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Imagine having to learn the mechanics and physics of bike riding before being able to ride a bike.  Traditional lessons follow this approach.  On the other hand, methods that promise immediate results put you on a bike with training wheels that never come off.  And neither of these teach you how to do anything else like race with a friend, do “wheelies”, or the many other ways to enjoy bike riding.

Here’s what I do:  I start students riding immediately, so they can work on the coordination.  And then we start raising the training wheels so that students can continue the joy of riding while they’re learning how to do it without training wheels.   Then we can integrate the advanced stuff like “wheelies,” racing, etc.  This is where the lifelong enjoyment of music happens.  Students who don’t learn this usually become the adults who say they used to be able to play an instrument, but can’t anymore.   

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This month, students may learn “Halloween Cat” or “I’m a Mean Old Witch” which have a spooky sound because they use a minor scale. Remember “Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Ti-Do” from The Sound of Music? Songs usually use these notes, just mixed up in different patterns and with different rhythms.  But Halloween songs, including hits like “Dead Man’s Party,” change 2 of these notes and make them a little lower.  One of the most recognizable Halloween songs, which some students are also learning, is the theme to the movie “Halloween.” I think 3 things make this song sound so frightening: 1) it uses the minor scale, flatting the 3rd and 6th note of the scale, 2) the right hand is played high, giving it an eerie sound while the left hand is played low, making it sound threatening, and 3) while most songs have 4 beats, though waltzes have 3, “Halloween” has 5 beats per measure. We’re not used to this; it’s unsettling and never allows us to get comfortable during the song.

In the video below, I show you these “spooky” notes and demonstrate with the theme from “Halloween.”

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