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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Get a Great Singer for Your Event

Learn about the Pricing

What is your budget? You need to think about that before you hire a singer for a party. They need to be able to fulfil the obligation for the amount of money you have available. It doesn’t hurt to ask them to negotiate though. They may be willing to do it for the price you offer rather than their asking price. If they can’t, then you have to look for another provider.

The amount of time you will hire them for can influence price. If you want to hire a singer for a party and no one else, you may have to reduce the amount of time they perform in order for it to fit your budget. Be flexible with your terms and options and you will find a way to make it all work out.

Listen to their Music

Take the time to really listen to their music too. Don’t hire a singer for a party based on the way they sound with one particular song. You may love that one, but how is their voice for a full range of songs? The more you hear from them the easier it is for you to decide if they will be a good fit for the event.


Do they have a good reputation when it comes to being easy to work with? Not all performers are and you don’t need the headaches. Do your research to find out about them and how they have interacted with events in the past. This can help you to avoid serious problems at the event.

Work out the Details

Depending on the provider, you may be working with their agent and not the signer in person. Either way, communication is key to working out the details. Make sure you get a written contract that covers all the details. This includes when they will perform, for how long, and where. Do you need to provide a microphone or other items or will they bring their own?

When you hire a singer for a party it is easy to assume they will have all of their own equipment. That is often the case but you should verify that information. You may have to pay a deposit at the time of the booking. Then the balance due will be paid at the end of their performance for the event.

Ideal First Instrument

I have played the piano since I was in the third grade. Although the lessons only lasted a little over a year as my teacher moved away, I loved the keys, the challenge, and the fun of coordinating left and right hands while transferring notes on a page to movement across the keys. Although practicing has been sporadic, including dedicated weeks of hitting the keyboard every day to long droughts of nothingness, when I return to my dedicated mode, I just love the relaxation and mind-hand coordination that the piano brings.

My husband is also a great lover of music. Unfortunately, he did not take piano lessons or take any instrument classes in school and so he missed out on this adventure. Desiring to learn to play now, he considered the guitar but felt his fingers were too wide and rigid for quick fingerings over the strings. The piano appeared too complicated and so he finally settled on the harmonica. Our daughter had given him one as a gift a few birthdays ago and so we drug it out of the closet and he began to play. I do mean play because even with a novice, it is difficult to blow a harsh note unless you are really working at huffing and puffing like crazy. Nice music flows on the first blow.

Now maybe this flow is not quite the accustomed pattern of notes, but the sound is still nice. When played along with a recording of a song it can blend very well when right key is in synch. Several songs entered his repertoire, a favorite being the birthday tune, now played at all family celebrations. The grandkids love his harmonica with our little granddaughter using Grandpa’s chest as a pillow as his tunes lull her to sleep. Our grandson wants to become a harmonica player, too, however his blasts blew out the reeds and several notes no longer play on the original harmonica. Searching extensively I found a music store near my sister’s and the chief instructor guided me through everything I needed to know about buying good harmonicas plus many extra tips on the side. One included a slow warm-up on the notes with no food in the mouth a la grandson who created the breakdown of the first harmonica. With new harmonicas in main keys in hand, I exited the music store excited about my purchase and newly gained knowledge to share with my husband, plus I had two children’s harmonicas so that Grandpa’s will remain functional. In addition to giving them a start in music, we now have a trio performing at our house.

Buying Vinyl Records

You will also find that the vinyl can give you a certain style which is beneficial. They are very slim and yet large is overall size, but this can make them the perfect choice based on your storage solution. You will find more vinyl on a shelf than you will CDs and if you are looking at building a collection and having an extensive range of genres to enjoy, then vinyl may be the way to go now and moving forward.

The great thing when you buy a vinyl is you have a physical copy of the song or album that you enjoy. While downloading music is great and convenient and sometimes more affordable, you never have a tangible item you can touch and read. With a vinyl you get that item, you can read through the song list and make your selection.

Of course you are investing is what today is considered “vintage.” Vinyl were the top choice for music up to around the late 1970’s when cassette tapes all became the rage. While they may be considered a vintage item, they are increasing in popularity again with turntables being readily available in a number of stores around the world.

The final benefit you may not be aware of is that you can enjoy a good return on your investment when it comes to vinyls. Bear in mind that these can scratch, but if you can get your hands on a superior quality record and hold onto it for a couple of years, you will find it is worth more in the long run. This is ideal for those who are looking to build up their collection.

There are some very important factors to take into consideration when you buy vinyl, especially when buying online. One of the biggest problems faced with records was scratches and to find a record without a scratch is not going to be an easy task. This is why its imperative that you only purchase from a reputable company that is managed by an enthusiastic team of record traders.

Take the time to learn as much about the company as you can, this means reading online reviews, reading their about us section and identifying their turnaround and delivery times. See if the company offers a returns policy and their take on customer service.

What is more important is that you need to know you are dealing with a real company that is operated by real people, which is why you are going to want to search their site for a phone number and physical address. Take the time to pick up the phone and speak to one of their representatives before making the decision on whether to buy a vinyl from them or not.

Jazz Guitar Standards

Kenny was lucky to have a musical background. His father was a banjoist, his mother a pianist, and both brothers were guitarists. Many of Burrell’s friends at the Miller High School in Detroit were musicians including jazz pianist Tommy Flanagan and bassist Calvin Jackson. His music director at school was Louis Cabrara and he proved most influential in helping to form Kenny’s musical career. It is intriguing to note that other ex-pupils of Miller High School were vibraphonist Milt Jackson and saxophonists Yusef Lateef and Pepper Adams.

Kenny Burrell’s early heroes were jazz guitar players Charlie Christian and Oscar Moore. By 1948 he already was well-respected in his area for his guitar skill. He played in lots of groups in the Detroit area including a spell in 1951 with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie at the Club Juana. In 1955 he led his own group, then left to replace jazz guitar player Herb Ellis in the Oscar Peterson Trio. Burrell stuck with Peterson for only 6 months and then left Detroit to settle in New York.

After showing up in New York in 1956 Kenny Burrell was first contracted by pianist Hampton Hawes. Burrell did spend some time playing with Broadway theater orchestras (including the popular programs “Bye Bye Birdie” and “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”) but managed to keep a continuous professional career in jazz for almost eighteen years on the East Coast.

From 1952-53 Burrell studied the classical guitar with Joe Fava and now often includes this method of playing as part of his jazz concerts. He also decided to study music theory and composition and in 1955 acquired his Bachelor of Music degree from Wayne State University. In 1957 he performed with Benny Goodman’s orchestra.

Kenny Burrell’s interest in promoting the guitar is seen by his participation for a number of years with a jazz club in New York called “The Guitar”. This venture, unfortunately now closed, was the brainchild of fellow Detroit musician Fred Hayes with whom he had actually studied at Wayne University.

In 1973 Burrell moved to Los Angeles where he ended up being actively involved with studio work. At the very same time he also preserved a rigorous schedule of jazz club, concert appearances, and teaching which continues to this day. Since 1978 he has taught the History of Jazz and American Music at UCLA during the winter season term.

While Kenny Burrell’s most remarkable jazz recordings are from several decades earlier, he continues to be one of the most well-respected jazz guitar players on today’s scene. He has won lots of jazz publication readers and critics polls and continues to record regularly. It is said that Duke Ellington let it be known that Kenny Burrell was his favorite jazz guitar player!