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Welcome to our blog. Learn about the latest musical instruments, up-to-date news and information on the various activities in our music school and find out what our teachers have been doing. You can also learn about events happening in the local area.

Posted 31st Jul 2018 09:32

What’s on in August | Bishop’s Stortford

The Summer and the heat wave is still going strong and there’s a few exciting things coming up in the month of August…   Tue 14 August   The Pirates Of Penzance Oliver Gray directs Gilbert & Sullivan’s ever-popular comic opera, a satirical masterpiece which includes memorable songs such as To Be A Pirate King, […]

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Posted 9th Jul 2018 11:46

What’s on in July | Bishop’s Stortford

There’s no reason to feel bored this summer as there is loads going on in and around Bishop’s Stortford. Check out what’s happening this July in Stortford…   Fri 13 July   Allergy (Indie Rock / Alt / Dance, 3 piece) at The Horn at The Half Moon Inn Allergy is back with some indie/rock […]

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Posted 15th Jun 2018 12:10

10 tips to improve your guitar technique / make your practise time efficient

Do you want to improve your technique and practice more efficiently?   The following will hopefully help give you ideas on how best to continue to improve and ultimately getting continued enjoyment out of playing.   1. Practice little and often This is especially true for beginners. When you’ve just started to learn an instrument, it’s […]

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Posted 7th Jun 2018 20:00

The Yamaha Trans-Acoustic Guitar

Yamaha Trans-Acoustic Guitar Yamaha, in many ways, has been at the forefront of innovation, never afraid of creating something new and fresh and the Yamaha Transacoustic guitars are just that. With fantastic build quality and a keen eye for detail, trans acoustic guitars produce a live room experience entirely from the guitar itself. This feature […]

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Posted 4th Jun 2018 12:57

What’s on in June | Bishop’s Stortford

Summer is here! Lots of exciting things are happening in June in the Stortford area. Make sure you make time for some great music this summer!   Wed 6 June   Carluccio’s present; Opera at the Table Carluccio’s presents an evening of Opera at the Table, good food, good wine, and good music!  On Wednesday […]

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Posted 3rd Apr 2018 11:08

What’s on in April | Bishop’s Stortford

Thu 5 Apr Bishop’s Stortford Acoustic Club BSAC is Bishop’s Stortfords longest running Acoustic night who opened their doors in 2002, founded by Keef Jackman and Drew Bonnington, and over the years have featured, then unkown acts, such as Sam Smith, Matt Cardle, George Ezra, Charlie XCX, Eric Roache and Jon Gomm to name but […]

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Posted 5th Mar 2018 11:24

What’s on in March | Bishop’s Stortford

Now that the snow has cleared, it’s time to enjoy some awesome events happening in March in Stortford… Bishop’s Stortford Acoustic Club at The Horn at The Half Moon Inn, Bishop’s Stortford BSAC is Bishop’s Stortford’s longest running Acoustic night who opened their doors in 2002, founded by Keef Jackman and Drew Bonnington, and over […]

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Posted 1st Mar 2018 15:45

Did you know? The Physics of playing guitar

Thank you TED ED very interesting

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Posted 6th Feb 2018 16:15

What’s on in February | Bishop’s Stortford

This year has had a good start. Let the fun continue with awesome events in Bishop’s Stortford this February… Benslow Music Concert Series Benslow Music Concert Series presents on Friday 9th February at 8 pm, the Maggini String Quartet.  In Benslow Music Hitchin Herts. Where: Benslow Music Hitchin Herts SG4 9RB When: Friday, February 9, 2018 Time: 8:00pm […]

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Posted 15th Jan 2018 11:41

What’s on in January | Bishop’s Stortford

It’s a new year with exciting new things happening around us. Have a look at what’s happening January in Stortford… Robinson Crusoe Friday, January 19, 2018 – 7:30pm to Saturday, January 27, 2018 – 7:30pm Little Hadham pantomime group presents Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates. Where: Little Hadham Village Hall When: Friday, January 19, 2018 to Saturday, January 27, 2018 Time:  […]

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Posted 5th Nov 2017 21:33

What’s on in November | Bishops Stortford

An exciting month is ahead this November… Shark in the Park Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope –but wait, is that a Shark, in the Park!? From the creative team behind ‘The Hairy Maclary show’ – see all 3 of Nick Sharratt’s ‘Shark in the Park’ books live on Stage! Featuring all 3 of […]

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Posted 25th Sep 2017 08:37

What’s on in September | Bishops Stortford

Summer might be over but there’s still loads to do in your area! Check it out… Hertfordshire’s Biggest Art Fair 2017 Venues are free to visit: each one is different so please check for individual opening times, artists, media and access. Where: Various – see website for details – http://www.hertsopenstudios.org.uk When: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 […]

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Posted 17th Jul 2017 17:41

End of Term Concert Summer 2017

A Great end to the Summer Term: Summer End of Term Concert 2017 A big shout out to our students and teachers for your hard work and commitment during the summer term! You were brilliant at the Summer End of Term Concert! Also, thank you to the parents for your continuous support. The staff at […]

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Posted 13th Jul 2017 10:29

Making a living as a musician ft. Steve Young & Samantha Walker

What does it take to make a living as a musician? Being a professional musician is probably one of the most interesting jobs but it certainly has its challenges. How exactly do you earn a living from making music? Can you really make a career out of it? There might be a few things you […]

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Posted 11th Jul 2017 14:49

What’s on in July | Bishops Stortford

It’s Summer time! The perfect time for festivals, live music, concerts and other great events. There’s a lot happening around, look out for some of the best events happening in Bishops Stortford or close by. Broome End Summer Fete Live Music/Line Dancing/BBQ/Bar/Outdoor Games/Tombola/Stalls/Chocolate Fountain/Roasted Marshmallows/Cake Stand + much more… Go along and support your local […]

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Posted 26th Jun 2017 14:37

How to use guitar effects pedals to get the tone you need

Do you know your Flangers from your Phasers? How about the difference between a Vibrato and a Tremolo? A very quick summary: Guitar effects pedals categories Four main categories of effect used to create guitar tones: Dynamic effect – a type of effect that shapes the volume of your guitar tone. Time-based effect – a […]

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Posted 19th Jun 2017 11:06

What’s on in June | Bishops Stortford

Summer is here! What’s happening this June… Year 2 Primary School Music Festival Over 400 children from local primary schools have been working together to celebrate their enjoyment of music and singing. Where: Rhodes Centre When: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Time: 1:45pm Tickets: £4 Click here for more information Live Midweek Music – Bill Cornell & […]

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Posted 2nd May 2017 11:33

What’s on in May | Bishops Stortford

Check out what’s happening in your area in the month of May… The Garth Brooks Story The Garth Brooks Story featuring Trevor Smith & his ‘Friends In Low Places’ band have been touring Ireland and parts of Europe for over 5 years now. This incredibly successful show pay’s tribute to the biggest selling solo artist […]

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Posted 5th Apr 2017 09:23

What’s on in April | Bishops Stortford

With Spring in the air, check out what’s happening in your area this month. Underground Sound: Stables + Alice Walker + I Am Alice Underground Sound: Bringing fantastic bands to your town. Live at The Long Room. Where: The Long Room, The Half Moon, Bishop’s Stortford When: Friday, April 7, 2017 Time:8:00pm – 11:30pm www.facebook.com/UndergroundSoundUK/ […]

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Posted 28th Mar 2017 15:18

Effects pedals: Overdrive, Distortion, Fuzz & Metal

What is the difference between overdrive, distortion, fuzz and metal effects for electric guitar? With electric guitar, you can use different effects pedals for different sounds. Oliver Poole, teacher at De Rosa Music, shows the difference between overdrive, distortion, fuzz and metal effects pedals. Danelectro pedals used in this demo in order of appearance: FAB […]

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Posted 1st Feb 2017 10:48

Roland FP30 Stage Piano Review

High-End Roland Piano Performance in a Compact, Go-Everywhere Design In today’s blog, we’re going to have a closer look at Roland’s FP30 portable digital piano. It’s not just affordable but offers Roland’s acclaimed sound, feel and modern features in a top quality 88 Fully Weighted note instrument that fits any space with ease. The FP30 […]

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Posted 11th Jan 2017 16:11

Renting good quality brass or woodwind instruments

Why renting a good quality brass or woodwind instrument is a better idea than buying cheap online In this week’s blog we’re going to dive into the renting of brass or woodwind instruments and why it’s better than buying a cheap instrument where you end up with a poor quality instrument. A few points to […]

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Posted 29th Dec 2016 15:22

Brass & Woodwind: Basic care and maintenance | Saxophone & Trumpet

Care for your Saxophone or Trumpet Regular cleaning and maintenance of your instrument is important for the instruments’ longevity as well as good instrument hygiene. Follow these simple maintenance and you can keep your instrument playing and looking its best for years. Basic care and maintenance of the Saxophone The basic maintenance and general care for your […]

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Posted 22nd Dec 2016 12:50

Brass & Woodwind: Basic care and maintenance | Clarinet & Flute

Care for your Flute or Clarinet Regular cleaning and maintenance of your instrument is important for the instruments’ longevity as well as good instrument hygiene. Follow these simple maintenance and you can keep your instrument playing and looking its best for years. Basic care and maintenance of a Clarinet After you finish playing your Clarinet One […]

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