I only have one truly antique saxophone and it is a very rare Eb Sopranino Saxophone made by Buffet, probably sometime in 1910 or 1920. I used to play it many years ago and it has a very interesting and unique sound because it plays in a very high range (above a Bb soprano saxophone), but it needs a complete overhaul so nowadays I use it more as a museum piece.
I also have a couple of Albert system clarinets and bass clarinet that are also antique, probably from the late 1800’s. Albert system was a totally different fingering system for the clarinet than the modern day clarinets which is the Boehm system.
Several cultures have managed to influence the way the guitar is played in times gone by. Today, there are various ways of playing the guitar. Learners need to understand the various playing styles available so as to be able to choose a suitable guitar style. It is highly recommended to avoid monotonous tendencies by learning various styles of play. Undoubtedly, you stand to gain more impressive recognitions among friends and colleagues when you learn to play in varying guitar styles.
The best way to read guitar tabs is to understand what they are & how to understand them.
As you can see from the two pictures to the right, the first one is far easier to understand than the second one. Start simple then move to more complicated.
Guitar tabs are a simplified form of sheet music. It’s a type of sheet music for guitar. As where standard notation (regular type of sheet music) is more general and can be for any instrument. Tutorial Guitar Tab Lesson
With tabs you use numbers to represent the frets you play. Unlike standard notation where you use symbols to recognize notes.
A lot of people frown on guitar tabs because they don’t show you as much as standard notation. They’re a lot more simplified for easier learning & might require you to listen to a piece of music to understand what you’re reading. But is still a great training tools.
Once you understand how they work when you reading them (say in a song) you’ll begin to gain insight on how things in music are put together. And that’s when the fun starts.
Once you do a whole new world will open up to you and you’ll be able to understand things most guitar players won’t.
But you must start slow and take your time. It won’t come over night, but if you work at it daily, you will see some nice positive results.
If you feel that guitar tabs are too complicated. There is a free website to teach you how to read music. It is a hands on website that teaches you Music theory. Click here to check out the Music Theory Teaching site.
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There are a number of plastic reeds on the market these days. I can remember my first experience with Bari synthetic reeds 25 years ago when the reed actually made my lips bleed. The sound was super bright and without much color so it was basically unusable (although a few pros did get through the bleeding and learned how to play them).
Then there was the Fibercell reeds that were a little better and I used them for practicing but never on a gig. And about 5 years ago heard about the Legere Reeds. I tried them and they played pretty good but still had that plastic, bright and not much warmth kind of sound.
I never tried them again until about 3 years ago at the NAMM show and I was completely blown away about how much they improved and from that time on I’ve been hooked and even endorse the reeds now. Legere reeds are not only incredibly consistent from reed to reed but they play as good as my BEST cane reeds. The reeds are really responsive in all registers of the horn and have a warm, rich sound and uniform clarity from the bottom to top of the horn. Best of all, I know it’s going to feel and sound the same every time I play it, I don’t have to break it in and don’t have to worry about my reed drying out and warping while I’m playing one of my other saxophones or clarinet especially when I’m playing an outdoor event. In short, this is an amazing reed by any standard and I recommend them to every reed player I know.” Premium Synthetic Woodwind Reeds | Légère Reeds
How to Improvise to the Chord Changes of Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock
Start by practicing your Concert F pentatonic as well as the blues scale and play it with the track with the correct articulation. Then you need to have already learned the approach note jazz improvisation system and have practiced all the approach note pairs over the form of Watermelon Man and then you are ready to start improvising.
You will need to be aware that there are obvious differences from a slow 12 Bar blues in a triplet feel. The 1st thing is that Watermelon Man is not a 12 bar blues. It is a 16 bar blues. We’ll discuss that when we get to the bridge of the song. The main differences to distinguish are:
- The V chord to IV chord is repeated 2 more times than the 12 bar blues (hense 16 bars)
- The tempo is almost twice as fast
- The eighth note is no longer a swing 8th, it’s now a straight 8th
- So instead of the triplet being the basic unit of time with the rhythms we use, its the 8th.
- That means that we have to make the 8ths more interesting by using more articulations.
- We can also make them more interesting by adding anticipations to the downbeats
- Because the tempo is twice as fast we will need to play 2 bar phrases (not just one bar), otherwise the phrasing sounds choppy and unnatural.
Now let’s start the procedure step by step:
- Start by practicing your concert F pentatonic and blues scale in 8th notes.
- Then after you’ve practiced all 6 pairs of approach notes, start improvising by adding just one 8th note to the approach notes. (just as we did in the Blues)
- Next, add another 8th note and so on.
- When you get back to beat 2 of the 2nd bar, you’ll want to keep going back even further than before, meaning you will go back to the “and” of one, on beat one, and back into the 1st bar too, all the way to beat 2 of the first bar. (because you are now doing 2 bar phrases)
- Master this for your 1st week of practice on this new style of blues so that we can begin to add the other jazz techniques, blues bends, jazz articulations, and new melodic phrasing ideas which will completely expand on the knowledge that we learned in the “How to Improvise, Starting with the Blues” book system.
If you haven’t done Rick Rossi’s System of How to Improvise using Approach Notes, you will want to get that learned first before trying to apply it to this new song form. Jazz Improvisation on the Saxophone or any instrument is much simpler if you eliminate the intellectual side of the brain as much as possible. You can learn more about how jazz improvisers are executing the very complex tasks required to improvise jazz without thinking of what they are doing. When there is too much thought, there is a lot of interruption in the flow of the ideas. Great jazz improviser are able to let their ideas flow very naturally without great effort. THAT state is what all improvisers are trying to reach. It’s the idea of NOT TRYING that is hard to teach. And that is the basis of the success of my method. Read this article at the bottom of this page for further clarification of the system: http://www.rickrossi.com/Lessons___Contact.html
Do I have to own a drum set to take drum lessons?
No. Many students start learning on a rubber practice pad and a pair of sticks. We recommend starting children at the age of five or six on keyboard/piano for a year or two and adults can start at any age. Then they have a huge head-start when they transition to Drum at the age of seven and it usually goes very smoothly for them.
Do I have to bring sticks to my first lesson?
No. Your teacher will have a pair you can borrow for the first lesson. Your teacher will suggest a pair of sticks that are the correct size for you based on music style, experience, etc. Then you can pick up a pair at a music store and bring them to future lessons.
Should I learn on an acoustic or electric drum kit?
If you are a beginner it doesn't really matter. There are some advantages to each. The cost is similar between electric and acoustic drums. You can wear headphones with electric drums and you can put rubber pads (silencers) on acoustic drums to bring the volume down. Please speak with your drum teacher about which drum set is right for you, your lifestyle and budget. You can always call our school office and someone will be happy to help you as with the brands and models as well.
What age is best to start learning to play drums?
Adults can start anytime! Students as young as five can learn to play but it is usually best if they wait until the age of seven to take drum lessons. Many people call us and say "my child plays pots and pans all the time and he is four years old. We want to get him into drum lessons." There is a big difference in having fun pounding away on pots, pans or even your desk if you are an adult and having your teacher give you certain patterns and songs to work on over and over until they are correct. Children under six and under generally don't have the attention span to take drum lessons. Instead, start them on keyboard until the age of seven and then switch them to drums if you really want to give them the best chance at success. Of course there are exceptions so please call us if you think your child is ready for drum lessons!
Do I have to bring my drum set to each lesson?
No. We have drum kits at our school for you to use at your lessons. However, you should bring your sticks (after the first lesson) and any books or other materials your teacher has you working on from week to week.
Do you teach snare drum and other percussion instruments?
Yes. Please call us for details as there are many different percussion instruments out there and various teachers at our many schools teach specific percussion instruments.
Do I have to know how to read music to play drums?
No. Your teacher will introduce you to drum music as you learn to play. Drum music notation is different than music notation for other instruments and is much easier to learn!
Are their performance opportunities for drummers at Los Angeles Music Teachers?
No. We are currently in an expansion in the school so we are just taking on private lessons, so we do not have any school concerts/performances, but any parent that would like to hear the students progress and want their child to have a performance to practice and prepare for, we can definitely set that up for you for we would like our students to grow and have something to work towards. We can set the drummers to perform a solo.
What kind of drums do you recommend for a beginner?
I would recommend contacting your teacher, there are many brands and models for basic and electric drum sets. Our teacher will give you the best advice on instruments you can purchase that will be excellent for you to start with.
Check out the Los Angeles Music Teachers page to learn more about drum lessons!
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First of all let me congratulate you on deciding to learn the cello! It’s a beautifully versatile instrument and you will not regret choosing it. Similar to the vocal range, it has been a favorite for centuries. In order to be successful, you need to know the pitfalls to avoid. If you follow these guidelines, you will be motivated to keep pushing through.
It’s easy to be disappointed when you're taking beginner cello classes near Burbank. This is why it’s crucial for you to use this blog as a model. This way, you won’t waste precious time and energy into the wrong resources. Following is a list of things you should definitely do in order to be the best novice cello student close to Burbank:
*Choose an instrument that is the right size. Cellos come in various sizes, and it is imperative that they are proportionate to the pupil. It’s much more crucial for the cello to be the right size than to get an expensive one. For optimal guidance, ask your instructor or your local instrument shop.
*Learn how to properly tune the cello. Don’t underestimate how important it is to learn this right away! You will probably need to tune it every day because of changes in temperature and humidity, and beginner instruments need more frequent tuning anyway. There are a number of free tuning apps you can install on your phone that make pitch checking a quick and easy start to your practice. If you don’t tune the cello every day when you are starting out, you won’t get used to the correct pitches and your intonation will greatly suffer. Remember, it is much harder to break bad habits than it is to form good ones. Make sure your tuner is set to 440 frequency and always go from the A to the C strings.
*Learn the correct way to rosin your bow. If it is not applied evenly, you will have gaps in your sound. The right amount is also very important because the bow will slide off the string if there is too little rosin and will have way too much grip if you put too much on. You will soon learn the right amount that helps your bowing be effortless.
*Have your cello set up by a professional luthier for optimal sound.
*Be patient during practice. You definitely don’t want to get an injury or learn bad habits. Have your teacher help you develop practice methods that focus both your physical and mental energies. This way, you will progress in a consistent way and will stay motivated.
I hope you enjoyed and learned a lot from this blog! Next up I will tell you about the “don’ts”. For more information, please visit us at http://www.losangelesmusicteachers.com
If you are wondering who we are and what we do, in this blog we will cover all the aspects of our website and give you an overview of what we do. You will also learn a lot about our mission like why we founded this company and how you can benefit as a musician by choosing us as your music teachers.
Who We Are
We, Rick and Manoela are two professional and accomplished teachers and performers in the LA area who combined their expertise to form Los Angeles Music Teachers. In our long careers, we have taught for so many music schools but we were unable to produce the results we wanted due to the restrictions. It was the need of the hour to form a business that could overcome all the weaknesses of the competitors and offer something that could really provide benefits to the young students.
We believe that it is not necessary for a music school to have a complicated website that could confuse the student right in the very beginning. This is the reason why we made a website that is easy to navigate and provides all the information in the best way possible. Secondly, being music teachers, we want to offer lessons that are tailored to your needs and goals. Being musicians, we know that no two musicians are same and they cannot be taught in the same way.
It is one of our mantras to offer special discounts to our students. You can pay all your fees in advance either for a month or a year, whatever you are comfortable with. However, customer satisfaction is our main priority and if you are not satisfied with your first lesson, you can claim your full fee back. We won’t ask you any questions.
As we mentioned earlier that we like to offer discounts to our students, our referral scheme is something we take pride in. Just refer a friend to us and get a full month of free classes as a reward. We never impose our teaching plan on our students. We teach you what you are interested in learning; which is the beauty of our classes. No matter if it is a specific song or a riff, our experienced teachers will teach it to you. This is why we brag that it is a fun learning with us.
Hopefully, this post is enough to answer all your queries and introducing ourselves to you. If you still have any further questions, please call us now at (818)902-1233, or leave your question in the contact form. We will answer you as quickly as possible. Hope you have a good time reading, we look forward to hearing from you.
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