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Motivational Monday

Posted on January 22, 2018 with 0 comments
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” - Plato

Welcome to Functional Friday (as opposed to dysfunctional - whole other story) where I share some ideas on how to enhance your day to day enjoyment playing the 88.Why "Strumming the Piano"? When someone buys or is gifted a new guitar they look up a few chords, sit on the bed, and start strumming away eventually learning to accompany themselves on a few favourite tunes. Piano players not so much.My goal with these Friday blogs is to give you the skills necessary to use functional harmony (oooh, big words. Not to worry, I got you) to decipher chords and develop your own piano accompaniment to songs you love. Thus, like the newbie guitarist you'll be strumming along in no time.As always, please leave comments, ask questions and make suggestions as to what you want to see here. It's all about you guys.Have a great weekend!Gary

Harmony Explained

Posted on January 19, 2018 with 0 comments
Here 23 year old musician Jacob Collier explains harmony at 5 different levels of difficulty.

Busy year so far!

Posted on March 18, 2014 with 0 comments
We've been busy playing in venues all around St. John's since January and have bookings right up until the end of August.
Highlights include a lovely evening at The Crow's Nest a naval officer's club in downtown St. John's established in 1942 at the height of the Battle of the Atlantic. It became a haven for battle weary seamen looking for respite from war and a decent pint. We love playing there and we're always well received.
Jazz East performed at the Ship Pub to a huge crowd on March 8 and we'll be playing again April 5 at the Pleasantville Legion, Branch 56 for the Judy Knee School of Dance.
Denise's work with the NSO has been ongoing with lots of great shows ahead. See our calendar.
We have also just played a wonderful evening for the folks at Exit Realty on the Rock. Every year they have an awards night with live music, dinner and a show. Thanks to Anne Squires for continuing to include us as their dinner music every year.

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