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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 […]

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How to get started in singing confidently and enjoy songs

The benefits of singing are undoubted. Singing allows the true you to come out, it allows a freedom of expression, rarely seen in other acts. It is also character building since, for many people, singing in front of others, especially in public, is nerve wracking. In the last few years, […]

Piano tuning – how to find the right Piano tuner

  Other than trawling through the Yellow pages or the internet, finding a tuner near you can be time consuming. Other than friends, contact the nearest institutions to you that own pianos and ask them who takes care of their instruments. Get recommendations from the following: ·         Universities and music schools/academies […]

Jazz/blues piano video series – part 4: putting it all together with both hands

This 4th and final video in the series puts what you learned in the last 3 videos all together using both hands. A recap of what was covered: Jazz/Blues chord progression in C http://www.grademusicworld.com/2013/01/a-basic-introduction-to-jazzblues-piano.html A basic introduction to jazz blues piano video series: scales  http://www.grademusicworld.com/2013/02/a-basic-introduction-to-jazz-blues.html A basic introduction to jazz […]

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List of musical dynamics, articulations and their meanings

Dynamics and articulation are about how each note is played. Without incorporating these into your playing, music will sound ‘one-dimensional’. Below is a list of what you must know to take your performances to the next level. Dynamics Dynamics are indicators of the relative intensity or volume of a musical […]