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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

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Yesterday I met up with my first new local student in Ryde.  Like me, she moved to the island only 3 weeks ago, and wanted to restart having clarinet lessons.  She has been playing for about 10 years and has reached a good standard, but took a break recently with moving house and looking for employment.

We had a good lesson and spent a lot of it, just getting her lip back into shape and working out how each of us work.  We are arranging further lessons in between Christmas and the New Year, and I am looking forward to helping her carry on making good progress and having fun at the same time.

The remote lessons via Skype and FaceTime are going well and the signal here is very good.

Someone said  recently that it is the  modern equivalent of Short wave radio school lessons that used to happen in places like the outback of Australia or Africa, when people lived to far away from schools to travel.

I think this is definitely the way forward, as it allows you to work with the teacher that you want, rather than having to work with someone purely because they are local, and for some students it means being able to have lessons rather than struggling on your own if there is no one local.IMG-8967

What do you think?  Why not get in touch to see if I can help you?

 

Best wishes

 

Dave


I’m looking forward to playing for the guests at the Gouldings Resource Centre in Freshwater on Monday.

It is their Christmas party and they have very kindly asked me to stay for dinner, it would be very rude to refuse wouldn’t it????

This is the fourth time I have played here and they are a great bunch, who really know how to have fun.

So, the Santa hat has been brushed, and the Christmas shirt has been ironed, Song sheets printed, so all that’s left is a final run through the tunes tomorrow.

See you all Monday.

Dave

Lessons update


Since moving to Shanklin at the end of November, my teaching has been on hold, what with unpacking and decorating the music room etc.

last night I started to get back into the swing of things with a FaceTime lesson with one of my Leicester students.  With a remote lesson you have to be organised, making sure that you know what you are going to cover before the lesson starts, so that both parties have the music in front of them.  I make notes as the lesson goes on and then email them to the student for them to use during practice during the week.

I have another couple of remote lessons today and I am looking forward to them.

I also have my first Island student starting this morning and I will be speaking to another over the weekend to arrange when they can start.

Now the music room is decorated and then new carpet is being laid next week, I am looking forward to getting it laid out ready for lessons and recording.

Have a great weekend and keep practicing.

 

Dave

New Beginnings.


First of all let me apologise for the lack of recent posts on this site.  The reason for it is that both Carole and I took the decision about 18 months to move house to the Isle of Wight.  To some of you this is probably not a big surprise if you know us, as we have spent so much time over here that we where almost residents a year ago.

Well now we have moved to a small town called Shanklin and we live a whole 10 minute walk from the seafront and loving every minute of it.

 

Loads to do on the house, but that’s for the future.  Now I must build the business back up and start getting my name out there, this side of the Solent.

I am playing next week at the Freshwater Resource Centre for their Christmas party, these are a great bunch of senior citizens who definitely know how to have a laugh.  Plus they have invited me to join them for Christmas Dinner that day, how cool is that.

I have already met a few potential new students that are looking to learn or improve, and I am doing Skype/FaceTime lessons with some of my Leicester students too.

I have 8 Island weddings in the diary for 2019, but there is loads of room for more.

I will be aiming to put regular posts up here, so please feel free to comment or contact me if you are interested in my services.

 

I look forward to speaking to you soon.

 

Dave


So last weekend was busy with gigs in Leicester and London plus visiting my daughters in Kent.  However this weekend is even busier, but its all gigs.

Friday night is at the Falcon Hotel in Uppingham for a wedding drinks reception.  Saturday afternoon is also in Rutland for a 40th birthday party and Newtown Linford in the evening for a 70th birthday party.  Sunday is a Mellow D’s wedding gig in Daventry.

Plus, a new student booked into start lessons and another coming for a trial lesson next week.

Have a great weekend everyone

 

Dave


I have just added to my YouTube channel a video of 1000  years by Christina Perri.

It was recorded at the request of a potential client of mine as she would like to walk down the aisle to me playing it.

It was taken using my phone so nothing has been adjusted and definitely sounds better through either headphones or a decent speaker.

Have a great weekend

 

Dave

A busy weekend


The weekend starts with the Mellow D’s playing at the Samaritan Beer Festival tonight.  We kick off the live music at 8pm.

Not only live music, but loads of different beers to try, along with ciders, wines and pims.  Lovely local food too, sounds like a good night out, and in aid of a very worthwhile charity too.  Come and join us.

Saturday I am heading off to the Grosvenor House Hotel in London for a solo gig, providing the background music for a drinks reception.

After that I will be heading straight to sunny Kent to spend the rest of the weekend with my 2 daughters.  Really looking forward to that.

Hope you have a great weekend too.

Dave