I am really enjoying working with students around the world in my music school. For those wondering why I have taken down that part of the web site, it is because I am retooling for next semester. We are making a number of changes and are about ready to announce them. I will have everything up by Thanksgiving for sure.
I teach a class called Advanced Functional Harmony. The purpose of the class is to teach students not how to do chord substitutions but rather how to ignore the basic harmony almost completely and replace it with something better.
Here is a video that will give you what I would consider to be a very important concept. It is not easy and will take some time. However, it is important enough that it is worth spending the time on even if it takes you the whole year to get it down.
I have not really taken the time to learn someone else’s piano arrangement in many years. It is too much work. But I certainly remember how I used to learn arrangements. One of the things that always used to frustrate me was that I would very often come to sections of the arrangement where I […]
Since I have started posting lead sheets here, I thought I should give a bit of a demonstration on how to play them. I know that many of you do not have much experience with lead sheets because I played in church for 20 years before I ever saw one. This is 22 minutes long […]