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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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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

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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

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Last weekend was the date for Mark and Judy to tie the knot at Lisle Combe, St Lawrence nr Ventnor.

It was a lovely sunny day and Lisle Combe is perfect for a smaller wedding.  It is still a family home, which gives it a very friendly atmosphere, whilst having views to die for and access to a small beach for those special photographs.

Judy made a lovely entrance coming down the main staircase to meet Mark, and then walking up the aisle together to the Barbara Streisand version of ‘Evergreen’.  A special request for ‘The Watermill’ was played during the signing of the register.

This is normally played on Oboe, but fits really well on Soprano Saxophone too.

After the ceremony, came the photographs, and the lawns and house provided a beautiful backdrop for these.

The wedding breakfast was accompanied by background music, with me playing out on the veranda and the music drifting in through the open patio doors.

The evening entertainment was provide by an island band called the ‘Tea and Biscuit Boys’.  They are a skiffle band that are absolutely great to see and hear live.  I was lucky enough to be asked to join in for the first dance with them.

I would certainly recommend them for any event or going to see at a local festival if you can.

It was lovely to be asked to be part of Judy and Marks special day, as they, and loads of their friends and family came and had a chat with me and made me feel very welcome, with loads of positive comments about the music too.

Also a big thank you to Ruth and Robert Noyes who own Lisle Combe who also made me feel welcome in their home.

All in all, a lovely day was had by one and all.

 
Dave

 

 

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Hi Folks

For those of you that would like to hear or see me in action, you can find some videos on YouTube and some recordings on Spotify.  The tracks on Spotify are available to download from Here for you to listen again at your leisure.

Many thanks

Dave

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On the 15th of February this year, I was asked to play at the Leonard Cheshire Disability Centre in Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight.

We started the evening with 8 clients and the Activity coordinator Peter from the Centre.

I have one rule when I am playing at events like this, and that is if you know the song, then please sing along, clap your hands, tap your feet or get up and dance.  If the session is not fun, then I am playing the wrong songs.

Well I am glad to say that we had singing, clapping and feet tapping throughout the evening.

Peter has very kindly written a report for the Leonard Cheshire Website/Newsletter, which I have attached for you to read.

A Very Saxy Evening at Appley Cliff

Last night, we were fortunate enough to have a professional saxophonist visit us here, at Appley Cliff. The musician’s name is David Plummer and he was only visiting the Isle of Wight for a few days and wondered if we would like to have him come to the home and play a few tunes for us. It was a no-brainer for me, as I cannot imagine anyone not wishing to hear that ethereal, mesmerising, haunting sound that the saxophone provides in abundance. It is really quite a special instrument that can stir a plethora of emotions in those who experience it. And….boy, were we all stirred.

After supper, we greeted David in the lounge and several service users came to listen.

The set was great; David played a myriad of well-known classics from various eras, including hits from the Beatles, Van Morrison and suchlike. His playing was faultless and he managed to inject some interesting and fun twists into the mix as well.

Admittedly, my heart skipped a beat when David announced that he was proposing an audience participation section during his set. And my heart almost stopped altogether when he made a further announcement which involved yours truly leading one half of the audience in a sing-song. Not one to shy away from a challenge, I gritted my teeth and played along with David’s cunning (if not a bit cheeky) plan. So what was the nature of this challenge that my team and I now faced? In a nutshell, “Row, row, row Your Boat?” and “Teddy Bear’s Picnic!”

The idea was that we (rather I) lead the song by singing the first line…with David and his team, joining in, starting the song a few lines after we did. To be fair, the end result was pretty impressive…or at least it would have been if the activity didn’t include my booming voice resonating through the rafters of the building.

And…it will probably come as no surprise, but…I’m afraid to say, MY TEAM WON! I can confirm that we’re not releasing a full album of songs any time soon.

After this spectacular reprieve we enjoyed further amusement when David unveiled his collection of weird and wonderful percussion instruments. All of the residents chose their weapon and played along to David’s songs. I took possession of a rainmaker-style instrument and supported Barry to shake it in time to the songs. Barry’s smile was infectious as we shook, rattled and at one point rolled our way through the remainder of the set. If my memory serves me correctly, I will now attempt to give you a full description of which resident played which instrument, though it may be slightly inaccurate in places due to the fact that I have never even encountered some of the items. Teresa (tambourine); Susan (Maracas); Peter G. (small maracas); Lee (a wooden scratchy frog that makes a sound when you stroke its back with a stick!); Richard (cowbells); Philippa (a sort of vibrating ball thing that you hit underneath and the vibe makes a sound); Michael (fell asleep…bless his cotton socks) and Barry & I had the rain-maker.

All in all, it was a terrific evening and offered something a little different. We enjoyed listening to David’s amazing saxophone playing and were very grateful to him for visiting us all.

A special thank you from me to David for his uplifting and thoroughly enjoyable performance and to all of the residents who participated so brilliantly.

We look forward to having David play for us again in the future.

 

All the best,

Peter

 

To finish, I wanted to say thank you to Peter for inviting me, but, I think it was my team that actually won! and I loved meeting you all.  I had a great time, and I am looking forward to playing for you again.

Dave

 

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Wow that was a good day today. Took 6 confirmed bookings for2018/9 plus a couple of serious enquiries. 

Thanks to Karen for organising and thanks to the bride’s and groom’s of the Isle of Wight for liking what I do 

Dave

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