Gordon Harvey

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Solace of the Wind Key

Jazz program.The key of Solace of the Wind. First off I might say it’s C Minor with it’s key signature and initial chord but it’s the final chord that’s supposed to be the final arbiter, right? And that’s A flat Minor. In fact the whole…

Piano Hygiene

Thought it might be worth sharing this advice about hygiene around the piano, from the Piano Technician’s Guild (via Bernie’s Music Land, who by the way, deserve support from any of our Victorian SM teachers) COVID-19 and Piano Care – https://www.ptg.org/covid-19 Orignial discussion started March 19, 2020

Notes for Online Lessons

Another online teaching question… How do you do the notes at the end of the lesson? I may have the camera on my whiteboard as I write it. Or I just speak out what they need to write. I have them send me a photo of…

What Jazz Means

I need to start jazz clues soon with a number of students. Help me understand what we mean by “jazz” and how it differs from the accompaniment things (playing all types of chords, variations) we’ve already been doing. I believe Neil talks about perceptions of…

Note Names in Transcribing Streams

Transcription projects in Reading Notes: are you just having them write notes on a staff as you verbalize different intervals? Do you start having them identify note names as they figure out intervals? Other ways to do transcription projects with notes? Yes Jen they write…

Acknowledging Recital Performances

Today we had a recital. I always struggle with what to say after each student has played their song. Everyone is clapping, then I pop back up again to introduce the next performer. I say “that was great” then the next student I’ll say “that…