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Taller Dog: Music Tips Blog

Since I started coaching music, I've learned as much about the way I play and how people think in those 10 years as I have in the whole 35 years of playing music as a full time living. The way I write is the way I talk.  And everyone who is interested in playing, singing, and enjoying music will come away with something to think about and try. I look forward to your comments! For more interesting links I've found, click on the "links" catagory here:


Posted on September 1, 2010

CATCH THE CURVE OF PERFECT PITCH (#1)                    


Baseball! In the field, Little League, 1972

Training your ear to achieve perfect pitch- 

...don't think perfect pitch is out of your reach. You can catch the curve and hang on. There is a curve in sound. Think about a train whistle or a police siren as they move. When someone throws a baseball, it doesn't travel in a straight line. It's got a curve to it. It starts in one hand and moves through the air and ends abruptly cracking the bat...

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Posted on August 31, 2010
What range of notes does your dog bark in? Whatever your cat's meow sounds like, it's a voice. We call it singing when birds do it. Bees buzz. Just saying those words out loud gives us something interesting and musical to hear. Bees buzz. Say it again, differently...and then again! Now, pick up an instrument and try to find the notes you just heard yourself say. Get those consonants in there, too. 

Listen to two notes. The easiest two to start with are the same note, one octave* apart. If you are playing by yourself, you have to be playing an instrument you can PLAY two notes at the same time, like a guitar or a piano. The best place to start is with an open string (not applicable on piano). For instance, on guitar, pluck your “A” string, and then play the next “A” note up one octave. That would be the second fret on your “G” string. Listen carefully to the two notes. There is a revolving sound. That seems like something you would see – rather than hear. I guess you could say you’re going to look with your ears! If they are out of tune with each other, that revolving sound will be fast. The more out of tune the notes are with each other, the faster that revolution will be. If the two notes are in tune, the revolution will be very slow. If you tune one of the strings (like the open “A” string) while they are both still ringing, [...]
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