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Listening to the original version of Ed Sheeran’s 2014 hit ‘Don’t’, it might have seemed to some, like an unlikely choice to be mixed with Lucy Pearl’s early 2000s hit ‘Don’t Mess with My Man’. However, on listening to the bass of both songs, I found the low notes followed […]
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 […]
Upon listening to Pharrell Williams’ song ‘Happy’ after its release I wanted to do a tutorial but (such is life) other priorities got in the way. When the time finally came to having a few listens of the song, it got late and with me ready to nod off, I decided […]
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 […]
Here is a tutorial on how to combine Emeli Sandé’s ‘Read All About It’ with Timbaland & OneRepublic’s ‘Apologize’. If you have a good ear for keys and chords, it will help you recognise the similarity in songs, but this skill can be improved through aural training.
Yamaha P-85 Digital or Samsung AA-PK3UORG Wired Keyboard? Digital Piano or Synthesizer? The mind boggles. Buying a Keyboard or Electronic piano can be a minefield. Here are some tips to think about before you spend any money. Buying a keyboard will most likely be determined by your budget.Regardless of your […]
When learning a piece of music do you get carried away in wanting to hear the finished product even if you’re only halfway through the work and can’t play it properly yet? If so, you probably alsp get either excited or impatient to move the music along. So you […]
Picture the scene. You’re playing a piece, perhaps one you really enjoy. As your musical journey seemingly goes smoothly, it’s suddenly derailed by a squiggly mark you see and perhaps later, the letters D.C/D.S. planted right in your path. Add in a repeat sign or two here and there and […]
Do I buy a Yamaha, Yanigasawa, Keilworth, Jupiter, Trevor James or Selmer? Alexander Classique, Rico Royal, or Vandoren v12 reed? What about buying from a music store or a mail-order service? Whether you’re a student, enthusiast or it’s your musical hobby, here are some beginners saxophone buying tips to get […]
The first video of a series on basic jazz/blues piano is a basic introduction to Jazz/Blues chord progression using the key of C major:
By Andy Feldman: Flamenco is one of the most inspirational guitar styles anyone can learn. Part of the attraction is that flamenco is one of the oldest and most recognisable classical styles, and even guitarists who play hard rock and metal styles can benefit from learning flamenco chords and playing […]
The importance of choosing the right music course cannot be overestimated. It is an obvious point that would scarecely need stating if it wasn’t for the number of students I’ve met who have told me they regretted what they studied because either it did not lead to the career […]
So you’re a beginner in violin or perhaps a parent of a beginner violin student. You have a modest budget and are interested in purchasing a 1/4 violin between $150 to $250 for yourself/your child. But you don’t know where to look. Buy from a reputable string instrument retailer and […]
By Samantha Coates Technique is an incredibly subjective issue. Get 10 piano teachers in a room and you will have10 different techniques. Dare to criticise someone else’s and you’re in for a long night. I’d like to start this article by describing three personal experiences, all to do with comments […]