The Howden Park Acoustic nights keep getting better and better. March's session held around 17 performers playing all different types of genres. We had lots of 80's classics, some country and some of the performers own material. I have been looking at 80's songs only for the first couple of months. However, we are due to take a break in July, and after that, I will move on to something else.
I was particularly impressed by one of the bands that come down regularly which consist of a two singer-guitarists and a Cajon player. They are called Strathfolk the new EP is called The Morning After it'll be available to download from most of the primary online sources, i-tunes from April 21st. Try and catch these lads if you can.
The next acoustic night will be held at the centre on MONDAY THE 23rd of April.
William Simpson Home in Stirling was the venue for today's concert through the charity Music In Hospitals. It is a large home with 65+ residents. Upon arrival, I was very impressed with their events planning. Within the central area of the building, there is a board that shows all the different events planned, and it was full.
I planned a programme for the clients covering lots of different genres. The events planner asked for rock music, so that was a bonus. Due to my experience with working with the charity, I was aware of what tracks would go down well, and they are still in the setlist these days. The classics are Johnny Cash Folsom Prison, Dean Martins version of Lil Ole wine drinker me and many others.
The clients were very active and vocal in the performance, singing along and requesting songs. The best request was Iron Maidens wasted years. I was especially pleased with this being a massive metal fan. The great thing about the performance and the same with others is the seeing the enjoyment on the client's faces. There is something about music that is magical. The way that song brings back memories and the way that it unites people who may be in pain. The way music can transport you away is mystic.
Psychological studies continue to uncover more and more benefits that music lessons provide to developing minds. I loved this article, the main point that stuck out is how lesson can make you a better listener. Enjoy folks.
Friday the 9th of March saw The King Lot open the main stage at HRH AOR 2018 in Wales. It was amazing. This concert marked the end of what I see stage one of promoting the new album "A World Without Evil."
In February, we had around 16 dates all around the UK, and the finale was HRH in Wales. We were the first band on opening the main stage this day. It got reported that the norm is to expect a good crowd but little did we anticipate it to be fully packed out. We were told that people were queuing round the building to get in. This is a result of hard work in growing our reputation on the tour and social media.
We started by introducing our selves and dedicating the set to Nathan T Gunn from Estrella who recently passed away. Such a tragic loss for this young man to go. There was a cheer from the crowd as we then went into the first song "hearts on fire."
The set went well with the crowd being responsive to our songs. The feedback after the even and night was that we went down well at the festival. Such a great time had by all.
I have been looking at doing a video demonstration of one of my favourite Iron Maiden songs, "Wasted Years".
I have been running through this a good few times, recording the bass and guitar against a programmed drum track all done on logic X. The purpose is to revisit the techniques used that I did for the third year of my degree in 2014.
This particular song required the correct support, controlled breathing and smoothness of notes.
Techniques used -
Belting in slight twang
Use of vibrato
Placement of notes
Exercise used – Blending of 5-tone scale saying (yeah) low bottom then lighter but not twang on the higher note (head resonance but light)
I hope to have this up on The Youtube site to share it.