Category Archives: Instruments

Valse d’Amelie

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Sometimes when I’m teaching students a particular piece or song, it really captures my imagination and I almost feel envious that it’s not me spending loads of time learning it! The truth is that with a busy freelance teaching business and a young family, I simply don’t have time anymore for regular practise. But, I do enjoy bashing through some… Read more »

Lesson Availability w/c 2nd March 2020

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This is an exciting week for me because, for the very first time, I’m collaborating with Sarah Churcher (another excellent singing teacher based in Carleton) to provide a full day’s singing workshop. It’s on Thursday at Woodlands Retreat in Giggleswick, and will be all about songs from the shows. We’re actually fully booked out already, but we’ll be planning to… Read more »

Band Camp – The Recordings

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Today we had our first ever ‘Band Camp’ group sessions, in which small groups of students performed songs together. In both sessions we got the opportunity to record our work… and here are the results: In both cases, we just set up a small recorder while we played the songs live. For this reason, the balance isn’t quite right (both… Read more »

Musical Theatre Singing Workshop

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I’m excited to announce that, in partnership with Yorkshire Dales Music, Sarah Churcher and I will be running a singing workshop for those interested in learning songs from the shows! Details: Thursday 5th March 09:30 – 16:30 Woodlands Retreat, Giggleswick £50 per participant Lunch included Everyone welcome, with or without prior experience It promises to be a really fun day,… Read more »

Music Lessons that are VARIED and FLEXIBLE

I know of many piano, guitar and singing teachers in the Yorkshire area that are constantly on the look out for new students. It’s the same old phrase I hear all the time: “I could just do with a handful more pupils on the books.” I feel lucky that I rarely experience that problem, and I mostly put my good… Read more »

It’s All About You – Backing Track

I recorded the above track for one of my adult students. She wants to sing and record this song by McFly in a key a few steps higher than the original song. There are backing tracks available on YouTube for the song, but as soon as I tried to shift the pitch upwards for my student’s voice, all of the… Read more »

W/C 22nd July 2019 – Almost full…

At the moment the only slots available for this coming week are on Saturday (27th July) – there’s time that day in the late morning and the mid-afternoon. But, if any other slots free up over the coming few days then, as usual, I will post them to my Facebook page. Lesson Duration One of the most common questions I’m… Read more »

Lesson Availability, w/c 13th May 2019

Teaching piano, guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, singing and music theory from my home in Skipton, I take on beginners and more advanced students. You can sit lessons at regular intervals, or on a more ad hoc basis – whatever suits your schedule and learning style. This week I have a few free slots, should you wish to book yourself in:… Read more »

Local Performance Opportunities

Following on from my post a couple of weeks ago about local festivals, I’d like to share some information about two in particular that some of my students might wish to get involved with: Colne ‘Festival of Song’ This year’s Colne Luther Greenwood Festival has changed a little from previous years. For one thing, it’s taking place over just one… Read more »