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Singing for Health Part 4

Hi everyone, October in Calgary is very nice with the autumn colours in the trees and the days bright, sunny and warm. I invite everyone to walk along the river and breath in the fresh air, and get ready to sing.   Exercise 4 will incorporate a full octave of a major...

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Singing for Health Part 7

Happy New Year! We at Bowtown Music would like to wish everyone the very best for this coming year of 2015. Calgary has seen a huge growth in the past few years and looks like that will continue, especially in the Kensington area. We have several new teachers ready to...

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Singing For Health Part 6

Wow, December already! Time to bring out the Christmas ornaments to decorate the shops and put our Christmas books back on the shelves. Today is very sunny and bright with lots of snow on the ground so no doubt it will be a white Christmas here in Calgary.    So...

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Singing For Health Part 5

Once again we have suddenly stepped into fall with leaves on the ground and cool temperatures. It happens as soon as we get through Halloween, without fail. Although this year the trick or treaters were lucky to get one of the warmest October 31 in many years.    So...

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Singing for Health Part 2

My philosophy about learning how to do anything is quite simple. Just do it and do it a lot. Yes it’s important to have proper technique so do your best to acquire good habits but ultimately the more you practice, the better.   So let’s start the next...

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Singing for Health Part 3

The third exercise in this series will take us through a whole octave of the scale. Remember that an octave means from one Do up to the next Do. But rather than doing all the Do Re Mi’s we are going to do what is called a pentatonic scale.   Penta is Greek for...

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Singing for Health Music as Therapy

 It’s been an absolutely gorgeous summer here in Calgary and today has begun bright and sunny. People have been rafting on the Bow River, taking in all the great music at the Folk Fest and Blues Fest and generally just having a good time in the sun.        We at...

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Harmony Part 2

Singing harmony part 2       By far, the most popular part of my vocal workout is singing harmony. It is also the most challenging, and the most difficult part being, holding your own notes while someone else is singing a different part.       I think that the most...

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Harmony

Harmony      While I am waiting for the cable guy to show up, I thought I would write some thoughts about harmony. I know, you’re thinking, no, don’t do it, you don’t need cable! You’re right. I already watch too much TV. But it was a deal I...

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Luck

Music: What’s luck got to do, got to do with it?      It’s a beautiful, warm, sunny, Sunday morning here in Calgary. When it’s sunny here, it’s almost blindingly bright. Must be the clear mountain air.      Today, I have a recital of my...

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Transposing

Music: Transposing on the fly      Whether you use a guitar or piano for accompaniment, one of the most difficult parts of working with a vocalist (even when it’s yourself) is finding the right key for each song. Because each person has a little different range,...

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Singing and Pitch Problems

Finally, the new buds on the apple tree in my front yard are showing. I can’t blame them for waiting until after the snow storm this past week. Yes, snow in May does seem a little ridiculous. In Calgary’s defence, once summer hits, it’s soooo nice.  ...

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Open Mic checking your mix

     Here I am, having a nice, morning cup of coffee and thinking, I have not done a proper rant about something in ages. So here it goes….      I have done a stint of open mic nights. When you are new in town, or just starting to play publicly, it’s a...

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Guitar Lesson X scales and progressions

       Dear readers, this will be the final instalment of this series of guitar lessons. With the tools I have presented here you should be able to carry on to whatever musical goals you have. For more instruction on guitar, keyboards and vocals, information on music,...

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Guitar Lesson IX Blues Progression

       Did I mention we are building a garage/studio? It’s like a two car garage with a one car garage attached to it. We decided to insulate both parts to be able to record bands. The small side will be the engineering room and the larger the sound room. It...

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Guitar Lesson VIII Progression Theory

       It almost snowed the other day and there are a lot of yellow leaves on the trees. I guess Nature is telling us to prepare for winter. It’s time to pull out the boots and gloves. Well at least we can cozy in and play guitar, more time to practise right?...

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Guitar Lesson VI Rhythm

    Keeping a good solid beat is one of the most important things to do when playing the guitar or any instrument. It makes the music really energized. Whether you’re playing rhythm or lead you should not speed up or slow down so in this lesson I will tell you...

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