New Music – “Bad Brakes”

Today I’m releasing a new drum and bass single called “Bad Brakes”. This style of music means so much to me. Since I was in college I used to go to underground clubs just to hear as much of this kind of music as possible. As a keyboard player who studied classical and jazz, there were elements that overlapped. But I never felt confident in releasing this kind of music myself. There was so much mystery behind the sounds and I just didn’t have the chops to pull it off. I’m still not sure I do, but here’s my attempt. It was a lot of fun making this track. I hope you like it. Feel free to share with anyone you think would like it.

It’s available on all streaming platforms today.

You can download it for free or by donation here on Bandcamp. It’s Bandcamp Friday so anything you pay goes directly to artists.

Here is the Spotify link…

New Single – Dead Man Blues ft. Robin Holcomb & Jeff Fielder

I’ve just released a new single called Dead Man Blues. It features three of my favorite musicians that I’ve come across. Robin Holcomb is someone I took lessons with in Seattle after hearing her several times and being totally blown away by her songs, piano and singing. She sings on this track.

Jeff Fielder is one of the best guitar stylists for songwriters in the rock, blues and indie genres. It’s no wonder that he’s plucked up for several luminary artists’ tours and recordings.

And my longtime musical cohort, Forrest Giberson, plays bass. We started playing together constantly when we were 17-18 years old while at University of Miami.

You can download the track here…

Stream it here on Spotify…

Stream it here on YouTube…

Feel free to share with anyone you think would like it.

“Almost Better” – New Single Out Today

My new single “Almost Better” is out today. It started as a solo piano sketch. Then I manipulated the piano with effects and software to build the main theme. The Rhodes, Juno and drums were added to fill everything out. I hope you enjoy! Feel free to share with anyone you think would like it.

Bandcamp (pay what you want to download)…

Spotify…

Efficiency Unleashed: Mastering Piano Practice for Busy Schedules and Challenging Repertoire

Are you struggling to find time for effective piano practice or feeling overwhelmed by complex musical pieces? In our latest YouTube Live session, I delve into transformative techniques designed to make your practice time more efficient, whether you’re a busy hobbyist or a student navigating intricate compositions.

Key Insights from the Video:

  • Practice Time vs Efficient Practicing: Learn how to maximize your practice time, turning any project or assignment around in the most efficient way possible. Discover the art of getting one hour of work done in just 10 minutes.
  • Techniques for Efficiency: Break free from the habit of playing what’s comfortable. Embrace the challenge of the unfamiliar, starting each practice session with what needs the most attention.
  • Maximizing Limited Time: Explore the power of micro practice sessions. Utilize each moment you walk by the piano to play something new for just 2 minutes, stacking sessions for consistent improvement.
  • Insights for Advanced Students: Elevate your practice with focused repetitions, emulating the pressure of a live performance. Gain inspiration from concert artist Pamela Mack, who utilizes similar efficiency techniques.
  • Recap: You don’t need large chunks of time to practice effectively. Let shorter sessions add up, and witness the cumulative power of consistent, focused practice.

Discover how to revolutionize your practice routine, no matter your skill level or time constraints. Subscribe for more insights into efficient piano practice.

Connecting Ear Training and Sight Reading: A Musical Journey for Teens and Adults

In my latest YouTube Live session, we explored powerful techniques tailored for teenagers and adults. This chat share insights into connecting ear training and sight reading to foster a well-rounded musical journey.

Key Insights from the Video:

  • Seamless Connection: Discover practical strategies for seamlessly connecting ear training and sight reading, providing a holistic musical experience for students.
  • Bridging the Gap: Learn how to bridge the gap between the music played in lessons and the diverse sounds of the outside world. Concrete examples demonstrate how to identify relationships between notes we play in lessons to the notes we hear in the outside world.
  • Overcoming Challenges: Address common challenges faced by students and find tangible solutions, from mastering pitch matching to creating personalized introductions.
  • Advanced Techniques: Explore how even jazz students and advanced musicians can benefit from these innovative approaches. The video progressively introduces more complex demonstrations, enhancing overall musical fluency.
  • Efficient Learning: Dive into examples ranging from 3-note to 7-note melodies, helping students build essential musicianship skills and learn lesson materials more efficiently.

Whether you’re a piano teacher seeking to elevate your teaching techniques or a student aiming to enhance your musicianship, this blog post serves as a valuable resource. Subscribe to our channel for more enriching discussions on piano education and musical fluency.

Nurturing the Musical Spirit: Motivating Young Piano Students

I recently delved into the art of motivating young piano students in a YouTube Live session. Let’s explore key insights and strategies to inspire a lifelong love for music in your child or students.

Creating an Inspiring Environment

In the blog post accompanying the video, we’ll discuss practical ways to cultivate a motivational atmosphere at home and during lessons. Learn how the environment plays a crucial role in igniting the musical spark.

Avoiding Common Mistakes

Discover the most significant mistake parents make and how to steer clear of it. We’ll cover how to react to common scenarios and share insights into fostering a positive mindset toward music.

Effective Communication Strategies

Explore the language parents and teachers should use to encourage students without unintentionally hindering their progress. Learn why certain messaging can be detrimental and how to promote a healthy attitude toward learning.

Navigating Practice Dynamics

Understand the dynamics of practicing and why parents shouldn’t practice with their kids. Dive into the discussion on whether rewards are necessary for motivating young piano students.

Handling Challenges and Meltdowns

Gain valuable insights into dealing with practice lulls, tension, and meltdowns at home. Discover effective strategies for maintaining a positive and supportive learning environment.

Motivating Older Students

Explore the urgency of finding the fire in students aged 11 and up. We’ll discuss the typical arc of motivation from early childhood to the teenage years, offering guidance for nurturing continued passion.

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Feel free to share with anyone you think would benefit from this YouTube Live.

Unlocking Piano Student Progress: Strategies for Motivating Practice-Resistant Learners

As a dedicated piano teacher, you’re no stranger to the challenge of motivating students who don’t practice regularly. It can be frustrating for both teachers and students, but fear not! In this blog post, we’ll explore effective strategies discussed in my recent YouTube Live session, aimed at transforming your teaching approach and inspiring your students to embrace practice with enthusiasm.

Building a Dynamic Curriculum on the Spot

One of the key takeaways from my recent YouTube Live video is the ability to create a tailored curriculum on the fly. Instead of adhering to a rigid practice routine, adapt your teaching approach to your students’ unique needs and challenges. This flexibility allows you to meet your students where they are and guide them to where they need to be in each lesson.

From Zero to Mastery: The Concept-Building Approach

Breaking free from endless repetition is crucial for keeping students engaged. The video emphasizes the importance of building concepts upon concepts during your lessons. By gradually layering new ideas, techniques, and musical elements, you create a sense of progression and momentum that keeps students motivated. This approach not only prevents boredom but also ensures that students make steady progress towards their practice goals.

Fostering a Love for Music

Ultimately, your goal as a piano teacher is to instill a lifelong love of music in your students. By implementing these strategies, you can help students appreciate the joy of playing the piano, even when practice feels like a chore. Inspire them to see the beauty and creativity in music, and you’ll find them more eager to practice.

In conclusion, motivating students who don’t practice doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. With a flexible curriculum and a concept-building approach, you can make a significant impact on your students’ progress and passion for music. If you’d like to dive deeper into these strategies, I encourage you to watch my YouTube Live video on the topic.

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Help your students reach their full potential and develop a genuine love for the piano.

Unlocking Musical Versatility: Teaching Kids to Sight Read and Play by Ear Simultaneously

As a piano teacher, you understand the importance of building a strong foundation in music from a young age. In our recent YouTube Live session, we delved into a groundbreaking approach that’s designed to transform the way children learn to play the piano. If you’re a piano teacher, music educator, or a parent considering piano lessons for your child, this innovative teaching method is for you.

The Power of Early Integration

In this insightful YouTube Live session, we explored the concept of simultaneously learning to sight read and play by ear right from the very first piano lesson. The idea is simple yet powerful: by linking these two essential skills early in a child’s musical journey, we can help them become well-rounded music makers at a remarkably young age.

Creative Approaches to Learning

One of the key takeaways from our session was the creative methods used to connect sight reading and ear training. We shared practical strategies that make the learning process engaging and enjoyable for young students. This approach not only nurtures their musical talents but also keeps them excited about their lessons.

Benefits for All Ages

While our method is ideal for children aged 4-12, it’s not limited to a specific age group. Piano teachers, music educators, and parents can all benefit from this approach. It’s a universal method that can transform the way music is taught and learned.

Nurturing Lifelong Love for Music

Our approach goes beyond teaching piano skills; it aims to nurture a lifelong love for music. By starting with a strong foundation in sight reading and ear training, students can confidently explore various musical genres and become more versatile musicians.

If you’re a piano teacher looking for innovative methods to enhance your teaching, or a parent eager to provide your child with a rich musical education, this teaching approach may be the key to unlocking your child’s musical potential.

Don’t miss out on this transformative approach to piano education. To dive deeper into these creative teaching methods, watch the full YouTube Live session on our channel. And if you’re ready to embark on a musical journey with your child, feel free to reach out to us for more information on how to get started.

Unlock the musical versatility in your child and join us on this extraordinary musical adventure!

Unlocking Musical Potential: Transforming Young Pianists with Innovative Practice Tracks

Are you a piano teacher or a parent with a budding young pianist at home? If so, you won’t want to miss our recent YouTube Live session, where we discussed a groundbreaking method for teaching young students to play the piano with creativity, joy, and a strong foundation in music. In this blog post, we’ll provide you with an overview of what you can learn from our session and how it can revolutionize your approach to piano education.

The Method at a Glance

Our unique piano teaching method is designed to cater to young students, typically aged between 4 and 7 years old. Unlike traditional approaches, our method empowers young pianists to play by ear, read music, improvise, and even engage in ensemble playing from their very first lesson. It’s all about nurturing a deep love for music while building essential skills.

The Power of Practice Tracks

During our YouTube Live, we delved into the use of practice tracks that are an integral part of our method. These tracks are thoughtfully organized to support your child’s development, and we explained the systematic approach to ensure comprehensive musical education.

Fostering Creativity

We also explored various creative applications of our method to make practice fun and engaging for young pianists. Creativity is key to maintaining enthusiasm for learning and ensuring that your child’s musical journey is an enjoyable one.

Unlocking the Benefits

Finally, we discussed how our method and practice tracks can help your child build confidence, develop a strong musical foundation, and ignite a lifelong love for music.

Take Action

If you’re a piano teacher, this innovative approach to teaching could transform your lessons, making them both effective and enjoyable for your students. For parents, this method could be the key to unlocking your child’s musical potential.

Watch the full YouTube Live session on our channel to dive deeper into these transformative teaching methods. Don’t forget to subscribe for future updates, and explore the possibilities of nurturing a young pianist with a passion for music.

Unlock the musical potential in your child today with our innovative approach! Stay tuned for more valuable insights on our website.

New Annalee Single “Same Girl” and Balcony Improv Session #2

I have close to 1 hour of new music for you today.

On Friday, Annalee released her amazing single, “Same Girl”. I was fortunate to co-produce, mix and master this one. Anna is a former student who went to NYC and finished her Masters at Columbia. She had started this beautiful song and asked if I could help finish it. We had a lot of fun with this one and I’m blown away by her artistry and vision on this one. You can listen here:

I did a second round of a live improv looping session on the balcony. This time around I decided to pick random sounds that I never use from the synths and just roll with whatever happened. Sometimes I would pick a sound that was not quite appropriate for the vibe, but I wanted to challenge myself to adjust on the fly and see what would happen.

Here’s yesterday’s improvisation:

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