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  1. Played in a band with my brother early doors, we learnt our first chords etc off dad, played in church then started playing our own music. Had a blast, some adventures and some arguments too, but it was fun. I'm now in a band with my wife who's the singer and runs the admin. Its great.
  2. That's really interesting, will have to watch in chunks but thank you.
  3. To be honest I stopped following, the majority of posts refer to a lesson style that was deservedly swept out decades ago. From a quick skim read I didn't spot much about what poster's children get at school now, which would have been interesting, and I am acutely aware I am that guy who forces people to read the dots and play the keyboard. This thread reinforces the perils most modern music teachers are aware of but I'd like to think us as a breed are better at putting the bigger picture across. It's a fine, fine line and we cannot get it right everytime, but the bad old days of thrown chalk dusters and an hour following the score of a symphony are long gone.
  4. Totally agree, the John Thomases were on the table and someone got intimidated.
  5. In a podcast with Jayme Lewis Scott says he has a team of 25. Much as the emails and FB presence can get wearing fair play to the bass player that generates that kind of industry from bass tutoring.
  6. We'd shot down in flames for that. That's why the national curriculum expects a range of performing. We have keyboards attached to macs running logic, tuned, untuned and stuff that should be tuned percussion, ukuleles/ guitars and a starter scheme for other instuments, your school orchestra stuff for example (although that's really struggling) plus rock band instruments.
  7. We still have the national curriculum to cover, so basic theory and notation, vocabulary, a range of musical performance including singing and also cover a range of composers including 'the greats', plus various world and commercial genres. This feeds into GCSE for me, (my school doesn't cover btec etc) so there is classical music as the exam boards have to set a set work on such an example, plus an expanded range of the above. Most schools have the same approach as my department, the schemes of work in years 7/8/9 are mini versions of the GCSE content. I think most teachers now are aware of the conundrum of the student being into the latest thing and the teacher being out of touch. I can remember feeling that myself. We have a student at the moment who's a pretty competent producer of edm, however as good as his work sounds getting it to pass the assessment criteria is another matter. So we endeavour to include more advanced melodic and harmonic development techniques from 'classical' period. My argument is if you do food technology you don't just learn about pizza because its your favourite, there are more sophisticated culinary achievements. We aim to broaden the students musical palette, treading the very fine line of being understanding and meeting target grades.
  8. As the head of music at a secondary school I'm following this thread with curiosity and a sense of dread!
  9. Hartkes often have onboard compression- the new class D 800w job certainly does.
  10. A) G&L headstock's are good B) Outrageously good bass for the money, bargain.
  11. Favourite actor 'musician' in a movie trick- see them sit down at the piano then cutaway to a front shot as they bob around looking pained and emotional.
  12. No he didn't, Jasper Carrot joke. Although I agree with your post.
  13. As a Sire/ G&L owner (one a single cut of sorts and one with a tort scratch plate) it looks I'd struggle to sell them on here!
  14. Best put down I saw of a promoter was at an 'industry showcase', which basically was a private party for the promoter showing off some of his has been friends to his more impressionable friends. Clearly narked at having worked extremely hard for little return, the sound person, an Australian lady pushed beyond her tolerence sniped at the promoter, 'Hardly the gig we were promised'- He said 'It's great exposure.' Her retort? 'People die of exposure.'
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