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On The Energy of Music and Waves

The Seven Deadly Performance Sins There’s some good advice in this article, especially if you are new to the stage. Performing takes courage and a willingness to stumble in pursuit of the magic. You can’t get consumed with mistakes and beat yourself up … Continue reading

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The Most and Least Used Keys of Music in Spotify

Pretty fascinating stuff! Now, this is just from Spotify but as a a mirror to popular music culture, it’s pretty telling. Something to consider next time you’re looking to create music. Perhaps starting in one of the lesser-used keys might … Continue reading

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Creative People are Always Creating

Out of all those wonderful traits, it is curiosity which makes an artist succeed. The curious artist thrives on losing themselves in their pursuit, which is also necessary for success. And flexible! The tree who bends does not break in … Continue reading

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What Songwriters Are You Listening To?

Do you want to be a great songwriter? Then you must learn about and listen to great songwriters! When students ask me how they can be a better songwriter, I always ask them who they are listening to, who they are … Continue reading

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Miles Davis according to Herbie Hancock

This is a really great story from Herbie Hancock about his time with the late great Miles Davis. Herbie was a young cat and played what he thought was a mistake during a show. But astoundingly, Miles changed his melody to … Continue reading

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Creativity and the Creative Process

It’s really important to understand and cultivate your process, as the way you approach writing or learning music thrives off an organized path. This is a great breakdown of the creative process so you can assess your own. There are … Continue reading

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Well-Known Classical Composers Final Pieces

This is a fascinating look at well-known classical composers final pieces~ an interesting concept to consider and some really intriguing music to seek out and absorb. http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/music_box/2011/11/famous_classical_composers_the_last_piece_they_wrote_before_they_died_.single.html Back in the heyday of classical music, there were fairly strict rules to composing … Continue reading

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The History of Jazz Piano

This is truly superb, though incomplete~ where is Joe Sample? Richard Tee? Some giants are missing from this list~ otherwise, a great truncated timeline of piano music. Really interesting, entertaining and informative! How many of these players are you aware … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Distracted from your Music!

Make sure you’re not wasting too much time on social media! If you’re not spending more time at your instrument/craft, you are not going to evolve artistically. Facebook can be a time suck and as much as it’s necessary to … Continue reading

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Motivation and Music

Don’t succumb to self-doubt, don’t lose sight of your dreams and don’t quit! We can’t wait to see and hear your dream come to life~ the greatness within you is ready to open like a butterfly and soar! Remember that … Continue reading

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