Posts Tagged ‘Shanklin’


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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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

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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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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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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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