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An approach to dynamics

Try this: start at m, meaning medium. Wait! I’m forgetting something. First either sit at the piano or go get a paid of drumsticks. Take your time. I’ll be here when you come back. Ok, got it? We ready? So, as I was saying: start with m, meaning medium. You want an
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Like never before

If you take lessons with me for awhile, you might come across a particularity of mine. I have already talked about it on my blogs, but that’s hardly a clue because I discuss a wide variety of subjects here. I love music. That’s the surprising fact. No, no, don’t
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Finding Vaccine in Chicago

To anyone who still needs (or knows someone who needs) an appointment to be vaccinated, for example college students & teenagers: The huge FEMA drive-through vaccination site (at Roosevelt school in Gary, which is on 25th, right off I-94) is not very busy, and is a breeze to
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Eddie and Michael

Eddie Van Halen, the great, the dearly missed, played on Michael Jackson song “Beat it”. That guitar solo will be remembered for ever.  
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Serious Sinatra

Did you know that Frank Sinatra, after somewhat neglecting his voice, started doing warm-ups and exercises once he had Quincy Jones as his arranger and the orchestra of Count Basie to back him up? A wonderful recording is “Frank Sinatra at the sands”, a legendary
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Chick Corea forever

Chick Corea is no longer with us. He passed today, February 11th 2021. This man was a giant.   In 1987, during my first year at Berklee, everyone was talking about the new album Mr Corea had just put out. It was Elektric band with a star line-up of Dave Weckl on the drums,
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Not a word!

Music is not a descriptive art. Unlike painting or photography, it cannot carve the lines of a city or display the face of a stranger in a crowd. Music cannot paint with pictures, instead it is forced to evocate or to suggest. And when you have a very precise mental picture of
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Children songs 2

This was the trivia question: Which composers composed themes based on children songs? Answer: Beethoven and Miles Davis. Now, for Beethoven, we all know which piece of music I’m talking about. You don’t? Yes, you do. Did you play the recorder when you were in school?
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Children songs

Trivia: which composers composed themes based on children songs?   Do you want me to give you some time to think about it?   All right. The answer is in the next blog.   Here’s a clue:
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