Author Archives: Damian Oxborough

Next Week & Half Term Week

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With some Skipton schools closing for half term holidays this coming Thursday, I have the prospect of a shorter week of available lesson slots. There are a couple of available spaces, though, should you want to book in: Monday 19th October 17:00 (30 mins) Tuesday 20th October 11:15 (2 x 30 mins) I am taking a week off for half… Read more »

Update & Invite

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Invite to Contribute to the CLC Advent Calendar As Musical Director of Carleton Ladies Choir, I am organising a festive online event and I would be thrilled if you would participate. Through December I will be posting daily music videos on YouTube featuring choir members, their friends and families (and my friends and students). The idea is that viewers will… Read more »

Update & Covid Reminder

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It seems to be in the news everyday that cases of Corona Virus are on the rise again, and particularly in our area, Craven. Now that music lessons are running to a nearly-normal schedule, with many established and new students coming to my studio for face-to-face lessons, we need to do everything we can to help stop the spread of… Read more »

The Nutting Girl

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A duet for two solo instruments. This is a traditional melody (played on the clip below by Andrew Wallwork on violin). I wrote and added a countermelody (as second melodic part) to it and played in on guitar. The music is below for you to enjoy.

Update: 26 Sep 2020

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Things have been getting busier over the past few weeks, as kids return to school and students return to their regular instrumental lessons. I have created some extra capacity in my schedule, though, should you want to book into a 1-2-1 music lesson, either face-to-face or via Zoom. You needn’t necessarily want regular lessons – I often see people for… Read more »

‘Watch How You Go’ by Keane – CORRECT chords

I use guitar TAB websites all the time to get started working on songs (mostly) that my students would like to learn. But, invariably I find that the chord and TAB sheets that are available are littered with errors. I either edit them myself, or just start from scratch. A case in point is the Keane song ‘Watch How You… Read more »

Learning relaxing piano solos

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For the past few years, the most common repertoire request I’ve had from student pianists has been to play music by Ludovico Einaudi. People hear his music on television, often as a backdrop to adverts or trailers for TV shows – it’s real ‘mood’ music that uses trance-like repeating patterns to lull the audience into a relaxed state of mind…. Read more »

Update: Collaboration Music Videos

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As we move forward I think lots of us are forced to accept that we’ll be living with the threat of the Covid virus for some time to come, and that this will create inevitable restrictions on our lives. The impact on musicians has already been huge, causing widespread cancellation of events and halting rehearsals. The problem is that music… Read more »

Update: Regular & One-Off Lesson Slots

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This week I made the return to face-to-face lessons for those students who want them, and I’ve been pleased that there’s been a good uptake. The Zoom facility remains in place permanently, and there are government rules that I have to follow when people visit my house for lessons. Also, the past 6 months have obviously effected big changes in… Read more »

Weekly Update: 6 Sep 2020

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Covid-19 Safety Measures With face to face lessons resuming this week, I’ve put in a series of measures aimed to reduce the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus. These policies are in compliance with current UK Gov advice for close contact businesses, and will remain in place until that advice changes: Performance Psychology I’ve recently been learning new some new… Read more »