When booking live musicians, you may come across add-on fees. Here are 3 of the most common ones explained.
Picking songs can feel daunting, here are a few things to think about when choosing them. 1. Are they suitable? Make sure that you make decisions based on the age you're catering for, the tastes of the people going to the event and if the lyrics send the message you want. For example, going down… Continue reading 5 questions to ask yourself when choosing songs
Our final genre to take a look at is Jazz. Most people will have heard some of the jazz standards, whether or not they were aware at the time. Recognised by it's syncopated (swung) beats, jazz developed from the music of African Americans and is influenced from by European structure and African rhythms. The world… Continue reading What is Jazz Music? (a broad look)
Onwards to our next genre, this time, pop music. Most of us will be familiar with pop but it can still feel overwhelming with all of its subgenres and the drastic change in style each decade. In this week's look at pop music, we'll listen to mainstream pop from each decade before looking at its… Continue reading What is pop music? (a broad look)
Last week we explored Classical Music in a very broad sense. This week, it's folk music's turn. Folk is traditional music, usually learned by ear which is music to dance to. Each area has its own 'dialect'. This means that a tune played in the Cotswolds will be played differently in the Shetlands. Folk music… Continue reading What is Folk Music? (a broad look)
So to kick off our journey into the different genres, let's talk about them in a broad sense first, starting with Classical. Classical music often refers to the instrumentation used to perform the music. When we think about it in this way, choirs, string ensembles, wind chamber ensembles, pianos, orchestras, brass and percussion come to… Continue reading What is Classical Music? (a broad look)
Often when you book a musician, you will be asked what genre of music you would like for your event. This can become a stumbling block if you haven't been introduced to them. I'm hoping this new series can help you with that. Loosely put, genres refer to styles of music. The main styles you'll… Continue reading Intro to genres