Archive for the ‘Piano’ Category

Piano Stairs in Sweden

Tuesday 17 November, 2009

Click title to go to http://www.thefuntheory.com

Here is an awesome clip of some piano stairs in a Swedish train station. I think it is a fantastic way to promote commuter interaction and add some fun to the ordinary and mundane activity of going to and from work or school.

From the creators: “We believe that the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better is by making it fun to do. We call it The fun theory”

I hope you enjoy the clip as much as I did!

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Online Virtual Keyboards

Thursday 15 October, 2009

Have you ever wanted to quickly find the starting note for a song?

Have you ever wished you could check the pitch of something online?

Have you ever needed a keyboard handy to work something out?

Well… here are two cool online keyboards to help you!

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~ click on the picture to go to the keyboard ~
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Virtual Keyboard

Virtual Keyboard by Birmingham Grid for Learning

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Virtual Piano

Virtual Piano by Crystal Magic Studio

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Let me know if you find any other groovy online keyboards!

Obama’s Inauguration Music

Wednesday 21 January, 2009

I was really moved listening to President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech. To watch a video of his entire speech click here. There were also heaps of amazing musical items presented throughout the ten days of celebration, what’s a celebration without music?! Here are two items from the inauguration ceremony…

The legendary Aretha Franklin sings “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee“, the tune of which is based upon the British National Anthem “God Save the Queen“.

An amazing international quartet comprised of the French born Chinese cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Israeli American violinist Itzhak Perlman, the African American clarinettist Anthony McGill and the Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, performing the song “Air and Simple Gifts” by the American composer John Williams.

Online Sheet Music?

Friday 11 July, 2008

Ever wondered if you can get sheet music online for free? Well you can LEGALLY find partial music content, public domain sheet music, online instrumental lessons and guitar TABs.

Obviously, musicians earn their living from their music. We want to support that without breaking copyright rules. And we all know the internet has blurred some of these boundaries. For me, the internet is a great place to sample what music’s out there and if I like it, I go out and pay for it. That way I get better audio quality, a CD booklet with it’s information and art, and sheet music that is more accurate. But remember, it’s not against the law to play someone else’s music. It is only against the law to make a profit from their music or obtain their music illegally (this usually means without paying).

So with that out of the way, there are some good music sites with some good information. It is not illegal to post partial pieces of music, as long as it’s not considered “substantial”. With a little musical talent you can fill in the blanks and perform the music just like (or better) than the original artist. Here’s a list of sheet music, music lesson and guitar TAB sites I found on my travels…

  • 8notes.com – pick your style, artist and song. Go to “riff lesson” and you will see the song’s riffs with music notes, audio examples and written explanations. There are also guitar and piano chords down the bottom of each page that you can even transpose! A great way to start jamming out some tunes!
  • Free Piano Music – mostly classical. All music here is public domain (that means no copyright). The best thing here is you can view the sheet music (PDF) and then listen to the audio (MIDI) to hear how it sounds! Awesome!
  • Guitarnoise.com Lessons – click one of the light blue buttons. Each lesson has heaps of explanations, music notes and plenty of audio examples (podcasts). He’s not the best guitarist but he’s not bad. Best of all, these lessons are free!
  • MXTabs.net – unfortunately there’s lots of advertising! But you can choose from guitar, bass and drum TABs! You can also see user comments to help you decide if it’s a good TAB or not.
  • Ultimateguitar.com – enter your song or artist details straight into the search box. Nice, clean site. I love the “Auto Scroll” function, you can play your guitar infront of the computer and the screen will gradually scroll down so you can keep on playing! Cool!

How to Read Guitar TAB by John Heussenstamm

Once again, if you find any good sheet music, online lessons or guitar TAB sites please post a comment.