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The History of Rock and Roll – 12 Bar Blues

By on Feb 3, 2010 in Blog, Music Lesson | 0 comments

We’ve been doing some great explorations of the roots of rock and roll which began with the basic form of the 12 bar blues.  These 12 measures are like a pattern, a recipe that hundreds if not thousands or hundreds of thousands of songs have been based.  Once you know the “recipe” you can cook up your own or play all of the variations. ...

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Video from Winter Music Recital 2010

By on Feb 2, 2010 in Announcements, Blog | 0 comments

I’m so proud of all the great progress  and awesome-ness of all my students.  And some of you said you were afraid of playing in public!  Doesn’t look like it.  Congratulations to you all! You can see all the videos on YouTube under my ParkSlopeMusicLesson channel. I’ve also added Lila’s video of her “home recital,” as she...

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Winter Music Recital Update

By on Jan 28, 2010 in Announcements, Blog | 0 comments

Pacific Library branch of Brooklyn Public Library – 2:30pm Everyone is sounding so good and ready for this week’s recital.  So here’s a reminder of the event.  It’s at 2:30pm on the third floor of the library which is located at the intersection of Pacific Street and 4th Avenue – right near the Atlantic/Pacific subway stops and the Long...

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Teaching and learning music in slices

By on Nov 15, 2009 in Blog, Teaching Methods | 2 comments

I’ve been talking with many of my students about the importance of not trying to learning in giant gobbles but rather in small bite size pieces or slices of pie.  Learning a new piece is like eating pie; you don’t eat it all in one bite.  You take slices, and then forkfuls and then chew on each bite a while before moving on to the next. Dr. Shinichi...

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Using Colors to Learn Music

By on Jun 10, 2009 in Blog, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

One of the core concepts of my approach to teaching music to young children is the use of colors to represent pitches.  I’ve used this with great success on both piano, guitar and in reading music notation. Those of you studying with me have already seen my piano covered with translucent tape and my guitar with colored stars up the fretboard. Here’s a...

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