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Why is learning an instrument important?

Among the people deciding whether to take on a new hobby, some of them must first chose what they want to do. Should they collect stamps? Should they create woodworking masterpieces? Ha! I’ll also give you a very brave one: should they change their body? That goes with
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The very young student

When I get a very young student interested in music, usually the parent realize quickly that those pupils do not want to practice. Music yes! Fun, yes! Chores? Not so much! So, the student takes a few lessons, to have taste of what it takes. They go back home, the parents tell
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Something missing in music.

A Student taking lessons from Sol Garnier
Music is slowly disappearing from schools. I am not saying anything new, here, this has been the trend for a very long time. And I know it is even worse for art, sewing, cooking, home economics and civic instruction, but it’s another debate. Right now, of the last barely
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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 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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