A Wrap Up of Weddings in 2018

WOW what an incredible year!

I don’t know what people mean by bridezilla because I’ve been lucky to have awesome clients (knock on wood).

I’m digging how brides these days are choosing songs that are meaningful to them (ex. Black Hole Sun, Led Zeppelin, etc.).

Here are the most popular songs I played for weddings in 2018:

Prelude:

  • Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

  • Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis

  • Hallelujah - Rufus Wainwright

  • What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

Processional:

  • A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

  • Canon in D

  • Perfect - Ed Sheeran (I called this one!)

Recessional:

  • Marry You - Bruno Mars

  • All You Need Is Love - The Beatles

  • You Are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne

Phoenix venues I played at this year:

  • Villa Siena

  • Legacy Ballroom

  • Royal Palms

  • Sassi

  • McDowell Mountain Ranch

  • Country Club at DC Ranch

  • Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse

  • Desert Botanical Gardens

  • Omni Scottsdale at Montelucia

  • Biltmore

  • Estancia Club

  • JW Marriott

  • Venue at the Grove

  • El Chorro

Sedona venues:

  • Tlaquepaque Chapel

  • L’Auberge de Sedona


The two venues I was most impressed with were Venue at the Grove and L’Auberge. While L’Auberge was certainly one of the more difficult weddings I’ve played due to the terraced lawns and the rain (see previous post), it was incredibly beautiful.

Venue at the Grove is a cute spot in Phoenix that reminded me of the East Coast - a huge lawn with towering trees and a massive patio perfect for dinner and dancing.

Can’t wait to see what 2019 brings 🍾🎶

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Sedona Wedding Venue: L'Auberge de Sedona

Rain or shine, The Wedding Gals make wedding music happen for our clients.

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The bride’s processional “Black Hole Sun” was serendipitous as it was raining up until the very last minute she walked down the aisle.

Jenna and Colby had very specific music tastes - from their bridal party processional, “Heaven’s Dead” by Audioslave to their first dance as newly weds, “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin, Kim and I enjoyed learning these songs that were meaningful to Jenna and Colby.

Kim and I enjoyed exploring around L’Auberge prior to the ceremony.

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L’Auberge de Sedona describes itself as a luxury Sedona resort and there are various tiered lawns. We played the ceremony on the SpiritSong Terrace and then the reception was in the Monet Ballroom.

Kim and I had so much fun playing this wedding and can’t wait to get back here!

Jenna & Colby’s Wedding Songs:

Bridal Party - “Heaven’s Dead” by Audioslave

Bride - “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden

Recessional - “Dear Prudence” by the Beatles

Download my arrangement of “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden here: Black Hole Sun

Musician's Easy Guide to ForScore in iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is the best invention for musicians, ever. 

Before, when gigging, you had to haul binders of sheet music, or worse, if the client needed specific songs you had to spend time weeding through all your music and finding each particular piece. 

Gone are those days. 

Now you simply type in the music title you're searching for and voila! it appears on your iPad. 

You can also print WIRELESSLY from your iPad. Kids these days will never know the struggle of corded technology! 

I love my iPad Pro so much...I should probably get a commission. 

Here are 7 videos showing the tools I use most in ForScore. 

The wireless pedal I use can be found here on Amazon. The model I use has doubled in price since I bought it last year, but this link would be a similar pedal for around $90 which is what I originally paid. 

The stylus I use can be found here on Amazon. $7 for 3 beats the $50 I paid for my one stylus pen that I have since lost. 

The Easiest Way To Upload Music To Your iPad

  • download three apps - ForScore (it's $10 - worth $100 in my opinion), Genius Scan (free), and  Dropbox (I pay $100 per year for unlimited storage. If you find another way let me know)

How To Share and Print Music

The wireless printer I have is Canon and can be found here on Amazon. 

How to Make a Bookmark

How to "pull" pages from a book in ForScore and create a separate file. You can add this bookmark to setlists, print it, and label it as a single song to find it easier. 

How to Make a Setlist (similar to a playlist)

Perfect for organizing music for weddings since all brides have different requests. I also make a setlists for background music, teaching, my arrangements, and others. 

How to Make Notes and Draw on Music

A harpist's dream since we're always editing music. 

How to Rearrange Music

There's also a way to "link" pages in ForScore but this is the method I use. It may take a minute or two longer, but I like to "erase" music that I don't need on the page. 

How to Use a Wireless Page Turner

Harpists, if you don't have one, GET ONE. You can thank me later ;)