Zekai Liu's work Enigma is a racing whirlwind of rhythm and the A blues scale.
Hi All, Try out the app "Treble Cat" on your device's App Store! It is a fun way to learn the notes on the treble clef. http://melodycats.com/treble-cat/ I was introduced to this sight reading app by a family member, and I think those of us who teach kids (or want to learn as adults) may... Continue Reading →
Hi All, Here is another image from Steven Maheu's Elements of Creative Force. This explains how different elements can be contrasting or complementary to one another. We use the relationships between each number and another number to define if the two numbers are contrasting, or complementary. This only applies when using the same color. (We... Continue Reading →
Before we proceed with this post, it is worth noting that there have been some small changes in Steven Maheu's main Elements of Creative Force document. The updated document can be found here: Today's post is going to be short on my end, because Steven has devised an exercise for you to try, using the... Continue Reading →
Book available for purchase here Sight Reading Exercises for Guitarists The goal of this book is to provide a large volume of exercises that guitar teachers can use to help students gain facility with reading music. This book is not intended to teach sight reading. It is only meant to make a guitar teacher's job... Continue Reading →
I haven't taught music lessons in well over a year. I think it has been nearly two years at this point, in fact. I truly enjoyed teaching, and was saddened to leave it despite having a good reason to do so; I am nearing the completion of my pursuit of a masters degree. There is... Continue Reading →
Hi All, Thanks to the handiwork of Enrico Dell'Aquila (who can be found here: https://enricodellaquila.blogspot.it/), my metric modulation calculator can be found here: http://MetricMod.singlehtml.com/ No more need to use a spreadsheet or download anything, and we have graphical output and an easy-to-use interface. Enjoy! Dan
Here's another composition group class idea, adapted from a composer's seminar we had at Hartt with composer Michael Colgrass. Activity B: Group Composition #1 Time: 20 minutes Specific materials: a white or chalk board large enough for everyone to see and draw on. Explain that composers oftentimes like to plan out pieces with drawings and... Continue Reading →