Happy new year 2019!

I decided to start the new year having some fun with musical instruments. Each day I'm playing something different - recording a short video and drawing a quick sketch of it. It's my latest involvement in "FunADay" - which I've been part of since 2014 - see my back catalogue here! 1 - drum kit… Continue reading Happy new year 2019!

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Video: Introducing instruments

Yesterday I had a late cancellation, and since all the instruments were laid out I thought I'd do a quick video introducing them and their sounds! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osV1ZmhJiac Here's the 18 types of instruments introduced in ten minutes: 0:06 - Wind chimes 0:54 - Darbuka 1:19 - Bongos 1:49 - Frogs 2:41 - Cabasa 3:19 -… Continue reading Video: Introducing instruments

Enjoyable music vs Expressive music?

During music therapy sessions I regularly find myself thinking about the quality and purpose of the music we play. Particularly if there are tears or laughter during or between songs. Group members often display enthusiasm during a song: they express themselves loudly or quietly, vocally or with an instrument. Sometimes a group member cries, though… Continue reading Enjoyable music vs Expressive music?

Playin’ in the band…

A few months ago I read this book "Playin' in the Band" (Kenneth Aigen), with accompanying DVD, it's a detailed case-study from the 90's featuring Lloyd and his music with two music therapists at Nordoff-Robbins New York.  In the DVD excerpts from sessions spanning several years you can see relationships develop between Lloyd and the music therapists as they play a range of rock,… Continue reading Playin’ in the band…