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  • MUSIC COMPOSITION UPDATE: 159 new works for solo piano written and performed in the last 6 months for live stream concerts and recordings +

    I've composed, arranged and performed a total of 159 new original compositions for solo piano during this last six-month period. Scroll down this blog entry to view the database of new pieces created for performance during 21 live stream concerts ("The Listening Experience"), listed by date, concert theme and composition title. Last week's detailed blog article AT THIS LINK tells the story of my 25 consecutive live stream concert events with in-depth information. These compositions are also listed on my Live Stream Page, featured in the song set list for each live stream concert in a gallery of text panels you can scroll through on the bottom of the live stream page. There is no way this level of creativity could have occured without the universal inspiration from George Russell (my composition mentor) and his enduring, prodigious Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, for which I am eternally grateful. The January, Read More
  • LIVE STREAM CONCERTS MILESTONE #1: Celebrating 25 Consecutive Solo Piano "Listening Experience" events +

    The live stream concert dedicated to "PoleStar" broadcast from my website on Sunday, December 13th, 2020 was the 25th consecutive solo piano concert since the inception on June 28th, 2020. Each and every Sunday I have presented "The Listening Experience" of all original music created to inspire and uplift audiences around the world. They have all been free-of-charge (donations accepted), with no log in or registration needed to view. The majority of concerts are one hour in length, consisting of 8 instrumental songs. I've composed, arranged and performed over 150 original compositions in these live streams during this six-month period.  View the database list of these compositions in different blog article AT THIS LINK. These compositions are always complied each week in the song set list for each live stream concert in a gallery of text panels on the bottom of the live stream page. Here's a screen shot. Many Read More
  • Music Documentary Film Review: "Hearing Is Believing" - Rachel Flowers +

    Although released as a full-length documentary film in 2017, I had not had the opportunity to see this movie until this week. Let me begin by saying that it is a very important film for everyone to enjoy and learn from, especially musicians. The focus is on Rachel Flowers. She is what a real musician looks like - in every way, shape and form. Her essence is one of purity. That's what this film means to me: music is purity. The purity of her soul made me cry tears of joy at the end of the film. She hears a sound in everything and in everyone. The title says it all. More than the familiar motto "seeing is believing," the truth is that "hearing is believing." This is in perfect alignment with my axiom that music is a gift given to all human beings to teach us to become better listeners. Read More
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Chordie App Review 2020: The single most effective software tool for one-on-one, live, interactive private piano lessons online that I use everyday!

Of the many awesome software tools to help students connect musically with what I'm teaching during online piano lessons is the software program "Chordie App" by Makat Music.

 

The Chordie App is truly state-of-the-art online piano lessons software because it is developed by accomplished and experienced professional musician Charles Schiermeyer for his California-based company "Makat Music," and is available for both Mac OSX and Windows (version 7 through 10). It stands out as well-designed and useful in a real-time setting for private piano lessons. It is the brainchild of an accomplished musician who understands music theory and advanced harmonic analysis.

Charles brings a wealth of musical experience to this program from his impressive list of credentials that include his work as a teacher, composer and performer, having earned a Bachelors and Masters degree in Composition from Manhattan School of Music. He plays all saxophones, piano, flute, clarinet, guitar, and some trumpet. What he's best known for is his amazing talent at crafting amazingly inspired and complex horn and string arrangements. He's been nominated three times for his horn and string arrangements on three gospel albums: Amazing [Live] by Ricky Dillard, Vintage Worship by Anita Wilson, and Sunday Song by Anita Wilson.

With all this in-depth musical experience, it's no wonder why this program is so functional, especially for live, interactive, real-time, one-on-one, personalized online instruction.

You simply connect your MIDI keyboard (hopefully a nice sounding digital piano like I use) to your desktop computer MIDI/Audio interface. Any simple MIDI or USB interface between your digital piano and your device will do. Launch Chordie, and it shows you the notes you play on the Grand Staff along with keys on an 88 key on-screen piano keyboard. The program does a very effective job with harmonic analysis to display the name of the chord you're playing as well as some alternatives. Here's a screenshot that:

ChordieApp screenshot pianolesson view

And an excellent quote from the ChordieApp homepage:

"Chordie App is designed for musicians, teachers, producers, or anyone who works in music. It’s designed to make the arduous task of learning or teaching chord names and how to read sheet music extremely easy. No longer will the secrets of extended harmony be relegated to the classroom in the college theory programs. Teach yourself!! Whatever you throw at Chordie App, it’ll tell you exactly what it is, and make it extremely easy to explain it to everyone else!"

You can learn more about Chordie App and purchase it at this link:

https://buy.chordieapp.com/

Here's the official FaceBook Page with links to instructional videos by the software designer himself, Charles Schiermeyer:

https://www.facebook.com/ChordieApp/posts/1982741705338222

There are quite a few musicians who use Chordie App in their YouTube video recorded instructional videos. These are two of the good ones:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZebSKqk0ww&feature=emb_logo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpPFA45FbfQ&feature=emb_logo

I highly recommend you check this out and get yourself a copy. It's very affordable, works great as a very stable piece of software, and is intuitive as well as functional. Five star rating!!!!

LINKS TO OTHER PAGES ON AW.COM

https://andywasserman.com/private-lessons/realtime-online-lessons

https://andywasserman.com/music-theory

https://andywasserman.com/music-theory/composer

https://andywasserman.com/private-lessons

https://andywasserman.com/music-theory/george-russell-s-lydian-chromatic-concept

https://andywasserman.com/piano/transcriptions

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