I have been hard at work learning production skills so I can release my own music! Have a listen and please download to support my career! You can also join my fanbase where you will get exclusive access to new content and demos! ❤ Enjoy
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I have been playing with Dj’s weekly for the last two years. My residency in Bristol and Bath with Genre Music has been going really well! Playing at the Florist cocktail bar in Bristol and now in The Botanist Beneath Bar in Bath. In November I will be playing at Dirty Martini, Cardiff for a few shows!
I also have been playing solo with backing tracks at private parties!
I am now taking bookings for the year 2020 and keen to play many private parties and gigs all over the country.
Come and learn or continue learning your instrument in a sound proofed studio on glouscester road , Bristol.
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Wednesday all day!
Saturday all day!
I have a pile of music books available for use during lessons and can reccomend great books for learning.
I teach all ages and have experience in teaching music one to one and english to groups of all ages. I am patient and hardworking. I am CRB certified and so am qualified and secure to work with children.
With over 20 years of musical experience I am proud to say that I can guide and assist anyone in learning and harnessing their own sound and style. If you want to study Grades I can assist you in preperation.
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Its been a long time since I last posted, I have been doing a lot of moving around Barcelona, Joining in jam sessions all over the city and playing with friends in bars. At various jam sessions with Calle Sol and Manu Chao (who is a resident of Barcelona) I met a really nice guy who plays guitar rumba style along side Manu.
His name is Oscar ‘el Guiri’ de Barcelona. With a lot of energy and good positive vibes he bounces around Barcelona making music in the streets, tubes, trains and in concerts. A ‘guiri’ is a person from England in Spain, Oscar living all his life in Catalunya is not actually a ‘guiri’. Using language creatively he uses a lot of English phrases in his songs and just generally. I am an actual ‘guiri’ in Barcelona ‘La Guiri’ (the female version) and so we have joined forces and made our own duo Spectacular called ‘Los Guiris’.
We have performed two concerts and have been recording songs and building up our portfolio as a band. We also have a bass player that can play concerts with us and will slowly progress into a band of more people.
We play a selections of songs and styles from Reggae to Rumba, and also some Flamenco, Gypsy and Ska. Oscar has written a lot of songs so we mainly play his songs, although we have also used some melodies and ideas I have written and turned them into new versions of the songs. One of which is Cool as Apples, here is a version I recorded in london with Giles Leonard
Ive also played this with The Spoken Herd. The Los Guiris live version is with me playing the clarinet as the lead instrument.
We also like finding interesting covers such as the family monster theme tune, or Mazel Tov a great well known Jewish ‘good luck’ song.
So thats it for now.. here are some photos and I hope you enjoy seeing what we have coming up.
Im not posting as often as I used to , I guess in the winter its nicer to stay in in the evenings and work on the computer, whereas now I like to go out and Jam music and dance in Barcelona!
When I was with the Scallywags I started playing the shaky egg:
They are great percussive toy and work well in bands as they have a high frequency so can be audible when played alongside lots of instruments.
Now I am in Spain I am looking into Latin percussion. I’ve had a few lessons on the congas, but after a while they hurt my hands, and as I am a saxophonist my hands are quite precious and cannot handle being bashed on drums for hours on end.
So now I have acquired myself some Clave: Here is a example of a selection of Clave, where you just use two and hit them together to make the beat.
Ive Been practising these rhythms:
The Son 3-2 and 2-3 and the Rumba .
This is how you correctly hold the Clave to get full sound (Its surprisingly loud when play them fully!) The Clave is audible when played alongside a band with amplification.
It is common in Latin music for the Clave rhythms to be also used by vocalists and horn sections, and even the whole band sometimes with all play the Clave rhythm with their instruments for example in a break or and ending. I like the Clave because it brings a bit of a swing in the music, the syncopation of the rhythm helps drive the music whilst giving in depth and a danceable style.
I have also been learning the Cascara rhythm which my friends say is very useful for understanding the placing of horn parts as well. The Cascara is also 2 bars long, with more syncopation. The arrows are accents, and this is something I am coming to now, as you play the rhythm you give more emphasis to the accents. Sometimes you can simplify the rhythm to just playing the accents. This could be done for example when the music is decrescendo (music is quieter) and one instrument or voice has a solo part. The rhythm section might want to simplify their beats in order not to crowd the singer or horn player.
The magic and also difficult part of learning Latin music, coming from a Western culture is the syncopation. I have come across syncopation before in Jazz, Bossa Nova and Latin books and also whilst playing in Ska and Reggae bands. However in Latin the syncopated notes are more frequent and unlike SKA and Reggae is not used regular just on the off beat. For example there maybe there will be 3 off beat notes and then a whole phrase afterwards all on the off beat. I am learning some songs with Calle Sol that the sax melody is all on the off beat. This is very challenging as for years Ive anticpated the 1 beat and then the following on beats.. however now its time to practice syncopation with the masters!
Latin music also uses faster paced music, for example 130bpm. There for accuracy and delicacy is important when playing Latin music.
Here is a video of my playing the Clave and Cascara
Because i cannot play it very loud in my house it is hard to get a good consistency with sound, however its a start to learning the rhythms and keeping them consistent.