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This is my Blog for music related things that happen to me.  Useful articles posted by other people will be linked from the Music Info page.

I will only post on here when I feel that there is something of interest to say, rather than trying to do something everyday.

Please feel free to leave comments and feedback

Best wishes

Dave


I had a lovely morning visiting and playing to the residents at the Solent Grange Nursing Home today.

They all had tea and cake whilst I played a few songs, then with help from the activity coordinator, we had a sing along session with everyone taking part.

we had a good chat about the music as we went along, and lots of residents firing back answers to my questions.

Everyone enjoyed themselves, and hopefully I will be visiting them again next month for more musical fun and shenanigans.

Thank you for having me.

Dave

 

 


Here’s a little something for the weekend.

Blues scales are a good way to start improvising. Based on the Major scale, the Blues Scale is made up of:
Root
Flattened 3rd
4th
Flattened 5th
5th
Flattened 7th
Octave
So following this formula, you can work out all the blues scales if you know the Major scales.

The attached sheet gives you the Blues scales up to 5 flats and 6 sharps, so there are still 3 to work out for yourselves.
Don’t try to enharmonically transpose them, because composers don’t!

At the end of each scale on the sheet is a phrase for you to learn. However, that phrase is only in 1 key. As you can see, I have numbered the first phrase so that you can easily try that phrase in different keys by using the same numbers.

Ideally, you should play the scale over the whole range if the instrument and also play the modes too. This will give you more ammunition for improvising.

Let me know how you get on.

Have a good weekend

DaveBlues Scales

Dexterity Exercises.


Here is an exercise to help with developing dexterity and key signatures.
I came across this article a good few years ago in a magazine call ‘Saxophone Journal’
It was written by David Pope (Google David Pope Saxophonist and you will find him). David gave me permission to share his exercise as long as he was given credit for writing it.
He had suffered with Tendonitis very badly, and along with his teacher, he wrote these exercises to prevent it happening again.

Each bar is a separate exercise, and should be played a minimum of 10 times each.
You can do all the left hands followed by the Right ones, or L1 then R1 etc, the choice is yours.

The tempo is 60 bpm or less, never more because as you add more notes per bar, that will increase the speed that you play at.

Breathing: Vary where within the bar you breath, otherwise you will always separate the same to notes, and we need to practice the slur between all notes.

Articulation: Slurred to start with, then you can tongue, Staccato, Slur 2 tongue 2. The limit is your imagination.

Key: Start in the key of C, then change to different keys but always start on the C and G.

The idea is to make the transition from one note to the next as smooth as possible. As each bar is quite easy to memorise, I practice it against a wall so that I can hear any key movement problems. Then I break it down until I can make it smooth again.

That should be enough to be going on with, if you have any problems or ideas of how to make this exercise more useful, please comment below.

Feel free to share with your colleagues, and let them know where you found it please.Dave Pope Excercises

CCYC Jazz Night 23/03/19


Corinthians Jazz Night

Tonight is the Cowes Corinthians Jazz Night and I am playing from 7pm to 9pm.

Its a new venue for me and I am looking forward to a fun evening and listening to 2nd Time around after I have finished.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Dave


I have been asked to run a saxophone workshop with a local ensemble called Wight Sax.  They are a community group who rehearse each week in Newport.  They have invited some members of the Trident Concert band to join us, and I’m really looking forward to meeting all theses saxophonists in one place.

We will cover sight reading and warm ups plus looking at one of their existing pieces plus other things, (but I don’t want to give it all away before the event,) during the evening, with the aim of offering advice and encouragement.

This is a closed event, but if it goes well, it will be something that I explore further, open to any player who cares to attend.

This should be a fun evening. I’ll let you know how it goes.

 

Dave


I have spent some of this morning working on my notes for a Bridal workshop at the Royal Esplanade Hotel in Ryde on the 11th of March 2019.

The theme of the event is Wedding Music, and myself, and other Island based musicians will be talking about different parts of the day and the music choices to be made.

We will look at what works well and what doesn’t work well.  Giving ideas based on experience and also answering any questions you may have.

 

Come along and join in with what will be a good evening to help with planning your perfect day.

 

Dave


I’m exhibiting at the Ventnor Botanical gardens today for the Wight Wedding Days 13th show.

There are 3 floors of exhibitors plus wedding cars and caterers.

If your looking for something special for your big day, come along and have a look.

Ps

There is a free beer for each groom!