Wanna Know What My Secret Musicianship Weapons Are?

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Hey lovers,
I wanted to write a quick post about some of the ways in which I supplement my music practice.
Having graduated from university in 2013, I can find myself a little starved for interactive ways to learn new things. Fortunately, I’ve found two websites that I love and use all the time for myself and with students.

1.  http://trainer.thetamusic.com
This website is sooo good. It’s full of really engaging games ranging from concepts like rhythm and harmony to mixing and mastering. You can play up to about 3 levels of any game for free and for a small monthly fee you can unlock the rest of the levels. It’s great for beginners and advanced musicians… Like, it’s so good that I really almost do want to keep it a secret.

2. http://www.musictheory.net
This is the best website I’ve found to teach new students about where the notes are on the piano and on the staff. It’s pretty straightforward, customizable, and very visually appealing. It’s great for interval training too and it’s completely free!

Well, there you go 🙂 Let me know what programs and games you use! I want to try them all!

With love and gratitude,

e_mma2

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The Number One Mistake That All Of My Students Make

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One general truth about the freelance musician lifestyle, is that teaching is part and parcel of the experience. When I’m not gigging with my band, recording or practicing, I can probably be found around town, teaching a student. And it’s one heck of an experience! After many years of teaching piano and vocal lessons to a large variety of people, I’ve learned quite a bunch about myself and about people in general. And what I’ve found is that almost everyone makes the same kind of mistakes. Perhaps it’s our culture, or perhaps it’s just human nature, but I’ve found that the mistakes you make are the mistakes that everyone’s making.


For today, I’d like to comment on one common theme that I’ve found in my teaching:
 
Almost everyone has the mistaken idea, that the faster you play, the better you are.
 
I’ve observed that this is true regardless of the age or almost any other factor. Even I still do it to a degree! What happens is that we play the ‘easier’ parts of a piece at an alarmingly off-kilter pace, and the ‘hard’ parts at the speed of a tortoise. Every. Single. Person. This suggests two things to me.
 
a) Most students are so eager to begin, and to seem competent, that they don’t set themselves up to succeed in their hardest moments.
So often, they key to getting through the tough sections is to check for the ‘hard’ parts before you begin. If you set a slower pace from the beginning, you will have time to prepare for more challenging moments.
 
b) Most people value speed over consistency.
Now, this may not be conscious, but it seems that almost all of my students in some way make the decision that they’d rather be fast and wrong, than slow and consistently correct. Especially in music, but in many areas of life, consistency is king/queen. I’d rather listen to a slower, but beautifully crafted piece of music, than a jarring and halted melody – wouldn’t you?
 
Personally, what I take from these observations, is that we often don’t allow ourselves the time to prepare for the hard moments in life. What would happen if I factor failure into my plan? How could I better prepare myself for set-backs before they happen?
And if consistency = mastery, where are the places in my life that I can be more consistent? 
 
Let me know what you think!
With much love,
e_mma2

If you love the Beatles….

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I am ridiculously excited to announce that I will be performing in ‘Here Today – Canada’s Paul McCartney Tribute’ this September and October. We’ll be mainly touring the east coast of Canada and Southern Ontario!

WAHOO!

This is my first tour, and I’ve been learning every single note of each song – I had no idea how many of those Beatles songs had keyboards!

What has become very apparent is that Paul McCartney and all of his musical projects are incredibly fun, full of life, and composed by a genius. Check out this video below for evidence:

And don’t forget to buy tickets to the tour! It’s gonna be a blast, see you there 🙂

For Dates, Locations and Tickets >> http://www.impressproductions.ca/on-tour.html

[UPDATE] The dates in the East Coast, Guelph and Richmond Hill have now been cancelled. You can still check us out in Burlington, Milton, and Ottawa!

WELCOME WELCOME LOVERS!

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Emma 2a

Hello and welcome to my website! This is a place for me to celebrate reflect, and ENGAGE with others in all of the creative activities I enjoy. Let’s connect!

Thank you for your interest and love, always,

e_mma2

 

 

 

She asked me how I did it

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saluteI recently had an acquaintance ask me how I had been able to get so many great gigs this year. She had seen a talk I did at York University on performance anxiety last year, and wondered how I made the jump from anxious and overwhelmed to being a frequent performer. She said she felt frustrated that she had so many great songs to sing, and yet, nothing was happening for her. Wow, could I relate to that! For years I wondered, ‘how did those people get those opportunities?’ ‘How come they have so many invitations and events lined up?’ I remember feeling so frustrated and discouraged. Well I’ll tell you how I finally made the jump and started being one of those people:

I started asking. I starting offering. I started being active in the music community, and that made all the difference.

This summer, I’ve been extremely honoured to play at Salute Piano and Wine Bar (http://salutepianobar.com), one of the most sophisticated spots in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood. I feel like I’m living my calling when I perform, and it’s honestly exhilarating. Obviously, I’m condensing the point, but the truth is that I wouldn’t be there if I hadn’t asked. And what an opportunity I would’ve missed.

So how did I do it? I asked for it.

With Love and gratitude,

e_mma2