It’s #motivationmonday again and this week I share a couple of personal stories of how telling people what you want to do can actually make it happen! How could you benefit from sharing what you are working on?
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!
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Have you ever met one of those people who can sit down and play a song by ear? The can just do it without even looking at the music – and they were just BORN THAT WAY. (Infuriating, right?). What if I told you that you can LEARN to PLAY BY EAR? Not only CAN you, but I am going to show you exactly what steps you need to take to be able to do it. It doesn’t take any special tools or skills – it’s just a matter of sitting down and following my easy steps.
This is how I learned to play by ear, how I taught my 9 year old son to play by ear and how I have taught hundreds of other people to do it too. It’s super fun and will make your whole life more musical!
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Every Monday, I post a video about practicing, inspiration, time management and other topics that are meant to motivate you to really give it your best work. This week, I talk about a favorite quote that I found on a $0.99 card at Trader Joe’s which has hung in my studio for several years. It’s never too late!
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It’s Motivation Monday! Today I talk about how to turn feelings of jealousy into insight over your next steps.
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#MotivationMonday. One of my favorite books of all time, that I reread over and over again is an amazing book by @LauraVanderkam called “168 Hours – You Have More Time Than You Think.” Laura is a time management expert and she has done extensive research on how people use their time. This book has been life altering for me. Check out the short video to find out how!
Have you been wanting to improve your piano skills? Have you been curious about the online offerings at Piano and Voice with Brenda? This short video talks you through all of the course options and shares which course might be the best fit for you! Whether you are looking to learn jazz, improvisation or you are a singer who wants to build your keyboard skills, there is a perfect course for YOU! Check out this video to find out!
Looking for a little #motivationmonday? In this video, I address that old bad habit of saying “I will never be able to do that” and how we can use that to help us actually achieve our goals. What are some things that you thought you would never EVER be able to do that you actually were able to?
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Sight reading is a thorn in everyone’s side and something that nearly every student I have come across has needed more help with. In this video I tackle the #1 problem that keeps people from being able to sight read effectively. Hint: it’s all about intervals.