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Theory Thursday: The Piano

Theory Thursday 

by Jason Steele

 

Welcome to Theory Thursday! Some would argue, “what’s so fun about music theory?”… I would argue back, “what’s NOT fun about music theory?”

No matter what side you live on I’ll be posting an ongoing series of music theory lessons. If you want to grow as a musician it unavoidable that you must have some sort of idea about how music works. I’ll start with the basics while also trying to keep it always tied to basic concepts. I don’t want to go too far too fast. I’ll also be posting some tune analysis down the line, so if you have a song request you’d like me to pull apart and teach you about what’s going on,  just post your requests in the comments below. Happy Theory Thursday Ya’ll!

The Piano

The first step you need to take is to become familiar with what the names of all of the notes are, and to do this we will start by taking a look at the piano diagram below. You might ask here, “I play guitar, why are you showing me a piano?”. I teach this first concept on piano because the piano is so visual which makes it easier to see all of the notes and their relationships. In fact you may have already noticed that the piano has 2 different groups of black keys. From left to right it has a group of 2, then a group of 3, group of 2, group of 3, 2, 3,2, 3, etc.  
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Jam Sessions: Listening and Hearing

Tuesday Jam Sessions

Welcome back to another installment of the jam session blog series. This week I’ll run you through a couple of ideas to help you to develop your jamming skills. Participating in a jam session goes beyond playing a song from start to finish and if you want to become better at jamming, there are some skills you must focus on. In addition to explaining the skills needed I’ll also give you some exercises to develop those skills.

Off we go!
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Jam Sessions: A Primer

What You Need – To Jam

Welcome to the first installment of many on the subject jam sessions! In this series I aim to cover all aspects of the jam session including setting it up, what to play, what you can do to improve your jamming skills and so much more. Stay tuned for what is to be a jam-packed series.
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We Love Music

Our theme for February was “Love is in the Air.” And there certainly was a lot of love in the room when we played Reggies on the 23rd. We often say that our members and their musical tastes are diverse, yet we share a common love for music, for one another and for the experiences we have as part of the Altered Stage family.

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Corporate Rockers Band Together

CORPORATE ROCKERS BAND TOGETHER AT ALTERED STAGE

— Chicago’s Only Private Club For Non-Professional Musicians Launches Corporate Wellness Benefit and Team-Building Programs —

CHICAGO (January 22, 2018) — It’s been said that “the company that plays together, stays together.” In fact, there is a great deal of research that demonstrates the benefits of employee wellness programs for organizations and the impact of music instruction on individuals. Altered Stage is the place where the two come together.

Altered Stage, Chicago’s only private club for recreational musicians, offers guitar, drum, bass, voice, and keyboard lessons to adults; yet, Altered Stage is more than just music lessons. It’s a journey tailored to each member’s musical aspirations. It’s a dynamic community of people who love music and want to learn and play with others. By day, Altered Stage members are commodity traders, insurance executives, financial and tech wizards, consultants, and business owners, among other things. In their spare time they’re rock stars who share their love of making music with other likeminded business executives.

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