Welcome to 2016!
At last, the greatly anticipated 2016 is here and it gives me so much pleasure to congratulate everyone who made it through to the 16th year of the 21st century.
We can only look at 2015 as last year. It is gone. There can never be another 2015, forever.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
The Number Fifteen
In my Christmas day post (exactly eight days ago), I made it clear that 2016 is not just a typical year. And in this post, I’m going to give you more reasons to take my word for it.
Before I talk about 2016, let me show you the significance of last year – 2015.
The number fifteen in Italian is quindicesima.
Quindicesima is a milestone figure in music in the same way the octave (eight) is important. The octave (eight) is a milestone figure in music because it takes you to a higher pitch level of whatever note you’re currently on. For example, starting from this C:
An octave will still be a C note (no doubt):
…but in a higher octave. From C to C (octave) is indeed a higher pitch level, but trust me, there’s a whole lot in between:
…and sometimes, it gets even chromatic with these accidentals (black notes):
Indeed, celebrating an octave of years is noteworthy and I did that several years ago. Read my post that marked our first octave (when Hearandplay.com turned 8 years old in 2008).
Beyond the octave lies the quindicesima (a fifteenth). The quindicesima is twice the effect of the octave. A fifteenth from C:
If we take time to look at what has happened in between the first year and the fifteenth year, it’ll look like:
In fifteen years, Hearandplay.com has grown in leaps and bounds through thick and thin – thank God.
Happy New Year
2016 marks the beginning of a new phase in HearandPlay.com’s existence. I’m glad that we’ve completed the first two milestone years (eight and fifteen) and still counting.
With the additions to our team from different parts of the world and lots of other projects in the pipeline, I have no doubt that the next fifteen years will be bigger and better.
Our very first step is geared towards equipping you with 16 chords in 16 weeks. With that and a few bonus chords we’re throwing in, you’ll cover 216 chords. But we’re not done, we’re giving you 126 exercises every week that’ll make sure you commit these chords to memory. That’s 2016 exercises.
It doesn’t get any better than 2016 chord exercises in 2016… to finally make sure your struggle with chords is a difficulty of the past! Free!
“16+ Chords in 16 Weeks: 216 Chords, 2016 Exercises”
We’re starting off the leap year with a free 16-week chord revival program (on this blog) that will help you surmount the challenges of chord construction, chord spelling and chord application. Here’s just the tip of the iceberg:
One chord weekly × 16 weeks × 12 Keys (+ 24 bonus chords for fun!) = 216 Chords. Imagine where your playing will be with 216 chords that range from triads to sixth chords, seventh chords and ninth chords, major, minor, diminished, augmented, dominant, etc.
One accompanying weekly cheat sheet containing 12 chords. A pdf reference given to you weekly to aid in study and memorization of the featured chord. Whether you print or view it on your device is entirely up to you.
2016 Exciting Exercises on Chord Construction. To facilitate learning, we have 126 exciting exercises for you per week. Don’t be scared. These exercises are meant to be fun. It’ll take just one dot to answer each question. By the end of the free 16-week training, you’ll have completed 2016 exercises.
Quick Guide to Memorizing Chords. At the end of the 16 weeks, we’ll be giving you a free comprehensive guide that reviews the entire 16-week program. You’ll learn, step-by-step, how to build your retention for chords using top secrets only available in this guide.
Certificate of Completion. On the 16th of April 2016, you can print your certificate of completion from this Quick Guide to Memorizing Chords program. The importance of self-reward cannot be over-emphasized.
Here’s the schedule we’ll follow:
April 1 – Major 9
April 8 – Dominant 9
April 15 – Minor 9
I can’t wait.
Make sure to check this blog every week for the latest update (not to mention the daily content in between!).
Once again, Happy New Year!