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Local Teacher Spotlight- Songbird Rising Suzuki School

As many of my students frequently ask me for recommendations for teachers of other instruments, I will begin posting articles about local teachers whom they may contact.  Today we learn about Songbird Rising Suzuki School. Songbird Rising Suzuki School was established in 2009 in Hyde Park and offers year round violin lessons and summer camps. They

06 Nov 2017
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Secondary Dominants Worksheet

Secondary Dominants We’ve already learned how a V7 chord cadences to a I chord.  To create tension and motion in a chord progression, we can mimic this cadence by build a dominant 7 chord a perfect fifth above any diatonic chord, as long a the root of that dominant chord happens to be a diatonic

30 Oct 2017
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Local Teacher Spotlight- Rob Roeder- Electric Bass

As many of my students frequently ask me for recommendations for teachers of other instruments, I will begin posting articles about local teachers whom they may contact.  Today we learn about Rob Roeder who can be found at robroeder.com/teaching.htm. Rob Roeder first taught bass while attending BIT, the bass section of Musician’s Institute in the late 1980s.

22 Oct 2017
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Music Theory Worksheet- Borrowing Chords From A Parallel Tonality

Borrowing From A Parallel Key So far we’ve limited ourselves to choosing chords diatonic to a key.  However, when we want a more sophisticated sound, we can borrow chords from a key’s parallel minor or major.  For instance, if we are in the key of A major, all the chords of the A minor key

16 Oct 2017
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Local Teacher Spotlight- Graham Yates

As many of my students frequently ask me for recommendations for teachers of other instruments, I will begin posting articles about local teachers whom they may contact.  Today we learn about Graham Yates who can be found at North Austin Piano Studio. Graham Yates’ approach to teaching is informed by sound pedagogical training over two

07 Oct 2017
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Why I Started Taking Voice Lessons

Why I Started Taking Voice Lessons As part of my lessons, I like to encourage my students to sing (GASP!). I know, it’s scary. But it’s also highly beneficial. The voice is the one instrument with which everybody is endowed and should feel comfortable utilizing. For most of us, it’s our first indoctrination into music.

23 Aug 2017
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Selecting A Guitar For Your Child’s Lesson

A question I often get from parents when considering guitar lessons for their elementary-age kids is what guitar they should purchase.  Small children’s tiny fingers represent a particular challenge to guitar teachers, as they are cannot fit around a wide neck or command adequate grip strength for certain types of strings.  Over the years, I

13 Aug 2017
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F Major Backing Track

02 Aug 2017
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Bb Major Backing Track

02 Aug 2017
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Eb Major Backing Track

27 Jul 2017
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by Primeau Guitar