Author Archives: mrskeys

5 Steps to Sight Singing Success

Is sight singing a thorn in your side?  In this video, I am going to show you my 5 steps to sight singing success.  How to approach mastering this in an easy-to-use protocol.  Super useful!


Want to learn Solfege and build your ears and musicianship skills?  Crash Course in Solfege: The Bundle is an all-in-one online course that teaches musicianship skills that you can actually USE. Learn Moveable Do Solfege in Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic and Melodic) and the Chromatic Scale, PLUS get bonus material like voice lessons, warmups and dive into how Solfege can be used in creative ways to improve your musicianship quickly.  CHECK IT OUT!

Who Needs Solfege?

Solfege is a powerful tool that helps to develop your musical ear.  In this video, I show you WHO can use Solfege to better themselves as musicians.  PS –   Solfege is NOT just for classical musicians – it is incredibly useful for everyone!


Want to learn Solfege and build your ears and musicianship skills?  Crash Course in Solfege: The Bundle is an all-in-one online course that teaches musicianship skills that you can actually USE. Learn Moveable Do Solfege in Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic and Melodic) and the Chromatic Scale, PLUS get bonus material like voice lessons, warmups and dive into how Solfege can be used in creative ways to improve your musicianship quickly.  CHECK IT OUT!

You Can Learn to Play By Ear…using SOLFEGE

As a follow up to my recent video “You can learn to play by ear”, I created this video to show you how to play by ear using SOLFEGE.  I tell my own story of learning 600+ songs during an 11-week cruise ship gig.  My ears grew so much and I want to share with you how I did it!


Want to learn Solfege and build your ears and musicianship skills?  Crash Course in Solfege: The Bundle is an all-in-one online course that teaches musicianship skills that you can actually USE. Learn Moveable Do Solfege in Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic and Melodic) and the Chromatic Scale, PLUS get bonus material like voice lessons, warmups and dive into how Solfege can be used in creative ways to improve your musicianship quickly.  CHECK IT OUT!

Introduction to Solfege

Solfege is a powerful tool that helps to develop your musical ear.  In this video, I show you how it works, what it’s for and how to practice it to grow your musicianship.  Solfege is NOT just for classical musicians – it is incredibly useful for everyone!


Want to learn Solfege and build your ears and musicianship skills?  Crash Course in Solfege: The Bundle is an all-in-one online course that teaches musicianship skills that you can actually USE. Learn Moveable Do Solfege in Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic and Melodic) and the Chromatic Scale, PLUS get bonus material like voice lessons, warmups and dive into how Solfege can be used in creative ways to improve your musicianship quickly.  CHECK IT OUT!

All About 2-5-1s in Minor

Jazz theory is a hairy monster for many folks, which is why I am creating tutorials to explain some of the most important concepts.  It’s not hard – it’s just a little bit different.  In this tutorial, I follow up on my recent tutorial on the 2-5-1 progression.  Today, I am going to teach you all about the 2-5-1 in minor – where it comes from, what to do with it, how to practice it and how to identify it in songs.  Once again, this is fun and super easy!!

 

 

Want to learn jazz piano?  Check out my online course Jazz Piano Accompaniment, which teaches you everything you need to know to play authentic jazz piano!

Random Songs I Like #15 – Ladies in Mercedes

Random Songs I Like Week #15.  This is a brilliant composition by jazz bassist and composer Steve Swallow, with hysterical lyrics by British jazz vocalist Norma Winstone.  This song has always resonated with me, since I moved to the Uber-fancy Upper East Side of Manhattan.  This is the performance that I captured on my 2019 album Solo Sessions Volume 1.  Buy the album here:  https://brendaearlestokes.bandcamp.com

Motivation Monday – The Case for Musicianship

For today’s video, I talk about all things #musicianship and why they hold the key to true musical success. Many students are focused on the more sexy topics in music, like technique (who doesn’t want to sing high notes or play flashy piano runs?) or repertoire (song selection is an obsessive topic among educators), but for many, working on their foundational understanding of pitch and rhythm is much more important.
Which brings me to the EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT! The new course is called…Crash Course in Solfege: The Bundle!
I have bundled my bestselling courses Crash Course in Solfege: Major Edition and Crash Course in Solfege: Minor Edition and added a ton of BONUS material. There is a new section on The Chromatic Scale, two complete voice lessons (one sung by me and one sung by jazz wunderkind Dylan Pramuk) plus a deep dive into a bunch of creative ways to use Solfege in your life. Want to learn how to play by ear? Get your sight singing in tip top shape?
This is a great course for students, and also amazing for music teachers, who have been wanting to teach this to their students but haven’t known exactly how.
Stay tuned for news on the presale. Coming soon….

All About 2-5-1s!

Jazz theory is a hairy monster for many folks, which is why I am creating tutorials to explain some of the most important concepts.  It’s not hard – it’s just a little bit different.  In this tutorial, I am going to walk you through the theory behind the most commonly found chord progression in jazz:  The 2-5-1.  I am going to show you where it comes from, what to do with it, how to practice it and how to identify it in every jazz standard out there.  It’s fun – I promise!

 

Want to learn jazz piano?  Check out my online course Jazz Piano Accompaniment, which teaches you everything you need to know to play authentic jazz piano!

Random Songs I Like #14 – Ooh Baby Baby

Random Songs I Like Week #14!  (For this series I will be posting a new song every week from every imaginable style and genre.  The only criteria is that I need to like it!)This is a sexy classic by the exquisite Smokey Robinson.  He first recorded this in 1965 with his group The Miracles and it has been a huge hit ever since.