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Welcome Message!

Greetings Music Lovers and welcome to my first blog posting on WyzAnt! This is a great place for us to share tips, tricks and anything else of a general nature that you have found helpful with your music and would like to share with others. It's also a great place to ask general questions seeking advice and feedback from the community. I look forward to your questions, comments and suggestions! Daniel

Digging In Deep

As I mentioned in my profile, I prefer to teach from a different perspective than most teachers. If you want to just learn some songs on your instrument - of course I can teach them to you! I can easily turn them into something you can relate to and get under your fingers quickly =) My real specialty, however, is how I teach music theory - both to its students and to students of guitar / bass / piano. Usually, when you learn music theory you start with some preconceptions. There are notes, for instance - twelve of them. You can use these notes to form all kinds of structures - seven note scales, three or four part chords, two note intervals, etc. These various structures are given names, like "Major," "Minor," "Perfect," "Augmented," "Diminished," etc. You know that a Major chord sounds happy and uplifting. You know that a Minor chord sounds sad and depressing. But in all of your lessons, with all... read more

Tutoring Approach

As a former professional performer, I know the importance of a confident and appealing presentation. Whether it is performance in the classroom or in a professional setting, speaking clearly, using correct grammar, and sequencing are of utmost importance. As a teacher in private settings for most of my adult life (piano, voice, art, performance), I found it a natural transition to the fields of English, grammar and speech. I have worked with students from the age of 4 to people in their 70's, all wanting to improve their ability to communicate, whether in music, art or the English language. My approach is always to provide a comfortable setting and an element of fun in learning. This is easily achieved by intuiting the comfort level and personality of the student. My first session with a student is largely spent assessing their individual needs and goals. Thereafter, I formulate a lesson plan to give direction to the attainment of these goals. I am comfortable,... read more

Tone Deaf Students

When I taught an eight year old boy who had not received any musical training, within a few sessions, I noticed that he was tone deaf. So I took the liberty of buying a guitar tuner that also played solid tones. I played a tone, let the child listen and then I switched the device to the "tuning" function. Then, as the child sang the note I had him listen to, he could see how much he was on (or off) the note! This visualization worked very well and within around a couple of months later, he improved very much! Needless to say, I am very proud of him!

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