Dedicating yourself is hard...sometimes
Some people manage to stay focused and you can see this dedication shine through when they play gigs, create Youtube videos or generally just play. We all have this ability to dedicate ourselves to something bigger and higher than ourselves whether it's music, business or just growing as an individual.
We will all struggle to stay motivated and we will all have less productive days for no reason other than we can't find the zone. That's normal...
Don't be afraid of 'Failing', afraid of trying again what didn't work yesterday. Reputation and dedication is the key to success, no matter what it is. The longer you practice or perform a task over and over again, the quicker and easier it will become.
Dedication, motivation and reputation are the things that matter most. Even if we fail several times over, we will get there in the end, if we don't give up.
I'm happy to report a new member to the Bass family.
Please everyone welcome the lovely Warwick Jazzman Streamer. This Bass will be replacing my Sandberg TM and it plays like a dream.
You'll be seeing this Bass a lot in new Youtube videos. If you have any requests or suggestions for Videos on Instagram or Youtube then please e-mail me at email@example.com
After posting a video for international women's day on Instagram I've decided to get back into youtube videos.
If anyone has any ideas for songs, videos or lessons then please message me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until then just enjoy the 15 seconds of 'Respect' By Aretha Franklin.
VIDEO LINK HERE
A blog for musicians?
Can such a thing exist?
I'm sure it already does in many different formats but I've started my own blog offering advice, tips, techniques, networking assistance and much much more.
Forget lengthy blogs with zero information. Forget blogs that promise quick and easy success methods. This blog is designed for musicians who want assistance or advice on various subjects and topics that can help in their every day life as a musician or with their potential career in the music industry.
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2015 has been a very up and down year. I've seen and done so much - luckily its been more good than bad.
I managed to gig with The Osmonds, which was just incredible and I'm so thankful that I got the opportunity and didn't waste it. It was quite stressful but great practice in the grand scheme of things.
The business I co-own has gone from strength to strength this year and I'm grateful to the team of people we have working with us. It's been a long and hard path but it's all worth it when you know people and students value your services and knowledge. The Christmas solely from my students was just overwhelming.
I got myself featured on David Young and The Midnight Chorus' new album playing Bass Guitar for the entire album. I also supported the amazing Sex Pissed Dolls at The River Rooms in Stourbridge.
Finally a massive thank you to The Smooth Criminals as it's been a massive honour to play with some of the best and kind musicians around. All the weddings, birthdays, conferences and parties have been so much fun and it's kept my gigging calendar full all year.
I'm started a transcription service online where musicians regardless of instrument, can ask for scores to any songs. I'm extremely busy running Absolute Music Limited and the Teach Me Music Academy so transcription work will be on as and when I can find the time.
If you need scores for gigs, rehearsals or just for private use then drop me a message. I've just finished scoring 8 songs on bass for a client so the amount of songs needed isn't a problem.
Expect to see loads of new Youtube content from myself and Teach Me Music as we've just purchased a Go Pro HERO 4 camera. Extreme close up of those bass fingers, drum sticks and everything else from Keyboard, Guitar, Vocals and Band performances.
Finally, I was part of a music video yesterday. The shoot was for an unreleased Paul Menel and The Essentials single from the upcoming album 'Spare parts for broken hearts'. I can't wait to see the final product as this was my first time acting. I've done live videos but nothing to a script where I have to play a role. It was definitely an experience.
I had the Teach Me Music Academy all to myself for most of the day today. We had tutors coming in later in the evening to teach but I had my own private practice space. Although I wouldn't say with any confidence that I can play Keyboard or Drums but I had some practice behind the kit and ivories.
Of course I took a selfie as well. Who wouldn't
Some or most of you (hopefully) know I had a competition running on my Facebook page to win a Squier fretless Jazz bass just by leaving a comment.
We finally have a winner. I've known the winner for a while but due to a surprise birthday, the winner could not be told or made public. I'm happy to record our lucky winner of the Squier fretless Jazz Bass now has the lovely item. So humble and grateful for the beautiful words. There will be more competitions in the future so stick around to win next time.
Names and comments have been removed for privacy reasons.
Teach Me Music became one with the Kidderminster crowds today at the market. Every Thursday Kidderminster has a giant market and this week, TMM had a stall to advertise, promote and spread the word of our academy and business. It was amazing and we thank everyone that was involved and everyone that came to talk to us during the day.
Yesterday Myself and the Guitar tutor (Alex) from Teach Me Music went on a musical adventure to PMT in Birmingham. We brought some music equipment obviously so have a look at the new additions to our collection.
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