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Here’s a little something for the weekend.

Blues scales are a good way to start improvising. Based on the Major scale, the Blues Scale is made up of:
Root
Flattened 3rd
4th
Flattened 5th
5th
Flattened 7th
Octave
So following this formula, you can work out all the blues scales if you know the Major scales.

The attached sheet gives you the Blues scales up to 5 flats and 6 sharps, so there are still 3 to work out for yourselves.
Don’t try to enharmonically transpose them, because composers don’t!

At the end of each scale on the sheet is a phrase for you to learn. However, that phrase is only in 1 key. As you can see, I have numbered the first phrase so that you can easily try that phrase in different keys by using the same numbers.

Ideally, you should play the scale over the whole range if the instrument and also play the modes too. This will give you more ammunition for improvising.

Let me know how you get on.

Have a good weekend

DaveBlues Scales

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Corinthians Jazz Night

Tonight is the Cowes Corinthians Jazz Night and I am playing from 7pm to 9pm.

Its a new venue for me and I am looking forward to a fun evening and listening to 2nd Time around after I have finished.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Dave

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I have spent some of this morning working on my notes for a Bridal workshop at the Royal Esplanade Hotel in Ryde on the 11th of March 2019.

The theme of the event is Wedding Music, and myself, and other Island based musicians will be talking about different parts of the day and the music choices to be made.

We will look at what works well and what doesn’t work well.  Giving ideas based on experience and also answering any questions you may have.

 

Come along and join in with what will be a good evening to help with planning your perfect day.

 

Dave

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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.

My next Wedding show is at the Ventnor Botanical Gardens on the 3rd of March 2019.20190127_084559

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So last weekend was busy with gigs in Leicester and London plus visiting my daughters in Kent.  However this weekend is even busier, but its all gigs.

Friday night is at the Falcon Hotel in Uppingham for a wedding drinks reception.  Saturday afternoon is also in Rutland for a 40th birthday party and Newtown Linford in the evening for a 70th birthday party.  Sunday is a Mellow D’s wedding gig in Daventry.

Plus, a new student booked into start lessons and another coming for a trial lesson next week.

Have a great weekend everyone

 

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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There will be 50 stands for you to come and have a look at and talk to.  I will be one of them and would love to chat to you about the music for your special day.

I can play for the Ceremony. Drinks receptions, Wedding Breakfast or almost anything else you can think of.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Ps the Botanical Gardens does a lovely slice of cake to go with your Coffee!

 

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