What’s in a song?

What’s in a song? Everything. I was recently booked to play music for a church wedding ceremony. It was a last-minute thing and the bride was so apologetic! “I’m sorry I’m asking you so late! I didn’t realise I had to organise music! I know there’s very little time and I don’t want to put […]

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Whoa! A real Hammond organ!

So today I was at a wedding rehearsal and got to play a whiz-bang old-fashioned Hammond organ in St.James’ church in Coorparoo QLD. Father Brian said the collectors come by and ask when is he going to sell it! I know nothing about organs. This one has two switches – you flip one and hold […]

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First step at improvisation VIDEO

Joel is a teenager who wants to learn how to improvise and “fill in” over chords. As well as learning to read music, he wants to be able to play songs with just lyrics and chord changes from the internet. In his work book, chords are written above the sheet music. So we look at a song, note the chord changes, play them out, and play the scales and accidentals in those keys.

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