Melbourne Piano lessons: What to expect in your lesson?

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I am often asked by friends and non-musicians about what a music teacher actually teaches, specifically what we do in music lessons, so I thought I’d do a quick blog post giving a basic run down of some of the things you could expect to encounter in your music lesson. Of course every teacher is different, and has his or her own approaches, but there are certain things we all agree on as essential things for the aspiring musician to study.

Each instrument is different in the way it’s constructed and played, so there will always be unique things relevant to a specific instrument. But beyond that, there are areas that are common to all instruments.

In the case of the piano, you play the instrument by pressing down keys to play different notes. When you first begin you will start to develop the basic coordination and technique needed in order to play a basic tune. Your teacher will go through different exercises with you to develop this. There are many technical exercises to learn, in the form of scales, arpeggios and other things that help to develop your technical facility on the piano. You will also learn to read music, and understand theory. Aural skills are also very important, that being the ability to play a song just from hearing it, without the sheet music. We work on this by learning to identify by ear different types of chords, rhythms and melodic intervals.

In the course of your studies, you will learn many songs and pieces, otherwise known as repertoire. Learning your favourite song or piece of music is the part that draws most people to music in the first place. The ability to play music from memory to perform for yourself, for friends, in a band or in concert is one of the most satisfying parts of learning music.

This has just been a very short overview of some of the topics we cover in our Melbourne piano lessons. Why not take the step and book in for your first lesson? Call us today.

Melbourne Drum lessons: What to expect in your lesson?

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I am often asked by friends and non-musicians about what a music teacher actually teaches, specifically what we do in music lessons, so I thought I’d do a quick blog post giving a basic run down of some of the things you could expect to encounter in your music drum lesson. Of course every teacher is different, and has his or her own approaches, but there are certain things we all agree on as essential things for the aspiring musician to study.

Each instrument is different in the way it’s constructed and played, so there will always be unique things relevant to a specific instrument. But beyond that, there are areas that are common to all instruments. In the case of the drums, you play the instrument by hitting drums and cymbals with your hands and pedals with your feet. So, first of all you need to develop the technique and coordination needed to play a basic beat or rhythm. Your teacher will go through different exercises with you to develop this. There are many technical exercises to learn, in the form of rudiments and other things that help to develop your technical facility on the drums. You will also learn to read music, and understand theory.

Aural skills are also very important, that being the ability to play a song just from hearing it, without the sheet music. We work on this by learning to identify by ear different types of chords, rhythms and melodic intervals.

In the course of your studies, you will learn many songs and pieces, otherwise known as repertoire. Learning your favorite song or piece of music is the part that draws most people to music in the first place. The ability to play music from memory to perform for yourself, for friends, in a band or in concert is one of the most satisfying parts of learning music.

This has just been a very short overview of some of the topics we cover in our Melbourne drum lessons. Why not take the step and book in for your first lesson? Call us today.

 

Melbourne Saxophone Lessons: What to expect in your lesson?

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I am often asked by friends and non-musicians about what a music teacher actually teaches, specifically what we do in music lessons, so I thought I’d write a quick blog post giving a basic run down of some of the things you could expect to encounter in your music lesson. Of course every teacher is different, and has his or her own approaches, but there are certain things we all agree on as essential things for the aspiring musician to study.

Obviously each instrument is different in the way it’s constructed and played, so there will always be unique things relevant to a specific instrument. But beyond that, there are areas that are common to all instruments.

In the case of the saxophone, you play the instrument by blowing into the mouthpiece and holding various combinations of keys down in order to play different notes. So firstly, you need to develop the strength and technique needed to create the sound. Your teacher will go through different exercises with you to develop this. There are many technical exercises to learn, in the form of scales, arpeggios and other things that help to develop your sound and technique on the saxophone. You will also learn to read music, and understand theory.

Aural skills are also very important, that being the ability to play a song just from hearing it, without the sheet music. We work on this by learning to identify by ear different types of chords, rhythms and melodic intervals.

In the course of your studies, you also will learn many songs and pieces, otherwise known as repertoire. Learning your favourite song or piece of music is the part that draws most people to music in the first place. The ability to play music from memory to perform for yourself, for friends, in a band or in concert is one of the most satisfying parts of learning music.

This has just been a very short overview of some of the topics we cover in our Melbourne saxophone lessons. Why not take the step and book in for your first lesson? Call us today.

Finding practice time

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Father time where do you go? Why does the passing of the time seem to go quicker the busier we get? For Melbourne Trumpet players finding extra time in your daily routine to get practice in becomes a practice in time management. For our Melbourne trumpet students we often go through your practice diary and recommend amendments to make sure your progress is significant. One easy solution to finding extra practice time is simply to put down the TV remote and pick up your instrument. I do know the draw the television has and how relaxing it can be however the feeling of getting in some constructive practice is rewarding and relaxing. If you are lucky enough to have your meals prepared for you by a partner or parent rather than hovering around the kitchen like a nuisance I recommend taking those precious minutes and getting into your instrument practice. The key thing to take away here is that even a short 10min practice session can greatly improve your playing especially if it is focused practice. Remember practice doesn’t make perfect, Perfect practice makes perfect! Get in touch with us now at Music in mind to start your Melbourne in home Trumpet lessons.

The story

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The Story:

Most lyrics have a narrative. Some are obscurely hidden in poetry and others tell it simply. When I was receiving vocal lessons in Melbourne as a teenager I was often told to tell a story when singing. This idea took a long time to sink in but the more I performed the more I noticed that the songs that evoked strong feelings in me made me sing them better. One such song is “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman. It is a sad tale of family woes and dreams of a better life. When performing this I really try and evoke the story with all its sadness and despair. I find that my voice accentuates tones in words that deliver a stronger performance. In a way I’m lying through my teeth- I’ve never needed a fast car to fly away but humans are empathetic and by thinking about the storyline I can evoke the emotions. In your singing lessons try reading through the lyrics first, visualize the story and tell it as if it was your own. Get in touch with us at Music in Mind to start your first Melbourne singing lesson.

The high seas and your trumpet

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This weeks blog for Melbourne Trumpet students is going to look at a subject close to my heart and life- Cruise ship gigs. After completing my bachelor of music I was interested in travelling with my instrument and getting paid to play all over the world, I’m sure it’s a dream shared by many aspiring musicians. I auditioned for a cruiseline and to my joy was accepted to join their showband. Firstly, the greatest thing about working on a cruiseline as a musician is it is your main job to be a musician. There aren’t any of the usual headaches and distractions you find on land such as traffic, jobs, bills etc.. Your paid well to simply play your instrument and perform in a great band. Your sight reading skills improve dramatically from performing every day and your musical diversity increases as you play a wide range of styles. You also get to meet and play with other terrific musicians from all over the world. I was switched on to many different music from talking and sharing with these professional musicans, some styles I had never even heard of! The Cruiseship industry is booming right now so job opportunities have never been so prolific. You generally play 6 nights a week so you can only imagine how good your playing will be at the end of a contract. For anyone who is looking to see more of the world and get paid to play your instrument than take a look into Cruiseships, unless you get sea sick! Get in touch with us today to get started with a great Melbourne trumpet teacher.