Jay Stapley

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Authenticity Part II

The “A” word reared its ugly head again in a recent Facebook exchange concerning authenticity in Live Performance Workshops in…

How To Make A Living As A Pop Musician Part 2

How To Make A Living As A Pop Musician Part 2 Play other artists’ music. Play in Cover bands: this…

How To Make A Living As A Pop Musician Part 1

How To Make A Living As A Pop Musician Part 1 As promised: the following post is the first instalment…

Diary of a Working Musician 18 Feb 2017: sight-reading Tubular Bells

Sight-reading Tubular Bells

How to Play the song, not your instrument.

In a previous post Session work: what is required? I mentioned that the secret to being a good session player (in fact,…

Online sessions: two in a day!

I had two sessions yesterday and they represented the wide range of this kind of work. The first was for…

How do I break into the music business?

Ah, the big questions: gotta love ’em:-) A student at a Uni where I used to teach messaged me asking…

Session work: what is required?

I was involved in an interesting exchange on a college Facebook post recently. The student was bemoaning the removal of Fusion…

Online sessions: 4 in 3 days!

I’ve just completed my 4th online session in 3 days. I’ll be putting a masterclass together on how to do…

Memory Lane in Germany Part II

In the years between 1985 and 2016 I must have done the trip to and from Germany dozens of times but…

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