Archive for the 'Music articles' Category

Osamu Kitajima introduces his band members 1991

Osamu Kitajima introduces his band members 1991


Barre Chord Basics

Learn all about barre chords and how they are played with this video tutorial. What exactly are barre chords and what makes them so interesting? They are simplistic chords that can be shifted anywhere up and down the neck while retaining the same shape. This allows you to hold the same shape with your hand while moving up and down the neck to play different chords. No need to change finger positions!

hands

Keep practicing and don’t forget to leave a comment by clicking on the comment link or entering them in the form below!

Quickly Tackle Major Chords on the Piano – Video Tutorial

Here’s a great and very effective video that I found for learning to quickly play Major chords on the Piano! This is great for beginners to both visualize and hear how different tones make up a chord on the piano. Remember, he is counting up the scale as he moves up the keys on the piano (C, D, E, F and so forth).

Once you memorize the locations of notes, and formations of chords, you’ll find that piano is very simple. After all, music notation was devised based on the piano! For diagrams of each of the chords he is using in this tutorial, check out our book selections!

Let me know your comments by clicking on the comments link or entering them in the form below!

Kokin Gumi – Zen (Hallmark)

Kokin Gumi – Zen (Hallmark)


Careers in music A practical guide for parents

Music is such a broad field – there is the music industry and music itself. So there are lots and lots of choices for a career within music. It’s not just about being a pop star – we have music lawyers, admin support staff, sound engineering. It is a valid choice to make as a career.
Jacqui McDonnell, Life Coach

If your child is mad about music they may be thinking about further study or even a career in music. At this point many parents ask: is there really a future in music?

Today music is a major industry with a wide range of opportunities, employing an estimated 130,000 full-time in the UK alone. Your child may want to study music for the love of it, or to pursue a career as a singer, instrumentalist, or composer, but the possibilities don’t stop there. Whatever the level of skills your child has achieved, there are career paths open, whether they decide to leave school at sixteen or go on to university. Whatever their interest there are jobs in teaching or music therapy, production, promotion, management, as well as performance.

Igudesman & Joo – Ticket to Ride

Igudesman & Joo – Ticket to Ride

MUSIC ESSENTIALS

You don’t need to be musical to help your child develop their musical abilities. But it can help if you understand a few basic musical terms. Music Essentials is designed to help you with any new words you may encounter in Parents Music Room. It is a guide to commonly-used words, explained in simple language.

If your child is learning music in school, or wants to sing or play an instrument, this will help you support them. Just click on the tabs above or links below.

However this is not a substitute for a comprehensive guide to music terminology, a course in music theory, or good teacher.
A – E
F – J
K – P
Q – S
T – Z
Music Sense
Our interactive activity Music Sense brings basic concepts to life with sound and visual imagery in an interactive glossary.

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
A wide range of useful publications and ideas on music theory and practice from the examination board, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. It includes the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Sviatoslav Richter – Chopin Etude Op. 25 No.11 – Winter Wind

Sviatoslav Richter – Chopin Etude Op. 25 No.11 – Winter Wind


Jackie Evancho, 10 (Opera Singer) on America’s Got Talent YouTube Special

Jackie Evancho, 10 (Opera Singer) on America’s Got Talent YouTube Special


Masakazu Yoshizawa (shinobue)

Masakazu Yoshizawa (shinobue), Greg Nakamura (euphonium), and Hitoshi Hamada (vibraphone) of the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble practice ‘Sunflower’