I was made aware by Facebook this morning that my music page has reached 500 followers. As many of you know I’m not a big Facebook or hype person, but I really appreciate that people have taken the time to find and like the page.
To say “thank you”, I wanted to give a sneak-peak to an album I’ve been working on for many years. In the form of a free download or stream to a song…
Photo: Carrie Robinson Katie Jacobson, Anna Freedman and Flora McGill listening to Paul Kimble say funny (or not funny) things through the headphones
It’s ironic how something perceived as strict and mechanical can help us learn to move a room with not only pulse, but musicality. Creative uses of the metronome help us play more loosely and musically than if we just keep the beat with it. As musicians and music teachers we should be creative people. How we use the metronome should be a creative art in and of itself.
I was once rehearsing with a multi-platinum record recording artist. I was given a few cd’s of music days before the rehearsal and jotted down keyboard lines, progressions, etc – whatever I needed to get through a two-hour gig of music I’d never heard before. There were no charts – just my transcriptions/notes. At some point the band leader turned to me and asked, “What are you looking at all that paper for? Music doesn’t exist on a piece of paper.” » Read more
When I began teaching, I was caught off guard by how unreasonably frustrated (or even angry) some students would become when they couldn’t do something they were being asked to do. A couple of times a young student banged his forehead on the keyboard after being asked to do something for the first time – because he anticipated that he couldn’t do it. Other students would come back after a week of practice and not have something “perfect” and decide the assignment was too hard and give up.
In music lessons, getting stuck on the same repertoire can happen when practice routines and teacher expectations get out of alignment. This is a common scenario that can be worked through – as long as we recognize the signs and communicate game-plans effectively to students and parents.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all we can’t do yet with our music. I remember that feeling of always having to “get this down” or “learn how to do this one thing” before I was “ready” for some superficial level of musicianship. » Read more