Though I believe in the power of thought and know that we create our own reality, it’s easy to experience things as “life” giving us this lesson or that curve ball. Hopefully, most adults have ways of coping with these moments: yours [...]
It’s the same for musicians: if your audience went away feeling buoyed up or brought down, that’s what they’ll remember. If you’re really [...]
This is the third of three piano improvs from May 1, 2014. First, there was “Early (Part 1)“. In it you’ll hear predictable sounds and very stylistic, yet still spontaneously created, themes. Next, there was the student-inspired “Mouse [...]
When I was teaching piano lessons in Pennsylvania, I had a student who was a truly inspired young lad. In addition to being a good learner, passionate about music, and with a very creative mind, he enjoyed our explorations into improvisation. So, we did duet piano improv together. My memories of it are [...]
Yesterday, I sat down for the first time in many days and improvised on the piano. You see: piano improv is often the clearest way I can voice what’s inside of me. Certainly this was true last night. I played for a couple of hours and — in spite of some technical learning [...]
What is “good music”? For me, it’s something different almost every day. Plus, it’s hard to define. So, a few days ago, I posted this on my social networks:
Define “good music”.
— stan stewart (@muz4now) March 12, 2014
I’m pleased to have Kevin Jacoby as a guest writer again for his “The Art of Improv” series. Be sure to read part 1 as well. I admire Kevin as an entrepreneur, musician, writer and friend, so I’m extremely happy to have him offer [...]
I’m unbelievably happy to have a guest post from one of my favorite blog writers: Kevin Jacoby. For more about Kevin, read and click the links in his bio block at the end of this post.
Picture yourself on a stage. The sun sets behind the hills as the sodium [...]
I’m pleased and honored to have Jami McGraw offering you this guest post. Please be sure to check out Jami’s bio at the end of the post.
This is a list of tricks and tips that will allow you to get a great sounding song/album, from your bedroom, basement, living room, bathroom, [...]