Call and Response Dictations Accelerate Your Ear Training

Call and Response Dictations Accelerate Your Ear Training By Mattie O’Boyle Why do Call and Response dictations help you learn music faster? Well, what is music? That’s a tricky question, with many different answers, but I believe that any answer must include the word sound. Music has something to do with sound. So what is … Read more

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

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