Monthly Archives: July 2012

Why I Quit Piano Lessons

Why I Quite Piano Lessons

Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, As a child I began taking piano lessons at the young age of five. I loved playing music even then and I was always fascinated to learn more at each lesson. I was encouraged … Continue reading

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Unlimited Free Blank Manuscript and Sheet Music Paper

Blank Sheet Music.net

Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, As a composer I am constantly in need of manuscript paper, the paper used to write down music notation or sheet music. This is a special type of paper that consists of only blank … Continue reading

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Review: The Concise Beatles Complete

The Concise Beatles Complete Book Cover

Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, Today I wanted to share with a review of one of my go-to books when I just want to play some tunes and have a fun jam session on my piano at home. I … Continue reading

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Ask Leon: What is the Difference Between Perfect Pitch and Relative Pitch?

Perfect Pitch vs. Relative Pitch

Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, This is a question I get a lot from beginning students that want to learn to play by ear, “What is the Difference Between Perfect Pitch and Relative Pitch?” Let’s begin with Perfect Pitch. Perfect pitch … Continue reading

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Understanding Music Theory – Lesson 26 – Minor Scales

There are three types of minor scales that are used often in music. They are: Natural Minor (also known as the Aeolian Mode) Harmonic Minor Melodic Minor These scales are created by using different patterns of half steps (H), whole … Continue reading

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Top 10 Ear Training Tools

Top 10 Ear Training

Here are a list of 10 of the best ear training tools software and websites that I have used in the past to teach students ear training. Most of these tools are free or cost very little. My two personal … Continue reading

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What is Ear Training and Why is it Important?

Ear Training

Hi fans of the One Minute Music Lesson, Ear training is the process of learning to play your instrument by ear, how to write down music by ear, a skill also known as musical dictation, and how to identify mistakes … Continue reading

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Music Theory vs. Instrument Playing Technique and Ability

Music theory versus technical ability

Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, I wanted to talk to you today about the difference between understanding music theory and the your playing abilities due to your level of technique. Many beginning musicians make the assumption that it will … Continue reading

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Review: EarMaster 5 – Ear Training Software

Pro - Chord identification - Guitar

EarMaster 5 is hands-down one of the best ear training tools I have ever used as a musician and as a professor. Let me begin by telling you where most other programs fail. Many popular ear training applications are terrible … Continue reading

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Understanding Music Theory – Lesson 25 – Major Scales

C Major Scale

Scales are the foundation of most music. A scale is a pattern of intervals that repeat every octave that is built on a tonic pitch. A tonic pitch is the first pitch of a scale. The tonic pitch is also … Continue reading

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The Results Are In!

The Results are In!

Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, Last week I sent a survey to my newsletter subscribers to get some input on what they wanted in the upcoming music theory and ear training academy I am building. You can read more about … Continue reading

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Top 10 Free Music Theory Websites

Top 10 Music Theory Websites

Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, Here is a list of 10 of the best sites online for free music theory lessons and materials. My two personal favorites are OneMinuteMusicLesson.com, a site for teaching music theory from the most basic … Continue reading

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