Welcome back to the third issue of my weekly newsletter.
(If you haven't heard --- after 5 years of hibernation, the "Hear &
Play" newsletter is finally back and in full effect. And thousands of
you have written in to tell me how much you're enjoying it... thank you so much!).
It seems like we just celebrated the New Year and we're already in February... one of my favorite months!
It not only brings us Valentine's Day but Black History
month. And in that vein, I've featured a clip of our very own Jonathan
Powell (a.k.a - "The Professor of Phatness") playing the Black National
Anthem, "Lift Every Voice And Sing." This was taken from the Gospel Music Training Center. You'll absolutely love his rendition of it.
This newsletter, like the others, is jam-packed with lots of great tips,
advice, principles, techniques, and shortcuts. As to not overwhelm you
with musical information everyday, I've mixed in some of my own insights
about life and achievement. And lastly, many have been asking to see
photos of my growing family so I've included some here.
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Enjoy this issue and I'll see you next time.
How To Get Something From Nothing...
In most pursuits, you'll probably start with nothing. Heck, if you're like me, you'll start with less than nothing.
Well no, I actually take that back because we ALL START WITH
SOMETHING... so, I admit, the title of this post is a little misleading.
On the surface, it's easy to see "nothing." But there's always something there.
For me, growing up in the inner city of... Read more >>>
Master the Diminished Scale In 2 Seconds
The other day, I answered a question regarding popular gospel scales one can play -- and the diminished scale was on my list.
But it haunted me because this is a pretty big scale... 8 notes to be
exact. It's what we call an octatonic scale. And I knew people wouldn't
want to take the time to learn it in all 12 keys. So here's a 2 second
method I came up with to learn it fast... Read more >>>
The Secret Chords That Work Almost Anywhere... Quartal Chords
Most people haven't heard of quartal chords.
That's because they are chords built off fourth intervals, whereas
the most familiar chords (like major, minor, dominant, diminished,
augmented) are built of thirds -- aka "tertian chords."
Here's how and where to use them...
Read more >>>
Time to Share Some Family Pics (Personal)
If you've been with me long enough, you've seen me grow from a
skinny, goofy teenager (when I first started this site at 17) to a
muscular, handsome heartthrob. (Ok, the "muscular" and "heartthrob" part
are a little far-fetched but at least give me the "handsome!")
More importantly, from a dependent kid without a responsibility in the world to a married man and father of 3.
So in this post, I thought I'd take a break from music and share some family pics. They are long overdue... Read More>>>
Ask Jermaine: "Transposition and Modulation"
Every other Monday night, we hold a live "Question &
Answer" session in our Gospel Music Training Center and last night we
got a great question from Miriam Tierno in NY: "What is the difference between Transposition and Modulation?"
So I'm going to repeat my answer concerning transposition and modulation here on the blog for everyone to see. Read more >>>
Every week, I rummage through our years of archived articles and dig you up a gem. Enjoy!
How To Remember Every Chord "Couple" By Tonight!
In yesterday's lesson, I talked about couples.
The premise was basically to look at chord progressions as small little "couples."
(When I say "couple," I'm specifically talking about a pair of chords... just two.)
When you think in terms of "couples," you focus on two things... Read more>>>
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Hear & Play Wednesday Weekly
Issue 3 - February 2, 2011
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Musician Breakthrough 2011
If you haven't checked out the Musician Breakthrough website, you're in for a treat.
It features 7 musicians and over 70 minutes of online video clips so
far. Each of these musicians are competing for a trip to the Bahamas!
And a few lucky visitors (like you) will win an iPad and full suite of
Hear & Play Products.
Head over to the site, vote on your favorite clips, learn a bunch, and get in on the action! Click here...
This clip features Jason Freeman (from MTV's "Making His Band" show) breaking down some of his smooth chords.
For more information on Musician Breakthrough, visit the website.
This week's Member Spotlight features Gospel Music Training Center Member, Adrian Stewart, from Indiana.
Adrian is visually-impaired but has never let it hinder him from his goals... musically and otherwise!
Enjoy this clip of him playing a tune he learned in the training center.
*If you'd like to be featured in a future Member Spotlight, send us a youtube link and brief introduction by clicking here.
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