Monthly Archives: June 2012

What is music theory and why is it important?

Scaledegrees

Hi fans of the One Minute Music Lesson, It took me 20 years to learn the importance of music theory. Today I want to teach you what music theory is and why it is important, and save you 20 years … Continue reading

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THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN! 38 days until my members-only music academy opens!

The countdown has begun!

Hi fans of the One Minute Music Lesson, I am extremely excited to tell you that I have something HUGE in the works. Since I began the One Minute Music Lesson over one year ago I have been dreaming of … Continue reading

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Ask Leon: How does notation for transposing instruments work?

Ask Leon

Burningwood asked, Hi Leon, I wanted to know something about transposition. I understand intervals already but how do I know whether to transpose up or transpose down when writing music for transposing instruments like the english horn? This is a great questions … Continue reading

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Understanding Music Theory – Lesson 24 – Octave Equivalence

In our last lesson we learned about octaves and octave numbers. Since a pitch has the same letter name in any octave it considered to be a part of a pitch class. A pitch class is a term used to … Continue reading

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Bass Clef Sight-Reading Exercise Worksheet

Bass Clef Sight Reading Exercise Worksheet

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE EXERCISE (Want even more free bass clef sight-reading exercises? Try PianoMarvel free for 30-days. You’ll improve your music reading skills immediately) Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, Continuing my series of exercises and worksheets on … Continue reading

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Top 10 Free Sheet Music Websites

Sheet Music

[Edit from Leon: Get access to over 1200 pieces of piano sheet music for free for 30-days. Check it out here.] Here are a list of 10 of the best sites online for free sheet music. My two personal favorites … Continue reading

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How to keep a practice log and journal

Practice Log

If you want to make progress quickly when practicing your instrument or learning to play new pieces, a practice log and journal is crucial. Studies have shown that any activity that you track will result in a higher favorable return on your time invested. … Continue reading

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Review: Composing Music by William Russo

Composing Music by William Russo is one of the first books I recommend to all my composition students. It has a very interesting approach in its methodology and is perfectly suited to the total beginner and the seasoned veteran alike. This … Continue reading

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Ask Leon: Is it a key change?

Question Mark

Wedgie from Yahoo Answers asks: I was recording my GCSE composition today, and I asked my teacher what he thought of it. He said it was in the B to A grade region (in his opinion). I asked what I could … Continue reading

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Treble Clef Sight-Reading Exercise Worksheet

Treble Clef Sight-reading Worksheet

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE EXERCISE (Want even more free treble clef sight-reading exercises? Try PianoMarvel free for 30-days. You’ll improve your music reading skills immediately) Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, Sight-reading and learning to read music can be a … Continue reading

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Ask Leon: Diminished Scales and Chords

Octatonic and Diminished Scales

Anthony from Twitter asks: Do you have anything that can help me with the diminished scale for guitar and also for diminish chords? Let’s start with defining what the diminished scale is. Jazz and blues musicians often refer to this scale as … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 23 – Octaves

An octave is an interval. The interval of an octave is the distance from one pitch to the same pitch 12 half steps away. When you are reading octaves on sheet music they always fall with one note of the … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 22 – Overtone Series

In this lesson we will learn about the overtone series. Musical tones with pitch are actually comprised of several higher and quieter sounds called overtones. Overtones are the upper frequencies that resonate when a tone is played. If a piano … Continue reading

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