I was going to just post a link to this article on my Facebook page, but then i started typing my thoughts on it and it just got kept going; so here it is as a blog post. This is interesting. It seems like Paul Morley always looks to define his articles in very … Continue reading Pop vs. Classical and changing tastes.
A student of mine has recently been studying Adelita by Francisco Tárrega. I’ve recorded a video of this as a reference for them. Hopefully plenty of others will enjoy this too. I’ve tried to keep the phrasing clear on this version. I also have tried not to use much rubato in the phrasing as this … Continue reading Francisco Tárrega – Adelita
A 17 year old saxophonist has won the first BBC Young Musician Jazz award. The BBC Young Musician contest was started in 1978 and has always had classical music categories for brass, keyboard, percussion, strings and woodwind. I was really happy last year to see a new Jazz category was to be added. I have … Continue reading BBC Young Jazz Musician 2014
As of last nights classes all students have received their exam results from the various examination boards. Well done to every one of my students in receiving excellent pass results. Not one dissapointed student. Well done everyone!!!
I had written about this in the Guitar & Music Lessons page but not a separate post. I’ve recently joined the team at Castleknock School of Music. I’m teaching Guitar and some theory at their centres in Carpenterstown and in Ongar village in Dublin 15. There’s a really great group of teachers there with classes in all … Continue reading I’m now also at Castleknock School of Music
Another request from a student of mine. Here’s a tutorial for Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers. It’s a really good song for a beginner or improving guitarist with only 4 chords in and a simple layout through the whole song. Give it a go and let me know what you think.
In a few recent guitar lessons some students have asked if they could quickly record on their camera phones, myself playing a particular chord or strumming pattern. This helps them later on when they are working in the days between their guitar lessons. It’s like having a small refresher lesson on those days. So that got me … Continue reading Online Guitar Lessons
Tomorrow evening I’ll be continuing the series of beginners guitar classes which started last week. In the class I’ll be covering all the elements and skills needed to play the guitar to a decent level. I’ve created an event for this on my Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/events/446925178712744/ The classes are being held in the newly refurbished studio … Continue reading Beginners Guitar Lessons
Recently I’ve been taking a few singing lessons from a local music school. I actually moved to singing lessons when the advanced guitar work I wanted to do with a teacher there failed to give me any results. So I decided to use the remaining lessons I had booked to try to improve my very … Continue reading Singing Lessons – What I’ve Learned