Hello, I am
Alistair Strating and welcome to the keyboard page!
I began playing
the piano when I was very young - 5 years old. My parents owned a grand piano
and supported me up until I was 16 paying for lessons and pushing me to
practice. I must say if it wasn’t for them I would probably never had continued
when I hit my teens. I was taught piano in the classical style. I practiced
scales and learned set pieces for an exam each year. I worked hard at theory
and learned how to notate and harmonize small tunes. I am thankful for the knowledge
I have even if it does make me a little “stiff”.
When I was in grade 11 I was asked if I would like to join a band to
try out for the “Rock Challenge” a contest held in different parts of Tasmania
and then a final. The band was called ‘George’s big block’. We were a 7 piece
funk/rock band. I had never had any experience with a band or improvising.
Thankfully the sax player who was also an awesome jazz pianist showed me a few
tricks. I quickly learned the blues scale and combining that with the scales I
already knew I was off to a good start. This first experience of a rock band
for me was awesome and I will always remember that year of school with lots of
My other love is
the French horn. I started playing in primary school and already with a sound
knowledge of music I picked it up quickly. I loved horn lessons especially since
the horn teacher taught in school hours and I would miss out on maths or
english to be there. I would often stay far longer than my designated ½
hour because others would forget their lessons. When I was in year 10 I applied
to go to the Conservatorium of Music Junior program.I was accepted and the one year that I spent there had a huge
influence on my horn playing. I finally was with players of equal caliber and
was taught by the principal horn player of the Queensland Philharmonic. I
continue to play the horn, playing with the University of Tasmania Wind
Orchestra. I also enjoy bringing out the horn and having a blow with the
Me practicing and my daughter Sophie
trying to help!
I met Steve and Eric at a jam at a neighbour’s house when I lived in
Rosevears in 2005. We kept in contact and the band “Sterical” was formed. We
played together for 3 years before meeting JC. I look forward to the next ‘who
knows how long’ playing with Azimus.