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
This is a haunting, introspective melody that merges major and minor sounds throughout.
Download the free sheet music here: Prelude in E
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.
Download and print the free PDF version here: An Untimely Event
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Throwback Thursday – Hands on the Wheel Willie Nelson cover of a song about finding someone who takes you 'home'
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.
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Returning From a Break Better Than Ever 4 Tips That Can Help Us Return to Our Instruments After Breaks
It’s inevitable that all of us are forced to take breaks from our instruments at some point – either for health reasons, financial reasons, life events or other reasons. These breaks often create a lot of doubt and hesitation about ramping things up once again. It’s natural to become overwhelmed by what we have forgotten, how bad and uncooperative our technique has become and how bored we will become in working back to where we once were.
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The Galloping Gorilla – Solo Piano Piece and Sheet Music Download the piano score and listen to The Galloping Gorilla
It’s free to download the pdf with the link here: Galloping Gorilla.
Click “play” below and take a listen:
This is a cover and arrangement I did for a potential TV show soundtrack… The gig never happened but it now lives on YouTube.