Once you are comfortable playing the piano duets "Heart and Soul" and "Blue Moon" with the 50s chord progression, you ought to try out some other great oldie-goldies. "Earth Angel" fits well with the same chords, and...
Once a pianist learns the chord progression for Heart and Soul, they will be able to accompany numerous other popular songs. One strong favorite is the Rodgers and Hart standard "Blue Moon." Even absolute beginners...
If you are confident in solving easy Sudoku puzzles, you are probably ready to learn techniques that will prepare you for other levels of Sudoku: medium, hard, and even expert. Check out these tips, which include...
Use this fun Halloween sudoku puzzle as a classroom activity, for early birds, or as a homework assignment in logical thinking. Parents can enjoy this puzzle with their elementary-age children, too.
Writing and editing require knowledge of correct spelling and word use, in order to be truly effective. If you don't know the difference between peek, peak, and pique, you may lead your readers down a wrong path.
Anyone can use a visual mnemonic as one of many memorizing techniques – for learning how to read the music notes, how to tune your guitar, the notes piano players use to make melodies and harmonies, and much, much...
This collection of visual mnemonics will help a budding musician remember the order of sharps and flats or even how to read the music notes. It may even assist you in learning how to tune your guitar.
Collectors of great quotations can find all kinds of interesting sources for them. One of my favorite sources of great quotes is the late best-selling author and former jockey Dick Francis.
If you, a non-mathematician, sometimes confuse the terms "algorithm" and "logarithm," you can find clarity here, from another non-mathematician.
Verbal Extractions word puzzles are scrambled-letter word grids. Each square in the grid contains three letters, one belonging to a word that reads across the row; one belonging to a word that reads down the vertical...
Reading rhythm in music can present a special challenge for some children, and teachers have to decide how strict or how lenient to be with their students. Check out this great list of tips to help your younger...
In the slow US economy of late 2010, I was looking for any legal stream of additional revenue I could find. And the ad sounded absolutely perfect.
You can hardly find an easier cookie to mix than these Easy and Elegant Crème Wafer Sandwich Cookies. With only three or four ingredients for the cookie and only three or four ingredients for the filling, they may be...
Do you want to improve your music sight-singing or sight-reading skills? Then develop a stronger awareness of the sound of various musical intervals. Since Christmas music has lasting value, the sounds of the season...
A good way to develop the ability to hear musical intervals with the mind's ear is to associate specific intervals with music you already know. Songs for special occasions may be particularly helpful, because they are...
Musical rhythm is far more interesting, complex, and enriching than just the four basic notes (whole, dotted half, half, and quarter) can easily represent.
In order to select the best font for chord sheets and lead sheets prepared on a word processor, consider who will be using the chord sheet, in what physical location, and under what circumstances. Your goal should...
It really is quite simple (and even fun) to make quick and clean musical transpositions of chord sheets in your word-processing program, if you know a couple of tricks. The process described here takes literally only a...
So you want to write music, but have no idea where to begin? Here is a quick guide for assessing various approaches and choosing the one that should work best for you.
“Heart and Soul” by Hoagy Carmichael is one of those songs that can sound heartful and soulful - or it can make a music teacher cringe. Some of the traits that make it so cringe-worthy can also make it a wonderful...
The Circle of Fifths can be used as an aid or a tool in transposing music, but the methods require a certain affinity for patterns and numbers. The first thing you need to do is to convert the interval (the distance...
Transposition often takes place during the act of making music or performing, but it can also be written out either as transposed chords or as a fully notated piece of music.
The development of the bassoon has not kept up with that of other reed instruments. A fairly recent innovation - the Weisberg System - developed by one of the giants of the bassoon world, can make the practice of...
Are you curious about why a hydrangea can have flowers of different colors and shades on the same plant? It's all about chemistry and biology. Someone can make a fascinating science project from the lovely flowers in...
In addition to standard music notation, there are several types of musical diagrams that can be created in your word-processing program. These include tablature, chord frames for fretted instruments, fingering charts...
The Circle of Fifths is one of the most appealing tools to use in teaching and learning music theory. It shows the order of sharps and flats; the primary and secondary chords within each key; relative major and minor...
Is predicting the weather a science or an art? Throughout the ages, humans have observed various signals in nature to plan for whatever weather might arrive. In the mid-20th century, Louis D. Rubin Sr. developed a...
Everyone is asking "How to Get Back My Concentration and Memory?" Many different approaches can help. Start with this collection of simple tips.
A very simple step-by-step procedure for creating your own music symbols for use in word-processing texts. Helpful for private and classroom music teachers, musicians of all degrees of proficiency, and self-publishers...
Musicians and music teachers occasionally need to include music symbols in written material that is prepared in a computer's word processing program. Watch out for frustration when the symbols are hard to find! But...
In reading musical rhythm, single beats can be counted by several different methods (described in Part III). Now let's take a look at how each method counts longer notes.
There are several different methods for counting the beat in music, and no one method is superior to another. The method that is best is the one that will help the student learn...
Calculating tips in restaurants or anywhere else need not be a chore that requires paper and pencil. Even without a calculator you can find the right amount to tip your server.
When a parent asks "Whose responsibility is my child's music lesson practice?" there's a fair chance they are looking for reasons to discontinue lessons. Find some ammunition to fight that defeatism here!
How to Transpose Music, Part II: More Tips on Sight Transposition (Playing in a Key Different from the Printed Music)
In certain types of music lessons, the skill of transposing to various keys may be neglected. But transposition is a note-worthy aspect of musicianship, whether the transposition is written out or performed "on the...
The skill of transposing music is valuable for accompanists; for musicians who play in groups; for band, chorus, and ensemble directors; and for anyone who wants to improve their overall musicianship. Transposition can...
Discover some tips for distinguishing between the musical modes. Learn the characteristics of their own special sounds and some quick ways of remembering which one is which.
Musical modes have not always been the rage. They have experienced periods of favor and periods of neglect. Now that they seem again to be on the rise, it's worthwhile to examen just what a musical mode is.
Do you, as a music leader, ever ask yourself: What is the best key for congregational singing? What key should hymns be sung in? or, How can I know the best key for unison singing at church? -- Finding the best musical...
Most people who take music lessons of some kind learn some quick and easy tips for reading the music, especially for naming the letter or pitch names that correspond to each line and each space.