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I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the varieties of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust. — Igor Stravinsky

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Liv Mueller Sings
Dreams of a Music Teacher
Johann Sebastian Bach - 18th Century Astronaut
Lagoya & Presti
Renee Fleming - A Deserving Star Is Born
Re-harmonizing ii-V-I
Dave McKenna – Left Hand Bass Like No Other
Jackie King – A Most Unpretentious Guitar Hero
Glenn Gould – Genius
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Dreams of a Music Teacher

Dreams of a Music Teacher

What should a music teacher do first? I make no claims to pedagogical expertise. I do have some ideas, though. And I would very much like to know what you think, and what your ideas are. I only know something about voice, piano, and guitar. But there are some principles, concepts, and ideas that would [Continue Reading…]

Johann Sebastian Bach - 18th Century Astronaut

Johann Sebastian Bach – 18th Century Astronaut

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) is one of the most important figures (if not the most important and influential figures, in all of Western Music. Yet, as often can be the case, by the end of his career, many considered him “old hat”. At the end of the Baroque period, the Classical style. Haydn [Continue Reading…]

Lagoya & Presti

Lagoya & Presti

ffAlexandre Lagoya (1929 – 1999) and Ida Presti (1924 – 1967) Lagoya was already established as an A-list classical guitarist when he met and subsequently married Ida Presti. They became one of the most remarkable duos ever. The English critic and musicologist Tony Cornwall gives some insight into their particular magic in following quote: In these [Continue Reading…]

Renee Fleming - A Deserving Star Is Born

Renee Fleming – A Deserving Star Is Born

Renee Fleming (1959 – ) is primarily a classical musician, although her interests in music and singing span a wide field. Her resume of opera appearances and roles is exhausting, reflecting a busy career of many years. Her musical pedigree is stellar. Both of her parents were music teachers. She studied at both the Eastman [Continue Reading…]

Re-harmonizing ii-V-I

Re-harmonizing ii-V-I

Ihe sheet music excerpt below is the first few bars of the tune “On Green Dolphin Street”. Take a look at the last two measures before the final C chord (measures 9 and 10). The chord symbols say Dm7 and G7, or ii7-V7. Usually, in fake or real books, these are the chords you play [Continue Reading…]

Dave McKenna – Left Hand Bass Like No Other

Dave McKenna – Left Hand Bass Like No Other

Dave McKenna (1930 – 2008) is the undisputed master of left hand bass for jazz pianists. What he did with his left hand was much deeper than just that. He changed the function of the left hand often in his playing. His right hand was also exceptionally fluid and had a beautiful tone as if [Continue Reading…]

Jackie King – A Most Unpretentious Guitar Hero

Jackie King – A Most Unpretentious Guitar Hero

I was fortunate to be able to share a house for several months with Jackie and his family in San Francisco. I had known him previously from his San Antonio days. There were a lot of  Texan musicians who were in San Francisco or Hollywood at that time, and we all tried to stick together. [Continue Reading…]

Glenn Gould – Genius

Glenn Gould – Genius

“The justification of art is the internal combustion it ignites in the hearts of men and not its shallow, externalized, public manifestations.The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.” – Glenn Gould Glenn Gould (1932 [Continue Reading…]

Equal Temperament: The 2nd "Big Bang"

Equal Temperament: The 2nd “Big Bang”

Pure Pitch vs. Equal Temperament Equal temperament (ET) means the same distance between each of the 12 notes of the chromatic scale, as a ratio. Pure pitch is tuning slightly altered from ET. The reason it sounds more “pure” is that there is no degrading of the harmonic overtone series, as there is in ET; [Continue Reading…]

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