Tips & Ideas

10/28/2015 - 1:32pm EDT by
Jerry La Rosa
1. FIRST LESSON-BEFORE YOU EVEN PUT YOUR HANDS ON THE KEYBOARD…Look at your hands. The thumbs are number 1. Proceed in order of 1, 2, 3 ,4 and 5. Notice how this order naturally provides motion in... Read More
04/16/2015 - 3:53pm EDT by
Stu Goodis
Being a Jazz improviser I use an improvised approach to warming up. Set a metronome to a moderate pace. Begin improvising quarter notes. Focus on even notes and control the volume. Stay as relaxed... Read More
03/28/2015 - 5:55pm EDT by
Daron Aric Hagen
About fifteen years ago, I ceased teaching composition pupils in a traditional academic setting. Of course, I still give private lessons and master classes, but faculty meetings and curriculum... Read More
01/14/2015 - 11:33am EST by
Johnny Conga
This is my curriculum for my Latin Percussion course: The study of the Conga drum, Cuban methods as taught in Cuba today which include: Also my methods developed over 30 years of teaching... Read More
07/05/2014 - 3:53pm EDT by
Edwin Itoh
If the guitar had only one string, it would be quite easy to understand the mechanics of the guitar fretboard. It would be laid out just like a piano, where the further to the right you go, the... Read More
01/19/2014 - 9:24pm EST by
Barbette Falk
Warming up will ready you for meatier things to come in your musical making experience! Practice long tones, scales and etudes slowly using lots of air BEFORE playing tunes and songs/pieces.... Read More
07/13/2013 - 10:09am EDT by
Ghenady Meirson
Greatness lives and shines in live performances. I am a fan of "live" both in concerts and recorded live. The word 'authenticity' is big and overused. Without getting philosophical, it is a huge... Read More
05/21/2013 - 1:37am EDT by
Beverly Holt Guth
There are way too many myths about making music for an audience! Most performers seem to think that a profound performance came about by luck. I don't think so! We should always plan adequate... Read More
05/03/2013 - 12:26pm EDT by
Adam Sweet
Daily Practice Habits - Section 1: How To Divide Your Time I recommend to my students that they divide their practice time into three parts: First Third: Scale Studies Scale Studies consists... Read More
03/13/2013 - 11:33am EDT by
Dennis Bell
Having been a long time award winning record producer, composer, arranger, conductor... Read More

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