Music


Somebody really should stop me…


… but I’m glad they don’t!

Just purchased a nice Pearl Export on eBay – I really don’t know why you’d get a brand new instrument unless it was a great deal.

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Small Venue Live Music Licensing to be Axed?


It seems that the proposal to get rid of live music licenses for small venues such as pubs is to be lifted, pending a review in the House of Lords on the 10th of Feb.

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Public Liability Insurance for Music – Should I get some?


The other day, the guitarist from my band text me asking whether we should get public liability insurance. I’d never heard of it, and my only experience with bands having to shell out money was for venue hiring and PRS licensing. Naturally my initial thought was:

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Tips for Electric Drummers


There’s some really useful info out there on forums dedicated to your specific drum manufacturer, but I thought I’d share a few tips with you that could be applied across multiple kits.

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When is a drum kit not a drum kit?


Before I begin with this post, keep in mind that I have an electric kit, and don’t have an acoustic one because of where I live, and the space it would take up.

Okay, so I had my snare, and wanted to play with that, but was nowhere near good enough to make snare drumming sound anything other than a cacophony of din!

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The Not-So-Silent Drummer


Writing all these blog posts, I’m starting to see I have a bit of a problem with spending money on instruments – I think my personal psychologist may have been right…

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The Silent Drummer


Okay, I’m a bassist, yes. I infrequently (and incompetently) dabble in guitar, but who hasn’t wanted to hit some drums whilst the drummer’s gone to the toilet in the middle of band a practise?


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A history of me and the Bass Guitar (Part 5)


So I was pretty annoyed at Fender for putting their prices up – to put it nicely! I don’t know if you’ve ever done this; I’m not too fussy if I get a new instrument or a second hand one, so what I do is:

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A history of me and the Bass Guitar (Part 4)


Not knowing about different musical concepts (such as ‘space’) really bugged me. Here I was, this fairly experienced bass player, having supported some big bands and recorded at high profile studios, and yet I didn’t know basic things about music.

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A history of me and the Bass Guitar (Part 3)


So after a long battle with effects pedals and volume levels, I decided I’d let my playing do the talking and experiment with flashy techniques rather than effects – specifically two handed tapping…

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