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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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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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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

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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

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I am pleased to announce that my latest track Tum Hi Ho has hit cdbaby to purchase, and Spotify. It will also be available on iTunes shortly.

“Tum Hi Ho” (“You are the one”) is a song from the Indian movie Aashiqui 2, sung by Arijit Singh and composed by Mithoon.

I play Soprano and Tenor sax on this Bollywood hit.  It’s one of my favourites to play as it has a beautiful melody line that will around for a long time to come.

i hope that you enjoy it, let me know what you think.

 

best wishes and I hope that you enjoy it.

thanks

 

Dave

 

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I just wanted to say a well done to all of my students for their grade results in the Summer 2014 session.

They included:-

2 grade 8’s – one with a distinction

2 grade 6’s  – one distinction and one merit

4 grade 3’s  – one distinction, one merit and 2 passes

and a grade 1 Distinction.

It just goes to show that all that hard work and practice has paid off.

Plus the grade 6 is counted as the equivalent of a GCSE giving you a useful 25 points for a pass up to a massive 75 points for a grade 8 with distinction.  This can be very useful to some students, but shouldn’t be the main focus for learning an instrument, that should be fun.

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