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  • Lydian Chromatic Concept Update: revised and expanded biography on the life and music of George Russell published on October 15, 2020 now available at Amazon. +

    The new authorized biography on the author of "The Lydian Chromatic Concept" (LCCOTO) is entitled "Stratusphunk: The Life and Works of George Russell" written by Dr. Duncan Heining. Originally published in 2009 under the title 'George Russell: The Story of an American Composer', this 371 page new edition published by Jazz Internationale (Suffolk, UK) offers students and fans of jazz a seriously revised and extended text based on additional research and interviews. The author Dr. Duncan Heining has written about jazz and other music genres since 1996 for Avant, The Independent, Jazzwise, Jazz UK and All About Jazz. His other books are: Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers and Free Fusioneers: British Jazz 1960-1975 (Equinox 2012) and Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier (Equinox 2018). The new edition is available now in both Kindle and Paperback versions on Amazon AT THIS LINK. Here's the press release description from the publisher:"Stratusphunk Read More
  • "SoundCloud Pro" Review 2020: MY RECENT SOLO PIANO RECORDINGS ARE NOW STREAMING MUSIC ON SOUNDCLOUD PRO PLATFORM +

    It is with great pleasure that I'm happy to share with my fans, YouTube viewers, live stream concert audience, my online students and all visitors to my official website that some of my original music for solo piano is now streaming on SoundCloud Pro. The SoundCloud Pro platform offers a wide range of very useful features that give the creative musical artist a platform to reach a global audience. With my new membership and uploads on SoundCloud Pro, I can upload unlimited hours of any type of audio in high-quality WAV file format. It allows me to distribute and monetize with their Repost service for no extra cost. I've got amazingly detailed real-time insights for analytics in the dashboard that displays plays, likes, reposts, comments & downloads, top listeners, countries & cities, plays by website, RSS & third-party apps I'm able to schedule my music album releases and share them Read More
  • FILEMAIL REVIEW 2020: the fastest file transfer cloud service I've found, and the perfect choice for musicians and music educators who need to send and receive large audio and video files of any size +

    After extensive research and comparison shopping the major online companies that allow people to upload and download huge files, I've come to the firm conclusion that FileMail is the best for many reasons, especially because it has no limit on file size (even the most basic free version) and has a solid desktop utility for off-line uploads with speeds up to 20 times faster than other web browser transfer sites. Teaching online, creating music videos and posting WAV files requires the sharing of very large files. After many months of use, I'm sold on Filemail. To put it simply, Filemail works perfectly with all the features a musician and music educator would ever need. The interface is smooth, easy and straight-ahead. I've never had any hassles or failed uploads when starting out with their free version which was robust enough to keep me going for all of my largest file 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: https://www.mikeslessons.com/apps

It is the brainchild of Programmer Lou Montulli and Percussionist/Educator Mike Johnston (https://www.mikeslessons.com), 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.

 

LET'S CHECK IT OUT

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.

 

LINKS TO OTHER PAGES ON AW.COM

https://andywasserman.com/private-lessons

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

https://andywasserman.com/videos

https://andywasserman.com/arts-in-ed/world-music-experience

 

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