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How to Overcome Stage Fright

Sep 13, 2018

I’m really excited about the blog today and the power behind the info!

If you’ve ever performed on a stage or hope to one day, then today’s blog is for YOU!

Performing in front of people, no matter how small or large the crowd, can be a very scary thing! In fact, I would say that they smaller the crowd, the more it requires of you to really perform well and engage the audience well.

Even after the hundreds, possibly thousands of shows I’ve played throughout my career so far, I still have a little bit of nervousness before heading out to play. I want my contribution to the set to be solid and impactful and leave people glad that they decided to come!

Whether you’re worried about being able to play the songs correctly, remember all the chords in the songs, or just scared you MIGHT make a mistake, nerves play a role in just about every performance for everyone.

Today, one of our coaches, Carly Burruss is going to give you some incredible insight into how...

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Learn to play the music you love!

Sep 06, 2018

We all want to be able to hear a song on the radio or at church and instantly play it. We all want the freedom that comes with that magical ability.

I have good news. It isn't magic, and it’s not just for the pros. You can do it too!

Welcome to Step 4 of Ear Training!

Over the past month we have learned how to hear intervals, pick out the bass line, and how to build chords on that foundation. This week we recap what we have learned and learn how to chart out our favorite songs and play them moments later!

Check out the video and let us know what you think!

 

 

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Instantly know the chords to any song!

Aug 30, 2018

 Imagine if you could hear a song on the radio and sit down in seconds to play it. What if you could learn the tricks to start doing this today?

Here comes Part 3 of Ear Training!

Over the past two weeks we have been learning how to hear the chords of our favorite songs. Last week we learned how to listen for the lowest pitch and play along.

This week we will learn how to identify what chords are built on that foundation. Get ready to change the way you listen and perform music!

 

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Play Your Favorite Songs TODAY!

Aug 23, 2018

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to sit down and play your favorite songs. How about being able to hear a song and play it minutes later? We all know people who can hear any song on the radio and play it seconds later. Wouldn’t you like to know the tips and tricks that the pros use to do this?

You can!!

Welcome back to Part 2 of Ear Training! Over these weeks we will work on using ear training to improve our ability and musical confidence. This week we will learn how to listen for the bass and play along!

Check out the video and get started playing your favorite songs TODAY!

 

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Listen to a song and instantly play it!

Aug 16, 2018

Have you ever been amazed when you see those crazy talented musicians who hear a song and start playing along right away? Even crazier...have you ever seen someone listen to a song from start to finish without touching their instrument and then instantly play it? HOW could that even be possible?

In these next few weeks we want to share with you some resources and areas of practice that will allow you to do those same things and give you confidence in any musical environment that you find yourself in. We will do this through ear training! It will completely transform your approach to learning, retaining, and performing a large catalog of songs and will make you an indispensable musician!

Get ready to take notes! This is a good one!

 

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How to read a chord chart

Aug 09, 2018

There are many questions that I receive week to week, but one that I hear the most is, “How do I know what to play based on the chord chart?”

I’ve heard this from many of you as well, which is why I’m excited to shed some light on this today!

Maybe you’ve been asked to play for your church, a band or simply with some friends, and they’ve given you a chord chart. This chord chart, which is a layout of the song either has letters (like Am) or numbers (referring to the Nashville Number System) and possibly the song lyrics.

You have the chords, you have the song’s structure, but nothing about the rhythms where you play certain chords, or with what inversion. Where do you get this info from? How can you know how to take the info from this page and translate it into a well played song?

This is exactly what we’re going to talk about today, so let’s jump in!

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You'll never read music the same way again!

Aug 02, 2018

 

From the time it takes to make the piece sound like it should, to the way it can overwhelm when you you take a look at all of those notes…

Reading a piece of sheet music can be a daunting task even when you’ve been at it for years.

Today, one our amazing coaches Jonathan, is going to be sharing how you can start reading music better than you ever have before!

Jonathan is a great pianist, composer, singer/songwriter and has some amazing tips to share today!

Check out the video and let us know what you think!

 

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You've never practiced like this before...

Jul 26, 2018

“Practice” probably isn’t what you hoped we’d be talking about today. I don’t know think I know anyone that just absolutely loves practicing.

Whether it’s practice for a sport in the days leading up to a game, a rehearsal prior to an event, or even just your daily practice at home as you work to improve, “practice” is not the reason you get out of bed in the morning.

I think one of the biggest reasons we don’t like practice is because we’re a little scared of it…

Fearing the time commitment it might require, fearing we might not know what to practice, or even fearing failure even after hours spent in practice.

Today, one of our coaches, Jonathan Maiocco, is going to help remove some of those fears and give you confidence heading into your next practice time!

Check out the video and let us know what you think.

Best,

Chris

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What comes first: Music or Lyrics?

Jul 18, 2018

Have you ever wondered what SHOULD come first when writing a song?

Wondered if you should have a melody and chords all laid out prior to starting the lyrics…

Or if lyrics should be the bedrock and then form the melody and chords around the lyrics?

Well, today we have the pleasure of hearing from one of our coaches here at Rooted on this topic… Jonathan Maiocco!

Jonathan is one of our piano and songwriting coaches here at RMC and has some great insight into how to avoid getting stumped with this question before you even start writing.

So, take a few minutes and check out the video below. Take it in, let us know what you think and see if this process can help you get started writing today!

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Songwriting Basics Part 2: The Lyrics

Jul 11, 2018

Today we have the pleasure of hearing from one of our coaches here at Rooted… EB Cole!

EB is one of our vocal / songwriting coaches here at RMC and has some great insight into how to begin writing the lyrics of a song.

EB has been a worship leader around some of the North Point Community Church locations around Atlanta for over 5 years. She’s an incredible singer, with an even bigger heart to see students learn to sing beautifully, and write music that’s in their souls!

Today, EB will share with us how to make the lyric process easier, as well as an awesome insight from legend, Johnny Cash.

So, take a few minutes and check out the video. Take it in, let us know what you think and see if this process can help you get started writing some lyrics today!

 

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