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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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Songwriting Basics Part 1: The Music

Jul 03, 2018

Have you ever wanted to write your own music?

Maybe you’ve had ideas whether musically or lyrically, but never had the teaching to bring those ideas to fruition.

Writing a song can be a daunting task…

There are so many chords to choose from, let alone what key should the song be in??

What parts will all the instruments play?

How do you go about writing lyrics?

What do you do when you just can’t seem to get any ideas out?

Today, we’re going to begin answering those questions for you and give you easy paths to overcome the problems you’ve faced writing your own music!

In today’s video we’re going to walk through how simple and easy it can be to begin writing your own music. And then next week, we’ll get into how to begin writing the lyrics of your song.

So, take a few minutes and check out the video. I know this process has worked for me, which is why I’m excited to share it with you! Take it in, let us know what you think and...

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Get started chording while playing lead lines {Reckless Love intro tutorial}

Jun 22, 2018

 

One thing I’ve heard so much from beginner piano players, is that playing with both hands can be very challenging.

Maybe you’ve tried to simply play chords with both hands, but even doing that has taken time to get used to…

Or maybe you’ve been trying to learn songs with a lead line or melody line with your Right Hand, while playing chords with your Left, and it’s just not happening.

There are too many notes to think about on the right hand side of things..

Or matching up the rhythm of the chords in your left along with the melody in your right is just way too complicated…

I know the feeling and remember vividly learning the same skill myself as I grew up learning to play the piano. 

And the best way that I learned to do this was through playing songs I knew!

I began listening for and learning songs that I knew had a lead line in the Right Hand as well as chords in the Left. I would work slowly through both sections and then put...

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The Rooted Music Story

Jun 13, 2018

Today, I’ll be sharing the story behind Rooted and in that story, I’ll be sharing why we do what we do.

I think our story is important for a few reasons.

First, I think stories have the power to lift spirits and increase faith as we hear what God has done for others, and I hope our story does this for you today!

But, secondly, I think this will help you understand WHY we do what we do. We coach music to students and adults in our physical locations as well as in online formats, but there’s so much MORE to RMC than just music. As you understand the why, it will allow us to better serve you!

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Before your next audition... remember this

Jun 06, 2018

If you’re playing an event or have an audition coming up, I want to share one thing with you today that I feel is one of the most vital aspects which leads to getting asked back to play again.

There are lots of things to think about like making sure you have the gear you need, knowing the songs well enough, and feeling confident enough to play those songs well under pressure or scrutiny.

Those things are all important to make sure you’re prepare for and are good to think through… 

However, this one piece I’ll be sharing today, has NOTHING to do with your playing! 

Yet, as I said earlier, is often one of the biggest reasons anyone gets asked back to play again.

So, if you’re interested, I’d love for you to check out the video and see what you can do (without even playing) that will really help your chances of making your next event or audition a truly great experience for everyone!

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