Category Archives: Aural Skills

Why Memorization is a Poor Substitute for Note Reading

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Do you memorize instead of reading the notes? If so, you’re not alone. Many people do this believing it is […]


The Big Secret about Ear Training

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Ear training is a subject that makes people either shrug their shoulders or shudder. The many different approaches breed confusion […]


Three Reasons Why Singing Will Improve Your Playing

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If you can sing it, you can play it. Well, maybe not quite, but it is true that singing is […]


Could you tune without a tuner?

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What if all the tuners and tuner apps disappeared tomorrow? Could you tune your harp? Of course, the tuners will […]


Seven Ways to Improve your Aural Skills THIS WEEK in 5 minutes a day

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What are aural skills? The study of Aural Skills, also called ear training, is the study of pitch, scales, chords, […]


No Time for Music Theory in a Lesson? Try Telescope Teaching!

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When I was a student, I used to think a one-hour lesson was long. When I started teaching, though, I […]


Learning and Teaching Key Signatures: Step 2

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In Step 1, you learned the essential pattern for key signatures – movement by perfect fifth. And you are now […]


The Why of Key Signatures

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At some point in every music student’s life comes the moment when she must learn all the key signatures. And […]


The “Why” of Note Reading

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  If you are a monster sightreader and have perfect pitch, don’t read this article! Everyone else, read on… After […]


Big Picture vs. Little Picture Practice

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Sometimes we need a vacation to refresh our outlook on our work.  Last summer, I got the same benefit from […]