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Some of the highlights from the last few months here at the TTC with compositions and live performances by the Tale Teller Club and Vapor Punk.hi so um welcome to saturday night live and i'm going to um pop this up you'll hear it repeating through the night um but i've popped a lot of stuff up a lot of music stuff stuff up and i'm sort of clearing my catalogue now this is called black jeans and this was the very first thing that i did when i was i was very very lucky to receive funding from future venture for an arts project or for artist development and they gave me money for equipment but i hadn't worked out how to use anything yet and although they had bought me a microphone i hadn't worked out how to use it so i actually recorded this um with garageband and a phone and so the very first thing it's around somewhere you can hear it i'm not sure where it is anymore but it was the demo which i i don't have access to anymore um but that was you know pretty grim but i just wanted to kind of get used to things and understand and i was experimenting because that's what i do i'm an experimental electronic musician and um anyway this one i remastered when i bought logic pro well i didn't buy it i got a free um uh trial but then i went to buy it and they don't make it anymore so i'm sort of i don't they don't make the one the version that works with my computer so i have to wait now to get logic pro again when i you know when i can upgrade my computer which i just can't do so i'm not sure if i can get logic pro 10 anywhere that's the one i need so maybe you can tell me if you're listening to this anyway this was recorded on my phone the cello part and the vocals all the vocals in there were recorded on my phone and then it was mastered on logic pro 10.5 um and now it's here and i like it i really like it and see what you think enjoy it um and i'm going to pop another one up that i did in a minute called cowboy which is equally as interesting and i do understand that you know the the thing is when you work with editing software you get better and better and better at it the more you do it's like anything isn't it it's like my cello you know when i play cello um since lockdown my well i only started cello in during lockdown so you know it's really rocketed my my skill level and it's interesting that that happens with um software as well because you think well it's just there you know what have you got how um creative can it be but it can be incredibly creative and what you learn to do actually is you know the limitations and the possibilities of your software and and you work within that um that sort of paradigm you know you've got the formula there you know you think right but if i play this note on my cello i know that i can bend it or i can pitch shift it or i can put loads of reverb on it or i can do this or do that or whatever or you know and you you think ah it's a bit like a painter so you want to make um blue blue is it blue you make with green and yellow so blue and yellow makes green i think it's that way around you i should know i've been a painter for years and you think yourself right i want i i know that i can make something with with what i have in front of me um and therefore i'm going to make it do you see um i hope that made sense it's a bit convoluted but i i i'm trying to say i think that you get better and better so you will improve however i really like my old stuff because it shows me a very naive and trusting way of working working without knowledge and without understanding and it's very freeing to do that actually and it also makes for more interesting work you know before i realized how to make a pop song the stuff that i was doing was less poppy and now that i know how to make a pop song i find myself you know drawn into that rather ugly horrendous formula um so naivety is a really good thing it can be really a state of bliss darling it's a state of bliss anyway here is black jeans it's a dance track and i hope you like it and message or whatever and yeah lots more coming i've got i'm putting the whole portfolio up tonightbye babylikelikemejeanssoumhello child hellos welcome to the jail teller club i'm going to talk about musicians health today now i'm not a doctor so a quick disclaimer the advice that i'm giving today or the discussion or the little mini lecture if you like is not from a medical point of view it's purely from the point of view as a of a teacher with many years of experience and a performer and somebody who has come to terms with quite severe arthritis in my neck so if you are experiencing extreme pain you should see a doctor that's the first thing to notice okay um but all the advice i'm going to give you is learned through experience and through certain um you know teaching methods that people who've told me and people who've taught me so i'm just going to pass on the knowledge as i see it okay but as i say i'm not a doctor and if you're experiencing something that is really you know affecting the way you play was causing you a lot of pain or depression darlings you need to see somebody about it okay a professional so i'm a professional musician but i'm not a professional medic now first of all we'll just talk about methods now the thing with all of the piano methods is that they all involve repetition and they the attainment the goal is perfection and you know by definition then you're going to keep on doing the same thing and that in itself has certain issues with repetitive strain injuries okay so suzuki method where you know for example the variations you're you're doing the same thing over and over again this can cause a massive problem for wrists and arms and necks um but all of the methods similarly you know the property say you're doing the properties you're going up and down the cello fingerboard um you know all of these things are going to cause a great strain on your body on your physical well-being anytime that you increase movement and performance your body has to get used to something okay so these are the first things no one method is going to be better than another so let's bear that in mind however i do think that certain methods are going to push you to certain limits that perhaps you should think about now the wonderful thing about suzuki of course is that it plays from the back and it it you know it dictates that you need to draw in your stomach and that you need to use your back rather than constantly using your wrist this is specifically for cello but also for piano and so that you can save your wrists but then where are you going to save your back well it's moot point isn't it so the first thing to do really is if it's bothering you you need to keep some sort of diary and understand what are the triggers is it music is it carrying heavy shopping is it um conducting you know uh is it watching the television where the tv is at the incorrect angle are you twisting to see things to catch up with things all of these things would make sense if you had a diary and you'd be able to see for example every time i watch telly i seem to get a little flare up after the thing is we're such busy people we do so many things in a day we forget what we've done and how it's impacted on our pain levels you see so diary is the first the first suggestion that i'm going to give to you now the next thing once you've done your diary for a couple of weeks i recommend a couple of weeks because the thing is you may not have a flare up for a couple of weeks but the next thing to consider is is the flare-up caused by music by something to do with your music now if it is we can do something about it we absolutely can so what you have to work out is when do the does the flare-up occur and after what sort of playing are you doing okay and then we can start to look at the way things are set up okay your seat angles specifically so let's look at your practice setup so you're seating it could be too high or too low now i know for uh cello i have it took me a very very long time to find the perfect stool a very long time and you adjust your um your spike obviously accordingly but what you need to do is get the perfect spike length the perfect weight against your chest with a cello and a perfect seat height right and then you actually need to find the best way to hold your legs and generally speaking feet flat on the floor is what you're aiming at and drawing that tummy in a little just pulling it in as if you're stitched to your back and always sit towards the front of the seat now this goes for a piano as well it makes your back nice and straight feet flat on the floor and for the piano specifically you need to have your wrists a little lower than your elbows now this is important for balance and it's important for um how you're going your maneuverability actually up and down the keyboard but also this is important for not causing shoulder pain you know the imbalance at the fingers can be felt in the back and the shoulders okay so this is all about body alignment so you need to experiment really and find the right height and what i do is i put cushions on top of the seat or take them off if you if your seat isn't adjustable but get a lower seat you see um i mean it can be awkward but you have to try everything and you might you might have to try you know 20 different heights until you find something that actually works but that's not the only thing to consider is there enough light coming in to your music now you wouldn't think that would affect anything what happens is you start peering you start leaning in and peering and this causes your neck to no longer be straight and your back no longer just to be straight so you what you're having here is you're having a curvature okay a leaning forward or a bending lower i mean this is terrible terrible positioning so you need perfect lighting so i recommend i've i've got in my music room actually my piano faces the window wh

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