10 Steps to Learning a Notated Piece of Music

Posted by on Jan 29, 2017 in Fun, Tips | 0 comments

1.         Acquaint yourself with the piece. This means listening to it, if possible, so you have an idea of what it should sound like.

2.         Practice the scale relating to the key of the piece. As a preparatory exercise, you could practice the scale relating to the key of the piece, making yourself aware of where sharps or flats occur.

3.         Co-ordinate hands as you go.  Begin with the first phrase, repeating until it is easy. If you are playing an instrument where co-ordination between hands is required, include this, although sometimes the technique of separating right hand and left hand parts before putting them together is applicable depending on the piece.

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4.         Make sure you settle on fingering that is comfortable and works well in the piece and use this fingering every time.

5.         Repeat until easy.

6.        Do not always start from the beginning of the piece. When the first phrase, as well as co-ordination, has been achieved concentrate on the second phrase.  You may find you have trouble joining the first and second phrases, so practise going from the end of one to the beginning of the other until it is easy.

7.         Work on the next phrase in the same way.  However, when you come to joining the second and third phrases, make sure you work only on this join.  Be careful not to always begin the piece from bar one.  This can waste time.

8.        Pinpoint the areas to work on.  Many times I have heard people play the first four bars of a piece brilliantly while the rest of it slowly falls apart.  This happens because whenever a mistake or difficulty has occurred, the practitioner has begun the piece from bar one, played until they hesitated or tripped up and gone back to play from bar one again.  Obviously nothing will get sorted out this way, although your first bars will be brilliant!

9.           Learning music is also about training muscle memory, so teach your fingers the ‘dance’ routine by drilling the movements. As you do this you will also be learning the sound of the piece and how it feels to play it.

10.         This method of learning can also be applied on a smaller scale.  You may, for example, find a section within a phrase is giving you trouble.  You will then need to work on this smaller section in the same way as you work on your phrases, breaking them down into individual notes and beats if need be.

Here is what one piano teacher, who has influenced a ton of wedding band in Melbourne, says about implementing this method of learning;

“We worked a bit more on “St Louis Blues”. Once again I understand the importance of breaking things down into small sections and repetition. I could tell that my student was struggling a bit with it but as soon as we broke it down and repeated it a few times she was able to get it.” – Leon Sampson

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Tips on Designing a Promotional T-shirt

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Tips | Comments Off on Tips on Designing a Promotional T-shirt

 

Many people think that designing a T-shirt used for promotion is an easy thing – just stamp on the logo at the chest, and it’s all done, right? Those who had the pleasure of working with designing and printing T-shirts know very well that it is not that easy.

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When you are designing with a T-shirt that will be used to promote a brand, keep in mind that you are not designing just some usual garment. Any material that is used for promotions is not supposed to look just pretty and cool. Its purpose is to communicate and at the same time advertise the product or brand. Because of this reason, there are certain rules that you need to follow.

 

You need to discuss the style that you are going to use to print on the T-shirt. Often there is a style guide, yet at the same time, there are none. Some of you are lucky enough that are working in a company that already has a book filled with pages detailing the steps on how to place the logo and the kind of colors that they should or should not use. There are even those that provide “spiritual” guidelines. If you don’t have these style guidelines, here are some of the things that you need to make it clear:

 

  • Set the target, its purpose and expectations in a general sense
  • Put a timeframe on how much time you need to design the promotional T-shirt
  • The things you can do and not do
  • Show some samples of what your audience will like to see

 

With all that in place, you start your drawing. The drawing phase is easy since all you have to do is just put up the outline. Let your mind freely draw anything that comes to mind when you think about the subject you are trying to portraywhile you design t-shirts.

 

It can be difficult for artists to get out of their comfort zone when they are working with an already established presence. Designers love to do something different, but the marketing directors that you are working for may not want to see their brand logo getting its reimagination, especially when you put up some fan art style. When it comes to this stage, it is best that you stick to the safe side. You present something creative and at the same time not going beyond the brand’s true image. You get to design a lot, so you get to present many samples and let them pick the one that is the best.

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Fitness Is More Than Daily Working Out

Posted by on Dec 18, 2016 in Fitness | Comments Off on Fitness Is More Than Daily Working Out

Exercise is definitely an important part of getting healthy and staying fit but there is more to those things than exercise. Running and weight lifting are not all there is if you truly want to be fit. You will need to be smart and make good decisions in all areas of life if you want to truly get fit. As you get older, leading a healthy lifestyle and being in good shape becomes more important. Think about the last year of your life: how often have you thought “I need to get healthy” to yourself?

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You will be pleased to learn that you can put a few things into action today to help raise your levels of health and fitness. Here are some tips that you can use to help yourself get fit and healthy.

Make better and healthier lifestyle choices. Quit smoking. Cut down on the booze. You already know that smoking and drinking are filthy habits but if you keep doing them while you try to get healthy you will only keep yourself from reaching your goal. Not only is smoking awful for your body but it makes it far more difficult for you to complete a workout routine. Drinking is awful both for your liver and your energy levels.

Beyond the harm, alcoholic beverages are notorious for being loaded with calories. Shedding those excess calories could take up an entire day of working out! Why get in your own way?

Get help from a personal trainer. You are probably flirting with the idea of joining a gym (or quite possibly have already paid to join one). Your gym probably has a personal trainer on hand to help you put together and perfect a workout routine that you can use to increase your fitness. The personal trainers at your gym will be experts on gym machines and equipment, teach fitness classes and will help you decide just how much time and energy you should be putting into your new fitness routine. Perhaps the most important thing a personal trainer will do for you is act as your personal cheerleader. Putting together an exercise routine of your own can be scary. Having a person by your side who knows what he or she is doing and who is invested in your success can help combat your nerves.

Stay hydrated while you are exercising. Keeping Powerade and Gatorade handy helps you maintain a good electrolyte balance during a hard workout. If you don’t like electrolyte drinks at least keep a full bottle of water handy so that you can hydrate yourself over the course of your fitness workout. If you do not stop to take a drink of water (or another beverage) at regular intervals you could dehydrate and do serious damage to your body. Obviously not all drinks have the same level of use. You don’t want to get your hydration from sodas, alcohol or sugary juices.
You need to remember that real fitness involves your mind and spirit as well as your body.
Working out a couple of times each week is only one small part of fitness. Of course those few exercise routines are better than doing nothing! Beginning slowly and building up to a regular exercise routine is a good way to begin getting fit. If you add your workout to a healthy diet and smart lifestyle decisions you will be well on your way to achieving total fitness in no time.

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So Much To Learn So Little Time

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Learn Music | 0 comments

Sometimes there just seems like there’s so much to learn and so little time to do it.

That can be a stressful situation.

Whether you have an impending music exam or performance, there are times when there is a lot of pressure to learn.

So, how are you going to deal with that?

Even if you have whole days in which to practice, you can only learn as fast as your brain and muscle processes allow you to learn.

So here’s a few tips which can help you get through (and hopefully succeed) in those times of high pressure.

  1. Prioritise

My situation at the moment is that I have about five new songs to learn for the Band for hire Melbourne (rehearsing tonight) and a gig on Saturday night which I need to be in top shape for.

I therefore, have to prioritise the learning for the gig because it’s important to me that every public performance I do, I do my best.  However, there is an impending gig for the Band and there’s a lot of learning to do there as well!

Your priorities may be different to mine in the same situation.  What is important is that you are honest about what is most important to you (not anybody else) and focus on preparing your work in accordance with that.

Sometimes it will be a close call but the work you do for one performance will invariably benefit the other performances too.

  1. Practice Other Skills

Yes, you need to practice the pieces you will be playing but it’s also very wise to keep up the technical work, even if you are pressed for time.

This article outlines all the other exercises that are good to practice in order to support a successful performance.

  1. Break It Down

When you look at all the activities you have to accomplish in a week, it can seem daunting.  You may even feel like you don’t even know where to start, or have the feeling that all those tasks will be impossible to get through.

But when you look at what you have to do day by day, and just try to accomplish those tasks, those tasks seem much more manageable.

The same is true for a stressful music workload.

If you can, look at what you need to accomplish by the end of the week and plan out, day-by-day, using your Practice Diary, what you are going to do to meet those tasks.

Think about how much practice time you will have and plan what you will do in those practice sessions to get the maximum benefit.

A lot of time can be wasted with unplanned and unfocused practice.  However, with knowledge and planning on how to practice, you have much more of a chance of meeting your goals.

This article on time management has a great tip in the last video which I use all the time now and it works!

  1. Simplify

If there is really too much on your plate, there are several ways you can handle it:

  1. Have a complete meltdown (not recommended!), but if you feel that is going to happen then….
  1. Be honest, get someone else to do the gig, or shorten the repertoire, or cancel the date.

In other words, try to avoid getting yourself into a situation where you are going to let yourself and/or others down.  It’s just much simpler and better to be honest and let others know where you are at.

  1. Sometimes you may be able to simplify the music and repertoire.

For example, shortening the form, or taking out some movements, or playing songs you already know.

In performance, always take the options you are most confident with.

Ok, well now I’m going to take my own advice and it’s off to the practice room!

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Concrete Cleaning – Reasons To Do It

Posted by on Nov 28, 2015 in Concrete cleaning, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Concrete Cleaning – Reasons To Do It

Cleaning is something important that should be done as much as possible. Anywhere, anytime at anything, cleaning should be practiced since it will enhance and boost the longevity of that thing to exist. Even in our home, workplace, schools, anywhere! Cleaning should always be done. There are lots of places wherein cleaning should be done, maybe in your rooftops, bedrooms, kitchen. Most of the hard part of cleaning is cleaning the concrete, since most of the dirt is really hard to take off and it will really take you time to just successfully pull them out from the concrete surface.

Concrete is one of the areas in your home, workplace or in any establishments and cleaning concrete is really important since it is where something is being held. For example, in some small businesses, the concrete should really be cleaned more often since it’ll bring the business an impression from the customers. A nasty and dirty concrete would really give the customers some bad impressions so cleaning concrete must really be made. But how would you clean the concrete that has complicated designs wherein the dirt is hard to pick up and clean? Well, there are lots of tools that should be used in cleaning concrete and most of them can be bought in some stores out there or on the internet. Those tools are made special to be used in cleaning concrete so that the hard to get and reach dirt can be easily wiped out and cleaned off. Use the best work boots to work on concrete.

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By buying those tools that are specially made for cleaning concrete, you will be sure that your concrete will have its almost original image and it will boost the capacity of it to live longer. Another advantage of buying the tools for cleaning concrete is that it will acquire you less efforts in cleaning them since most of those tools are already electric powered and does not require you much physical effort just to clean those concretes. If you have your own business, then it will be a good help for you since you won’t be spending too much time just to clean those messy concrete whenever you are on a business hour anymore. Concrete cleaning would be much different if you have some specific specialize tool to be used compared to the old tiring and time consuming ways of cleaning concrete with just using a rag, broom and water.

Cleaning concrete is really a thing that should be done and it will be more done properly by using some tools that are specialize to be used in cleaning concrete. With a neat and clean concrete, everything that should be placed in there would really be much appreciated compared to a messy concrete that takes a lot of attention than the items that are placed on it. Cleaning is really important every now and then in everywhere and even concretes need some of it so starting from now, you better do it using some specialized tool to properly clean them.

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What you can get in availing those package deals in driving schools?

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in package deals | Comments Off on What you can get in availing those package deals in driving schools?

All driving schools have their promotional deals given to everyone. This is to help their students get a discount if they will encourage their friends to join with them in taking the driving lessons. There are different package deals given to every student. Depending on the amount and the number of referrals, anyone could get discount coupon after they have referred a minimum number of enrollees to avail the package. This is one of the marketing schemes of every driving school. Every lesson you have enrolled in has a corresponding price. If you want to get a discount on their courses, you should know the inclusions of their promotional package.

Many people want to get a discount and pay lesser than the usual amount of the things they have bought. Because of these reasons, businesses have got the idea to make a promotional package that would encourage their clients to get more and save more. This is common marketing strategy. In some driving schools, they would encourage their students to take the entire course in a lesser value so that they can save from taking them sooner. It is like buy all in a lesser amount which the client could use in the future. In Australia, they value their education and they are willing to pay whatever the amount it entails, but they are getting more than what they are paying for and they are happy with getting those perks because they can use it in actual situations. You can go for the vicroads practice test to get your license and polish your driving skills.

What you can get in availing those package deals in driving schools

Availing driving lesson package deals will not only help their clients to save from paying the entire course but will also help them to get the most valuable lesson they will need. All you have to do is call the nearest driving school in your place and ask for their promotional package deals. They are happy to assist you and to help you to become a pro in a lower cost. Booking a package is easy. You should have to set your time for taking your lesson and have an advance payment right after you book and you are good to go. Your driving instructors will make their best to incorporate everything to you especially the important points that you should remember and you will possibly come out in the written examinations and practical test. The excellent value package is offered in a limited and compact time frame and gets training certificates to certify you as a successful finisher of the course. Click here to clear vicroads learners test effectively.

Education is not a waste of time. We can pay for the things we buy and they could be gone in an instant. If you would purchase a course which you know you can use in the future, you are buying your future and the chance of learning.  In Australia, they value their education since it is the ticket to have a better future. As they say that your future is your biggest investment and you should invest your money to the right thing. Enroll the full course now in a discounted amount and surely you become a better driver in the future.

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Experiencing Real Cuban Music Lessons

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Cuban Music Lessons | Comments Off on Experiencing Real Cuban Music Lessons

There is nothing more thrilling than spending a bit of your time travelling with the music on. This will add flavour to your trip, not to mention it will either make you feel excited or relax throughout your trip, depending on the kind of music you are listening to. Thank technology for making music more accessible today, but when learning them firsthand, you will need to approach a music teacher to teach you. Generally, the internet has already provided almost everything, but with a special kind of music like Cuban music lessons, you will need to travel to Cuba in order to experience personally what it feels to listen and learn the music they have.

When you travel Cuba, you will learn that every citizen there has a love for music. In fact, music is already embedded in every soul and is already a part of the culture of the Cubans, especially with the way they treat and communicate with each other – just like they are singing. In Trinidad alone, you will find a lot of musicians and among them, some can offer a few varying options which depends on your budget and your interests, too. You have a choice of arranging a single day workshop or even arrange private lessons with one of the prestigious and iconic Cuban musicians. Just do not forget to plan out what kind of music you want to learn prior to your visit in Cuba and pick a musician you would love to learn from. If your budget is not cut for private lessons, just look for packaged workshops where they teach an entire class the basics of Cuban music.

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There are different lessons that you can choose from. There are those that provide professional and non-professional lessons, depending on the instrument of your choosing. The instruments that Cuban music teaches are Cuban percussion, afro-cuban percussion, jazz improvisation, folkloric songs, mainstream or pop music, and a combination of practical and theoretical lessons for those who are interested to know more about how Cuban music came into being. Every student of Cuban music will be delighted to know how much the music in the country has evolved, yet most of them have remained rooted to its origins. You will even find some international music that has a blend of Cuban music into it. This is how influential the music in the country is. This is also the reason why a lot of travelers go to Cuba – to learn more about the music while experiencing the joy of traveling in Cuba.

The best way to experience Cuban music lessons is when you pair it with your travels. This way, you get to experience Cuban culture and at the same time get a taste and feel of what Cuban music is like. The lessons provided by most of the Cuban musicians are designed for the individual, the experience prior to your Cuban music lesson and the level that you want to achieve. The best way to learn Cuban music is to have a one-on-one session with a Cuban music teacher. All music teachers in Cuba are graduates from among the music specialist schools in the country and are handpicked according to their teaching prowess and instrument expertise.

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