Welcome

 

Hi, I’m Ash Turner. I’m a UK (Chester/North West) based Drummer / Percussionist & Musician, available for shows and sessions. I perform in various cover and original outfits, also keeping busy with a lot of freelance dep work and recording sessions. I’m versatile with and enjoy playing in many styles of music and work well with music notation and charts – examples of my notation can be found on my transcriptions page. Airplay credits (recorded & live sessions) include SKY Television, BBC Radio 6Music, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Merseyside, Amazing Radio, Radio Clwyd and more.

Bio

I got into music at the age of 7 when took piano and keyboard lessons, soon followed by guitar. I then began to play drums in my early teen years and developed a true passion for all things rhythmical. By my late teens, I had gained a lot of experience performing and touring (nationally and internationally) and teaching many students with varying degrees of ability.

I moved to the North West of England when I was 18 to complete an Undergraduate and then a Master’s Degree in Music at University of Chester. During this time I developed my technical ability and gained a lot of recording and playing experience.

Below you will find various recordings, videos and transcriptions I’ve put together, along with a blog I started as part of my Master’s Degree to log and track some of my thoughts and findings.

Deadlines

The joys of having all of your work due in at the same time!. I’m currently working on the mechanics of music module, in which I’m analysing the harmonic language of Steely Dan (although, I am slightly worried that I have enjoyed putting this case study together..) Also, I’ve been making the final preperations for the second recital. I’m going into this recital feeling a lot better than when I did the first one. I think I’m a lot more confident with my parts, and I’ve had more rehearsals with the band. Anyway, back to this case study! Hopefully this time next week, I’ll be able to enjoy the weather without stressing about work (for a day or two at least)

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Gradual Progress

So with a month to go until the next recital I decided to stand back, have a look at my progress and work out what’s left to do:.

Songs choices made and bands picked (99%). Songs all transcribed, venues are booked (28th & 29th May 2012) and I’ve almost got all of my own parts down (..which is always handy..) Next steps, get the bands together for a couple of rehearsals, to make sure all of the parts fit together nicely and polish it up. That, and also promotion of the actual event! The Mechanics of Music module is also looming over, due in around the same time as the recital. Half way through the course and I’ve had a few different thoughts. No regrets at all, but I can imagine how much more time I would have to devote to the course if I wasn’t working alongside the MA. It’s one of those vicious circles though; work to fund course – work gets in way of course. Ah well! still enjoying every minute of it so that’s always a good thing, even if I have shaved a few years off my life with the stress!

There’s Light at the End of the Tunnel!

The blog has been rather quiet this month which pretty much sums everything up! Not had chance to do anything – full steam ahead with work. The set for the next recital is pretty firm now, and I have got almost all of the parts transcribed. The work has been mounting up recently and the productive day I’ve had today couldn’t have come at a better time. I can now devote much more of my time to rehearsing the actual pieces, rather than transcribing, deciding on and learning them. So with the songs picked and almost all transcribed, the next step is to start promoting, and rehearsing. I’ve been in contact with different musicians to try and get a band confirmed and it’s coming along. A few emails have been sent to the venue- no reply, so that one thing to chase up. Once that’s done and there are a few posters around I’ll be able to relax a little. I can honestly say that since starting this second recital, the day after I finished the first one, today has been the first day where I can ‘see the light at the end of the tunnel’, so to speak. That ‘light’ isn’t applicable to Zappa’s ‘Black Page’ just yet though; that song is a complete maze. Well I’ll keep at it I guess!

Anyway, here is the picture so far regarding the set:

  • Steely Dan – Aja
  • Frank Zappa – Andy
  • Frank Zappa – The Black Page
  • D’angelo – Spanish Joint
  • Paul Simon – Late In The Evening
  • Sonny Rollins – St Thomas
  • Vinnie Colaiuta – Subway
  • Jeff Beck – Led Boots
(Roughly 38-40min – Required: 45min)

Currently on the fence with:

  • Tower Of Power – Only So Much Oil In The Ground

And as always, the ‘floaters’:

  • George Duke – It’s On
  • Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take Five

I have noticed that I picked this set in a similar way to the first recital set. I settled on one song which I knew would be in (Billy Cobham – Sorcery / Steely Dan – Aja) and then branched off from there. In hindsight, maybe that’s why recital 1 had a little more of a ‘fusion’ edge, where as this recital is a little more ‘world’ orientated? Having said that, I knew from the start that this time I wanted to branch out into some world and latin grooves. I suppose when you break it down, I’ve just picked what I enjoy; listening to, and playing. Because I guess at the end of the day, that’s what it’s really all about.