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Music improvisation tips for teachers and pupils

One of the most important aspects in teaching improvisation is to create a situation where the pupil feels safe from negativity. They have to feel that errors are part of the learning process. This in turn, will build confidence and trust – the most important aspect in a teacher-pupil relationship. […]

MUSIC BUSINESS FAME & OPPORTUNITY – HOW TO GET STARTED

This is not a precise “how to get into the music industry” manual. Anyone who knows anything about the music business knows the difficulties when trying to ‘make it big’ and the pitfalls if you are lucky enough to get there. What this article does it give pointers as to […]

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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 […]

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 […]

4 Ways to Improve Your Songwriting

By Bynn Alexander   If you have dabbled in songwriting but have found yourself disappointed with your efforts, it’s easy to get discouraged. Equally frustrating is when you think your songs are good, but they fail to interest others, to the point where you start to second-guess your abilities. Yes, […]

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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 […]

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 […]

David Guetta: Titanium v Without You – Piano Cover and Tutorial

The below tutorial came after receiving many emails requesting video lessons for dance music songs. As I thought of of the most popular ones of the past few years, two immediately came to mind: David Guetta’s ‘Without You’ and ‘Titanium’. I often hear tunes that might sound good together so […]

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 […]