Hi,summer is here, I have been rehearsing my duo which includes Chris Neilsen on keyboards, sax and trumpet. We have added a few wedding dance tunes and we’re ready to go. I played a 58th birthday at the mount in September, see the review in the praise section.
School is winding up soon and I have a big Vienna instrument order arriving mid December. Stock at the moment includes 8 alto and 4 tenor saxs, 6 trumpets and 2 clarinets. Email or txt me (021 254 7758) now for priority service so your organised for the new year.
Tuition has been flat out, parents tell me they’re pleased their child is learning an instrument and giving the computer games a rest and some of them will be ready for the annual christmas carol busking down at St Heliers, come and listen you’re sure to be impressed.
Some parents have asked for their children to have some recording experience, so I have invested in a soundproof chamber from a tv voiceover studio.
You can play your heart out with no concern for my neighbours and get a professional demo to share with family and friends. I’m also looking at video so you can post on youtube.
My recording rates will be a very reasonable $60hr so this is a general callout to anyone looking to progress their talent.
Hi, just a quick update to say i will be adding some more audio soundbites from upcoming gigs,concert in the church. These will be easy listening jazz and the corporate and birthday gigs will be party high energy.
Thanks to all enquiries about tuition, mostly one on one which suits me; most of the last order was presold so sorry i havent been able to stock up the store. I have some red, blue and gold altos and 4 tenors left. For some reason the tenors are slow movers this year, pity as in most of my live work I use tenors, they’re more versatile for church and restaurant work.
A final word to a fellow tutor I worked with for 3 years passed away on the weekend, Stephen, you worked your heart out 24/7 doing what you loved, you will be missed.
Good news, my recording studio is up and running. Several of my students and their parents were delighted with their first taste of the recording experience. I purchased the whisper room soundproof chamber from a voice over tv studio in Parnell. It’s a lot of fun as you can play your heart out with not a care for the neighbours.
If you have a project you want to finish on a cd give me a call or email.
p.s. new shipment of musical instruments delayed till mid June
Just a quick word to say im off to sydney performing 2 solo shows in a small town called berry. Back on monday, I have some performance work booked at a local church, looking forward to that. They’ve agreed to put an add about my tuition and performance availability in their newsletter so i could be a very busy boy come August!
Hi thanks to all who showed an interest in my store so far. As you can see over 80% of my current stock is soldout! The good news is that my new shipment is due within a month which includes a new line of copper and black laquer finish alto saxophones, they look spectacular!
My trademe range is selling well, and I’m greating great feedback!
Just an update about my one on one and group classes. The year’s speeding along, a few individual students are busy preparing for their flute grade exams in august. Andy’s chosen grade 6 which is a real challenge, articulation and tempo changes throughout the pieces. We’re breaking each tune into 3 or 4 pieces played at a slow tempo at first, repeating each piece till its fully understood, no shortcuts.
My group lessons at school are doing well also, I tutor from year 1-3, about 4 in each class, flute and clarinet. Rhythm drills come to the fore here as each pupil has different strengths and you can lose a class fast if you don’t keep everyone on the same page. I’ve promised some busking at the end of year, xmas carols and some standards, it gives them a goal so all you parents look out for us at St Heliers.
My Vienna range of instruments are selling well, some are out of stock with new order arriving late May .They’ve been reliable with a years guarantee so I do recommend you buy a new instrument over hireage. I get the student motivated pretty early so they can play easy tunes within 2 weeks and this leads to caring for your instrument.
So in closing hit reply with any queries, you dont have to be my student as any feedback and contribution will help me get the blog moving along as it’s still very new.
I have been teaching for over 15 years now so I can pretty much say been there done that. I just love it, I love the feedback I get and seeing people progress and achieve their own personal goals.
When I started…