It’s not too late to sign up for next week’s music camp at Grosse Pointe Music Academy. This will be the second of two individual camps offered this summer by the Music Academy. We are are currently seeking instrumentalists and vocalists that are interested in learning more about music to sign up! We will ensure […]
Thelonious Monk, A musical genius
The following fantastic list of advice comes courtesy of legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, a musical genius who died exactly 30 years ago, on February 17th of 1982. The list was transcribed by saxophonist Steve Lacy in 1960. Enjoy. Transcript follows. (Source: Heck of a Guy; Image above: Thelonious Monk, via.) […]
February 20th – On this Day in Music History
Is February 20th special? Heck yeah it is! Not only is it our own David Bolla’s birthday (Happy birthday Dave!), but all these cool things happened on this day as well: 1745 – The birth of composer Johann Peter Saloman. 1770 – The birth of […]
Is music a higher revelation for you?
“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy” – Ludwig van Beethoven. Is this a blanket statement by Beethoven or does anyone believe that this is true. Is music actually a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy? Is music a revelation […]
Vibration Creates Matter
I’m most definitely not looking to start a debate on creation, religion or anything like that with posting this video. If you want to comment from that point of view then that’s totally fine, but I just wanted to be clear that it’s not my intention. More and more scientists seem to be in acceptance […]
So You want to be President?
US President Musicians President Harry S. Truman, the man in the White House when the United States intervened on behalf of the millions of innocent people who were being displaced and massacred by Hitler’s Nazi Germany, claimed to have practiced his piano lessons for two hours […]
Chocolate Cake vs. Ice Cream: Rethinking Balance at the Keyboard
When you’re creating your sound at the piano, one of the most important concepts is foreground vs. background. Melody vs. accompaniment. However, many pianists erroneously equate the idea of balance at the keyboard as the need to play all voices at the same level. As you play multiple […]
PRINCE DISCOVERS THE CURE FOR BALDNESS… GUITAR PLAYING
According to the Times of India… LONDON: Pop superstar Prince believes playing the electric guitar his entire life has stopped him from going bald. The 52-year-old pop legend, who can play 27 different instruments, is convinced the electricity that flows through a guitar when he strums it is the reason he still has luscious locks, Daily […]
A Common Mistake That’ll Grow Hair on Any Guitarist’s Palms
I see a lot of guitarists making a fundamental mistake in their approach to the instrument. It stunts their growth and holds them back, sometimes for years. The worst part is that, on the surface, the mistake seems completely harmless. That insidious mistake is playing what you already know how […]
If birds can learn to sing, you can too!
I’ve always that that it is really cool listening to birds imitate the sounds and songs of other animals and especially humans. Anyone who has been in the presence of birds can clearly see that they are extremely interested in music and any kind of sound. I’m pretty sure that most animals on earth have […]
Why Do We Remember Old Pop Songs But Forget Where Our Keys Are?
I’ve been posting quite a few things in the last few days about music and the human brain. If you have any interest in this subject whatsoever then you’ll certainly enjoy this video. Daniel Levitin, Neuroscientist and musician, gives some great example of how music is so absolutely important in our lives. The function of […]
“This is Your Brain on Music”
Director of McGill University’s Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition and Expertise and best-selling author of “This is Your Brain on Music,” Daniel Levitin blends cutting-edge scientific findings with his own experiences as a former record producer and still-active musician.