Monk’s Wrong Notes #24

The notes here aren’t wrong, but the phrasing is! From Everything Happens to Me:   Download the Mp3 here: Everything Happens to Me #3

Two Pieces of Music I WON’T Learn

Usually, when a piece of music moves me, I’m inclined to study it to death. Occasionally though, I come across some amazing pieces of music that I deliberately won’t study.  I’m afraid that doing so would upset the novelty; familiarizing myself with its intricacies would take away some of the magic. Can you relate?  How […]

Achieving Hand Independence – More Patterns (Part 4/4)

In the previous posts, I laid a foundation for practicing hand independence.  The exercises I gave were fairly basic, though they’re crucial to understanding the learning process.  Each new, consecutive pattern is derived in some way from a previous pattern, but made slightly more difficult. This way, I’m always maintaining an optimal level of difficulty. […]

Achieving Hand Independence – Increasing Complexity (Part 3/4)

In the previous post, I laid a foundation for practicing hand independence.  The exercises I gave were fairly basic, though they’re crucial to understanding the learning process.  Each new, consecutive pattern is derived in some way from a previous pattern, but made slightly more difficult. This way, I’m always maintaining an optimal level of difficulty. […]

Achieving Hand Independence – The Foundation (Part 2/4)

In the previous post, I gave some general advice about practicing and achieving hand independence.  In this post, I’ll give more specific advice and exercises. Practicing hand independence begins with a rhythm, pattern, idea or concept – something you want to work on.  It could be stride piano, a walking bass line, bossa nova, the […]