Start Today !
Never do tomorrow what you can put off until next week ? The biggest key to becoming a good musician is simply, to get started. Overcoming inertia and setting your sails to the wind, if you start today you never know where you will be in a year, 5 years, and ten years. Start young if you can. But if youre not young, start anyway, music is something you can enjoy for life !
Jason awarded Bachelors Degree !
With great pride and excitement, I hereby announce that my Diploma in Jazz Studies is being upgraded to a Bachelor of Musical Arts !
I'll be attending the graduation ceremony in Christchurch on the 19th of September, and performing on the Cook Strait Ferry there and back to pay for the crossing ;-)
Lessons which were set between the 18th and 21st of September will need to be rescheduled, so please email or call if you need to make arrangements.
Have a rocking week !
Make it your own !
I love it when I go to see an artist who plays their famous material live just a little differently to the record. Or a lot differently. It makes me think they are looking at things with fresh eyes, and that they arent content to "parrot" their material. It makes it more interesing and fun to be surprised ! As an avid listener before I even began to learn an instrument, I found that live albums were sometimes more exciting and engagin than the studio versions. For me, any great performance contains an element of surprise. A good example is the Eagles acoustic live version of Hotel California, it has a completely different approach to it, and sounds wonderful. I've been inspired by "The Song Remains The Same" from Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan's "Alive in America", and by Deep Purple's many live releases, as well as "Alchemy" by Dire Straits, "Pack Up The Plantation" by Tom Petty, and Pink Floyd's "Delicate Sound of Thunder". The list could go on. They all show the band as great live players, not just studio guys. To be excellent at both, well thats simply inspirational. When I play live, I never try to do the same thing twice with my original material, and if Im doing covers, I attempt to inject something of my own take on the material. When we play jazz, we always attempt something fresh - but that approach should be taken to any form of music. My encouragement to everyone today is, when you play music, make it your own !