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5 questions to ask yourself when choosing songs

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

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What is Folk 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)

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What is Classical 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)

Arrangement of the week

Arrangement of the week: Call Me Maybe

It's that time again! This we have a big band/jazz band with vocalist arrangement of Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe'. I love the funky feel to it and could hear some brass stabs in the choruses so had to push my boundaries a bit and arrangement for a completely new ensemble set up to… Continue reading Arrangement of the week: Call Me Maybe

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What are you actually paying for?

So, musicians can appear expensive but what are you actually paying for? There's an image going around social media which addresses this, finally stating that you wouldn't ask a plumber to fix your toilet for exposure. Today I want expand on this a bit. Firstly many musicians will charge according to union rates and their… Continue reading What are you actually paying for?