How to Make Practicing Piano Scales More Fun and Efficient

Practicing Piano Scales

Hi One Minute Music Lesson fans, Piano Scales… Every music student knows that they are important to know, important to play and definitely important to practice. But… Practicing your piano scales can be boring, especially if you don’t have the … Continue reading

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The 4 Secrets To Learning to Read Music for the Beginner

Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, Everyday I get emails from people looking for the secrets to reading music. And I know what you’re thinking … there are no secrets it just takes years to learn it. Well to be … Continue reading

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74 of the Best Resources for Beginning Piano Players and Professional Pianists

74 Best Resources for Piano Players Pianists

Hi One Minute Music Lesson fans, I find myself recommending certain books, pieces and information over and over again to my piano students. So to save myself and my students time I decided to make a recourse list of the … Continue reading

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Top 10 Music Theory Books

Top 10 Music Theory Books

Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, Here is a list of 10 of the best books on music theory. Each is suited for a specific type of musician. My #1 recommendation is a textbook used in most university music schools … Continue reading

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Free Webinar: 5 Keys to Music Skill Development

Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, I will be hosting another episode of OMML-Live! on Sunday. This episode will be a free webinar on the 5 Keys to Music Skill Development this Sunday, February 9th @ 5pm EST / 4pm … Continue reading

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Piano Marvel Review: Interactive Piano Educational Software

PianoMarvel Review

**** I have negotiated a free trial for fans of the One Minute Music Lesson for Piano Marvel. Click here to get your Free 30 Day Trial of Piano Marvel. **** Hi One Minute Music Lesson fans, Today I want … Continue reading

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Goal Setting vs. New Year’s Resolution

Never Too Old

**** Special New Year’s Discount Coupon at the end of this post **** Hello One Minute Music Lesson community, A new year often triggers a shift in our mind to re-evaluate our life and the current path that we are … Continue reading

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Wanna Hangout? Introducing OMML Live on Google Hangouts and YouTube Live

Introducing OMML Live

Hi One Minute Music Lesson fans, Over the past few months I have been searching for a way to offer the OMML community live video webinars to teach the fundamentals of music theory and ear training for free. Let’s hangout … Continue reading

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Review of SightReadingMastery.com, An Online Program for Practicing Sight Reading

Photo of a print out from SightReadingMastery.com

Hi One Minute Music Lesson fans, Having a great sight reading program is a wonderful tool for the student musician. There are a lot of poorly designed programs available and finding the right one for you can be tough. In my last … Continue reading

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My New Year’s Resolutions for the One Minute Music Lesson

Happy New Year

Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, Happy New Year! I just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year and I want to tell you about my new year’s resolution for 2013. Before I reveal my resolution and how it will … Continue reading

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The 4 Best Programs For Interactive Sight Reading Practice Sheet Music

The 4 Best Programs For Interactive Sight Reading Practice Sheet Music

Hi One Minute Music Lesson fans, Using interactive sight reading software is a great way to practice sight reading daily. By using a program that generates a steady stream of new sight reading material you can easily and efficiently practice this skill. Also … Continue reading

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3 Mistakes You Are Making When You Sight Read Sheet Music

Reading Intervals 2

Hi One Minute Music Lesson fans, Continuing with my series of posts on improving your sight reading ability, today I wanted to tell you about 3 of the most common mistakes students make when learning how to sight read and … Continue reading

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How to Practice Sight Reading in 15 Minutes A Day in Just 4 Steps

Bass Clef Example

[Edit from Leon: I’ve found an even better tool for sight reading. Check it out here.] How to Practice Sight Reading When you are first learning the music notes for piano or any other musical instrument you will want to … Continue reading

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5 Steps to Sight Reading Sheet Music – Sight Reading Exercise 1 – Sheet Music Markings

Sight Reading Steps

Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, I am creating a series of sight reading exercises for you to help you with your sight reading skills and to provide harmonically interesting sight reading materials. In this first exercise, which you can … Continue reading

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Top 10 Facts About Learning How to Sight Read Music Notes and Rhythms

Sight Reading Secrets

Hi One Minute Music Lesson fans, Learning how to sight read music can be a very mystifying process for the beginning or amateur musician. But there are 10 facts about about learning how to sight read music notes and rhythms that you must know in … Continue reading

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Try out the new forum feature

OMMLFORUMS

Hi fans of the One Minute Music Lesson, I am in the process of creating a forum feature for the website. Since this is a new feature I am limiting it to a suggestion box, but you can post anything … Continue reading

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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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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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