Before I get on topic, let me give a brief update on what is going on here and why I am not writing as much these days. Truthfully, I am just incredibly busy right now. I have not announced this previously but I am recording a new album next month. It is a piano-only project again, and […]
I am going to give you a very powerful tip today and it will not take me very much time to explain it. It is very important though. Here is a bit of background first. I grew up playing classical music. I am thankful for the teachers I had but they were all very much […]
Someone was over at the house when I was practicing yesterday and noticed me repeating a 4-bar phrase over and over for a long time. Later on, she asked me how she could get her children to practice that way. As it turns out her children are like almost all children; they practice by playing songs all the way through and rarely stop to practice on problem areas.
I have mentioned before in these lessons that you should spend about a third of your practice time on theory, including scales. In today’s lesson, I want to go into a bit more detail on why that is necessary and also tell you exactly how to get started. Like you, I started playing scales at […]
Because it is Christmas and no one is working on music anyway, I want to take a week off from anything too heavy and just give you some thoughts about how to practically learn music. This is a controversial subject and I am hardly an expert, but here is the way I see it. Imagine […]