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The Unison Octave Inversion

The Unison Octave Inversion This is something that confuses most people. How can you possibly invert… a unison? After all: a unison is 2 versions of the exact same note. Ask musicians what you get when you invert a unison, and most will reply: “a unison”. A unison is technically speaking not an interval, because
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Teacher Miscommunications & Misconceptions About “Tonicization”

Email to a Student About “Tonicization” This was written after a lesson with a student of mine, who also takes music classes at his college. In one of those classes, his teacher had apparently been talking a lot about “tonicizing”. This somehow led to that student, to think more of this term than it is.
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Chord Formulas

Chord Formulas Chord structures are represented by what we call “chord formulas”. A chord formula is a combination of numbers, each number representing an intervallic relationship to the root of the chord, which is represented by the number 1. The root of a chord, is the note that gives the chord it’s name. It’s the
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The Naming of The Pentatonic Minor Scale Fingerings

The Naming of The Pentatonic Minor Scale Fingerings. There seems to be quite some confusion about the correct naming of the fingerings in the minor pentatonic scale. I’ve had quite a number of students through the years who learned the fingerins as the 1st fingering, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th fingering. There is unfortunately
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Guitar and The Brain

The Study of Music Does Amazing Things for The Brain Playing guitar does amazing things to your brain development. I just finished watching a 2-DVD, 6-hour lecture by Dr. Richard Restak. Professor Restak teaches neuroscience at Washington University and is the author of about 20 books on the brain. I learned tons of things from
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