Category Archives: Musicianship

You can LEARN to play by ear!

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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Motivation Monday – I Will Never Be Able To Do That!

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 Read Better…FAST!

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.

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How to Practice Singing During a Pandemic: 5 Singer/Teachers Share Their Top Three Tips

I was super excited when singer, voice teacher and podcaster Valerie Day asked me to contribute to her most recent blog post.  In it, you’ll hear my top three tips that I share with all my students.

READ THE ARTICLE HERE

Full Voice Podcast

I was delighted to be a guest on Nikki Loney’s amazing Full Voice Podcast.  Nikki is a fellow Canadian and is a wonderful singer and voice teacher.  She also owns the totally AMAZING company The Full Voice, which is an amazing series of workbooks, songs an resources for voice teachers who work with children.  I am such a fan of here, so I was extra excited when she asked me to be on her very popular podcast!

We talked about my online courses, especially Piano Skills for Singers and the brand-new Crash Course in Solfege Courses!

LISTEN HERE!

 

 

The Handy-Dandy Transposition Chart

Does the prospect of transposing a melody or chords fill you with panic and dread?  I keep wishing someone would build a capo that would work on the piano, but my piano tuner says that wouldn’t quite work.  Sigh.

In the meantime, I have created The Handy-Dandy Transposition Chart™ designed to make transposing your melodies and chords less painful and riddled with errors.

DOWNLOAD The Handy-Dandy Transposition Chart TM