Just an article to get the mind thinking. I’d love to hear some insightful comments on this subject. Are people learning to play the piano enough to keep the piano going as a popular instrument? Is it becoming like the pipe organ or electronic keyboards/synthesizers, all instruments played by a small percentage of musicians? Is […]
I’m happy to announce that I’m now teaching piano lessons and general music lessons via the internet. Please pass the word on to all you know. I mainly teach piano lessons, but I am also available to teach Composition, Music Theory, Sibelius 7, Reaper DAW and Native Instruments Komplete 8 (with the various software like […]
Professional organizations for Piano Teachers I ran across a Piano Pedagogy book that got me thinking. I won’t mention the book’s name because, frankly, there are too many assertions in the book with nothing to back them up. The first part of the book has some comments and assertions about professional organizations and piano teachers […]
Our latest additions to the catalog at our website consists of the title: O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing. There are two titles available. They are both upbeat, rock/pop adaptations of this classic hymn tune also known as AZMON. One is an MP3 recording and the other is a sheet music transcription for solo instrument. The sheet […]
We’re happy to announce that we have a healthy sized collection of ragtime sheet music available at the website. Specifically, the favorites of the king of Ragtime, Scott Joplin. These are the original versions. The titles are: The Entertainer (Joplin) The Easy Winners (Joplin) Rag-Time Dance (Joplin) Peacherine Rag (Joplin) Palm Leaf Rag (Joplin) Maple […]
New Titles – December 2011 We’ve added three new titles to the website. Shake The Duck’s Jaw Short Tease At The Fountain Soft And Hard (see article for links) Shake The Duck’s Jaw A Novelty, Humor recording. It is meant to be silly and funny. Elementary school-aged children seem to really like it. Short Tease […]
New Video I’ve uploaded a new video to YouTube. The soundtrack is an original piece originally written as a school assignment (years ago) to accompany a section of a cartoon. It has since undergone some revision. The music was written for Flutes (including Alto), Saxophones, French Horn, Trumpets, Guitar, Electric bass, drums and piano. The somewhat […]
Some new mp3 instrumentals have been added to the music catalog at http://www.jamesgilbertmusic.com/catalog.php The two new title are Leoni in Africa and Sweet Feel. The first is a blending of African drums and Middle Eastern melodic instruments. A considerable portion of the music consists of a variety of African drums. The melody is added on […]
Part 4 of our continuing introduction to chords series is now available on youtube. In this video we introduce chord inversions of chords and voicing of chords. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDDNDmNyJ0A?hl=en&fs=1] As always, your comments and suggestions for future videos are welcome.
Another look at practicing the piano. This time for intermediate to advanced level students. This is one approach to practicing the piano. It is by no means meant to be the only way. Use this as a supplement to other ways of practicing. Before You Play Look through the piece of music and look for […]
Part two of my continuing video tutorials about chords is now available on YouTube: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCvHrSsyDWY?hl=en&fs=1&w=425&h=349] This video gives an intro to chords that have more than 3 notes, like 7th and 9th chords. Any comments or questions, feel free to ask.
One approach for beginning to intermediate level students. This article contains some suggestions on how to practice the piano. These are geared toward pianists from the absolute beginner to intermediate level. This is only one of many approaches to practicing, but all the suggestions are worth applying to your practice routine. First a brief comment. […]
Four new titles are now available in the music catalog at the website. These titles are for solo organ, solo piano, instrumental solo with piano accompaniment and an organ hymn accompaniment/alternate harmonization. O Day Of Radiant Gladness jamesgilbertmusic.com/catalog.php?sid=OR22 This arrangement is based on a German folk tune, also known under the hymn tune name ES […]
Here’s a video of me playing the piano. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LU7478Ir0w] Some people who haven’t seen me play the piano in a while (if ever) wanted me to put up a video of me playing the piano. This video shows me making up some music off the top of my head one day as I wait […]