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Summary of 2013

It’s been a while since I last posted. I hope everybody’s had a wonderful Christmas.

The last year has been an interesting one and many things have changed.

I left my previous employment as a music tutor and became self-employed. This gave me more time for myself; I felt my own development as a musician became stifled when I was teaching all the time. Teaching fewer pupils has allowed me to progress with my own skills, which in turn has fed my teaching. I feel that I’ve learned a huge amount from my pupils this year – their individuality has forced me to reinvent my teaching style again and again, to be as versatile as possible so that I can serve them best and provide the most effective education.

Early on in the year the band I was playing with broke up. Although a sad event in itself, it paved the way for the formation of a new band, Velvet-Goldmine. We’ve spent the year writing and learning a large amount of songs and we recently recorded five songs in the studio for a new album. We still have a session of mixing to do but they already sound great! Expect to hear some of them soon!

I also joined another band, Heavy Duck, which was originally formed 8 years a go (under a different name) by a good friend of mine whilst we were at college. It’s been a nice change of pace for me playing lead guitar and I’m looking forward to writing some new material with them. This band has also been in the studio recording a new album recently – we have a couple more sessions to go, but I’m eager to hear the end result!

This year has also been about learning.

I rediscovered my love of composing music and set about learning how to use recording software to create the music I hear in my head. I’ve been enjoying navigating the technical hurdles and figuring out how everything works. There’s still a lot for me to learn, but I’m fascinated by every new problem.

I also started training to become a practitioner in the Feldenkrais Method. The method utilises movement to aid learning – old patterns of movement and habits are broken up and a new improved co-ordination is developed. It’s great for anyone that has to perform (actors, dancers, musicians, athletes), and as an aid to recovering from injuries, or for those that feel that the way they move is hindering them in some way.

My first training segment was in October – as a learning experience it was incredible and I returned refreshed and full of new ideas for teaching.

All in all, 2013 has been great and I’m really excited about the new year.

I hope 2014 will be great for everyone.
Nick