Chords, Nails & Fingertips

Hi.  This week’s fun music exercise is a little tongue-in-cheek.  I invite you to watch several videos of your choice on YouTube.  The ones I recommend are videos featuring the piano playing (and in some cases singing) of Vladimir Horowitz, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughan and Nina Simone.  Note:  This exercise is in no way to […]

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Opportunities to Play

Playing is fun!  If you’re looking for opportunities to play for events in your community, check out the links below: IGM Competition Jazz House Kids These are opportunities for young people to take advantage of in the Greater New York Area.  If this is outside your area, you may feel inspired to find or in […]

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Listen & Watch: Keyboard Musicianship

Happy Mother’s Day from CMajor Before The Show!–We’re inviting you to listen and watch for this week’s homework.  Watch what? Listen to music?  Yes, Yes!!–We’re excited to have you listen to the following tunes.  Find them on the internet via Google search or visit YouTube at your leisure.  Happy watching and listening!!  Have a great […]

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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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AUGMENTED & Diminished…

In today’s class, we talked about augmented and diminished chords. Now is your chance to see if you can hear and/or use these chords in your own music making. Have fun and let us know how you’re doing! This week’s homework assignment…Try to locate and listen to the music of Claude Debussy.  Locate some pop […]

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