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Welcome back to the fourth 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's an exciting week here because I'm unveiling a secret song learning tool I built several years ago but never revealed to the mass public... until now. Only certain inner circle members have used it and after so many rave reviews, I've decided to make some last minute changes to it and offer it to the world! You can go check it out  a free video I made about it here.

I've got some really good treats for you in this newsletter. Among them, a funny story about my 4-year old daughter and how it can actually transform your playing. Also, a near-death childhood experience and what I've learned from it (hopefully it can inspire a few). And of course some hardcore, technical music stuff! There's tons more too so have fun.

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   "The Ear Doctor"

What My 4-Year Old Could Teach You About Chord Placement
by Jermaine Griggs

I knew I had to share this story because there are some lessons about chord placement here.

So Jadyn, our oldest daughter, comes in our room this morning and while I never noticed, Sarah says "Jadyn, you have on your little sister's pajamas!" We all busted out in laughter.

Now, Layla, our youngest daughter is cute and chunky! Probably in the ninety percentile weight and height for 1 year olds so I'm not surprised Jadyn could fit into her pajama pants.

How does this relate to chord placement?
A Quick & Easy Way To Play Suspended Chords
by Jermaine Griggs

Today's post is about a little magic tool I only wish I had growing up.

I call it the "Song Robot" and it does just that -- you load files into it and it shows you, on demand, how to play them...
Read more >>>
What If A Robot Could Teach You Songs?
by Jermaine Griggs

Today's post is about a little magic tool I only wish I had growing up.

I call it the "Song Robot" and it does just that -- you load files into it and it shows you, on demand, how to play them...
Read more >>>
What A Near-Death Experience Taught Me
by Jermaine Griggs

I jumped in.

Ferociously paddling my arms and legs like I had observed the other children doing, I tried to get back above water but nothing happened. I just sank deeper and deeper.

As I looked up, all I could see was dozens of legs kicking... and... blue water.

Water gushed through my nose and mouth; my ears now flooded. I paddled incessantly for dear life. Surely someone could see me.

10 seconds passed... 20 seconds... 30 seconds... 40 seconds... a minute.
A 9-Second Method to Chord Substitutions
by Jermaine Griggs

I touched on primary chords and chord substitutions in a post last week, but today, I want to take it a step further.

(I recommend you go check out that post on primary chords as a primer to this lesson.)

In short, every key has primary chords built off the 1st, 4th, and 5th tones of the scale. In C major... Read more>>>

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Will be back next week!

Every week, I rummage through our years of archived articles and dig you up a gem. Enjoy!

The 8 P's of luck
by Jermaine Griggs

I have six framed quotes in my home office (even more at the Hearandplay headquarters) but I must admit, I spend a lot more time in my home office than I do there. And out of the 6, I've already shared 3 of them. Today, I'm going to give you the 4th one... Read more>>>
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Hear & Play Wednesday Weekly
Issue 4 - February 9, 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.

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This week's Member Spotlight features long time Gospel Music Training Center Member, Ray Johnson, from Tennessee.

Enjoy this clip of him playing a tune he learned in the training center.

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past issues

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Issue 1 - January 19, 2011

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Issue 3 - February 2, 2011
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