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Being in a band.

What are some essential things you need to be in band? Should you have some technique? Yes, but you usually don’t need a lot. Should you be nice to others? Yes, but if someone other than the band director starts picking on you, you have the right to defend yourself. Should
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Non transferable

I have been writing about music in this form or another for more than forty years now. I try to communicate what I hear and what I feel when I come across a moving song. But it is frustrating. Music doesn’t write well. This is probably why we use a complicated code to put
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A few things about Mozart. Part two.

I wrote about Mozart’s death in the previous blog, and how the legend differ from reality.¬† At the end I left a question: why were legends created about Mozart? Mozart’s first biography were written during an artistic period known as Romantic. Romanticism has had
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A few things about Mozart. Part 1.

I just finished it! I was not just reading  a book, I went through an epic journey listening to the works of Mozart. Would I run into a complete chapter dedicated to The Marriage of Figaro, I would watch the opera on Medici.tv.com (a site for classical music lovers). What an
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Organic curiosity

After a student has been taking lessons for a little bit, she often reports that she can hear on the radio a certain beat she just learnt. Now, I think that’s great because it means that I teach things that are very practical, but it also shows how someone’s curiosity
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Tailoring the lessons

Our digital world doesn’t invite to patience. Yet, that’s one of the principal ingredient necessary to make a musician. Fortunately, in our 10 seconds environment, there are ways to curtail boredom, tediousness and quitting. I have devised exercises through both my
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Physical endurance

There used to be that commercial about how physical drums are. It was a biker who comes to the camera with a beautiful scenery in the background. He struggles through the steep hill then stops pedaling altogether once he’s close to the camera. He throws his bike on the side
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What I see in piano.

One of the first exercise I propose on piano is fairly simple. Put your hand on the keys with your right thumb on the middle C and the rest of the fingers on the notes above, ending with the pinky on G. Then, one key at a time, go up and down the notes. You can go slow. It seems
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Different approaches.

When I was a teenager I was placed in a music section in high school. Although I was a drummer who didn’t know a third from a sixth (see the previous blog for an explanation), they did that. The teacher trusted that I would learn (he was right, look where I am now). The
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