Category Archives: Attitude

Today’s Quote

Wagner

“I do not need prodigy pupils, only gifted mothers.”

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人生旅程目的之一: 學習

沒有人一出世便懂拉琴彈琴,樂手,音樂師,作曲家們都要經過不斷的學習,反覆練習、和自省,才有進步。

在上堂時,我其中一個習慣是會不斷詢問學生問題:有時或是關於樂理的,有時是關於歌曲背景,或作曲家作曲的原意,又或者是關於他們對歌曲的感覺,喜歡或不喜歡等。。。

今天的學生,在我問題中,不敢回答,口中說著什麼的,但聲量卻弱得不得了。是害怕答錯了被我罵吧。

學生的職責,就是學習不懂的知識,有不懂的就要不恥下問。

 

Life of a musician

Life as a musician is not easy. Sometimes , you have to work till very late (lesson off at 22:30, by the time you arrived home , it’s already 23:00 or later) , while others you have to wake up early for competition, for other events like performance for ceremony which starts early in the morning..

Like today , I woke up at 06:00 and travelled to place far away for inter schools music competition.

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工作態度

近來,我老師對我頗有微言,他認為我覺得伴奏的角色不重要,自己的功課就練得爐火純精,但對伴奏的態度,卻遠遠不如。

「現在科技太進步了,只要別人在YouTube或CD或其它媒介聽過,知道伴奏是什麼樣子,來夾琴卻是這樣子,你看會有什麼結果? 」

「要客戶回來找你,你應要做到最好的心態,要無人能及的專業伴奏服務才是。」 Continue reading 工作態度

The Price of Musicians

How much should musician charge for an event?

Recently, a friend of mine asked me the price of playing music in a wedding banquet. After quoting the services and price, he was quite shocked and told me I should lower my own price.

How much is reasonable? From point of the customer, the cheaper the better, right? From point of service provider, the higher the price, the better. If I tell u I charge $1000 hk dollars per hour for playing music, what do you think?

The value of the service is not only limited to the hour’s presence in the event. Before that, we musicians need to arrange songs, organise regular practice hours, which is also parts of our costs. As freelancer, one hour practice means one hour less opportunity for teaching and earning. What customer, you, buying is the expertise and the high quality services. This is important in every circumstances. No one want their own wedding, the once a life time’s moment to be ruined by an accidental crashed notes, wedding with background goes wrong could be a disaster. What you need is professional musicians, who always practice. Who treated their job, and their professions seriously.

Long hours practice, careful and skillful song arrangement tailor-made for you. such as, some couples may want the songs to be played with violin and piano, while the original version is purely for piano only. this is where our expertise comes in place.

We deserve to be paid highly. most of us started our practice and learning since the age of only 3. When others are spending their time on television, playing on the ground or messing around with friends, we mess around with our instruments. We, musicians are professional in terms of our attitudes towards music learning. I cannot say ALL musicians are like this. but i can assure you that I really feel angry and frustrated when people dared to ask why I deserve to be paid such high price. My response? turn my head away and feel sorry for him  / her. As he or she just missed a chance of getting high quality service.

When the timing is wrong:

When choosing the song wrongly:

photo: Shing@Cloverland , Ellen Thong,  Rod@Cloverland, Michelle@Coverland, C Fu Kwan @ Cloverland. playing music at wedding banquet.