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How The Beatles Mastered Music Theory

Jazz and Classical music are wonderful genres to teach if you want your students to understand all the depth behind good music. These two genres offer key changes, advanced harmonies/chords, mixed meters and all kinds of tricky concepts. Perfect food for music nerds!   While I can appreciate a good pop tune, the thing that…

What Makes A Chord Major Or Minor?

What makes a chord Major or Minor?   The first clue is the sound. You can literally hear the difference. But there’s a lot more to it than that. There’s actual math behind it.   Now before all you math haters start groaning, just listen for a bit. It’s really not that hard to learn…

Intro To Pop/Rock Chords Is HERE!

Well… I’ve been talking about creating a course and IT IS HERE!   Can’t believe it!   I started working on this thing forever ago it seems. Ok, really it was just 6 months or so, but all the planning and research started at least 6 months before that. So it feels like ages since…

Beach Boys Piano Tutorial

Beach Boys Tutorial: DON’T WORRY BABY

  This Beach Boys song was requested by one of my subscribers, Tenille, who appears to have a healthy Beach Boys addiction happening, of which I thoroughly approve!   As a side note, may I brag for a moment and tell you I recorded my last album in the same studio as the Pet Sounds…

Lead Sheet Tutorial: How To Play IF I FELL By The Beatles

    Valentine’s day is just a few days away. Wouldn’t it be cool to give your honey pie a SONG this year? You could learn LOVE ME TENDER  if you are very new to piano. If you’ve been playing for a few months, try today’s tutorial, which covers A TON of ground.   Repeat signs.…

How Music Helps With Math (In Layman’s Terms)

Do a Google search on “How Music Helps With Math” and you will surely see multiple pages with links to articles by serious Science journals as well as music teachers like me. So I know it isn’t news to you that music lessons help strengthen Math skills. But here’s the thing: I feel like every time…