Thank you for wanting to learn about PlayTheGroove, I'm Richard Frank, creator of this innovative program that incorporates modern jazz and world music into music into an educationally-grounded program. PlayTheGroove is rooted in my personal experiences as a professionally trained musician, a graduate-level researcher, 60+ clinics and workshops, and countless conversations with professors, students, and… Continue reading PlayTheGroove, What’s This All About?
Dalindeo Website Video Bio: Dalindèo is a jazz-sextet based in Helsinki, Finland. Guitarist-composer Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen founded Dalindèo in autumn of 2003 with his musical friends Rasmus Pailos (percussion), Jose Mäenpää (trumpet), Petri Puolitaival (flute and tenor sax), Timo Tuppurainen (double bass) and Jaska Lukkarinen (drums). Mr. Pekka Lehti took over the bass duties in… Continue reading Charts by Dalindeo
Peter Kienle Website Video Bio: Born July 23rd 1960 in Metzingen, Germany. Playing guitar since age 13. Two semesters of Jazz School Munich. Founded the band BeebleBrox in 1983 in Albstadt, Germany. Extensive studio work as a musician, engineer and producer. Worked as a private guitar instructor from 1979 to 1988. Computer programming starting in… Continue reading Charts by Peter Kienle
A friend of mine recently said this to me and I did a double take. And then I thought about it some more and he was right. Actually, NONE of us are doing as good as what we could be doing. We must be bad people. Funny to say that but many of us think… Continue reading What You’re Doing Is Not As Good As What You Could Be Doing
Imagine you’re in a school band playing 2nd or 3rd anything (trombone, sax, violin, flute…) and you have your part in front of you. You get through the first rehearsal the teacher asks you to go home to practice your parts. What!? Practice a few notes with a weird rhythm and no melody? You’ve got… Continue reading Unison Charts: It’s Relevance in Learning and Creating Music
As a teacher, with this continuum of levels as a guide, ask yourself, What is the skill range of your players? If 1 is complete beginner and 10 is a solid knowledge of their instrument and genre, do your students vary by two levels (you’d circle numbers 3-5)? Or are your ensembles considerably diverse in… Continue reading A Continuum of Levels