Struggling to read sheet music? Here's a set of crazy mnemonics that you'll find unforgettable to find any note in Treble or Bass Clef staff lines instantly!
I'm a firm believer that anyone can learn to play music, even in chamber music/ensemble settings, given the right motivation and a creative approach to teaching.
If you're intrigued by the possibilities of paperless sheet music, but don't relish the thought of squinting at screens smaller than a normal piece of paper, then you'll want to check out these three solutions for enlarging scores on your screen.
The other day I was accompanying violin auditions for the Philadelphia Orchestra, using my normally trusty iPad and AirTurn hands-free page turning pedals. But for some strange reason, only the backwards pedal was working, while the forwards pedal operated only sporadically.
Using the damper pedal (the far right pedal on acoustic and electronic pedals) is a wonderful effect for sustaining the sound of the piano. But it can be tricky to use it in a way that doesn't make the sound 'muddy' by mixing in unwanted chord or harmony changes.
Online music lessons, once regarded with "artistic disdain" (and perhaps more than a helping of technophobia), are quickly becoming commonplace and surprisingly effective.
Yikes...it's been, what, 5 years since I last blogged? Oh the shame, the shame! Well, that\'s not entirely true - I've actually been blogging very heavily, just not on my own site! I had a wee bit of a sidetrack these past 6 years, co-founding a company called AirTurn and living the life of a full-time entrepreneurial startup.