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February's Already Here!

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

Enjoy this issue and I'll see you next time.
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   "The Ear Doctor"

How To Get Something From Nothing...
by Jermaine Griggs

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
by Jermaine Griggs

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
by Jermaine Griggs

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...
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Time to Share Some Family Pics (Personal)
by Jermaine Griggs

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
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.
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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!
by Jermaine Griggs

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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Jonathan Powell (a.k.a. - "The Professor Of Phatness") playing the Black National Anthem in the Gospel Music Training Center.
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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.

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This clip features Jason Freeman (from MTV's "Making His Band" show) breaking down some of his smooth chords.

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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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past issues

If you missed our last issue, check it out below:

Issue 1 - January 19, 2011

Issue 2 - January 26, 2011
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