ABRSM Guitar Syllabus from 2019

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Last week I received in the post my copy of the ABRSM syllabus for (classical) guitar – a little booklet outlining everything candidates and teachers need to know about guitar exams for this board from 2019 onward. In truth, very little has changed on the guitar specification from previous years: all the exercises (scales, arpeggios etc.), sight reading and aural… Read more »

School of Rock

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I know that I’m 15 years behind, but today I finally got around to watching Jack Black in School of Rock.  Of course, I already had a fairly good idea of what to expect in terms of plot, but I must say that I was blown away by the film: a riot of silliness,dissent and Tenacious D style rock music! … Read more »

Colne Festival of Music

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… or to give it it’s full name … The Colne Luther Greenwood Memorial Festival of Music I’m just in the middle of preparing my annual application to participate in the Colne Music Festival with the Carleton Ladies Choir, and it occurred to me that some people might not know very much about it and, even if they were interested… Read more »

Student Stats – A Wide Range of Ages / Abilities!

I’m very often asked whether someone is too old / too young / good enough etc to start taking lessons with me.  And, the answer usually goes along the lines of that anybody can get a great deal of enjoyment from learning an instrument or developing their singing voice, and the degree to which each individual should expect to progress… Read more »

Oxfam Fundraiser Music Festival

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Live Music All Day! Check this gig out: From 12:00 on Saturday 8th September, at the Heart Centre in Headingley, Leeds, there’ll be loads of live music.  It’s a fundraiser for Oxfam, and a full price day ticket is only £15.  There’ll be food and drink, music workshops for children, two stages with a wide variety of musical acts performing. … Read more »

Rockschool Vocals – Wider Repertoire

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Students wishing to sit vocal exams with Rockschool are required to purchase a book containing all the exercises that need to be prepared, plus the music and backing tracks for six songs at the specified grade (and also split according to gender).  But, if you read carefully, students can actually choose to sing alternative pieces, either of their own selection… Read more »

Info for Wedding Piano

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www.finishmysong.com now condensed onto this website For the past 10 years or so I have advertised my piano playing service on a separate website called FinishMySong, but as of this week that website will close and a condensed version of it will appear here: Music for Ceremonies & Celebrations I offer a service to play for weddings in the Yorkshire… Read more »

New Privacy Policy

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Your privacy is important to me, whether you’re simply a user of this website, an adult student or especially if you are the parent of one of my young musicians.  So, in line with current GDPR legislation, I have published a Privacy Policy outlining how I collect and use customer information: Privacy Policy Please take the time to read it… Read more »

Experimenting with guitar

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Learning and enjoying music doesn’t always have to be about structured lessons, or even be ‘taught’ as such. This weekend I set my son’s little guitar up with an open E major tuning (E B E G# B E) and gave it to him to play with.  I offered absolutely no instruction, but simply handed him the instrument and a… Read more »

Live Music: It’s Like Nothing Else!

Every time I go to see a musical show, now matter what the genre, wherever it’s playing, and whether or not the performers are professional or amateurs, I walk out of the experience a fuller person: enriched by the experience.  And, last night was no exception. Steve Earle and The Dukes played Manchester’s O2 Ritz as part of their world… Read more »