Improvisation Fun

CMajor agrees that the secret is out!–Everyone can improvise.  That is part of this week’s fun music exercise (FME).  You have one job and that is to find a way to make music-making fun.  Oh, and feel free to use technology to help you out as needed. Improvisation is a natural part of jazz/rock playing…The […]

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More Listening Homework…

This week’s homework involves doing a bit more listening.  What will you listen to?  Please see your assignment below: Listen to the last movement of Mahler’s 9th Symphony.  The entire symphony can last anywhere from 70 to 90 minutes.  The whole symphony is in four movements, but you may listen to the finale which is […]

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Chords for Students…

Welcome to our pre-fall podcast.  We are working very hard to get you information about chords. Our “chords for students” series is not a series at all.  It’s not even a course or a lesson plan.  It’s a conversation.  If you like talking about chords and playing chords on the piano, you’re invited to tune […]

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Creative Chord-Playing

This week’s homework is all about using your creativity.  When it comes to chords, I’ve seen many of my students use chord-playing creatively to solve their problems.  Seriously?!–seriously.  It’s hard to believe, but it’s true.  Some of my students want and need to play “Hallelujah” by  Leonard Cohen to feel better about their lives during […]

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