Way beyond candlelit dinners, Romantic-era composers fascinated new audiences with extreme musical tales of love, death, nature, and the supernatural.
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When the polka party turned surreal, my confidence was shaken. By sharing my story, I found that I am not alone! And that I’m gaining confidence after all.
The tonic rules, or does it? Sometimes, even when we know the tonic the notes don’t “fit”. Key changes, alien notes, and modes may be behind the madness.
Need a little inspiration from the pros? Let the words of these successful songwriters guide you through the process of creating your own music.
Modal improvisation sounds scary and hard. Though it’s loved by monsters like John Coltrane and Steve Vai, modal improv can be very easy, fun and beautiful.
Does ear training seem impossible? Worried that you’re naturally unmusical or just don’t have what it takes? Here’s the truth: what’s been holding you back.
The tonic gives us the key and chords of a song for playing by ear, solfa, and transcription. But what happens when the actual notes in the song don’t fit?
While practicing alone has its own rewards, there’s nothing like the experience of sharing your music in person with another living, breathing human being.
One of the best ways to make a name for yourself is to cover songs by other artists. An even better (and possibly, even more fun!) way to get noticed is to be creative in your arrangement.
Check out how these artists put their own strange twists on some popular hits.
Classical Era composers mastered musical form to frame their myriad thoughts and emotions. Learn how to listen for form in the music of Beethoven and Haydn.
Ready to hit the road this summer? Prepare, have a professional attitude, and expect the unexpected. Bugs, radiators and lightening keep it interesting!
Solfa comes alive when you apply it to hearing real music. Soon you will see how quickly you will be able to play by ear and transcribe what you’re hearing.