Improvising using a chord chart – did you know that classical musicians, jazz musicians, church musicians, and music educators all use the skills of reading from a chord chart?  We can trace chord chart reading all the way back to the baroque period of music (1600-1750), when composers such as J.S. Bach and Henry Purcell […]

The finals of the 2017 Van Cliburn piano competition ended yesterday.  This is considered one of the top piano competitions in the world, where competitors as young as 18 come to exhibit their skills at the piano.  The brilliant playing from all of the young competitors showed years and countless hours of practicing.  It obviously takes […]