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Welcome To The Second Issue Of Our New E-zine!

Last Wednesday, I announced that after 5 years of hibernation, our ezine is back... and this time as a weekly newsletter rather than monthly!

And boy was I not ready for the hurricane of e-mail replies that soon followed. You guys have re-welcomed the ezine with open arms and I thank you for that!

This one, like last week's, is packed with tons of great information. From self-help philosophy to quick and easy tricks you can apply to your chords, you're sure to find a nugget or two.

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And comment! Let me know what you think about the material. Your feedback really keeps me going.

Meanwhile, enjoy this issue and I'll see you next time.
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The Michael Jordan Method To Music Mastery
by Jermaine Griggs

Time to change gears a little bit. It surprises me the number of people married to their own "Cant's." More surprising, the fact that most have not really given the endeavor even the MINIMUM amount of time required for growth, let alone mastery.

Malcolm Gladwell, in his book, "Outliers," talks about the 10,000 hour rule. Summed up, it takes 10,000 hours to... Read more >>>

A Quick and Easy Way to Spice Up Minor Chords
by Jermaine Griggs

It's been said "small hinges swing big doors" and it's true. Today's strategy is so simple and concise, yet it will be very valuable to you.

So with that said, here's a simple alteration you can make to spice up minor chords and sound like you've been playing for years. When a pro hears you do this, you automatically get brownie points...
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"Initiative! Now that's what I'm talking about"
by Jermaine Griggs

A couple days ago, I wrote about the "Michael Jordan Method To Music Mastery." I recommend you go check it out.

But in it, I introduced a concept from Malcolm Gladwell's book, "Outliers" which asserts that it takes about "10,000 hours to master a skill."

I got some really good feedback both via the comments and e-mail. But one of my favorites came from J.R. Massey... Read more >>>

8 Year Old Gospel Music Genius - Jayden Arnold [VIDEOS]
by Jermaine Griggs

Today's post is about a young musician I can't stop marveling over. His name is Jayden Arnold and he reminds me so much of myself (except he's several miles ahead of where I was).

I've had the opportunity to talk to Jayden's mom and she says he is completely self-taught. Never had a lesson, never had a teacher. He just listens to things and is able to pick it out. This is a perfect example of giftedness at a young age.

If you observe his clips, he's got...

Ask Jermaine
Ask Jermaine: "How To Play Gospel Piano Scales"

We're back for another "Ask Jermaine" where I choose a student's question and give my personal take on it -- this week on gospel piano scales.

It comes from Ade: "How many types of gospel piano scales are there and which ones do I really need to know to progress as a gospel player." My answer... Read more >>>

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Musician Breakthrough 2011

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Issue 1 - January 19, 2011

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