Did the Beatles Know Theory?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmjRM3AziTY One of the first points the narrator makes is that the Beatles didn't read or write sheet music. The sheet music of their songs that you buy was all…

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Not All Kids’ Music is Lame

Blitzen's Boogie is a great introduction to blues, jazz and big band tonalities for kids. Just in time for the holidays. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KbG1NEpKZw For non-classical musicians, the best predictor of whether…

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A Parent Explains Why “Violin Lessons Are Pointless”

https://www.newstatesman.com/music-and-performance/2013/09/deal-it-parents-violin-lessons-are-pointless Mark Oppenheimer's 2013 article proposes an informal test: ¬†Go on Facebook and ask your friends to chime in if, when they were children, they took five years or more…

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Every Piano Teacher Should See This Scene

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT7bd1G8i9M The "piano scene" from the movie Ray, where young Ray Charles is taught how to improvise a solo using just three notes. This scene is based on a real…

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