Friday, 20 September 2013

dizzysfingers Instrumental MP3 ~ Downloads

Quite a few people have asked me if they can use my audio recording for weddings , anniversaries, competitions or to use as accompaniment for their covers.  I am happy for people to use this for tutorial use to assist vocalist and instrumentalist in this way.  This is for personal use and not to be distributed commercially.
I am aware that there are some  people who have used my music without my permission and make their own videos, blogs and web pages using the videos and audio that I have created  without credits or acknowledgements. It is all about karma.~I share my talent as an act of  kindness .  However,  to limit the misuse of these files,  they are stored elsewhere and the files are password protected .

Download  file and unzip using the password.  To get password, subscribe to youtube dizzysfingers
and send me message,  password will be given to you then.

To download click on the title. Adfly page opens ,  wait a few seconds then click "SKIP AD"

Files will continually be uploaded  so keep  checking  this page.  enjoy

"dizzysfingers"  Mp3 File Downloads 

 Help Me Get Over ~ Key Of Bb  / (Baritone Singers)  * New

  Help Me get Over Instrumental     :       

  Vincent ~Instrumental                  :      

  Misty ~ Piano Solo                      :      

  Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin    :      

  Baby Come To Me                       :     

  Dance With My Father                 :     

  Even Now                                    :     

  First Love                                    :      

  Somewhere in Time                      :     

 You Make Me Feel Brand New    :      


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Ikaw Lamang ~ You Alone

A few weeks ago, a Youtube friend and great singer Erwin Lazaro suggested we collaborate on this song "Ikaw Lamang " This song was composed by Ogie Alcacid and made popular by Gary Valenciano.

As I live in Australia, I have not heard this song before and not familiar with it. I told Erwin to give me a few weeks to see what I can do..  I did a search on  Youtube and  found there are other songs with the same title but managed to find Gary Valenciano's recording .  It is a lovely song and decided  to work on it straight away.   Applying the techniques I wrote about in my blog,  " How to learn songs quickly and play it well ",  I was able to get the song ready for recording within 2 weeks. (bit tricky for keyboard players as midway through,  the arrangement trasposes to the Key of  B  (seven flats) . ( I smile as I get through that passage.. )     Erwin's magnificent performance transcend the feelings and emotions of this song.. There is a saying, ' Music is a wondrous gift from God " and I felt that listening to this video.  I did say to Erwin that this song was made for him.  Thank you for sharing your gift and passion for all to enjoy. It was a Great pleasure to collaborate with you on "Ikaw Lamang". 
 Erwin is well known for his music video  covers posted on his youtube channel LazaroLiving Dream.   Erwin  is also passionate about his work and interest .  check out the web site  :  Lazaro Living Dream. 

Erwin Lazaro / Vocalist  & Dennis Dizon / Pianist

Lyrics and English Translation by Erwin Lazaro:

Ikaw Lamang - You alone 

ang tangi kong iniisip - My only thought

ang lagi kong panaginip - I have always dreamt

tayong dalawa ay laging nagmamahalan - We two will always love each other 
pangarap ko - I dream

na kailan ma'y 'di maglaho - It will never fade away

ang pag-ibig kong ito - I love what we have

pagka't hinding-hindi ko makakayang mawalay sa-yo 
                                                            - For I can never afford to be away from you 

ikaw lamang ang buhay ko - You alone are my life

sana nama'y pakinggan mo - I wish you would listen to me

ang puso ko na mayroong sinasabing - My heart has said

Ikaw Lamang - You alone ...
ang tangi kong minamahal - My only beloved
ang lagi kong dinarasal - I have always prayed
sana'y habangbuhay tayong makasama - I hope for our entire lives we will be together
ang puso ko'y - My heart
ibibigay lamang sa'yo - I give it all to you
ito ang aking pangako - This is my promise
mula ngayon hanggang magpakailan pa man - From now until forever
Ikaw Lamang - You alone ...
Ikaw lamang ang buhay ko - You alone are my life
sana giliw pakinggan mo - I wish for you to hear
ang puso ko na mayroong sinasabing - My heart has said
(repeat chorus)

Ikaw Lamang - You alone ...

Here is my instrumental version.of Ikaw Lamang written by Ogie Alcasid.

This is the Karaoke Version with Tagalog lyrics and scenery from the Philippines

Music gives a Soul to the Universe.
Wings To the Mind
Flight To the Imagination
And Life To Everything..... Plato

Monday, 16 September 2013

How To Get A Cruise Ship Gig As a Pianist. (A Pianist's Perspective )

I've been asked what it is like to be a pianist  on a cruise ship and how to go about it.  Let me start by
giving you a brief background.  As a Solo pianist, I've been entertaining  5 nights a week at a classy restaurant for 3 years.  Prior to that I've been doing weddings, special functions and playing for clubs around Melbourne.  So I began to think about other opportunities  with music.   The film  "The Titanic"  gave me the idea of doing a cruise ship gig. (Mind you, the thought of  musicians continuing to play as the ship sinks still haunts me.)   As I write this blog, the news just came out that  they are about to raise the Costa Concordia.
Let me digress a little bit  as  I do feel sorry for what happened specially for the missing crew and musicians.  This accident would not have happened but for the Captain's whim to "show off". 
 On my first ship "Navigator Of The Seas" (pictured below),   I was designated (in the event of an accident ) to be one of the last to leave the ship along with the Captain.  ( I wasn't too thrilled about that   ..just dont let it sink.otherwise I may be singing  " My Heart will go on" ).  Talking about this song, every now and then,  I play it in jest and  often get a laugh from the guests. 
"Navigator Of The Seas" : Passenger Capacity 3807  /  Crew capacity  1213  / Length 1020 ft.

Anyway back to the topic.   I contacted an established music agency in Sydney  and they replied  requesting a demo CD as well as Video demo's of  my playing.

 There are various positions a piano player can apply for.  Aside from being a  cocktail Pianist, you may apply as a  piano string duo,   orchestra pianist  or as a Piano Vocalist.
 I prefer being a solo pianist as you have the freedom to choose your repertoire and change it every night or every session to suit the audience.  The orchestra pianist have to play the same sets  2 x for that evening .  The show may change 3-4 times  for the duration of the 6 mth.  contract.   The orchestra pianist did say to me  that he would prefer doing what I was doing as he told me that could play the shows in his sleep.  ( No wonder he slept a lot.)
I digress again, back to the story.  So you need a video demo.  It is as easy as getting a video recorder, record your playing and  post it in youtube.. (That is how the  Youtube Channel/dizzysfingers got started) .
 I kept posting videos in youtube as I wanted to see which songs in my repertoire was popular and which ones were not.  
  Then  one day, totally unexpected,  I got an email from  a music agent in USA asking  me if I was interested in a position as a Cocktail Pianist /Intermissionist.   I checked out the music agent's  web page to make sure they were "legit"  and asked them for more information .    I went through the contract and then went through the procedures step by step.   The music agent takes 10% commission on your earnings per month which is reasonable for the service that they provide.

Major Things to consider and other conditions:
Get to know all of the  conditions and what is required to enable the contract to be finalized.
.  If you deal with a music agent, they can answer all of your questions and assist you with the process.
   (In any case, most  cruise liners get the Agent to do the auditioning and  the selection process for them. )


  •  The contract is for 6 mths. (or more)  ~ it may not be suitable for those who are married or have partners who can not stand being separated from a loved one  for that length of time .  It also precludes those who have other commitments like caring for a sick family member or elderly parents.  If a member of your family is sick or passes away , you may seek permission to leave at your expense. (for Australians this might cost a bit).   It also make it difficult if you are offered a contract and your daughter is getting married in 5 months time.  On the other hand  if you need to get away from the gf  or the wife,  this might just be the answer . (please let me go. pretty please..)
  •   You need to be in Good health and do not suffer from ailments that can affect you at sea. epilepsy, balance etc.  There is a comprehensive medical questionaire which your doctor will need to complete.
    You also need to do a drug tests for certain drugs. 
     Having just achieved my 2nd dan Black belt in Tae Kwondo and do not do drugs, I was confident that I would pass that. However it still surprised me,  how thorough the tests were.

  • You need to have a clean police record.
     You can request your police record online and it it will be supplied to you for your application.
    It's good to know that you are going to be working with a crew that are law abiding citizens.
  • Sea sickness.   For the first  week or so I was sea sick and had to take seasickness pills
    as well as wear a wrist band which seemed to  alleviate the motion sickness.  
    As an entertainer I believe that no matter what, the show must go on and you forget about being sea sick when you focus on your work.  (Being sick at the Grand Piano does not make a good impression. )  The good news is , after a while you get sea legs and you get used to it.

  •  You may need a Visa. - check where the Cruise ship is going and whether you will require a Visa or not.. This is where your music agent can assist you.  If you are from overseas and the Ship will be going to the Bahamas from Miami USA, you may need a  VISA for USA.

After completing the procedures, an "Offer Of Employment" will be sent to you as confirmation of the offer. You will need this to obtain a Working Visa .    The agent will arrange your flight and accommodation details prior to boarding  the Cruise Ship.  In my case I was flown to Barcelona Spain and had a day to look around before boarding the ship the next day.  Having a wide variety of musical styles in your repertoire is a must and select songs that cater for the audience.

What Are the Advantages of working On a Cruise Ship?.

  • It goes without saying that you get to travel the world , explore the sights and the tourist attractions.
  • On the job you get to meet and interact with guest and crew from different countries,  I've met some really great entertainers, vocalist, orchestra musicians and other artists.  I was amazed at how many artists there are that do impersonations of Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Neil Diamond , a fantastic Elton John 
    impersonator as well as bands that emulate the Beatles, etc.  
  • Another advantage is you don't have to travel  to get to your gig . You get dressed and walk to your gig. There is no setting up as the Grand piano is there ready for your performance. ( There were about 6 Grand Pianos on board the "Navigator of the Seas".)
  • As a Cocktail Pianist/Intermissionist , you are a 1 1/2 stripe officer.  It gives you  entitlements like you are able to use the Guest Gym , Sauna and pool deck. etc.  (which are off limits to most crew)
  • General medical cost , onboard the ship is covered. 
  •  Food is provided at the staff dining area.  (You pay a reduced rate when you go to the restaurants.)   

What Are the Disadvantages working On A Cruise Ship?
  • Being away from your family and friends for long periods of time is certainly the main drawback.
    This is certainly felt more intensely during the Christmas season.  You see people enjoying themselves and then you see the crew thinking about the families they left behind.
  •  Sorry to dispel some myth. and forget the picture in your mind of watching the sea by the balcony.  The musicians cabins are small and normally on or below the water line.  There are no windows, and the air is recycled from cabin to cabin.  
  • You may be aware that the cruise ship recycles its  water supply.  I noticed that there were a number of  men with receding hair  ( lets not mince words...)  There were officers and crew that were balding or bald,    I thought it was just the "bad boy look "  or guys trying to save on haircuts. It only hit me when on the 5th month, my hair started to recede.  I asked a  guitarist  friend  about it and he told me, it was the water.  He told me he had a full head of hair but after a few contracts on the cruise he said he started going bald.  He was much younger than me and I thought OMG,  maybe I should start using bottled water for showers.   Glad to say my hair  recovered after being back on land after a few months.    I was joking about this to another Cruise ship pianist friend telling him I was glad I didn't have to go to a hair restore center.   He was not amused  as  he was sporting the bad boy look.
  • Musicians by nature have a free spirit.  They are  creative people and enjoy their freedom of thought and  expression.   The Cruise Ship , to a certain extent, is run like a military.   If  you can abide by strict rules and conditions, then you will be fine,  if you can not, then it might be best to give it a miss.

    I went into this with a sense of adventure and gained some valuable insights from this experience.

    Anyway, I hope this pianist's perspective give you some  idea of what it is like to do a gig on a cruise ship.   All the best .


Sunday, 1 September 2013

What Music Would You Recommend For A Wedding Ceremony ?

I've been asked this question many times.  You may be interested to know my first job was assistant Church organist when I was just 15 years old .  I continued being a Church organist until I finished college and began my full time job as a trainee Retail Manager.  It got a bit difficult to continue doing both jobs. as I would have to request my lunch hour at a precise time to go to a wedding.  After a while the manager said : gee Dennis you know a lot of people getting married !!!.  Anyway back to the music.  Today some churches in  Australia, have done away with Church organist but have PA systems to play CD's and mp3's.    Selecting the right music play a vital part in the ceremony. Imagine a film without music,  or  music that just was not suitable.  You got the idea.  Just think about songs that you both love and have romantic links to.   Here are a few suggestions.

This is a lovely Filipino Song "Ikaw Lamang" (Only You)

"My dreams came true, when i found you, i found you,my miracle."
Angels Brought Me Here 

"I will be true to the promise I have made . To you and to the One who gave you to me"
I Will Be Here.

"I pray youll be our eyes, and watch us where we go. And help us to be wise in times when we dont know"
The Prayer

You will need music for;
  •  entry of the bride
  • the signing of the register
  • You may also need music if you include the Offertory and Communion as part of your service. 
  • the exit procession.
Solo singer or Instrumentalist:
Perhaps you know a friend who sings or can perform an instrumental piece(s)  during the wedding.
They would be more than delighted to help you make your wedding ceremony really special. 
If they have done  weddings before, they would have some great ideas for song selections. 

Get Print Music Books like the ones below and it will help you compile some great music for your wedding.


You can look through music books with beautiful collection of songs  perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions .  Songs like Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) * Always and Forever
* Beautiful in My Eyes * Can You Feel the Love Tonight * Endless Love * Forever and Ever,
* Never Gonna Let You Go * Open Arms * (I've Had) the Time of My Life * Unforgettable *
* When I Fall in Love * The Wind Beneath My Wings * and more.

Anyway I hope that this has been beneficial for those planning their wedding ceremony. 
Congratulations and wish you all the best. 

Our day Begins And Ends On A Happy Note