TaDiTa – The Key To Awesome Rhythm

The Key To Awesome Rhythm By Mattie O’Boyle South Indian Classical Music – Your Key To Awesome Rhythm Ear training has several different component skills that need to be internalized. One of the critical skills involves the rhythmic complexities underlying even what seems simple songs and tunes. So how do you internalize rhythm and learn … Read more

Sounds Like A Train

Sounds Like A Train By Mattie O’Boyle Listen to the whistle, stick your head out of the window and hear the drivers roll People have always been inspired to make music from the sounds that surround them in their daily lives. In today’s blog article I want to focus on what was once the fastest … Read more

Drones and Ostinatos

Drones – Ostinatos By Mattie O’Boyle What’s the difference between hearing a melody played on a flute and hearing it on a bagpipe? The drones, of course! And you can hear drones in so many different styles of music from around the globe. I would venture to say, from their geographic ubiquity, that drones form … Read more

Motown, Appalachian fiddle kick offs and blues bass lines

From Motown to Appalchia By Mattie O’Boyle What do Motown, Appalachian fiddle kicks offs and Blues Bass lines have in common? In this video blog we’ll dive deep into a short rhythmic phrase and follow it through a surprising journey across musical genres. At the same time, you´ll discover a technique that can help stimulate … Read more

Open Strings versus Closed Strings

Open Strings versus Closed Strings By Mattie O’Boyle This blog entry is key for string players If you play violin/fiddle, viola, cello, bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin or any other string instrument, you will need to make the choice of playing a the same note on an open string or a closed string. Is there a … Read more

10 common chord combinations for Harmony Ear Training

10 Common Chord Combinations For Harmony Ear Training By Mattie O’Boyle Get ready to learn thousands of songs If you play chords on your instrument, and you play them in popular or folk music (ie: Pop, Rock, Soul, Blues, Funk, Hip Hop, Reggae, Metal, Country, Bluegrass, Old Time, Irish etc….), here are 10 common chord … Read more

Walking around the house develops impeccable musical timing

Walk around the house for impeccable musical timing By Mattie O’Boyle How can walking around a house develop impeccable musical timing? Earl Scruggs, shook up what was country music when in 1945, at just 21 years old, he joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys band. The impact of his three finger banjo picking was immediate … Read more

Extracting the underlying rhythm

Extracting the underlying rhythm By Mattie O’Boyle Use rhythm to improve composition and improvisation Extracting the underlying rhythm from your favorite musical melodies or chord progressions is a powerful tool to expand your musical vocabulary and to drive your compositional and improvisational creativity. Furthermore, it is a technique that is actually really easy to do, … Read more

How to learn songs by ear

How to learn a song by ear By Mattie O’Boyle Table of Contents Use a methodology Learning to play music by ear requires a methodology. A methodology helps you to organize and prioritize the tasks that you need to follow to accomplish your goal. At reelear.com we encourage you to structure your music practice with … Read more