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From the top! Part 2: What to do about it!

Ok, so, we’ve diagnosed the problem: learning a piece by starting from the beginning is not necessarily a good idea. The progress is slow, the feeling is not satisfying, the going is tough. But, you might intervene, there are no other ways to go about it! We have to be a
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From the top! Part 1: The problem.

I’ll give you a sure way to mess up your practice and get discourage: take it from the top! So, you have this song, this exercise, this page to play. And, as is logical, you put your hands on your instrument and you start to play it. You know, you do that just to get the
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A difficult gig!

I need once to sing the despair of musicians. If you are new to this craft, you need to be informed: all musicians are nerds. Yes, even Bruno Mars, Eminem or Diamond Dave Lee Roth. We are all convinced that we can prepare life. And the way we prepare our lives will make us
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Musicality 1: life experience.

A french comedian joked that it takes 5 minutes to make a bad actor and 5 years to make a bad musician. And it is not far from the truth, if you look at Music from the angle of technique. But, if one wants to understand how Billie Holiday became successful, one has to look at
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How deep can you go?

I am fascinated by humanity. As a musician, I think it’s the first and last building block to make great music. For example it is common knowledge that pain is helps to reveal artists. Stevie Ray Vaughn started to drink heavily before he was 10 years old. Jim Morrison had a
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No, that is not a payment!

When I first started in Chicago as a drummer, I wanted to explore the blues scene. It was a fascinating thing, really. The Chicago Blues was so popular I had heard of it in my little city of France. So, fresh out of Berklee College of Music, I started doing some jam sessions. For
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Children learning

People are disgusted with learning an instrument. It happens all too often in this form: an adult comes into my studio and tells me that they were forced to play the piano when they were kids. They hated it. The teacher was tough, the parents didn’t negotiate, the practice
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Messing around: the secret ingredient

If you are reading this blog, I am assuming it is because you are studying either piano or drums. Or, at least, you are interested in those concepts. And so, most of the time, the study involves some technique, of course, and some more technique, of course, and some songs to play
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Dynamics are the emotion of music

Dynamics in music seems to be a concept getting lost in modern music. By modern music, I mean what is played on the radio. We turn the thing on and the sounds come out at full blast. The singer is full blast, the drums are full blast, the bass are full blast, even the commercials
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