... and chords in all 5 positions - Cliff Smith Guitar Lessons LondonOf course it is not like I was expected the band to last, but I did expect that it would either break up or stay together. Instead we are ‘taking a break’. For me it is not so big of a deal. I will go on giving guitar lessons in london and playing with other bands. I still have the odd solo show and I am starting to break into composing music for TV, commercials and movies. That is something that has a great deal of promise for me. I have a substantial catalogue of music which my new agent has been hawking to the people who need music for these purposes. It is pretty close to perfect for me, as I do not really do that much. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Share/Bookmark

I am still a bit dizzy from how quickly this happend, but I am out on the road with a pretty fair band. I was sitting home not doing much when I got a call from this guy who taught me how to play the harmonica when I was in a band with him. That fell apart because the singer and the guitar player were both heavy drinkers and they could not ever be relied upon. They would not show up for practice or for shows and some times one or both of them would show up half in the bag.. In fact I was with that band for only a couple of months and it ended up costing me about three hundred dollars, rather than it being a real job. However I met that guy and I learned some things. It turned out that he knew the guys in this band and they needed a bass player desperately.

Apparently the guy I am replacing just got mad about something and quit about a week before the band was ready to take off on this tour. In reality I am more of a rhythm guitar player, but I can play the bass pretty well and they were in a bind. Of course you make deals with clubs all over a big part of the United States and if you do not show up, that is going to be a breach of contract. I auditioned with three other guys, it was pretty clear that one of them a good bass player. Of course he was also a guy with a reputation for unreliability, I even knew about it and the manager of the band wanted nothing to do with him. It is important to be a good bass player obviously, but you have to show up and not be a jerk as well.

  • Share/Bookmark

I knew I had a virtuoso when she first learned to lift the cover over the keys on the Baby Grand piano in our home. The piano was a little out of tune back then. It was given to me by my grandparents who moved into an assisted living place. He asked me to keep it in hopes someone would want to play it. Neither my wife or I had any music ability, but when our daughter came along it was not too long until we were looking for someone to provide piano lessons in portland.

I remember the first time our little girl started to bang on the keys of that old piano. She was walking for a few months or so and one day she climbed up on the piano stool. She had seen her cousin lift the cover over the keys of the piano and play a couple of notes one day. No one had touched the piano since she was born.

  • Share/Bookmark

I am going to be getting married soon, and I must say that it is a dream come true. Sometimes when I wake up, I have to pinch myself, because it seems like I am still dreaming. But it is really going to happen, and I am in the process of making all of the arrangements for the wedding, which is a bit of a tiresome task, but it is worth it. Right now, I am trying to search for tribute acts in west midlands and I have a particular type of tribute in mind.

I would like to get a tribute act that pays tribute to the Beatles. I do not want to hire such a band though, unless they were actually really good.

  • Share/Bookmark

Dubstep Wallpaper 1920x1080 DubstepI would like to try to download a program to help me to build dubstep music in the near future, because I have kind of fallen in love with dubstep, and I think that it is the best type of music in the whole world. I need to get a great program for making dubstep beats, and I am looking into finding a place to get a dubturbo download. That is a program that my friend uses, and he was showing it to me, the other day, when I was over at his house. It looked like it would accommodate the things that I have in mind. I just don’t know how much it costs.

If I am lucky, then I will be able to find a way to download it for free. I do not really have much money right now, as I was fired from my part time job a couple of weeks ago, but I do not really want to go into the details of that. I want to just focus on making music, as it is what makes me happy. I know that I am not up to making amazing beats yet, but I hope to make my own beats at some point in the near future.

I am going to put a lot of effort into trying to become a great musician, and one day, I would like to make a career out of it. I do not know if it will happen, and that is why I should try to find another career as a back up plan. However, I am going to keep making music, and trying to hone my craft. Maybe, one day I will be lucky enough to get recognized, and maybe land myself in some sort of sweet record deal.

  • Share/Bookmark

Rapping requires beats, but the term “beats” is just jargon used in the industry for the rhythm and melody of spoken word music. If you sing a song, the words usually go pretty much along with the melody, which is the notes of the song. Think of those simple songs we learn as kids. Each note of the songs is where you sing a word of the lyrics. In rap, you need a beat to drive the spoken word. I found beat maker online to make beats to go with my lyrics.

Take poetry and put it to rhythm and you have rap. Add nuances such as inflection and adjusting tonal quality, speed and other things with the spoken word and it turns a poem into a rap song. People talk about the “hook” in rap.

  • Share/Bookmark

I just got back from Merlefest at Wilkesboro, the first one since Doc Watson died. We stopped in Asheville and had our pictures taken at Doc’s corner, where he used to busk. I even did a little picking there myself, but of course we are not really that good right now. The individuals are fairly strong, but we have not figured out how to make a song sound like we have really rehearsed enough. There always seems to be something that is just a tiny bit off. So far we have only played a couple of pig pickings and stuff like that however.

  • Share/Bookmark

Everyone wants to know how to play the guitar, but so few people are willing to do anything about it. They for the most part just sit around and talk about how they wish that they knew how to play the guitar. It is a very strange notion, and I find it funny that so many people want to learn the same thing, but none of them are motivated to actually doing it. So if you feel like actually getting out there and learning the guitar, I suggest you go to get guitar lessons in nyc.

  • Share/Bookmark

Of course it has been about ten years since Sheila started to take piano lessons in calgary. We lived about ten miles North of the city and we found a place that gave her a great education. I would play my guitar with her all along, to help her out. I do not know anything about the piano, but her mother is a pretty good organist who was playing in a church when I met her. Of course that was in the 90′s. Now we have four children and all of them are musicians, so we have started playing a few little events in the area.

  • Share/Bookmark

Wallpapers Smilies Acoustic Guitar The Forum 1280x960 | #576871 # ...A lot of people want to do something new with their lives, but aren’t quite sure what they should do. They don’t think they have the time or the opportunity to take up something new. In addition, they don’t think they can afford what they really want to do. This couldn’t be more from the truth. Here are some tips to help you start a new hobby.

First, decide what you want to do. It could be anything from skydiving to playing acoustic guitars or going to see Europe. When you have a concete goal in mind, it is easier to lock in on what you can do to accomplish it. When you have a bullseye in place, you have a better chance of hitting it.

After figuring out what you want to do, you need to consider your financial situation.

  • Share/Bookmark

I was just thinking about the technicalities of how to copyright music after listening to some very old folk and country music which I knew to date from before the age of music recording. In particular I saw that performers like the Carter family and Jimmy Rogers had copyrighted a lot of songs that they performed which were clearly traditional. I guess it is the music itself they are copyrighting instead of the songs that they are singing. In that event they could well have a good case, since no one really plays the same song the same way. I have a lot of different arrangements of traditional country and folk songs which I have piddled around with in my rather nondescript career as a kind of semi professional musician.

Mostly I play at parties with bands that are put together for specific events, although I have a couple of friends who usually play with me if their schedule allows. We like to play the sort of music you would hear if you went to see Doc Watson, well before he passed away earlier this year.

  • Share/Bookmark

Anyone who has spent some time playing the guitar knows how important it is to make sure that the instrument is in tune. If you play the acoustic guitar, you will want to make sure that you have properly tuned your instrument before you begin playing. You can do so by ear, but it can be a lot easier to tune your guitar quickly if you use an acoustic guitar tuner. These devices help you get your guitar tuned quickly and easily, and you can feel confident that your guitar is properly tuned. Tuning by ear can sometimes lead to minor errors that will then have to be fixed before you play.

There are many different places where you can go to find a tuner, or anything else you need for your guitar. If you have a good local music shop, this should often be the first place you head when you are looking for musical supplies. A good music store should have a knowledgeable staff who can help you out and direct you to exactly what you need.

  • Share/Bookmark

I am searching on Hotfile for a youtube downloader to put on my laptop. Right now I am working as a part time security guard at a large storage facility about 15 miles from town. I spend a lot of time driving around the lot in a golf cart, much of what I am guarding is piled up outdoors inside of a 10 foot high fence topped with razor wire. The place is about seven or eight acres I guess so it really does not take that much time to patrol the place. I probably spend about three quarters of my time sitting in a little gatehouse by the road. It is really boring and I need something to keep myself entertained. The other night I caught myself dozing off about half way through my shift. I figure I will put my laptop in my backpack and get some stuff I can watch when it gets really hard to stay awake.

No one ever comes to the gate during the night, although as it gets closer to morning you might have someone show up really early because they need to load up and get started on a job. The supervisor will tell me to expect that and someone else has to show up to make sure that nothing leaves the lot without authorization. I definitely would not try to steal from these people, they are really big on inventory control. I am supposed to read all of the invoices and check to see that nothing is on the truck that is not on the invoice. I really have no clue what I am doing though. I do realize that there is a lot of valuable metal inside some of the stuff. They have huge reels of wire that would be worth a lot of money as scrap aluminum or copper.

  • Share/Bookmark

A friend of my uncle works for an Urban radio station and he helped me get hold of some older DJ equipment. I think it was supposed to be given away, but it is a few years old and pretty out of date compared to the most modern stuff like some of my friends have. I am going to try to get good fast so that I can start making some money working as a DJ or an MC making custom beats. My friend John told me where to get some custom beats on the internet and I am working with them so that I have stuff that is different from what other DJ’s use. There is all sorts of competition around here and of course I am just a junior high school kid who can not even get to a job without bumming a ride from one of my cousins. I have been practicing with the beats, changing them around until I like them and adding different samples. Of course I do not legally have the right to use some of the samples, but I think that I will be okay so long as I do not release a CD or have something played on the radio.

  • Share/Bookmark

Calendar

July 2014
M T W T F S S
« May    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031