Why Ear Training Is Essential

For the longest time, I thought of every song I learned as its own island. Each new song was a new set of chords to memorize, a new form. No one was there to tell me that, in fact, the same common chord progressions were repeating themselves all the time. I could learn to identify…

My Kid NEVER Practices

“If she doesn’t start playing more I think we’ll just have to stop.” “I never want to force him to practice, but I do want him to understand you have to work hard to improve.”  “She never practices.” I’ve been asking myself why, over more than 15 years of teaching music, I hear these (and…

Everybody Should Play Drums

I often think of two things I’ve done for myself as a musician that have paid massive dividends, and technically neither of them involve my primary instruments (guitar and keys). I’m talking about drum lessons and voice lessons. I have a lot to say about both, but today is all about DRUMS.  Everybody should play…