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Alma Mater Blues Rhythm

(Over time, different teachers have faced situations in which a student finds it challenging to process the Alma Mater Blues rhythm. Here are Neil’s thoughts on how to handle such situations, video posted September 28, 2022. Below his video tip are two representative posts/questions within…

Teaching Fur Elise A Section

I’m generally very rigorous about following Neil’s instructions, since time and again I’ve come to understand why he does things the way he does. I’ve recently had a situation where I felt I had a good reason to do something a little differently from what…

Transcribing Ties and Dotted Notes

I am at the end of the Reading Rhythm TTM in my own learning process and have a question about transcription. I see that ties and dotted notes (like all the other ingredients) include the step of “Continuing to process transcriptions into MOR.” As someone…

Getting the Humpty “Swing”

I have one student who is really struggling to get the “swing” feel for Alma Mater Blues and also Rocking Honey. It seems for some it comes so naturally, and for others, it’s a huge effort. We verbalise the “here’s humpty dumpty”, we clap the…

Student having trouble reading diagrams

I’d like some advice about my 7-year-old student who previously had about one year of lesson (traditional) in China and can already play some lovely classical pieces (reading). I explained why we do not read notes, and she and her parents accept this as far…

Adult students concerned about remembering

Any advice on working with senior students who are concerned with forgetting things, arrangements in particular, and want to write extra notes in the diagrams? I feel like I’ve been hearing that a lot lately, that because they’re older they need to write extra notes…

Unfolding Blues and Improv

I have successfully unfolded the Blues and improv program up until project 13. (blues scale) The same issue has cropped up in 2 different lessons so I am doubting my presentation of the project. My students are having trouble keeping the LH following the 12…

Arrangements Teaching Pace

I know that there is not a definite prescribed order to teach the arrangements/variations and am fine with that. I have listened to both of Gordon’s workshop audio recordings on introducing arrangements and have found them very helpful. I’m wondering if there is a certain…