Gift Voucher updated


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Occasionally I get asked about lessons as a present for someone’s Birthday or Christmas, so we have been providing gift vouchers for those requests over the last 10 years.

I just wanted to share with you, the new updated voucher that we have produced.  Pretty smart, even though I say so myself.

Vouchers can be bought for a certain amount of lessons and the card tells the recipient how many that is, not the amount of money that you have spent.

Different designs can be printed.

Lessons can be 30 or 60 minutes long.  The Student then contacts me to arrange a suitable time for those lessons.

Lessons can be Face to Face or via Skype or Facetime, whichever suits the student.

The cards have space for you to personalise them, and are posted to you for giving.

If you have someone who has expressed an interest in learning, then this is a great way to surprise them.

My number is 07736 471 861 or dave.saxteach@yahoo.co.uk

I look forward to hearing from you

 

Dave

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So which side of the fence are you on regarding scales?  Personally, I love them.

They are like musical vegetables, you should take in at least 7 a day!

A lot of players see them as a chore and don’t see the benefit of learning them.  I can understand that thought, especially as some students who take grades, don’t have it explained to them what connection they have to the pieces they are learning, so therefore its just another thing to try and learn to help pass their grade.

I did a trial lesson with an adult player a few years ago.  He had been playing for a good few years and played in various groups locally.  I asked him to start off the session with a G scale over one octave, playing nice and slowly as I wanted to listen to his tone.

He made a few attempts and gave up, with the explanation that he was a ‘Jazzman!’ and was used to improvising.  So we tried another scale with the same result and reason.

However I tried to break it down and help him through it, he just came back with the same reason.   Now the reason I find this a bit odd, is because to play Jazz well, you must know your scales, and normally a lot more scales and different ways to play them than a classical musician may do, as this is how you improvise.

What I have worked out over the years is that each piece is written in its own dialect of the same language.  In other words, music is the language and each key is a different dialect.  The notes within that key that make up the scale are really the letters of the alphabet that is used within that dialect.

Learning the alphabet allows us to spell words, learning words allows us to make phrases and sentences, learning sentences allows us to make paragraphs, and learning paragraphs allows us to tell stories.  That is what we try and do when we play music, we tell stories through our instrument.  So most of the good musical story tellers know their scales, because they see the benefit to their art.

I am going to leave this here for now, but I will be coming back to the subject of scales, and looking at how different people remember them and how different people teach them.

 

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Wedding Show update


Sunday was a very good day at the 10th Wight Bridal Wedding Show in Newport IoW.

There was a change this time with the layout, as we had half of the small gym (where I exhibit) set up as a fully decorated marquee, showing what your wedding could look like if you hired one of these.

We had a live band too, so we took it in turns to play and it worked very well.  They also had a jazz guitarist doing some very nice laid back tunes.

I was booked for 2 events on the day, and had some good conversations with loads of happy couples.  A couple of the venues that where promoting the wedding services also spoke to me about other events they are looking for music for, Valentines night and corporate dinners.

It was also really nice to speak generally to the other suppliers and see how life is treating them.

From the feedback of other suppliers, I think a good day was had by one and all.

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I will be busy this coming Sunday, exhibiting at the Wight Bridal Wedding Show in Newport. This is a big wedding show, with loads of different suppliers available for you to talk too about your special day.  I will be in the small gym and I will be playing through out the day, so come and listen and talk to me about the music for your wedding.

The weather forecast is supposed to be good, so there’s  an excellent excuse to take a trip to Newport and come and see what is possible for your wedding.

There will be a 10% discount for those couples that book their music on the day.

I look forward to have a chat with you on Sunday.

Dave.

 

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Wedding Fayre Advertising


Whenever I exhibit at a wedding fayre, I always have a wander around to see how people are promoting  their business and felt that my stand was a bit dated and bland.

I have spent sometime working on a new design that sits in an A4 picture frame on my stand.  The caption ‘Music Makes the Moment’ was given to me by my daughter Hannah, along with the colourful saxophone image.

So this is what I have come up with, simple, not too busy and straight forward.  Ignore the outline marks around the saxophone, they only show up on a Jpeg and not on the design in the frame (I have no idea why?)

 

What do you think?  Would you stop for a chat? Let me know.

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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.

 

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