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A Philly Music Lessons Recital Review
So it came again, the time of year for a Philly Music Lessons recital. Last year, we were pleased to present, to our students and community, the very first Philly Music Lessons recital. The performance took place at the Ukranian League, situated in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia. Rookies from all across Philadelphia and the surrounding areas tested their live chops on guitar, piano, vocals, and drums for the very first time that night.
This year, with even more bourgeoning musicians in the lineup, we were able to showcase our students’ talents, backed by the impeccable acoustics of the Church of the Holy Trinity just off of Rittenhouse Square. The ornate dome of the church, which arched high above the grand piano and musicians, opened up into a wide vault. Here, in the sanctuary of the church, parents and friends watched eclectic performances: Blue Monk arrangements on piano, an epic jazz guitar improvisation (one of the many teacher-student duets), and a crooning electric guitar solo that reverberated Metallica into the vaults.
First up to perform was Ian McGrath. He had a great sense for the tune, and was able to interpret on the spot like a true jazz pianist. Bravo, Ian! It’s not every day that young students decide they want to take on the challenge of learning jazz improvisation! What better city to explore this musical genre than in Philadelphia.
Next to stage was Addie Dash. Addie is a relatively new student with Philly Music Lessons, yet she wowed the audience with her delicate and soulful, finger-plucked rendition of “Deep in the Heart of Texas”. While her guitar instructor strummed along, Addie confidently navigated the frets and strings while she played the melody beautifully. Not bad for a 6 year old!
Following Addie was her sister, Hayden Dash. She offered an energetic piano performance of Do-Re-Mi, from the Sound of Music. Hayden kept great rhythm in both hands, hitting chords in her left, and playing the classic melody in her right.
Philip Dilgard Clark returned again this year to show us his continuing progress. Philip began guitar with us when he was just 4 years old, and has already started to cultivate some serious guitar skills! He confidently strummed the chords of “Sweet Caroline”, by Neil Diamond, and rocked out into a fun, finger-plucked melody of “Old McDonald”. We loved this song pair and Philip’s emerging style.
Noah Williams changed the tone, and sat cooly in his chair to transport us all into the heavy metal era of the 90s. The combination of the pristine acoustics with the grunge electric guitar sound was, well, awesome! Noah’s choice to cover Metallica was a welcomed modern performance.
Laura Zahn has a degree in Music from Indiana University, and has been teaching consistently in the Greater Philadelphia and Lower Merion areas since graduating in 2010. You can read her Bio below:
I teach Voice and Violin and
So you’ve been playing guitar for a couple years now, and you’ve got all the basic techniques down. Bar chords are no problem, you can solo with the major and minor pentatonic and blues scales, and maybe you’ve even gotten into learning some 7th chords or rootless voicings. Now the question becomes: do you know what you’re playing and why you’re playing it? This is where music theory comes into the equation. If you want to better understand chord makeups, chord progressions, and what scales and melodies can work over them, then you have to start to understand at least the basics of music theory. Applying what you learn from theory can open up new worlds of possibility in your playing and composing, and can really help spur on some periods of creativity and inventiveness. However, tackling these concepts immediately on the guitar can prove a daunting task because of how string instruments are constructed, so I recommend learning some basic piano.
But I’m a guitar player you say! Why should I learn piano? Well, piano really is the ultimate theory and composition instrument because of how logically it’s laid out for you. (Disclaimer: If you haven’t done so already, you’re going to want to learn how to read notes on the guitar so that translating what you learn on the piano to the guitar won’t be so difficult. I personally recommend starting with Mel Bay’s Modern Guitar Method: Grade 1, and then moving onto Berklee Press: A Modern Method for Guitar, Volume 1.) Even getting through just the first half of one of these books with a good teacher should at least give you the foundation to figure out how to translate notes from the piano to the guitar. For example, you might see something as follows when you first begin learning theory, and if you don’t know the notes on the treble clef it’s almost impossible to understand. It explains the order of half steps and whole steps which constitutes the major scale in any key.