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Does music and musicians have a future in our world?

It is everywhere. Music in every place, from stores to coffee places to cars, to, of course, our own home. It has been like this for a few decades. What has been new, though, is the fact that music can be free. And programs like Spotify qualifies, in my view, as free music, since
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New Orleans 3. The noble garbage man.

As I explained, the music of New Orleans came from very humble and poor beginnings. And the music reflects that. Especially the percussion section. Now, of course, I know I could go directly into talking about the drum set. But I prefer to talk about the world. First, let’s
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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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