June 2020

Weedon’s Wanderings: 21st June 2020

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TRICKS OF THE TRADE - STARTING SOON!
One of the most popular topics at my festival teach-ins has always been ‘Tricks of the Trade’. Picture the scene: you go into a shop where a salesperson demonstrates a keyboard to you. The sounds are stunningly realistic and impressive. In no time at all, the deal is done. But you get your new instrument home and it just doesn’t sound the same. Why is that? It’s all down to knowing those little tips that successful keyboard demonstrators use. 

Now I’m collecting those same tips together in a series of free, bite-sized videos which I hope will be fascinating to players and non-players alike. I’ll explain and demonstrate in close-up the musical sleight of hand which turns a play-through into a stunning performance - simple tricks that we can all share and enjoy.

You can watch the trailer here. If you click on ‘subscribe’ under the video,...

Weedon’s Wanderings: 20th June 2020

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THANKS FOR THE MEMORY

One of my great pleasures as a musician is learning how pieces I’ve played have stirred memories. I was pleased to get a message from Syd after he’d watched A Conducted Tour of England Part 3. The music video kicks off with ‘Music While You Work’ and this reminded Syd: “Music While You Work. In the factory where I worked in the 1950’s we had a draw to see who could forecast the first tune to be played, I think the entry was 6d. It wasn’t always won so a substantial kitty was often built up. Thanks for the memory Penny, I had forgotten about that.” Thank you, Syd.

If something I play has stirred memories, do please let me know. And if you’re happy for me to share them on this blog, please mention that as well. You can mail me by clicking on the link at the...

Weedon’s Wanderings: 19th June 2020

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PART 3 OF CONDUCTED TOUR OF ENGLAND

I’m pleased to say that the 3rd part of this video is now up on YouTube. You can watch it by clicking here. It includes Music While You Work, some Noel Coward, by a poignant coincidence some Vera Lynn, some tunes about London played on ‘the ol’ joanna’ and a selection from one of my favourite musicals, Camelot. I’ve had fun choosing the pictures to go with that lot!

So, just one more part to come now. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready. You can be sure to find out about any new videos, of course, if you click ‘Subscribe’ below any of my Music For Good postings on YouTube.

Weedon’s Wanderings: 13th June 2020

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NUTS AND BOLTS PART 2

The second part of my series on understanding music is now ready for viewing on YouTube. You can click here to see it. Today, I look in more detail at harmony. In building terms, it’s the foundations of any piece of music. Even if you’re listening to just a solo unaccompanied singer, the tune has grown from the harmony which could accompany it. 

I learned about harmony as a tot, simply by experimenting on our newly-acquired piano. I had no knowledge of music whatsoever, but if we just let our ears guide us we instinctively feel what is right! Such is the magic of music...

Weedon’s Wanderings: 2nd June 2020

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ANOTHER MONTH, ANOTHER UPLOAD!

If you go to YouTube today, you’ll find Part 2 of A Conducted Tour of England. Starting off at a jolly trot, it then takes you to some cool cloisters and finishes off with a good dollop of nostalgia from ‘the wireless’. This last one in particular takes me back to the days when you had to switch on early, so the radio had time to warm up. All sorts of weird noises would filter in - especially the call sign from Hilversum, and on Sundays the distant sound of hymns in foreign tongues. We always had our baths by the fireside listening to one exciting adventure serial or another! Anyway, click here to listen. I hope you enjoy it and it conjures up some pleasant memories for you too!

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