Circle of Fifths showing the relationship between keys
Circle of Fifths showing the relationship between keys
What are the musical elements of Felix Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Nights Dream (Overture)? For example, what is the melodic shape and range of this piece of work? What is the timbre (i.e. what...
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To find any note in any scale all you need to be able to do is count! Lets use a piano as our example because in electronic music production you will need to become familiar with one at some point. So, if you are looking at a piano you can obviously see that it has white and black keys. The black keys are just (sharps/flats) of the adjacent notes. A "tone/whole... read more
Let’s be honest. Most students that begin the adventure of trying to comprehend music theory fail for the first few months or even longer. As a junior taking AP Music Theory in High School, I too struggled to fully understand the very hard concepts of music theory. I went through a whole year of stumbling my way through that AP course, just barely scraping by. It wasn't until I took 9 total semesters... read more
Ric has been elected to the Board of Directors of the College Music Society, South Central Chapter.
WyzAnt gave me the opportunity to tutor a student entering Berklee School of Music. I was tutoring Music Theory. I had 6 weeks to tutor 2 semesters of theory. My student did an excellent job with assignments and was a pleasure to work with. Here is what my student wrote after she started at Berklee: “Hey Ric, I just wanted to let you know that I took my entering... read more
It has been an extremely busy several weeks. My Guitar book is out in print & ebook form. It is doing very well and has now received endorsements from the guitarist on American Idol and The Voice. It has also been reviewed by a number of Nashville recording session musicians and is getting great response. I did quite a lot of arranging in Nov. & Dec. including pieces for orchestra... read more
By far, one of the most difficult concepts in elementary mathematics is fractions...and it is all our fault. One of the major misconceptions among many education systems was that early exposure to fractions would help students learn them. This meant attempting to introduce fractions before students could even multiply or divide. You have no idea the trauma this has had among decades of students... read more
I just completed 6 string arrangements for a well-know church. One was "Silent Night" as sung by Taylor S. I had a bit of a tight deadline and came in ahead of time and I am very happy with all 6.
"As a guitar player, I am always looking for new resources to help me get better at my craft. I have gone through book after book that held some good tips for improving my playing. Some better than others. I have been playing the guitar for 40 years now and still consider myself a rhythm hack. I must confess that I do not spend the time like I should but that is another article. A... read more
I have completed my Guitar Manual. The manual will also be turned into a video series. The manual is not meant as an exhaustive study on guitar or theory, but a 30 page manual on "what has worked for Ric" in years of recording studio work and performing as a sideman and artist. My hope is that the concept of "your hands will work about as good as what your head knows" will... read more
My Composition student, Ken (who is also a college music teacher) completed an arrangement for Flute Choir on a Christmas Carol. The piece was played through yesterday with success! The music director ask Ken if he could do another and have both premiered in an upcoming Christmas concert - Congrats Ken! My international student Melody has scored a video montage and did an excellent... read more
2 of my international internet students have had some recent accomplishments. Melody has written an exceptional arrangement of a hymn for an "un-plugged" chamber ensemble that was premiered last Sunday (Sept. 29, 2013) and went great! Ken (also a music teacher at colleges) has been commissioned to arrange a Christmas Carol for Flute Choir. Congrats to...
A 6:00+ medley of music material composed, arranged and orchestrated by Ric. Many of the tracks were also produced by Ric. This music is from actual releases for music albums, television-film and commercials that have been programmed worldwide...
The late John Cephas, a National Heritage Fellow, was my fingerstyle/Piedmont blues guitar mentor for 8 years. I am playing the guitar. It is an instrumental played by me. I have taught/performed and still teach all types of music on the guitar....
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... read more
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... read more
Hi! This is my first blog. Just wanted to let everyone know I offer one free lesson to my students.
As a teenager growing up in the late 70's and early 80's, I had the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest guitarists of that era. I would put on my favorite albums and try to play the song note for note and I would even attempt the solo of that song as well. Randy Rhoads was my guitar hero and still is to this day. He died in a plane cash in 1982 at the young age of 25. When I heard "Crazy... read more