Showing articles 1-10 of 96

0

Standard Blues Progression

Why do we teach the 12-bar blues with CFCC as the first 4 instead of the standard CCCC that is everywhere else? Personally I like the F added in as it makes it more interesting. But does SM have a reason? I’m guessing congruency, so that there’s a pattern for beginning players. Remember that the blues is a folk tradition, not some formal music theory…
0

Songs using Honey Dew Chords

Can anyone think of any well known songs that use the Honey Dew chord progression? I would like to demonstrate some to my students when teaching Honey Dew. Justin Beiber's "Baby Baby" song. Lame but it gets a response every time. Blue Moon "Brave" by Sara Bareilles 20 songs - same 4 chords on guitar C Am…

Dark Blue Tailpiece Chords

Can anyone please tell me: what are the chords in the tailpiece of Dark Blue? Pretty sure those chords are Db6/9, Gb13, Cm6/9. So, what Maureen said - 9, 11, 13th chords must include the 7th. With the 6 and 9 added but no 7th, it's called a 6/9 chord. If anyone's interested, a simple(ish) way to play a 6/9 chord in RH is to put finger 1 on the 3rd,…

SHM After Discontinuing Lessons

I have a question about the SHM. I talked to my boss at the studio the other day and she was concerned about students possibly discontinuing lessons with me and then proceeding to use the videos and purchasing additional levels to learn the songs. She wanted to know if that is protected against and could this happen? I assured her there are some things that a student can only get in a lesson and the videos…

Shoo-Fly LH and Generativity

I'm learning Shoo-Fly. Any thoughts on reminder clues for the LH runs in the second part? It starts on D and goes up, then starts on C and goes up, and both have a black note but in a different spot. I find myself coming back to the videos over and over. This one of those places where crowd-sourcing ideas for how to remember something makes great sense, but if I…

Learning from Video Demonstration

I have a level one student (7 yo) who learned the whole AMB (2 and 3) by watching the level 1 demo. Argh! Naughty, naughty! I point out to students when they do this, they are missing out on vital learning clues (I don't tell them what). Then I ask them for their promise not to do it again. I point out that things quickly fall…

Sit By My Side Hands Together

My adult (late 50s) student loves the playing-based tools but told me today that for Sit By My Side (F5) he finds them hard to use (think about) when putting his hands together, though he uses them well for hands separate on that song. Besides the usual, CTE and going very very slowly, and recognizing the repeating chord patterns, and being patient with himself in the process, any other suggestions for that song? [answer author="Kerry…

Walk at 11

Any advice on "Walk at 11"? I’m struggling with this one. Do just one level per week (advanced levels may need more than one week). Level 1 LH isn't too challenging because it is based on Honey Dew chords. Make sure you have them stick to the fingering Neil suggests because it preps them for Level 2. On Level 2, external speaker "to C to A to D to G" does…

Readiness to Learn

Is there any such thing as readiness in the Simply Music process? I am teaching a very bright little girl who is 6, but she is struggling even with the five fingers over five notes after 6 lessons. She can play the right hand of songs, but is struggling to even understand the concept of putting left and right hand together. Opinions vary - but I think 6 is…

Webinar Series: 05/12/2019 – Piano Stories Behind the Songs, Part 2

Continued from Piano Stories Behind the Songs (Part 1), Neil shares the inspiration behind many of his songs and song names, beginning in Foundation Level 5 through Development Level 12. Topics include: Introduction Introduction (00:05) (FL5) Shoo-Fly, The Gaz, Sit By My Side (02:59) (FL6) Chorale, One More Time (09:24) (FL6) Classical Pieces, Home (13:11) (FL7) Old Man Whistle, Church Song (17:24) (FL7) Miles, ‘57 12/8 Blues (20:25) (FL8) Shadow, D-Part (23:41) (FL8) Caught Between the Daybreak, Beautiful Boy (26:48)…

Showing articles 1-10 of 96