3 key concepts for Blues
This week I’ve been invited to conduct workshops in schools as part of the Upton Blues Festival. They’ve been running a reach out program, offering young people the opportunity to experience and learn blues music and explore the historical and cultural ramifications of the style.
As it’s all fresh in my mind I thought I would give you some of the key musical concepts of blues and how you can make use of it in your own playing. It’s slightly more technical than some of my blog posts so if it’s not for you then just skip it.
This is a hotly debated topic. If you sign up to any of the Facebook musician sites (such as UK musicians for gigs or Dep Musicians in the UK ), there are always posts asking for advice, as well as some highly opinionated professionals!
27 days in a row – tips to help with music practice and productivity
Today I practised for the 27th day in a row. I’m not saying this to show off, or to make you feel bad that perhaps you haven’t, I want to show you how doable it has been, discuss some of the methods I have used and the explore the results.
A while back I admitted that I was working on a big project and I needed to get into musical shape. This has been my intention for a long time and after a fair amount of procrastination, I bit the bullet and got a gig booked in. This leap of faith was exactly what I needed and it has stoked the fire in my belly.
In this post I want to show you how to be more productive and perhaps motivate you to do something similar.