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A late Akemashite Omedetou De Gozaimasu (Happy New Me)

A new year, new year’s resolutions,  brand new second hand you, new diaries, new socks. Instead of resolutions I have made some determinations (kind of similar) but the process is habitual (twice daily in fact), and I am winning, I’ll share a few. They are: Respect for all life (including my own) Respect for money Create […]



Week 6 & 7: 100 Hr Challenge

Day 1: Fail, still in Brumtee, spoke to mi ma about secretly moving my piano from the old house to the new (behind Pa’s back), we’ll see, he doesn’t really do Internet btw. Day 2: Fail still in Brum, social media workshop, helping these cherubs become digital journalists. Day 3: Fail, still in Brum exhausted, […]



100 Hour Challenge: Week Four

Day 1: Practiced and wrote music with fellow workshoppers for half a day, spent the other half playing jazz standards for a few hours, really slowly, still practicing the same two, sounding better! Day 2: Wrote music again with matees, one hour of practice. Day 3: Practiced, learning chords and listening to what they sound […]



100 Hour challenge: Third week

Hmmmm… Day 1: Practiced for two hours Day 2: Practiced for an hour Day 3: Back in Birmingham, no practice Day 4: Nada Day 5: Nada Day 6: Nada Day 7: Nada Hmmm think I failed there. I did read up on stuff but… few ebonies and ivories were tinkled last week! On the plus […]



100 Hour Challenge: Days 4 – 8

I spoke to my mum about my old piano (given to me at childhood); currently covered in cobwebs and black bags (don’t ask), but the easiest option was to use my fella’s MIDI controller attached to Garageband, couldn’t be bothered to pair up with Logic, wanted a less heavy DAW, a basic piano sound was […]



100 Hour challenge: Days 1-3

I started on Sunday learning  2-5-1 chord progressions, just about got the right hand down, left hand is easier, I revised my knowledge of modes. I then worked out how to transpose them into different tonal centres. I am learning a standard called “Here’s that Rainy Day” by Jimmy Van Heusen, it has lots of 2-5-1 chords […]



100 Hour Challenge Anyone?

I went along to a regional creative agent conference today and was inspired by Ewan McIntosh to do a 100 hour challenge, well in fact, I was initially inspired by Rachel Carter, who was inspired by Ewan (in a previous training event) to do it. Thing is, I’m uncertain as to whether I can do […]



Fun Theory, Piano and Stairs

I don’t really need to say anything. Top stuff! Just watch the video!! Props to Tone for the heads up!