Posts Tagged ‘isle of wight’


Last Saturday was the first event of any kind that I have been able to play at this year. What made it even more special was it was a Wedding. I love playing at Weddings, everyone is happy to be there and dressed in their finery, and just wanting to have a good time with the happy couple.

The Wedding of Emily and Kalon took place on a beautiful spring day at the Apple Farm at East Afton, on the Isle of Wight. It was my first time playing there and the gentleman running the venue could not have been more helpful.

With the restrictions still in place the wedding party was just 15 strong, but I thought it lead to a lovely relaxed atmosphere.

With a couple of new tunes requested by the couple I played to entertain the guests and for the ceremony before they retired to the reception at the same venue.

Below are some pictures of the venue, including an unusual one of the sink in the Gents toilets, I love the use of the Dustbin lid. It just made me smile.

Thank you Emily and Kalon for asking me to be part of your special day, and best wishes for your life together.

Dave

Ingenious use of a Dustbin lid
Signing the Register
Guest area
The Ceremony area

Read Full Post »


As some of you will know, I am a Saxophone teacher as well as a player, and during the lockdown period more of my teaching has gone on line.  I now teach in USA, South Africa, Portugal, Ireland, Wales and England.

So I thought I would share some of the work I do with you via some short videos.

These are just hints and tips that I use with my students for certain problems that occur.

This one is about the ‘Musical Sorbet’

The quality of  the video is something that I am working on to improve and make more professional as I  progress.

Let me know what you think and please share.

If you would like a chat about lessons, then please drop me a message at dave.saxteach@yahoo.co.uk

Thanks

Dave

 

Read Full Post »


In January this year, I was approached by a chap called Daniel Christian.  He runs a YouTube channel called SaxCasts and a FaceBook group called Learning Saxophone.  He was looking for some assistance with the FaceBook group and wondered if I would be interested in running a Weekly Q and A live video on Sunday evenings ( 8pm UK time).

It sounded like fun so with a bit of help on the technology side, off I went.  We have about 30 or so members join us each week from various parts of the globe and they will post questions during the week.  Ranging from anything sax related to performance nerves and music theory.

I do my best to answer them, or point them in the right direction.  During the session we also get questions asked live.  The videos are then posted to the page for those that want to watch later.

Sometimes I prepare worksheets for certain sublects and they are added to the file section of the page for members to access.

Members will post progress videos and ask for feedback and we run challenges with the aim of promoting learning.

In January we had 350 members, we are now at over 1400 and growing by at least 10 a day.

This is a very friendly group and no nastiness is tolerated.  Why not pop on over and join us, it would be great to see you on there.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/learnsax/

 

 

Read Full Post »


As you all know, we are living in different times.  Historically, If my instruments needed a bit of TLC or even full blown repairs, I could ring Paul Carrington and book them in for the neccessary treatment and get the instrument to him very quickly.

However, due to travel restrictions at my end (ferry services reduced etc)  I finally managed to get to Flintham, just outside Newarke, last week and drop off my Soprano, Alto and Tenor (no room in the car for the baritone with all the other luggage)

Paul has continued working during the virus and strictly follows health guidelines for everyones safety.

He did a good service on all 3 saxophones and replaced pads where needed and sorted the regulation out along with fixing the neck tenon on my alto, and for a very reasonable price too.

I have had a blow on the Alto and it is like a new horn even though she is 94 years old.  I am going to try the others later today, and looking forward to that.

I would thoroughly recommend Paul to anyone needing work done on there instruments, and I am looking forward to getting the Baritone and Clarinet serviced next time I am that way.

Read Full Post »


2 points that need updating:

point 1: 11 out of a maximum 15 spaces have been booked already-yehaa!!!!

point 2: Nick Hislam has agreed to travel all the way from Wales to lead the Improvisation session and help with the rest of the day as well.

Nick has run the improvisation class for the last 8 or 9 years, and is my go to guy for this. He is a great saxophonist with a tone to die for, and a teaching style that everyone understands.

So if you have been procrastinating or even just thinking about whether you should book a place on the workshop, here is another reason to just book it now.

You know its the right thing to do!

thanks for looking.

Dave

Read Full Post »


It has been a very productive week this week.
1. Started a new student via Facetime,
2. In talks with another re face to face lessons,
3. Booked the venue for the first Isle of Wight StaxofSax workshop.
4.Filled 2/3rds of the places already.
5. Taken part in my 4th Q and A Video with the Learning Sax guys.
6.Taken on a new residential home to provide entertainment for
7. and reached 100 followers on the StaxofSax Facebook page

Lets see what This week brings shall we.

 

Dave

Read Full Post »


Over the last few weeks, I have been taking part in presenting a Sunday Evening Q and A live Video session on Facebook.

This is taking place on a page run by Daniel Christian, called Learning Saxophone-Get help and Chat about all things music,  Here is the link.

We start at 8pm UK time for about an hour, and anyone who is a member of the page can join in.  Its very informal and great fun, with players of all abilities asking the questions that are bugging them.

Why not pop over this evening, join the group and take part.  It would be great to see you.

 

Thanks

Dave

Read Full Post »


It was only yesterday that I announced the first StaxofSax saxophone workshop for the Isle of Wight, and already more than 25% of the places are booked.

If you know of anyone that either lives on the Island or may want to visit the Island and join us, please pass the message on.  That would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks

Dave

Read Full Post »


Well as you can see there has not been a lot of activity on my website for a long time.  There are genuine reasons for that, including, Moving house, Work, Renovating the new house, lots of gigs,  rebuilding my business, taking on new students and starting to do some work with Daniel Christian of SaxCasts.com.  So, pretty hectic, but now I’ve used those excuses, I won’t be able to use them again!!

Anyway,  I am planning on adding quite a bit more content on here, going forward.

I will be putting up some short posts in a minute, and would be happy for any feedback or questions you may have.

 

Thanks for sticking with me, and hope to speak to as many as I can soon.

 

Best wishes

 

Dave

Read Full Post »


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

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »