Ukulele update


As you know, if you have read my previous post, before Christmas, I bought myself a Ukulele and signed up to a night school course for beginners at the Quay Arts Centre in Newport.

I started to explore YouTube for lessons before going to the class, and as with most subjects on YouTube, there are some great videos and some not so great.  They got me started with holding it, hand position and a couple of chords.

I have been to the night school for the last 2 weeks, and there are about 10 of us in the class.  This is a good number, because if there where many more, the tutor would struggle to get round us all.

We have started off with learning to play ‘Yellow Bird’ and ‘Hush Little Baby’ and this week we have progressed to ‘Paint it Black’ and ‘Yellow Submarine’.

Its great fun and I have met some lovely people that are in the same boat as me.

I would definitely recommend either getting individual or group lessons like these, rather than going it alone.

 

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What’s coming up?


As you know, we moved to the Isle of Wight at the end of November.  As with most moves, there is a lot too do, with packing, cleaning, moving, more cleaning, decorating and unpacking to contend with.

Plus, once you are at your new home, especially being self employed, there is the task of getting your business back up and running.

I was lucky enough to bring some of my original students with me via Skype and Facetime lessons, and these are working very well.

I then contacted some players that had attended previous StaxofSax workshops with me, explaining that lessons can now be done remotely, and 2 more have now joined me regularly.  Through advertising on Facebook groups, I have taken on 2 local students and I have been posting cards in shop windows this week.  I still have space for a few more students either face to face or Remotely so please feel free to get in touch.

Busking has been going well in both Shanklin and Ventnor, and hopefully later today, I will go and play in Ryde.  A very kind lady bought me a hot chocolate yesterday as it was very cold busking.

I am exhibiting at the Wight Bridal Wedding Show at the Medina Sports centre on the 27th of January, so why not pop along for a chat about your wedding music.

I have my first wedding of the year on the 2nd of February, and definitely looking forward to that.

I will be playing at 2 local residential and day care centres in the next few weeks, these are great fun, and we always have a good singalong too.

The business is steadily moving forward and growing, which is great. Ohh nearly forgot….. we also live in the best place in the world!Screenshot_20171228-084841

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I Have been out and about today, putting postcards in shop windows.  This is with the aim of increasing the number of students that I work with and spreading the love of making music.

 

If you fancy learning how to play or improve with the either the Saxophone or Clarinet, then please contact me for a chat.

Open to all ages from 7 yrs upwards.

 

Feel free to share this post with anyone that may be interested.

 

Many thanks

 

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Early Christmas present.


I have decided to treat my self to an early Christmas present.  I’ve bought myself a Ukulele.  I’ve gone for a tenor one as my fingers are not the slimmest and I Stand a better chance of success with it being slightly bigger.

 

I have never played a string instrument before, so I have signed up to a class at the Quay Arts Centre in Newport starting on the 8th of January for 6 weeks.  This will hopefully keep me on the straight and narrow and stop me getting into bad habits.

 

I’ll Keep you informed on how I get on.

What early presents have you bought for your self?

 

Good luck

 

Dave


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