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Practicing: keeping the emotions in check.

There is a strange alchemy going on when one practices. Specially if he/she already is a good player trying on a brand new concept. She cannot help but feel absolutely powerless. Which is very frustrating. But, and it needs to be highlighted, a veteran musician knows to keep her
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Why a real piano or drum teacher is irreplaceable?

The difference between a teacher and YouTube is the progression. A lot of people, these days, first step in my studio telling me they have tried to learn the drums or the piano without me, meaning without a teacher, and, clearly, they didn’t succeed. So, here they are,
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How to address the challenges of learning a new Instrument? Part 3: Patience.

I love this subject. I think every music teacher should love this question. It points us, all of us, beginners and experts, in the right direction. We have to understand the magnitude and diversity of this question to be able to pass on our music knowledge to our pupils. I am a
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New Orleans 2

When I visited the city, I could see the French influence. It was everywhere. That and the carabean one also. The small sidewalks, the bright colors, the organization of the town. Yes, I saw the influence of my country (I am French). I recognized it in its ugly side also. French
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How long does it take to learn the drums?

What a good question! Thank you for asking. The answer is this: in my class, during the first lesson, the brand new beginner gets to learn her/his first rock beat. We shall also, while we’re at it, try to play together. I might be on the piano or the guitar. I might sing a
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New Orleans 1

The first evening I was in New Orleans, I got star struck, and furious about it. We landed in the heart of it all: the French Quarter. What a pretty town! I could relate to those high balconies, looking like the front of boats. I could understand why the prostitutes of the old
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How long does it take to learn the piano?

This is a very good question. Every beginner I know, whether they are 6 or 66 years old, want to know how long it’ll take before they are able to play what they want to play on the piano. If I give a cookie cutter answer, I’d say that with a little practice and a
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How to address the challenges of learning a new instrument? Getting the right gear. Part 2 (The drum set)

For the drums,  it’s a bit different than for the piano (See part 1).  But not for the worse.  Hold on! Read on! Come on! So many drummers do not pursue their passion because they can’t fit a full drum set in their apartment. First of,  a full drum set cam be muffled.
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How to address the challenges of learning a new instrument? Getting the right gear. Part 1 (piano

After having made up your mind and decided that you will pursue piano or drums,  after taking a few lessons and are strengthen in your determination,  you still don’t have an instrument.  Sometimes,  you don’t even have the room in your home to welcome a drum set or a
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