ChristmasEve Chord Challenge

Hey everyone! Hope you having a beautiful holiday. This is going to be short. Only because my student(s) are giving me a brief challenge to help them with their music making. I thought I’d pass it along to you. Today is Christmas, but I thought I’d still label it the “Christmas Eve” Chord Challenge because […]

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Essential Chords

Happy Sunday, WordPress!–I feel happy and blessed today. I think it’s because of my students’ learning. I know how it feels to have students who want to do it all: play by chords; play be ear; read music; compose songs; learn songs from YouTube; take music exams; prepare to compete in national and international competitions…and […]

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Three Chords!

This week’s homework is all about three chords.  We’re encouraging you to explore Christmas songs on your own that use up to three chords.  Which three chords will you use for the following songs?  The choice is yours.  Have fun! Here We Come A – Wassailing Go, Tell It on the Mountain The Friendly Beasts […]

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Synths & Chords

Hi there and thank you for sticking around for our synths and chords presentation.  We are looking forward to the upcoming podcast.  I am fascinated with the idea of playing around with synthesizers and electric keyboards. For this week’s homework leading up to our podcast, please research ‘monody’, ‘monophony’, ‘monophonic’ and ‘texture’.  These are some […]

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Guesswork…Using Chord Charts

It’s guesswork/homework time again…but this time you may use your chord charts.  In yesterday’s episode, we talked about chording the notes of a scale.  If you play triads on the 1st, 4th & 5th degrees of a scale, we call that playing tonic, subdominant and dominant chords.  If you play single notes beginning on the […]

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