Numbers As Intervals In Music

A lot of times, when referring to an interval, people will refer to it as a Number instead of the actual note. The example is that A B C# D E F# can be written as 1 2 3 4 5 6. This is effective because it easily allows you to change keys and transpose. […]

Silence Is Golden

Silence is the most powerful and important part in conversation, presentations, and even music. Too many times I see people walking down the street with their iPods or mp3 players. I feel its important that people take a break from that. As a result, I wanted to shoot this video, as a reminder to take […]

Easy Way To Learn Scales

Learning scales can be difficult. There are a few tricks to going about and speeding up the process. Understand that there are also Modes, too. You’ll be happy to learn that all the chords you know, as well as the modes and scales are all related! Watch this video for some tricks and tips!

Sforzando, Crescendos, Tremolos, And More!

Sforzando = when an attack hits hard, diminuendos, and then crescendos… all in one attack Crescendos = making the music increasingly louder Tremolos = rapidly attacking the note Dynamics = mezzo forte, forte, piano, mezzo piano. Indicating how loud or soft the music is to be performed. Hairpins = another word for Crescendos (see above […]

Sibelius 6 Intro

Sibelius 6 is the latest installment of the best music engraver around. There are a bunch of new features in this one that my older version didn’t have. One of them is “Panoramic View”, which allows the sheet music to be read without page breaks, and the other is “Guitar and Piano input” which allows […]

Reading Two Lines On One Staff (Stave)

The original is in the staff below. Above is where I circled where the two lines are that a piano player would play. There are two voices, as a result, one if for the left hand (red) and the other is for the right hand (blue).But it could also mean that your thumb on the […]

Tension Chords

Using tension in your chords is very effective. Music (and life) is all a series of tension and release. So to play a chord that is outside of a key signature, it creates tension, which makes your ear NEED to move to the resolution chord – which is usually the tonic, root, or ‘one’ chord.

Flavor Chords

Using basic chords might be all that is called for – but what if you wanted to add color? What about piano? Well, look no further! Here is a quick overview (pun intended) of the basic idea of adding flavor to your chords via sus, fourths, sevenths, and extensions.

Inversions Explained!

Inversions in music are the idea of ‘flipping’ two notes around. So in stead of the intervals from C to G (which is 5 notes away – C D E F G) you simply invert that creating an interval from G to C (which is 4 notes away G A B C) Inversions follow the […]