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Basic Instrument Care & Maintenance

Hey there guys, I’ve decided to do a blog to give musicians, and in particular guitarists, with some good advice for all things musical. I will be giving tips and tricks to pro gigging musos as well as weekend warriors - there will be something for everybody! Let’s dive straight in- in this first installment I want to talk about basic instrument care and maintenance. Its very boring but makes a huge difference. Even if you are a home player and...

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Caring For Instruments – Top Tips For Touring Musos

Your musical instruments are like your children. They cost almost as much to maintain and look after, but they're a lot less maintenance and often WAY prettier. But travelling with your instruments can be surprisingly stressful.Handing equipment over to people who often have no idea of its value or importance is, to be polite, unsettling. I regularly get to take 2 guitars in cases as well as a pedalboard on an aircraft as hand luggage, although I still have...

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Planning A Successful Music Festival

How To : Plan A Music Festival South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We’re blessed with great weather, magnificent scenery, and diverse, characterful, fascinating people. These are just some of the reasons why music festivals in our awesome country are becoming more and more popular. Every year, iconic festivals such as Lush Festival, Splashy Fen, Rocking The Daisies and Oppikoppi, draw tens of thousands of free-spirited fans, ready for a long weekend of camping,...

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It’s Time To Blow Your Own Jupiter Trumpet!

It’s Time To Blow Your Own Jupiter Trumpet!A Jupiter trumpet is a popular choice both for beginners and more advanced players. They’re affordable, easy to carry around and have a variety of applications across a wide range of musical styles. Whether you’re in an orchestra or wind band, a jazz ensemble or are a soloist playing for pure fun and enjoyment, there’s a Jupiter trumpet to suit your needs.Learning to play a musical instrument has a host of benefits,...

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In Dust We Trust – It’s Oppikoppi Or Bust!

In Dust We Trust – It’s Oppikoppi Or Bust! For 23 years, revelers from all over the country have been kicking up the dust at the Oppikoppi Music festival on a remote farm near Northam in Limpopo. In the first week of October every year, this unassuming mining district transforms itself, becoming the bushveld destination of choice for thousands of sleeping bag-toting, beer bottle-waving music lovers.   Oppikoppi is officially South Africa’s longest-running music festival and is regarded by many as the...

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What to Look For When Buying a Keyboard

  Looking To Buy A Keyboard? Here Are Some “Key” Pointers! When you’re want to buy your first keyboard, it’s often confusing to know exactly what to get. Keyboard or piano? Or do you actually want a digital piano? And what are the differences between the two? The most important fact is the following: From the smallest to the largest, they are ALL keyboard instruments. Even a Steinway concert grand is a keyboard instrument. Over the years though, taking acoustic pianos out of the...

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Why You Should Buy Musical Instruments For Your Children This Christmas

  Give The Gift of Music this Christmas   We know. The thought of your children making your teeth itch as they screech their way through a violin solo is not pleasant. Neither is having to face your elderly neighbor at 6 am on a Sunday morning when he comes round to complain about the continuous and very loud, drumming emanating from your child’s bedroom. However, there are numerous and well-documented advantages of introducing your children to the joys of playing music...

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Rocking The Daisies – Where Flower Power Meets Music With A Message

Rocking The Daisies – Where Flower Power Meets Music With A Message   Four days. It doesn’t sound like much, but for thousands of music fans across South Africa, it is everything! Because for those four days every year, the Rocking The Daisies Music and Lifestyle Festival takes over the Cloof Wine Estate in Darling in the Western Cape. Since it was first launched 12 years ago, “Daisies” has evolved into South Africa’s best-loved music festival. With 25 000 people attending the...

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The 8 Strangest Musical Instruments In The World

Discover 8 Of the World’s Strangest Musical InstrumentsIf you’re lucky enough to have seen the incredible musical Stomp, you’ll know that it’s possible to make some kind of music with pretty much anything. Brooms, metal dustbin lids, plastic waste storage drums….in the magical hands of the Stomp cast, they are all instruments.Even if you haven’t seen Stomp, but you have a small child, you’ll know that music really is all around us. Give a toddler a wooden spoon and...

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Dan Patlansky Guitar Weekends – December 2017

BOOK YOUR SPOT TODAY AT DAN PATLANSKY GUITAR WEEKENDS - LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE! The DAN PATLANSKY GUITAR WEEKENDS are back in December 2017 for the last opportunity  this year to eat, breathe and play guitar with #4 best rock guitarist in the world, as voted by Total Guitar Magazine UK, DAN PATLANSKY. Voted #1 in the world twice by Blues Rock Review USA, the only artist to receive this accolade twice, you will find no better teacher than this guitar virtuoso and this is your chance to spend 3 days living guitar...

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