Idiomatic Gestures, the Economy of Motion and Jazz Piano Improvisation

Sept. 21/18 edit: Based on feedback from students, understanding the idea of good fingering, hand positions and anchors may be best demonstrated first using the chromatic scale. I’ve also come to think that playing the chromatic scale with good fingering is foundational for understanding idiomatic hand gestures in general. So, I’ve added a short section […]

I Love Michael Bolton – Popular Music in Jazz Education

I have a mildly embarrassing confession to make.  I love Michael Bolton.  His music.  His voice.  His PASSION! I remember driving to baseball games with my brother Ryan.  Michael Bolton made regular appearances on our playlist, along with Michael Jackson, Michael Brecker, and selections from the Double Dragon soundtrack (from the Sega Master System, not […]

Adventures in Chiptunes (Part 7) – Final Thoughts

Recap: For over a year, I’ve been investigating chiptune music.  I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned about myself, my music, my creative process and more.  I hope some of this is relevant to you.  Thanks for reading. Here’s another excerpt of one of my chip tunes. It’s Dan Fortin’s tune But Still and Yet.   […]

Adventures in Chiptunes (Part 6) – Another Way to Express Musicality

Recap: For over a year, I’ve been investigating chiptune music.  I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned about myself, my music, my creative process and more.  I hope some of this is relevant to you.  Thanks for reading. Here’s one of my own chiptunes.  My composition, Lament. How do you teach musicality? Musicality is the x-factor in […]

Adventures in Chiptunes (Part 5) – Compositions Methods, Flow and Squircles

Recap: For over a year, I’ve been investigating chiptune music.  I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned about myself, my music, my creative process and more.  I hope some of this is relevant to you.  Thanks for reading. Here’s one of my own chip tunes.  From Myriad3‘s album, Tell, it’s my composition Mr. Awkward. Learning Classical Theory […]

Adventures in Chiptunes (Part 4) – Music Software is a Musical Instrument

Recap: For over a year, I’ve been investigating chiptune music.  I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned about myself, my music, my creative process and more.  I hope some of this is relevant to you.  Thanks for reading. Here’s an excerpt of one of my own chiptunes. From Myriad3’s album Tell, it’s Ernesto Cervini’s tune Disturbing Inspiration […]

Adventures in Chiptunes (Part 2) – Keyboards vs. Pianos

Recap: For over a year, I’ve been investigating chiptune music.  I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned about myself, my music, my creative process and more.  I hope some of this is relevant to you.  Thanks for reading. Here’s an excerpt of one of my own chiptunes.  It’s a remake of Dan Fortin’s tune Myriad.  From […]

Adventures in Chiptunes (Part 1) – An Introduction

Before I write about chiptunes, I have two points of introduction. First of all, check out Kind of Bloop, especially Shnabubula’s version of All Blues, that guy’s a whiz.  This is a good starting point for jazz musicians interested in chiptunes. Secondly, some news: I recently bought a Nord Stage EX. This was a big […]