tell me things could get a bit violent involving knuckles and a ruler ) clashed with …

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Feb 19

Lang Lang and “the critics”

Lang Lang

“I started to learn classical music when I was two,” he said. “When I was eight, I used to practice six hours a day. You must do it.” Lang Lang     This may be a bit excessive for most eight-year-old’s, but Lang Lang is really at the top of his field.  He plays almost 300 shows …

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Feb 16

When Can I Start?

MAJOR UPDATE since I wrote this post I was alerted to this video by @stevesilberman on twitter. PLEASE watch this and then read the post. I am often asked about giving children piano lessons. Parents, keen to fill their child’s day with activities come flushed with pride that their toddler always perks up at the …

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Feb 12

The Pianists Equivalent of Thorntons

I had to write a bit about this site.  Somebody has taken the time to scour the net and collate many wonderful videos of pianists performing all manner of works.  It’s a fabulous resource, inspiring for the young and those just starting out. Its brain food for those of us who have ever tackled any …

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Feb 09

Tinnitus Awareness Week

4th to 10th February is Tinnitus Awareness Week and I’d like to write briefly about it today as a sufferer of over 20 years. Tinnitus is best described as a high pitched ringing heard in the head by the sufferer when no such noise source exists in the real world. You can get lots of …

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Jan 30

Gigs List February

I was asked to put a list of my current gigs on my site for visitors to check out where I am. Here goes then, current as of 10.1.13. Sunday – Pueblo Marinero 8-11pm Monday – The Inn Place with Lorraine McG 10-12pm Tuesday – Dickens Bar 9-11:30pm Wednesday – Los Zocos 8-10pm then La …

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Jan 19

A Unique View From Stage Tonight

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Here’s a photo taken about an hour ago at my fantastic Friday night Ska and Reggae gig at la Vida, with Drew Murdoch and now on sax, Charlie McGee. It’s quite a unique perspective as I took it across the keyboard from the bass end and got this; It’s a really great gig, you should …

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Jan 17

Keeping Warm

I have a current gig in a place called Pueblo Marinero, ‘Fishing Village’ in English, here in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote View Larger Map Six of us cover all seven nights, myself doing Thursday and Sunday. Its an outdoor gig, though we do have some cover in the form of a band stand, or ‘templete’ as …

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Jan 10

Current Gig List

I was asked to put a list of my current gigs on my site for visitors to check out where I am. Here goes then, current as of 10.1.13. Sunday – Pueblo Marinero 8-11pm Monday – The Inn Place with Lorraine McG 10-12pm Tuesday – Dickens Bar 9-11:30pm Wednesday – Los Zocos 8-10pm then La …

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