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Theory Thursday

Whole Steps and Half Steps
By Jason Steele

Welcome to another Theory Thursday!

Next we are going to make some simple observations as to how all of these notes relate to one another. Understanding this will allow you to be able to locate the 12 different notes on your guitar. We are still sticking with the piano for now, but we will dive into the guitar in just a bit.

We can relate each of the notes to one another based on how far apart they are from each other. The two basic units of measure for this are half steps (represented by a “H” symbol) and whole steps (represented by a “W” symbol).

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Is Eurovision the best thing ever?

by Aubrey Aikens

I. Love. Eurovision.

There’s not much in this world that will make me stop in my tracks and sit in front of a television for days on end. Even though I am a writer-which often seems to be associated with feelings of reclusiveness and long periods of sitting in oversized armchairs-I do not love being stationary.

If I am going to be totally honest with you today (which is kind of the point of this blog), I should just admit Eurovision is the only thing that will keep me focused for more than an hour.

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Jam Sessions – Tempo and Dynamics

by Jason Steele

Last blog post about jam sessions was all about the ears and this week is all about the basics. Two of the most basic aspects of music is the speed (tempo) and volume (dynamics). Having control over these two things will bring your playing and jam sessions to a whole new level. The exercises below will help you gain greater control over each of them by group play and exploring changing up the tempos and dynamics of a song. It’s not that common for a song to change tempo within the song, but many songs most certainly offer up a variety of different dynamics within the same song.

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Post Malone Rubs Me the Right Way

by Aubrey Aikens

As some people may know, I personally cannot drive without having music on, and when I was in high school, that music was almost exclusively classic rock (I had a deep love for Boston, Kansas and Journey courtesy of my mother). I thought that driving around in my little old Honda with “Separate Ways” blasting as loud as possible made me seem pretty groovy. Spoiler alert: it did not. Now that I’ve graduated from university with degrees in music and music business, I wish I could say that my tastes have matured, but I think they have ironically gone the opposite direction than one would expect, because now I tend to find myself listening to the Top 40’s station (along with a little bit of Chicago’s Polish/American club music station which, if you haven’t checked out, you should because it’s really something).

I feel pretty confident in saying that today’s Top 40 can be summed up in two words: Post. Malone.

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Singing with Confidence

by Aubrey Aikens

Last week, I gave my first ever masterclass about communicating emotional depth through singing and live music and it was an absolutely wonderful experience. We discussed the art of having confidence in front of people and honestly, I’ve only scratched the surface on the subject.

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