Sunday, 15 April 2018

Smooth Soul Live Looping Hip Hop Jam

One of my favourite loops from the XW-G1 era!

Thursday, 12 April 2018

How to Make a Looping Pattern Using the Casio CTK-7000

Friday, 6 April 2018

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Rhodes Inspired Hip Hop Backing Track - Bassless version

This bassless version is a special request - Enjoy!

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Piano Chording - Using The Top Line Mentality

Here is a collection of videos showing classic melodies being harmonized by keeping all of the chord notes below the melody.
Thanks for Watching!

Friday, 31 March 2017

Five Essential Vocal Warm Up and Work Out Videos

Hey! Thanks for stopping by. Below is a list of essential vocal warm up exercises and workouts which are great for choirs and soloists alike. Hopefully you will find them useful and enjoyable.
Happy Singing!

This warm up exercise uses the first four notes of the pentatonic scale (1-2-3-5-3-2-1). It's not too fast so allows the singer(s) to really focus on the pitch of each note. This video was created after noticing that some students would slide through the notes of the classic vocal warm up (1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1) without paying enough attention to each note - so even though they were putting in the time and improving their vocal tone, they were not necessarily improving the pitch.

This warm up exercise is probably the most enjoyable warm up after the A-E-I-O-U warm up. This helps with internalizing the sound of the major scale which helps with the ability to hold harmony lines for singers who have not grown up around singing. If this warm up is being led by a tutor who plays the piano, it is useful to pause and hold the note 6 before coming back down. This is also the case for note 7. The uninitiated singer(s) tend to gloss over these two notes so time needs to be taken in order for them to improve their delivery of the the scale.

This warm up exercise is the classic exercise that runs from 1 to 5 and then back down (1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1). This is probably the most essential warm up for vocalists of all abilities. It covers the bottom half of the major scale so helps with developing a familiarity with singing in step without exposing the possible weaknesses in hearing or pitching the upper part of the scale. This video is quite fast so there is another slower version available on the Triad Power TV YouTube channel.

This warm up exercise is the for singers who are ready to take things a little more seriously. Although singing arpeggios can be instinctive to some people, most new singers seem to have trouble pitching the 2nd note (The 3rd degree of the scale). If this exercise is being led by a vocal tutor it is important to make a point of checking the accuracy of this note (3rd degree of the scale) in order to get a pleasing result. This video is designed for the singers to sing after the piano in a call and response fashion to encourage listening first before singing back.

This warm up exercise is for intermediate to advanced singers who need to be able to sing fast passages accurately. The melodic pattern only uses the first 5 notes of the scale but is slightly extended  (1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1-3-2-4-3-5-4-2-1). To make is easier this should be sung using the la sound but as singers become more comfortable with the exercise they should be able to perform it by using the open vowel sounds.

Thanks for checking out these vocal warm ups and exercises.
There are plenty more on my YouTube Channel to suit singers of all abilities.
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments sections.
Happy Singing!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Casio XW-G1 vs Casio CTK-7000

My first thought is "should I even be comparing the two instruments as they are so different?" but it's something that I'll enjoy doing on paper. I may do a full rant on this one day as I really feel that casio have shown that they have the technology to make an amazing workstation.

In short - the fact that you can create a 16 Bar loop on the CTK-7000 is amazing but you are limited to two drum tracks and the quantize is either straight 16s or triplets (16T). With the XW-G1 you can have more drum tracks and apply the % of groove that you prefer. The problem lies in that you have to focus on one bar at a time and have to then chain the bars togther to create a longer groove.

At the moment I prefer the XW-G1 over the CTK-7000 due to the fact I am obsessed with being able to record different sounds without stopping (it's a shame that all the sounds are merged into one signal and not separate tracks).
The last comment would have to be the synthesis feautures of the G1. The fact that you ca program, save and sample an 808 Boom on such a cheap keyboard is great to me.

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Snarky Puppy!

These guys are on a different level So good it kind of hurts!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

2-5-1 Jazz Lick Training - Rising Triads

This visaul software is called "Classroom Maestro" and can be got from here.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Tchaikovsky Vocal Warm Up Request

This video shows the warm up in C minor.

Loopy HD Smooth Chords Request

This visaul software is called "Classroom Maestro" and can be got from here.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Writing Song Lyrics - A sentence that ends with...

This is useful for when you have writers block. Create as many sentences as you can that end with...
Click the image to enlarge.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Pop Song Template

Pop Song Template from the archives. Click the image to enlarge.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Thanks For Watching!:)

Hello world!

This is a declaration of thanks to anyone who has viewed, commented and rated any of the videos or sheets that have been created for this project. This blog is in pause mode until further notice.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Lixorcism from Beatbox Theory

More Jazzy Rhodes and Piano Licks from Beatbox Theory

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Arpeggio Patterns & Buskin Patterns

Here are some common arpeggios patterns and busking patterns for keyboard/piano players when either composing a backing track or accompanying a singer. (Click to Enlarge)


Sunday, 4 November 2012

100 Bars Drum Beat Loop

I might not be the only person in the world who might need a drum beat be played loud through the PA System. This beat is simple but with a Hip Hop feel.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Monday, 6 August 2012

"The Jazzer" Jazz backing Track in A minor

This backing track was made for practising mionr pentatonic riffs, dorian riffs and inevitably blues riffs! Enjoy!:)

Thursday, 7 June 2012

South Brent Music Gateway Project

This post is more of a personal reminder to help me with conversations when faced with beginner musicians rather than a worksheet for learners. It doesn't zoom very well - If it's helpful to anyone else then that's great!

Friday, 13 April 2012

7th Chord Grooves for Guitar

The easiest progression from the list is Am7-Dm7-E7-Am7. This progression creates a simple but effective RnB sounding groove perfoect for singng or writing to. Enjoy!

Saturday, 3 March 2012

4 Chords 1-5-6-4 Chord Progression Image

Circle - Triangle - Square - Cross or 1-5-6-4 with C=1. I would consider this the ultimate Chord Progression for writing a Pop Song. Although it's not rocket science - I consider this image as my gift to the world.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Jill Scott's Golden - Picture Chords

Jill Scott's Golden - Picture Chords


Sunday, 1 January 2012

Pentatonic Art Work

This image was inspired by the minor pentatonic scale. I wonder if this image could make sense to someone else without any further explanation?
Click the image to see a larger version.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Vocal Warm Up to Improve Accuracy, Breathing and Confidence

This is not too fast and not too high - made for those who need to get the foundations in place before moving on to more callenging tasks.

Lip Trill Vocal Warm Up

A Lip Trill is like singing at the same time as blowing as rasberry sound. This is helpful for new singers who are overly self-concious or worried about the tone quality of their voice. By doing this "silly" sound everyone in the room is on a level playing field.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Variation of a 12 Bar Blues

Here is a variation of a 12 Bar Blues.

Monday, 17 October 2011

12 Bar Blues Pattern in A for Guitar

A 12 Bar Blues Pattern shown in the key of A with chord diagrams.

12 Bar Blues Pattern

The 12 Bar Blues pattern that I use with beginner guitarists.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Classic Youtube FL Studio Beats

These videos were strangley inspired by youtube user/Landmarkmusic. I say strangely because I've been a fan of Ronald Jenkees, Mysto and Pizzi, Ryan Leslie and Mike kalombo for quite some time but was never moved to actually make a beat video until watching some of his. My other explanation for the timing of these videos is that I've near enough covered all of the music theory that I've wanted to so most vids to folllow will be beats or backing tracks -(maybe!).

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Riffology Prototype Sheet

This sheet shows riffs which take place over 4 beats of swung 16th notes.
The notes are taken from the Dorian Mode Scale.
Sometimes the riffs spill into the next bar which is coloured grey.
Notes from the octave below are underlined.

Click the image to see a larger version.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Reggae Trumpet Drill for all the Minor Keys

Note: If you are unfamiliar with the concept of concert pitch and transposing instruments or do not play a Bb instrument this video will not be helpful. If you do play the trumpet or a Bb instrument? I hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Beginner Guitar Lesson Flow Sheet

This sheet displays the flow of the key activities for my beginner guitar course. After learning a new chord then some time is spent perfecting a chord progression to a short piece or song before moving on to the next chord shape.

Click the image to enlarge and print.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

2-5-1-4 Chord Progression in G with Passing Chord

This progression introduces an inverted G Chord or Ghord over a B Bass.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Stand By Me Chord Progression in G

By playing this Chord progression in the key of G you can avoid using bar chords but this barrier has to be broken in order to achieve more freedom and enjoyment on the guitar. It's all about practice!!

Thursday, 24 February 2011

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A Mike Kalombo style beat.
This progression reaches outside of the usual diatonic chrods to create a nice soulful sound. when I was first introduced to Mike Kalombo this type of sound is what kept me watching.

Monday, 17 January 2011

If I Were A Boy Chord Progression

6-4-1-5 chord progression using easy guitar chords (Em-C-G-D).
The progression is shown on a circle of fifths diagram.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Major Scale Finger Patterns for Piano Keyboard

Here is a sheet that shows the Right Hand finger patterns for playing the Major scale in every key on the Piano/Keyboard.

Double click the image for a larger version then right click & save as to download for printing.


(Note: This was created using open-office presentation software)

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Silient Night Chord Progression using Primary Chords

Here is a Chord Progression for Silent Night that only uses Primary Chords from the key of "C".

If you want to print this? First click the image and then right click to save file.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Three Guitar Pieces/Studies

Here are three guitar pieces/studies for beginners. These can all be played using "open chords" which are perfect for beginners.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Some Drumming Rudiments

I selected these for my drum students who are taking the rock school qualification.
My favourite site for learning rudiments is here.

Click the image to enlarge.
More info on rudiments can be found here.

Two Folk Chord Progressions

I put these together for my guitar students.

Click the image to enlarge.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Circle of Fifths/Fourths Diagram

I made my own circle of fifths diagram using a combination of Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint. There are so many already on the web but in this world of copyright it seemed to make sense that I include my own when making videos.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Teaching Samba in the Classroom

The audio to this video was made with classroom instruments shown in the picture. The piece grows to a climax with additional layers being added between each drum-break. This was my attempt to make the outcome more attainable by creating an example using the same instruments that they have access to.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Piano Lesson Music By Numbers (Classic Melodies)

Here is a worksheet that shows how to play some classic melodies by following the numbers.

RH=Right Hand. LH=Left Hand. C=1! Have Some Fun.

"Right Click" and "Save As" to your "My Documents" folder so you can print it off.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Pachelbel's Canon Chord Progression

The chord progression from Pachelbel's Canon has been used as a foundation for many songs and improvisations for years.

This picture below shows the progression in D.

This picture below shows the progression in C.

Click Here for a video of this progression in every key.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Classic Vocal Warm Up (3 Octaves)

This warm up was requested by several people on youtube.
Download it to your phone or PC!

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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Some Common Rhythms

Here's a video of some common rhythms.
They're shown on a Bass Clef using different Pitches.
The rhythm goes back to a simple pulse every other bar which should help to keep the other rhythms relative to the pulse.

Friday, 4 September 2009

Friday, 7 August 2009

Jazzy Riffs Collection Vol. 1

This video is a collection of simple jazzy riffs in A minor.
The hope is that you/we get to the stage where you/we can play these in any key.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Common Chord Progressions

These Chord progressions crop up in songs from all genres.
If you're new to writing music you should give these a listen.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Aural Skills Exercises

Here is a collection of exercises to help with aural skills

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Tools For Vocalists

Here are some tools for vocalists to use when warming up - Enjoy!