So much about music and learning it is about finding the right “fit”. Finding the right song for your voice can be the difference between good and bad singing and, of course, finding the right music teacher for you is of the utmost importance. The way in which you learn music depends so much of what suits your lifestyle and goals.
Even music notes even have to find the right fit with one another to create harmonic or dissonant sounds, depending on the mood you’re trying to create.
This week we have a range of resources to help you find your perfect fit in music. But first, an exciting bit of news and a project that might boost your music career…
The Gray Lady Sings!
You want to know what’s a great fit? Easy Ear Training and The New York Times! Our SingTrue app—recently featured on iTunes’ front page—got a lovely shout out in the Personal Tech section. According to Kit Eaton,
“The app’s minimalist design and interface make it easy to use. Through a variety of exercises, it helps you understand how to make the most of your voice, offering great visual feedback when it analyzes your singing. You just have to get over the embarrassment of singing to your iPhone. (I’ve sung all my life, and though SingTrue showed how rusty I’ve become, it was still fun to use.)”
— Kit Eaton, The New York Times
Thank you, Kit, we’re glad you enjoyed it!
Under 25 and looking for music success?
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Or do you know someone who is?
We are looking for 25 young Musicpreneurs under 25 who are determined to build a long-term career and grow through music, who are open to receive guidance by established mentors, and who are not afraid to pitch their ideas to music industry stakeholders. Artists from all over the world are welcome to participate.
The deadline to apply is the 22nd September – so act fast! You can apply right here.
Improvising with Symmetrical Scales
Symmetrical scales—meaning scales which equally divide the octave—have been around for a long time, including being found in Indian traditional music. They gained attention during the Impressionist era with composers such as Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy in their sonic experimentations. When it comes to jazz, they started coming into their own in the 1950s when musicians found that they fit well with the newly evolving harmonic concepts.
Los Angeles-based musician Alexander Poe, who writes about electronic music and appreciating diverse music genres here on EasyEarTraining.com, recently penned an article for Free Jazz Lessons about how to improvise with symmetrical scales, specifically whole tone and symmetrical diminished scales.
Tim Topham Teaches Creativity
We were pleased to feature piano teacher Tim Topham again this week as his outlook on teaching is a great fit for our own! Tim’s unique approach to teaching piano students—and teachers—recently caught our attention as he captures in his teaching philosophy the essence of what we believe at Easy Ear Training. In this second part of our interview with Tim, we discuss his creative tools for teaching including chord progressions, the importance of listening skills and understanding the pulse.
Tim mentioned that he likes to introduce his students to pentatonic improvisations, something which we are also big fans of. If you want to know more about this, Take Lessons can explain how pentatonic scales can help with piano improvisation and Steve Nixon of Free Jazz Lessons has this video tutorial designed to help you learn pentatonic scales quickly and easily:
Tim also mentioned that he is an exponent of Dr. Gordon’s GIML music learning theory. To learn more about Dr. Gordon’s philosophy, take a look at their page on audiation, a subject which is fundamental to our beliefs and to musicianship in general.
The Pros and Cons of Online Music Lessons
Thanks to the internet, there are now more options for learning to play an instrument than ever before: pre-recorded video lessons, Skype lessons, training modules, and online exercises are just a few of the many ways music students can develop their skills without leaving their computer.
There can be great benefits to studying music online such as convenience and choice. However, there are drawbacks too, such as the lack of physical guidance and personal motivation. This week Musical U balanced up the pros and cons of online les