How do musicians get to orchestra?

This cartoon is available on t-shirts, mugs, cushions and other gifts from the Sterry Cartoons Shop. Silly  Methods of Musical Transport: Boat Bass Paddling to a gig in a fibreglass double bass. Apparently someone used to make fibreglass double basses in Salcombe, and they were perfectly fine if you used the body of the bass as a boat. Walking/Weightlifting Walking back from a gig with a very, … Continue reading How do musicians get to orchestra?

Evolution of Music Shirts for every Instrument!

I bought my bassist boyfriend an evolution of music t-shirt for his birthday and have since had a few people ask if they exist for their instrument. Here’s a big list of Evolution of Music Shirts (and Amazon Links) for all of the different instruments I could find! BONUS SHIRT – Rock Darth Vader I hope you found the instrument you were looking for! Continue reading Evolution of Music Shirts for every Instrument!

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How to cope when you’re stuck on a First Great Western train for 10 hours

Last Sunday, I was one of the passengers stranded on the Penzance to London train. Luckily my boyfriend had remembered to bring Pass the Pigs, we amused ourselves by drawing temporarily invisible moustaches on pictures with magic pens (a brilliant birthday present from Anya of Total Monkery) and there was a ‘Stress Channel’ on the train radio, which we attempted to listen to without giggling. … Continue reading How to cope when you’re stuck on a First Great Western train for 10 hours

The Sterrys: Tuesday night is music night

The 25th of September marks the last Tuesday Night is Music Night of this year and I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone at The Cottage Hotel, on behalf of The Sterrys, because we’ve had an amazing time. It’s been great fun playing at The Cottage Hotel every week this summer and we’ve met some wonderful people, tasted some absolutely amazing food … Continue reading The Sterrys: Tuesday night is music night

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Replacing Piano Bridle Straps

Today I spent some time replacing a few of the worn out tapes in our upright piano with clip on bridle straps (I found a relatively inexpensive full set of tapes here) after getting fed up with hitting ‘dead’ notes when trying to play. Replacing the clip-on tapes was fairly simple and went something like this: Remove the old, worn-out tape. Clip the new tape on … Continue reading Replacing Piano Bridle Straps

The Sterrys have a new website!

The Sterrys have a new website! http://sterrys.com/ At the moment it’s just bare bones, but I’m really glad we’ve finally got something up! I’m hoping to get some good images from a photoshoot on Thursday, so it should be updated fairly soon. I should probably mention that John (in the middle in the picture above) isn’t really that short, he’s just sat down at the … Continue reading The Sterrys have a new website!

Free Classical Sheet Music from the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)

I’ve just found out about the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP). They provide a brilliant website for finding free classical music scores and seem to just generally have a really good collaborative/community attitude. Here’s what they have to say on their website: “We at the IMSLP believe that music should be something that is easily accessible for everyone. For this purpose we have created a music … Continue reading Free Classical Sheet Music from the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)

Live Music at The Cottage Hotel

On the 1st January I’ll be in Hope Cove at The Cottage Hotel playing jazz flute with John (keyboard) and Joe (sax) as part of “The Sterry Family”. If you’ve not been to The Cottage before, it’s a hotel with a stunning sea view, really good food and the people running it are lovely (they’re even nice to musicians!!!). I chose to go there for my … Continue reading Live Music at The Cottage Hotel