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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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GrooveScribe Software Review 2020: best-rated online music teacher by using this free, powerful, web-based rhythmic training program!

No matter which musical instrument you teach to your online music lesson students, most teachers giving online music lessons agree it can be a real challenge to find interesting and innovative ways to enhance your curriculum with the all-important subject of rhythmic training. Both you and your online music students will love meeting the challenge with the help of Groove Scribe!

Rhythmic training has always been at the forefront of what I share with my music students because the synergy of listening and timing are at the core of musicality and music making. I played drums and orchestral percussion while growing up, from Elementary school, Middle School, High School and pre-Conservatory College. That intense level of rhythmic training gave me very deep insight into understanding and teaching rhythm to my students.


With my live, interactive, personalized one-on-one private music lessons that I provide around the world online using video chat and a webcam for piano, drums, music theory, improvisation, composition for all ages and all levels, I rely on a program that you open in your browser and can use for free without any registration or log in. It is my go-to for demonstrating everything rhythmic. 


It is the Groove Scribe App! - and here's the one and only link you need to use it:

Groove Scribe Webpage

Here's a page with more info on this app and mobile app options:

It is the brainchild of Programmer Lou Montulli and Percussionist/Educator Mike Johnston (, designed as a free browser-based tool allowing anyone, especially drummers and drum instructor to create, practice and share grooves...and trust me, there's much, much more than what initially meets the eye on the webpage! 


It’s the seamless combination of rhythmic pattern creation, rhythmic analysis, a pretty deep drum machine programming tool and rhythmic notation software all wrapped into one. Open the webpage, start entering your rhythmic pattern step-by-step, and quickly hear it and share it. Groove Scribe is a very easy program to learn and use.



First, here's a screenshot of the main page with the 8 identifying steps I've labeled for you to check out:

Groove Scribe explained steps

  1. Play button and elapsed time for playback of pattern you create
  2. Rhythmic notation in standard format with symbols key
  3. Stickings guide specifically for drum students
  4. Instrument and Note Selection Grid
  5. Add more measures if you want to make your pattern longer
  6. Tempo and Swing Feel sliders to adjust BPM and move from Even to Shuffle feel
  7. Very deep options for Permutations, Grooves (see list below) and a Help
  8. Metronome function


The Grooves List gives you starting patterns if you wish to have a pre-programmed drum groove to begin with. Here's the list as it appears per category in that drop-down menu:

Rock Grooves

  • Empty 16th note groove
  • 8th note Rock
  • 16th note Rock
  • Syncopated Hi-Hats #1
  • Syncopated Hi-Hats #2
  • Train Beat

Triplet Grooves

  • Jazz Shuffle
  • Half Time Shuffle in 8th notes
  • Half Time Shuffle in 16th notes
  • Purdie Shuffle (made famous by Bernard Purdie, Drum Legend)
  • Jazz Ride

World Grooves

  • Bossa Nova
  • Jazz Samba
  • Songo

Foot Ostinato

  • Samba
  • Tumbao
  • Balao
As you can see from this next screen shot, the Time Signature function allows you to set any top number up to 15, and the bottom number to 4, 8 or 16th notes.
Groove Scribe explained timesig
One of the most difficult things to teach are polyrhythms. Groove Scribe's "Mixed Division" mode allows you to create a combination of triplets and non-triplet notes within one single measure.
Groove Scribe explained mixedsub
Finally, once you have completed any and all rhythmic patterns to share with your students, you click the "Share" button and you can send them a link to open your work in their browser. They will see everything you've programmed for them, including text descriptions. Here's what that looks like:
Groove Scribe explained share


There are too many "hidden" functions to list here, but when using this program, right-click on almost anything in the main window and you'll see a raft of options to vary your drum sounds along with other musical application possibilities.

I use Groove Scribe in real-time for my online lessons by sharing my Skype screen and turning on the computer audio along with my microphone. Students can see me create and edit whatever rhythmic pattern we're working on, and hear it when I press "play." Then I share the link to that page with them and they can work on it during the week.

Again, this works great for any instrument where you are trying to help students master tricky rhythmic patterns and concepts.

I can not overstate how helpful this program is. Check it out and have fun using it. It really is a joy to use, all my students love it, in fact they've all started using it on their own to create their own rhythms and drum patterns and share that work back to me to hear.



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