A Guide For ALL Organists
& Keyboard Players
NOW AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD IN PDF. FORMAT!
new 2nd Edition!
Written by Neil Blake, himself a
musician with over 30 years experience of
playing to an audience. This book covers virtually
EVERY aspect of ‘playing for money’…. in
great detail! This is the book you NEED to take
your music out to the masses. Don’t keep it to
yourself, GO OUT AND MAKE SOME MONEY FROM YOUR
The original print run of 500
copies are completely SOLD OUT! Rather than
produce a further batch of 500, Neil decided to
update and upgrade this edition to include the
information he wanted to place in the original,
but had no room or time to do so.
He also wants to share with you
the many new ideas, tips and tricks he’s picked
up since the publication of the last book.
More importantly, he wants to
give you the FULL DETAILS of all the priceless
CONTACTS he’s come across, mostly the vast
websites which he has painstakingly hand picked
and researched on your behalf! These have taken
weeks to find and research - worth the price of
the book alone!
Let’s take a look at what you’ll
find within the pages of this essential book for
all keyboard players and organists (whether you’re
out to make money OR if you’re simply a home
player requiring tips and tons of FREE stuff!)
How to overcome nerves
& how to RELAX!
Playing to an audience,
have them laughing at themselves and
remembering you fondly for it!
Auditions and how to pass
them with ease.
Making mistakes and
actually putting them to your advantage! DON'T
DO A GIG UNTIL YOU'VE READ THIS!
8 different ways of finding
work & which one works the best!
Adding HUMOUR to your
performance. Large, updated section packed
with witty one-liners, hilarious jokes,
heckler stoppers, funny introductions +
Choosing the right
equipment, and how to buy CHEAP (covers buying
second hand AND new). How to strike the BEST
deals, and what NOT to buy.
Getting the best sound on
Singalongs & a list of
the songs your audience simply CAN’T resist
singing along to!
Working with a drummer,
counting in etc.
Backing club acts.
Preparing for it, dressing room rehearsals,
what to do if there are no chord symbols on
the music, hand signals revealed etc. (No, not
Backing volunteer singers
(the “Free & Easy”... extensive
section) – including how to busk, what to
expect, find the singer’s key, fool-proof
introductions, and a list of the 60 most
requested songs you’ll come across.
Singing and playing – yes
you CAN do it! Includes a list of the EASIEST
songs to sing – and even the easiest keys to
sing them in!
Working in a band, trio or
duo. Including sections on rehearsals,
management, agents, getting gigs and how to
get more money out of every gig!
Using a simple £200
karaoke machine to boost your income at every
gig, and the cheapest place in the world to
get the discs!
Teaching for a living &
how to do it WITHOUT a single qualification
Working in a music shop,
the 10 main advantages (and the pitfalls), how
to SELL SELL SELL, and the BEST things to sell
for maximum commission!
Backing tracks...all the
different formats and how they are used
Running a music quiz
(including sample questions and blank quiz
sheet to photocopy)...plus lots more!
for dancing? Take a look at this…
The book also includes an
extensive section devoted to one of the most
controversial forms of entertaining...playing for
How to successfully play
for modern, ballroom and sequence dancing. All
the “do’s and don'ts”
The correct standard dance
tempos, and why some of them are WRONG (I list
the tempos you should be using!)
Choosing the right dances,
and the right songs for each dance!
Over 30 pages of lists,
giving you hundreds of suggested song ideas to
play to each dance, like 270+ Quickstep songs,
280+ Foxtrots, 100+ Old Time Waltzes, 65
Sambas, 90 Cha Chas, 60+ Tangos, 100+ Rhumbas,
Jives, Veletas, Barn Dances etc – all in
neat, alphabetical tables with extra blank
columns for you to customise & fill, add
key signatures, book/page numbers etc
Sequences, counting the
bars and finishing at the right time etc.
How to get the tempo right
every time – even without any audio or
visual indication (from memory!). Little known
Intros and endings...the
keys to success in playing for dancing. All
the tips and tricks!
you need to know about...
Working in Old Folk’s
Restaurants / lounge /
cocktail bars (including a list of the most
beautiful songs you could possibly play!)
(including 200+ essential party song
The keyboard society
circuit etc. (including 200+ essential
Instrumental song suggestions)
What to play, what to say, and
what you can expect to earn in each venue etc.
Minding your own
business...tax tips etc.
Life “on the road”,
including checklists, insurance, lifting,
loading & carrying tips.
The Internet & why you
need it – including how you can access the
internet without even OWNING a computer!
Finding work on the
internet & where to advertise your
services for FREE!
Online lessons, games,
scales & chords, teaching tips,
songwriters’ resources, forums, subscribe to
up to 300 FREE music related e-zines, download
over 50 free music newsletters, free music
programs, and services galore!!!
Cheapest place to buy your
CDs and DVDs. Up to 40% off retail
Where to buy ORIGINAL &
out-of-print sheet music at around £2 per
Where to buy the most
beautiful (and cheap) UNIQUE showbiz stage
wear, ties, waistcoats, jewellery, gifts and
stationary (superb Scottish mail order
a little known website where you can download
mp3 tracks for just 8p each - from The Beatles
to Sinatra. Thousands and thousands of songs
all easy to download to your PC - and best of
all its safe and virus free!
All those promised CONTACT
DETAILS for FREE sheet music, FREE lyrics, FREE
midifiles to 100,000s of songs: CLASSICAL, POP
& ROCK, COUNTRY & WESTERN, JAZZ, BLUES,
SHOWTUNES, FILM & TV THEMES, CHRISTMAS SONGS,
CHILDREN’S SONGS, ROCK’N’ROLL, 50’s, 60’s,
70’s, 80’s, 90’s right up to today’s
charts FREE!!! But ONLY if you know where to look!
(Most midifile sites have disappeared...THESE
HAVEN’T...yet!)…..and much, MUCH, more!
Over 120 places to visit
for FREE MIDIFILES, FREE SHEET MUSIC,
and FREE LYRICS to 100,000s of
songs! In fact, everything you need as a musician!
All at the touch of a button!
NEW! Incredible New Book!
OK, it's nothing much to do with music, but
nevertheless a fantastic new
FUN BOOK by Neil Blake. ONLY
THE ULTIMATE FUN
BOOK YOU SIMPLY CAN’T PUT DOWN!
It happens to us all! You’re on that
all-important first date; or you’re out socialising with friends; having
a business lunch with the boss; chatting to a neighbour in the street;
making conversation with a stranger on a long train journey; or simply
talking to a loved one over a romantic dinner.
Before long, the conversation starts to wear a little
thin, subject matters disappear, and you’re left with an awkward,
embarrassing ‘pregnant pause’, which could only be filled with the
words "SAY SOMETHING!" screamed out loud to fill the void.
That’s where this brilliant new book comes in.
When you’re stuck for something to say, need to
strike up a conversation quickly, or you simply want to get to know the
other person better – pull out ‘1001’.
There are over 1000 interesting
‘personal’ questions to choose from – any one of which could (and
probably will) spark off an interesting conversation that could lead,
This book is also an essential party companion. Whip
this out at any gathering (bide your time at funerals!), and you’ll be
chattering into the early hours.
The questions provoke amusing replies, shocking
revelations, silly answers, life-long secrets, nostalgic flashbacks,
loving memories, gasps of disbelief, intelligent insights, and sexy
disclosures. The conversations that ensue will bring laughter… and
tears. But boredom will become a thing of the past. Just don’t milk it -
OK? Warning: ONLY THE BRAVEST PEOPLE WILL GET THROUGH THE LAST CHAPTER!
As a taster for the book, we’ve chosen a few icebreakers totally
Which famous person would you
least like to be stuck in a lift with?
What was your favourite childhood
If you were to executed in the
morning, what would be your last meal?
What’s the nicest thing
you’ve ever smelt?
Describe your dream home.
Who is the ugliest person you
What TV programs did you love as
If you could change anything
about your body, what would it be?
Where was the most unusual place you had sex?
What is the most frightening
thing you've ever seen?
Who is the richest person you
Which bad habit irritates you the
Are you for or against capitol
Whose bed would you least
like to wake up in?
Order your ideal Indian meal.
What would you like to be doing 5
years from now?
Which celebrity would you most like to see
What's the worst service you ever
had from a shop?
Have you ever seen a ghost?
What song would be absolute
torture to have to sit through over and over again?
- THERE ARE 981
MORE TERRIFIC QUESTIONS IN THE BOOK!
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