Busking at Wellspring Op Shop Iluka

Busking at Wellspring Op Shop Iluka

On Friday I was lucky enough to be able to play my harp and banjo at the Wellspring Op Shop at Iluka. I feel very fortunate to have had an opportunity to play there. The people who run this Op Shop work very hard and do amazing things to support our local community.

In spite of rain threatening for most of the morning while I was there, I managed to avoid being rained out and met many lovely local people who came up to chat and listen to the music.

The Op Shop is open Wednesday 9am – 12pm, Thursday & Friday 9am – 3pm and Saturday from 9am – 1pm. The Food Pantry is now open at the new time of 9am – 2pm each Friday.

Being the last day of the school holidays meant that there were many children and families from all over who were out and about and keen to come and say hello. That was great and it really made my day. I hope I see more of those happy faces this term for music lessons. Term 4 lessons start from 14th Oct through to the 20th December.

Lessons with StringSong Music are available Mon-Fri from 10am to 7pm. I teach from my home in the Lower Clarence Valley or via Skype (Singing, Bass, Banjo, Celtic Harp & Autoharp, Flute, Guitar, Keyboard, Mandolin & Ukulele). I offer Casual and Ongoing rates for half an hour or 1 hour.

If you are interested in learning more you can contact me via my Contact Form.

StringSong Music – Leeann Flynn
Lower Clarence Valley – Ashby, Chatsworth Island, Gulmarrad, Harwood, Iluka, Maclean, Woombah, Yamba

What About the Bass

Have you ever thought to yourself “I love that cool groove, maybe I should learn the Bass Guitar”? If so then you’ve come to the right place.

Here are 10 reasons why playing bass is a fabulous musical pursuit:

  1. 1. The bass guitar has a rich sound that cannot be replaced by any other instrument.
  2. 2. It is versatile and adds depth to all musical styles and all bands need a bass player.
  3. 3. You can be both a percussionist and a note player all in one.
  4. 4. Without the bass player the band can and in some cases does loose their way.
  5. 5. The bassist and drummer can lead the band and keep the groove in place.
  6. 6. It is as complicated or as simple to play as you decide.
  7. 7. The bass can sound great whether you are a beginner or an experienced musician.
  8. 8. It is way more portable than a double bass and has a very satisfying sound.
  9. 9. You can be creative in developing your own runs and patterns.
  10. 10. There is so much music available to play on bass.

If you are interested in making an inquiry about Booking Leeann for Music  Lessons in the Lower Clarence Valley or via Skype (Singing, Bass, Banjo, Celtic Harp & Autoharp, Flute, Guitar, Keyboard, Mandolin & Ukulele)  or Performances please use Leeann’s Contact Form.

StringSong Music – Leeann Flynn
Lower Clarence Valley – Ashby, Chatsworth Island, Gulmarrad, Harwood, Iluka, Maclean, Woombah, Yamba

New Music

This week I’ve been fortunate enough to find these wonderful musicians. Let me know what you think…

John Adams –  The Things That Make You Beautiful

Callaghan – Crazy Beautiful Life

Marcio Novelli – Doctor, Please (ft. Alexisonfire’s Chris Steele)

Careless Sons – Carbon Dating

Jesse Will – Indigo

Kleanshot Sessions – The Framework Sessions: Pictures of My Game

Na Fianna – Step It Out Mary

Why Learning a Musical instrument is Beneficial…

If you were thinking that playing a musical instrument was something that only children gain benefit from, then you are only seeing a small part of how music can impact and improve everyone’s quality of life regardless of their age. Playing guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, keyboard, flute, harp & autoharp and using my voice has helped me to stretch and learn more about myself both as a learner and producer of music. I know first hand the benefits that come from playing and mastering the skills for playing an instrument.   

Here are some of the benefits I have personally experienced and researched:

  1. 1. The pleasure received from the instrument – playing music whether it be using your voice or any other physical instrument is a pleasurable experience which is different from merely listening to recorded music. Much has been written about the effect notes have on our physiology. String and wind instruments have a physical resonate through the body and have been scientifically shown to reduce stress levels, blood pressure and increase cardio vascular functioning
  2. 2. The joy of music can be shared with others – musical sounds provide a sense of well-being for the player and the listener
  3. 3. Developing skills of persistence – practicing, pondering and playing music helps the player to become more focused on skill development and mastery
  4. 4. Sense of self belief and confidence – learning music helps us understand our limitations and how we can overcome difficulty
  5. 5. Personal Achievement –  pushing boundaries of self expression and mastery helps us to understand what can be achieved through perseverance
  6. 6. Physical well-being, Pain relief  & reduction of blood pressure (W. A. Mozart, J. Strauss, and ABBA) Studies have shown the music of these artists to be of enormous help when played or listened to.
  7. Playing an instrument can distract us from pain and induce pain relief
  • 7. Stress relief – playing helps us to connect with ourselves and disconnect from our worries
  • 8. Co-processing – when we are playing an instrument  we are always doing more than one thing;
  • * reading the music (or remembering a piece),
  • * physically playing notes (left and right hand) –
  • * vocalist shape and use different parts of the left & right brain to create notes and sounds proficiently
  • * keeping time
  • * being aware of our surroundings, audience etc.
  • 9. Strengthens right –left brain connections – physical and mental co-ordination. Musicians are always integrating body-brain functioning and fine motor skills requiring deep level thinking
  1. 10. Communication development – playing and listening to music means being able express emotion and technical skill, playing with others means being able to listen and share thoughts about performance and expression of ideas
  2. 11. Long term and short memory gains – strengthening neurological pathways, requiring students to be tolerant of repetitive activity and creating new neural pathways as this happens
  3. 12. Self expression – connects us with our creativity and individual ability to express ourselves and use of higher level thinking and feeling
  4. 13. Connecting with others– Music helps us to connect with others without words with sounds and silences and develops Team building skills
  5. 14. Empathy  – helps us to be aware of deep feelings within ourselves and others and helps us identify with others.  
  6. 15. Inspiration  – the joy of music can be an inspiration for the creator as well as the listener
  7. 16. Versatility of being able to play solo and with others
  8. 17. Patience – allowing yourself and others to make progress at their own pace
  9. 18. Time Management – planning, practicing, organising thinking
  10. 19. Listening & Focusing – hearing yourself and others and reflecting on what is heard for self-improvement.
  11. 20. Community Engagement – connection with others around us, linking with people from all walks of life