Guitar Lesson 37: Taking your playing from the woodshed to the stage; from podcast to performance

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Guitar Lesson 37: Taking your playing from the woodshed to the stage; from podcast to performance

Goes with our article:

Guitar lesson 37 is a slightly different format to usual.  We have written a guest post for Musical-U, a company who are committed to music education and developing musicality in people through a dedicated team who maintain a subscription-based website, a wide-ranging set of articles and a fantastic podcast.  We are honoured to be part of Musical-U’s growing set of resources.  Our article, called “From Podcast to Performance” offers advice for how to use podcasts and other media to develop your playing, includes a description of our “Tune in Tone up” and ends with a section on how you to take your playing from practising on your own to performing with others.  This podcast episode is a companion to this and features some of Dan’s advice on how to achieve this.

Our guest article is here:

Main timings:

00:01:40 Introduce the partner article which we wrote on using podcasts in musical education for Musical-U
00:06:52 1) One option to begin playing with others is to look in the small ads, Gumtree, internet, Facebook and so on
00:08:30 2) Playing music with friends and family is a great way to develop your confidence to perform
00:10:29 Something which contributes to our reluctance to perform are our own misconceptions and our self-doubt
00:11:58 3) Open mic nights and low pressure performances are a great option when you are looking to get your playing out there
00:15:08 Advice: When working or playing with others, you need to ensure that what you are all playing fits together nicely and you’re listening to eachother well
00:16:28 How do you organise yourself as a novice to start playing an Open Mic night?
00:18:43 Advice: Don’t compare yourself to professional musicians – it’s not fair on yourself
00:20:09 Scenario 1: I had a possible slot on an Open Mic at a wedding.  Here’s Dan’s advice for this
00:30:25 Advice: Build confidence through good preparation, a sense of perspective and some bravado


Tune in Tone up News:

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Tune in Tone up meeting, masterclass and workshop

  1. Firstly, a great way to connect with us is through our Facebook page, Twitter account and website emailing list.  Quite a few of our listeners have been in touch via our Facebook page, where you can also find pictures of both me and Dan; our guitars, amps and pedalboards.  We are based in the South of England and over the next few months we are planning a Tune in Tone up meeting, masterclass and workshop.  If you are based locally or could travel to Brighton, like this idea and want to be involved, then let us know that you’re interested and stay active on our Facebook page for developments.
  2. Secondly, if you have ideas for future lessons, questions or want help with anything we have covered (tabs can be organised for a small fee), then don’t hesitate to contact us.  Rodney recently got in touch with us and we had a really interesting discussion about the woods guitars are made from and as a result he has a new guitar.  Also, Carlos has been in touch several times inspiring a couple of our recent lessons.  Iam has been in touch and has gained some direction in his practice and is going to take some monthly lessons with Dan.
  3. Finally, we appreciate all ratings and reviews especially via iTunes.  These really help our podcast to get noticed by more people.  Any shares via Facebook, Twitter or good old fashioned word of mouth are also gratefully received.  If anyone is interested in donating, then find us on Patreon where we offer Skype lessons and other goodies.

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Please remember our recommendation for a superb group of musicians who are working tirelessly to bring a brilliant website to help people develop their musicality:

“I have just become a member of Musical-U and I have to say that their attention to detail and understanding of how to develop musicality is second to none.  Their vision and view on the importance of ear training and rhythmic development really fits in well with our own rationale.  I really recommend checking them out and also listening to the Musicality podcast which Christopher Sutton, the Director of Musical-U, hosts.  If you want some deep insights into music, start listening and join the community.”



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