Quick Practice Tips – Daily Blog – Day 1:

Hi everyone and welcome to our new series of daily blog posts offering you professional practice trips to maximise your Guitar or Piano practice time.

Each day we’ll offer you a professional, insightful tip that will help you notice an improvement in your playing, fast.

Tip 1:  Stop Practising What You Already Know!

Don’t stop playing what you already know – but that’s “playing” not “practice”.  If you want to improve as a guitarist, focus your practice time on what you don’t know, not what you do.

A short burst of dedicated focus on whatever it may be – A hard chord change, improving your speed, learning a new scale or solo, will pay huge dividends on your all round playing and knowledge.  Then when your practice is done, it’s play time!  This is when you play what you already know, for fun!

So separate your practice time and your play time.

See you tomorrow for tip 2.

-Alex

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Meet Our Guitar Teachers – Video Performances

Hi everyone,

Here’s a chance to meet our guitar teachers who cover London and the surrounding areas.

On our website we feature a page of Guitar Teacher profiles, listing our teachers’ information, qualifications, experience and successes.

And here below is a video playlist featuring performances by a selection of our Guitar teachers – From home studio performances, to Classical Guitar competition recitals, to Glastonbury to The Albert Hall.

We hope you enjoy the great playing featured in the videos, and we’ll post soon when we upload some videos of our newest teachers too.

-Alex

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Music & London Part 1

London is arguably the centre of Music in the UK.  The biggest gigs, the iconic, historic locations, Denmark street, buskers and Bruce Music!

This is Part 1 in a series of blogs linking you to the most amazing videos depicting where Music and London meet.

1)  London Glows In Slo-mo Music video.

This is “Friday Night” by The Grizzly Folk.  The video was filmed and edited entirely using an iPhone 6, using slow motion and hyperlapse.

2)  St. Pancras station wowed by 8 year old Piano prodigy.

Pianos decorated with the phrase “Play me, I’m yours” appeared at various London stations and landmarks over the last few years.  This recent clip shows an 8 year old boy blasting out Chopin’s “Fantasie Impromptu” at St. Pancras station.

Please share your Music & London clips with us, and look out for Part 2 coming soon!

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Piano Lessons Site Launch

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Piano Lessons London website, which you can find at www.pianolessons.london

The Piano Tuition branch of Bruce Music continues our existing ethos of enjoyment, encouragement and motivation, and only employing the best, most personable teachers in London.

So we are now offering both Piano AND Guitar lessons to students anywhere in Greater London and the surrounding areas.

Existing students can earn multiple free lessons for any new student referrals, and non-students can earn the cash equivalent.

So please help us spread the word about both our exciting websites!

Upcoming blogs – New Piano teacher profiles, Music Theory help, and What Guitar to buy?

-Bruce Music
Piano Lessons London
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Meet The Teachers: Introducing Daniel

We were recently delighted to welcome to our teaching staff Daniel Vildosola, an award-winning Classical Guitarist, educator and composer, originally from Arizona, USA.

Having moved to London in Summer 2014, he has both BA and MA degrees in music to his name.  He has 9 years private and classroom teaching experience in the USA and the UK, including at The University Of Arizona and Pima Community College.  He’s a highly sought-after teacher due to his professional, personable style and his recognition in the world of Classical Guitar.

As an active performer and session musician, Daniel was the guitarist in Green Day’s acclaimed broadway musical“American Idiot” and deputised in Flashdance the musical.  He’s also a former winner of both The William Wolfe Guitar Competition and the Leonard & David Shaeffer Memorial Guitar Competition.

Here’s his performance video from our Meet The Teachers playlist.  He’s playing “Toccatina e Preludio” – The 3rd movement from Sergio Assad’s “Aquarelle”.

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September Special Offers!

Welcome to this post about some extra special offers on Guitar Lesson Packages, running until 8th September only for the “Back To School” season.  We are offering:

  • 12 Lessons for the price of 10 (Usually 11 for 10)
  • 6 Lessons for the price of 5 (Usually buy 5 receive a free accesory)

We also have a new and improved referrals policy, meaning once you’re onboard, you can receive multiple free lessons just for referring a single new student to us.

Find out everything you need to know via the following useful links:

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Guitar Lesson Info

Guitar Teacher Profiles

Guitar Teacher Videos

FAQ

 

-Alex

Music Theory Part 9 – Minor Scale 4 Note Chords

Welcome to Part 9 in our series on Music Theory.  This time it’s about Forming 4 note chords in a minor key.

This is where we refer back to the post about Relative Major/minor scales and keys, and 3 note chord formation: Major and minor.

In exactly the same way that we would jump to degree 6 of the Major scale to begin the minor scale,

eg.  Major  C   D   E   F   G   A   B
minor  A   B   C   D   E   F   G

We can do the same when extracting 4 note chords.

ie.  The formula for 4 note chord types in a minor key is the same as in the major key starting from step 6

Therefore,  Major Key –     Imaj7     IImin7     IIImin7     IVmaj7     V7     VImin7     VIImin7b5

minor key –     Imin7    IImin7b5  IIImaj7     IVmin7    Vmin7  VImaj7    VII7

 

It is important to learn and know these formulas from memory and independently of each other.  Their relativity is purely something to fall back on if you forget something about them, and something to understand of their origin.

Next time in the Music Theory Series – What are Sus chords?

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