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Camila Cabello + Santana ft. Rob Thomas – Smooth Havana Mashup

Upon first hearing Camila Cabello’s song ‘Havana’ I was reminded of another latin chart-topper – Carlos Santana’s 1999 hit ‘Smooth’ featuring Rob Thomas (lead singer of American rock band ‘Matchbox Twenty’). It seemed like a perfect fit to combine the two songs. Below’s the end result. Enjoy.    

Music Theory lesson – The Circle of Fifths

The Circle of fifths is a circle of closely related pitches or key tonalities. It shows how the different keys are related to one another. It is usually shown as a circle with the names of keys around it. If you take any key in the circle, its fifth is […]

George Ezra – ‘Blame It On Me’ – Blues Piano style

Here’s a video of George Ezras’ ‘Blame It On Me’. The video performance was done with a ‘bluesey’ feel to it. Folk (which some think this song is) and blues (as well as Country, Bluegrass, Gospel and Jazz) have elements which crossover into each other, so I thought it would be fun […]

Sia – Chandelier Piano Cover

I got nagged by students and subscribers to do a piano cover and tutorial of Sia’s song ‘Chandelier’. Well, the cover part is at the end of this post and at some point in the future, a chord sheet and lyrics will be on its way (most likely for the first verse […]

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Music Aural lesson: Ear training tips for note recognition (with audio)

By Ugo Onwutalu Firstly this lesson includes audio which requires Quicktime installed. It can be downloaded here. Also, use the virtual piano if you’re not able to get to one at home: if (WIDGETBOX) WIDGETBOX.renderWidget(‘4190c399-fbd3-4146-af29-a0767493d78d’);Get the Computer Keyboard Piano widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not seeing […]

George Ezra – ‘Blame It On Me’ – Blues Piano style

Here’s a video of George Ezras’ ‘Blame It On Me’. The video performance was done with a ‘bluesey’ feel to it. Folk (which some think this song is) and blues (as well as Country, Bluegrass, Gospel and Jazz) have elements which crossover into each other, so I thought it would be fun […]

Does music make you smarter? What the science says about learning/playing an instrument (Mozart Effect and all)

By Ugo Onwutalu It has often been said in various promotional material, media and popular culture that learning a musical instrument and listening to music has numerous benefits amongst which are the increase in memory, learning capacity, overall intelligence and emotional well-being. This reminds me of the Mozart Effect  popularised years ago as […]

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The Benefits of Music Instruction in Schools

     Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons  By Marcela De Vivo Art and music are usually the first programs to be cut from the school budget. Considered to not be an integral part of learning skills and information that would be useful in the future (on the job, out in […]