Introducing FFM Member: JJ Appleby

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Winston Fraser – aka JJ Appleby – moved  to England. There he was part of the successful band, The Equators, who toured the UK, Spain, and even went to New Zealand.
He’s got a folksy, gospel sound, a unique Reggae twist, love songs, and a positive message.

Please check out JJ’s YouTube channel  and wonderful sunny mix of great original music.

Aria Elan “Hotter”

Aria Elan’s peace, one love and social justice lyrics are delivered with her signature smooth vocals. Set to a head bopping beat, the music makes you jump up and dance. Please subscribe to Aria Elan’s YouTube channel. You will receive a FREE download of one of Aria’s song when you subscribe to ariaelan.com

ROGER MOISAN SAYS, “MAKE IT LOOK EASY”

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roger moisanRoger Moisan is famous for having turned down a Pink Floyd gig. He’s the founder of Freedom for Musicians, an online platform for musicians and artists to maximize the potential to monetize their musical skills.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS

  1. The perils of “youthful arrogance.”
  2. There’s nothing more important to your performing career than your integrity.
  3. For every failure, there’s a moment of redemption.

ROGER’S WORST MOMENT AS A PERFORMER

“It was wrapped up in youthful arrogance. I had an audition in front of the brass musicians of the London Symphony for a scholarship sponsored by the LSO. I knew I had practiced it enough, although my teacher said differently. I had never rehearsed it with a pianist. AS it went from bad to worse, I was clamming up, my palms were becoming sweaty and I was looking right into the eyes of Maurice Murphy, one of my heroes on the trumpet.

“As we got to the slow section, Maurice walked up to me and said, ‘I think we’ll stop here.’ I had serious issues with performance anxiety after that for several months.”

QUOTABLE QUOTES

  • “I’ve had more fun sharing the story as to why I didn’t play with Pink Floyd than the gig would have been.”
  • “Prepare, Prepare, Prepare. The moment you think you’re prepared, start preparing.”

THE HOT SEAT

Q: It’s 5 minutes before you go on stage for an important performance… What are you doing?

A: Checking, checking, checking. My music, my trumpet, my valves, myself. I also visualize the performance beginning to end, and it’s perfect.

Q: What’s the best performance-related advice you’ve ever received?

A:  Concentrate on the sound. If the sound is horrible, no one wants to hear you. Make it look easy.

Q: Can you share one tip for our listeners to help deal with stage fright? (Physical, mental, etc.)

A: Prepare, prepare, prepare. And when you think you’ve prepared, start preparing. The moment you think you’ve got it put together is when you’re most prone to make mistakes.

Q: What’s a non-musical activity that contributes to your success as a musician?

A: Sport. Playing and watching. The discipline required to play sports can teach a lot to musicians.

Q: Imagine you’re on stage. It’s the end of the performance and the audience is on its feet, applauding. They don’t want any more and they don’t want any less. Everything is perfect. What have you just done?

A: I’m at Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms. I’m playing the Arutunian trumpet concerto in front of 3,000 people. It’s gone stunningly well. All those people that were in that terrible audition years ago are looking at me, saying, “Well done, Roger.”

You can now study online one-to-one with Roger Moisan

A new, exciting venture for professional orchestral players in the London area.

The Freedom Orchestra

A new, exciting venture for professional orchestral players in the London area.

For musicians, by musicians and free from exploitation is the mission statement of the now renown musicians cooperative Freedom For Musicians established in 2016 to provide promotional opportunities for all musicians across the world. This year, FFM announce the foundation of the UKs first fully cooperative orchestra based in South London. The Freedom Orchestra will be owned, run and staffed by its members, the players.

“The co-operative movement is a dynamic, creative mindset that roots long-term social value inside financial value. When you accord each individual the dignity of ownership you unleash creativity and innovation on a scale few traditional business leaders dare dream of.” Margaret Heffernan, A Bigger Prize, 2014

TFO now seek to build a database of interested orchestral musicians who are ready and qualified to become the first members of this exciting venture. If you are an experienced professional or final year music student, we would like to invite you to register your interest by completing the online form.

Behind the scenes, a lot of preparation is underway and in the near future, you will be invited to a founders meeting at Ruskin House, Croydon where the next steps will be outlined.

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Ruskin House, the home of TFO

What is a co-operative?

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The Fantastic Flutewise at Abbotsholme 2017

Young flute players always enjoy our courses at this beautiful venue. Book Flutewise today!

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Flutewise at Abbotsholme is a fantastic residential flute course for young players from the age of 8 to 18, from approximately Grade 1 to diploma level.  Abbotsholme is a beautiful venue in the heart of the countryside on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border near Alton Towers.
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Fantastic Flute Fun with Flutewise at Abbotsholme
The course runs from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 July and it is possible to come for the whole course or one or two nights only.
Discounts available for bookings before 30 June.
Full details can be found on our website.
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Beautiful Abbotsholme
The Flutewise Trust is a registered charity and has the highest possible child safe-guarding policies. We have been running course since 1988. During the course, which is staffed by extremely experienced flute teaches and professional players, we cover a wide range of playing, music making and performance as well as social activities. Everything is carefully planned with the individual in mind. Parents can rest assured that their young flute player will have a rewarding time in a safe, friendly and stimulating environment.
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Salute! An Exciting New Talent Competition

THE SALUTE COMPETITION REFLECTS THE DRAMATIC CHANGES IN THE WAY NEW MUSIC IS WRITTEN, RECORDED AND SHARED. CLICK THE RELEVANT LINK BELOW TO ENTER THE COMPETITION

GOOD LUCK, WE CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR YOUR TRACKS

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COMPETITION PROCESS

APRIL 2017 – COMPETITION OPENS
Salute website (desktop and mobile) open for music makers to enter the competition.

JULY 2017 – LISTENING AND WATCHING
Salute production team together with respected curators listen, rate, and create Top 100 Songs.
Contestants and fans, listen, watch, share music, vote, rate songs and build playlists.

AUGUST 2017 – TOP 100
The top 100 tracks are assembled for a final public vote, conducted through the Salute app and website.

SEPTEMBER 2017 – 6 FINALISTS
The top six songs, as voted for by the public, go through to the – The Salute Finals.

OCTOBER 2017 – WINNER
The 2017 Salute winner is announced and takes home a £50,000 cash prize. All other finalists take home £10,000 each

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STEP 1 – CREATE YOUR MUSIC

SALUTE is an alternative to the average UK talent show. We believe in the value and quality of UK music makers today and now is our chance to platform and reward you for your work on an unprecedented scale.

All genres of music, from all cultural backgrounds are welcome to our competition. We celebrate creativity so don’t hold back, we want to hear your most forward thinking and inspired work. If you have tracks that you have previously released via social media, Soundcloud or YouTube you are welcome to enter those tracks into the competition.

Tracks that has been previously released and are signed to a label or publisher are excluded.

Each Music Maker can submit up to 4 tracks into the competition, each track will be considered individually.

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STEP 2 – FILM YOUR VIDEOS

To enter the competition you need to submit a video of your music. The video can either be a live performance of your track that you’ve recorded on your phone or with a camera crew, or a pre-recorded audio track converted into mp4 video format.

If you’ve made a music video to showcase your music, even better! The music is the most important part for our curators, but the more effort you put into the video, the better chance you have to stand out with our audiences.

All videos submitted must be in mp4 video format and the maximum track length is 4 minutes.

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STEP 3 – SUBMIT YOUR TRACKS

Once you have your video/s ready, head over to the SALUTE website to submit your tracks. You can enter the competition as a solo songwriter or as a group of writers. Click the links below to begin the registration process.

At this stage you will be prompted to select how many tracks you wish to upload and enter into the competition. The cost of entry is £20 per track (maximum of four tracks).

Once the payment has processed you will be prompted to upload your videos (depending on your internet provider this may take a while).

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STEP 4 – CONFIRM YOUR DETAILS

Once the upload is complete, the final process is to tell us about the track and yourself.

You’ll be asked to:

  • give the track a name
  • tag any genre influences
  • write a short description of the track
  • upload a photo of yourself
  • add a thumbnail image for each video that you have uploaded

After that, you are good to go!

On completion of upload our team will review your entries to ensure they meet the Terms & Conditions, don’t worry, this won’t take long! You will then receive an email confirming you are a SALUTE MUSIC MAKER!

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DECLARATION AND RULES

SALUTE is open to Music Makers (song and music writers) and their collaborators.

RULES

Who can enter

  • 16+ year or age
  • UK resident
  • Solo writers or group writers
  • Only unsigned (record label, music publisher or any third party) music can enter the competition
  • Previously published music videos on the web, including social channels and streaming sites (YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook etc.) can be entered into the competition
  • Member of PRS and/or BASCA can enter the competition
  • £20 per entry

CONTEST AND MUSIC FORMAT:

  • Max of 4 tracks (EP) per entrant
  • Max 4 minute song length
  • Song and music will be judged on melody, composition, creativity, lyrics (if applicable), with less significance being placed on performance and production of video
  • Each submission must be in MP4 video format (not audio)
  • Electronic video submission through our website

For full details see our Terms and Conditions

Central Florida’s Best: Celebrate With Us!

Celebrate With Us!

Since opening for business last year, we’ve grown to a membership of more than 500 talented musicians and industry professionals. As a fast and simple solution to gig challenges, we’re celebrating with a special event. Save the date for June 28, 6-9:00 p.m. EST

Central Florida’s Best

Live Music
Complimentary Appetizers Free Drink or Cocktail
Door Prizes
Great Networking, and more!

Wednesday, June 28
6-9:00 p.m. EST

Jazz Tastings
164 Lake Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751

It’s like a backstage pass to meet the most sought after musicians in the area.

Pro Musician’s List Networking Event

PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS
INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
INDUSTRY EMPLOYERS

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

REGISTER NOW

JOIN OUR MEMBERSHIP FOR FREE!
OUR FOUNDERS

Karen Kai Alece Hodge and Rachelle Bivins launched Pro Musician’s List in early 2016. Both Jacksonville, Florida natives are accomplished entrepreneurs, currently residing in Central Florida.

Karen is a pop, soul, R&B, and jazz vocalist, writer, and band leader of Kai Alece & Company Dance Band. The artist’s latest release is a smooth jazz CD titled, REASON SEASON OR LIFETIME. Karen is a co-owner of Abyss Jazz Magazine.

Rachelle is the creator of Abyss Live, a Jacksonville, Florida entertainment live music night. She is also a co-owner of Abyss Jazz Magazine.

The Valve-less Scale Exercise For Trumpet

The valve-less scale exercise.  

This is an advanced exercise for trumpet players to help develop embouchure strength, pitch surety and control.

  1. Play a strong low F to establish pitch.
  2. Remove the tuning slide and play the same note. Hold the instrument lightly and finger as if playing normally.
  3. Slowly, play up the F major scale trying to pitch and centre each note. This will be very difficult to start with especially the first 3 notes after the F. The G, A and Bb are outside the natural harmonics on the leadpipe.
  4. As the notes begin to sound more easily, play the F major scale up and down slowly. (Always finger the notes as if playing normally)
  5. Finally, replace the tuning slide and play the F major scale again slowly without the valves.

This exercise can be extended into other keys and also into playing melodies. I like to play ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ after the scale exercise.

Caution! This exercise is extremely tiring and should only be performed after a good warm up and rest for 5 minutes before continuing practising.

Never play this exercise in the ear shot of a fixer! They won’t understand and will think you can’t play.

Study online with Roger Moisan

The Proms 2017 season is here!

What’s On

Ariana Grande’s Emotional ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ in Manchester

Benefit concert raises over $10 million for victims of terror attack

Ariana Grande closed out her One Love Manchester benefit concert with an emotional rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Ariana Grande closed out her One Love Manchester benefit concert with an emotional rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” a tribute to the 22 people killed in the terror attack in the British city less than two weeks ago.

Near the end of the song, Grande became overcome with emotion and had to stop the performance before the cheers of the crowd powered her toward the finale of The Wizard of Oz classic.

Grande was a fixture throughout the three-hour concert, performing alongside Cyrus, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas, Mac Miller, Victoria Monet in addition to playing her own hits.

According to the Red Cross U.K., the benefit concert raised over $9 million. “Well, the fantastic news is we’ve already raised around 7 million pounds [$9 million],” chief executive Mike Adamson told the Associated Press. “And we expect to raise another one and half million pounds from ticket sales tonight and then further funding from the TV rights and merchandising. So, we’re really looking to appeal that’s going to move towards 10 million pounds.”

The all-star One Love Manchester concert’s second-to-last song featured many of the artists involved – Ariana Grande, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams and more – joining Grande onstage for “One Last Time,” with the artists clapping and cheering along to the My Everything song:

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