Monthly Archives: July 2014

Issue 133: Welcome to the Jungle

What happened? Where did June go? I was swamped, I have to say, by school concerts, extra lessons, exam practices, and accompanying instrumental exams. There were also a number of things, non-musical, that needed my full attention, with the result that … Continue reading

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Issue 133: Samba at the School Fete

I was approached to see if I would come and run some samba workshops as an activity for a school fete last month. As usual, I said “Yes” first (they were offering a fee !!!) and then began to think … Continue reading

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Issue 133: The Cup Song for ukuleles

This song is featured in the film “Pitch Perfect”, which I have to admit I have never watched. I have posted about “The Cup Song” before, because I do the rhythm stuff with paper cups in class music from time … Continue reading

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Issue 133: Improvisation for learning piano scales

How can you make learning scales interesting? Here is my favourite version of “Pianists” from “Carnival of the Animals” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGv933Mnru0 and here’s a little improvisation activity to enjoy, based on knowing your scales; With your left hand, just play the first and … Continue reading

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