Music: an equal opportunity

I've always loved the opening lyrics to Stevie Wonder’s ‘Sir Duke’:

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Music is a world within itself, it’s a language we all understand. With an equal opportunity, for all to sing, dance and clap their hands.
— Stevie Wonder - 'Sir Duke'

It’s why I do what I do. Music. Playing, composing, producing and most importantly, teaching.

For a lot of people, making music seems like a really difficult, impossible thing to achieve – whether it’s playing guitar, music production, composing a song, writing lyrics or singing, I work with lots of people who immediately say “I can’t do that”.

But we are a musical species and all have the capability of making sound regardless of age, ability or situation. Whether it’s through using your voice, your body, an instrument or technology everyone is capable of creating music. I remember as a teenager I took part in an African drumming workshop in school and when someone said “I can’t drum, dance or sing” the instructor laughed and said “You have a voice? You have a body? Then you can drum, dance and sing.”

I love showing people that this is possible quickly through all my lessons, workshops and talks. Whether it’s through getting my students that are total beginners to start producing noise (that doesn’t sound awful) on a guitar/ukulele/bass within seconds; getting a group of students in a college to record and manipulate their vocals using effects using technology or showing someone how easy it to make a beat by just placing their finger on an iPad screen it immediately opens up a whole world of musical possibilities for them. This can then be built upon and new skills and techniques can be learnt quickly.  

By showing someone how to quickly create sound it breaks down barriers, makes music more accessible and increases confidence & overall wellbeing.

So, if you’re looking for a new year’s resolution, or if you’ve always wanted to learn guitar, ukulele, bass or how to produce music (as a group or on your own) why not get it touch. You may think it’s impossible to make music, but I can quickly show you that it’s possible!