Weedon's Wanderings: 21st July 2020

Tricks of the Trade screen
Uploading from car


I'm delighted to announce that I've now uploaded Tricks of the Trade: Part 1 to YouTube. This features dos and don'ts of using the flute sound on keyboards and organs to imitate James Galway. It's a topic which always proved popular at the festival workshops, so I hope it will provide some enjoyment and information now. Over coming weeks, and internet allowing, I shall be covering other instruments one at a time, including how to make realistic use of the violin, guitar, trumpet and so on. Click here if you'd like to view this first episode. I'd be really pleased to receive your feedback, too. You can comment on YouTube, or use the 'Contact' tab at the top of this page.

You may be wondering how I uploaded this video without internet. Well, it was quite eventful. We piled into our tiny Smart car with my laptop and mobile phone, and drove round to the nearest mobile phone mast in a country lane. There I set up my mobile phone as a temporary router and started uploading to YouTube at a scorching pace. It was a scorching day too, so we had the doors and the roof open, and the phone on the roof, pointing at the mast, and covered with a scarf to stop it frying in the sun. All sorts of bugs were whizzing into the car. Then, after 30 minutes of uploading, I ran out of credit on my mobile. Hurriedly, Tony connected his mobile up instead. Just five minutes later we'd used up his data too. We'd only uploaded 89% of the video. So we bundled ourselves back in the car, and drove home as swiftly as was safe, with the laptop still switched on but rapidly draining its battery. We dashed indoors and connected it up to our virtually inert broadband here. With just 11% left to upload, it took 10 hours to finish off. On that basis, loading the whole video from here would have taken 100 hours in all. Like I said, our internet is not of the best...

Weedon's Wanderings: 21st July 2020

Computer despair


Boy, this is a novelty! I can't recall the last time our internet connection was up and running. Our first BT engineer turned up on the 22nd June, so it was certainly prior to that. And he was just the first. Since then, we've had a new router and more line-checks than a proof-read of a Wagner opera score. Still no broadband though. Not even narrowband. And, in the depths of the forest here, that means we have no phone connection either. We'd previously accepted an offer to use mobiles exclusively, connecting through broadband. So we've been effectively cut off. No phone. No email. No iPlayer. No internet. No ability to upload the videos I've been making to my YouTube Channel, Music for Good. And no way to tell you the problem, either...

It's now 4 o'clock in the morning. Having tossed and turned for a couple of hours, I've just tried logging on, with no reason for hope. We've got an engineer booked to come later today and another tomorrow to try and trace the fault. But hey, I just got through! So this is a brief hello. I don't know how long this connection will last, but I've not forgotten you! When morning comes, I shall try logging on again and hopefully find you're still reachable. And I shall share news, even a video I hope. In the meantime, I hope you're safe and well - and better connected than us!

Weedon’s Wanderings: 30th June 2020

Video title page


If you click here you’ll be able to see part 3 of my series about understanding music. I hope you enjoy it. And if you’ve not seen parts 1 and 2 yet, they’re also on YouTube, at my channel - search for “Music for Good: Penny Weedon”. 

Weedon’s Wanderings: 21st June 2020

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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, you’ll hear immediately I add each episode. I’m excited about this series. I hope you’ll enjoy it too!



Weedon’s Wanderings: 20th June 2020

Old photos


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 foot of the page. 


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