I really need you tonight.

First-time arrangements, Third Installment

~I wholeheartedly support all kinds of research that you can do before putting notes to a page. Steal ideas! Save yourself time! Don’t reinvent the wheel with every new arrangement, especially if you’re cutting your teeth for the first time. ~Ostinatos, or repeated bits of music, make teaching and retaining a lot easier…so you should […]

And a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a Bobby McFerrin. If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it’s missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe.

SmarterMusic Renaissance

Really cool news here- SmarterMusic was recently named on a list of the 100 Best Blogs and Websites for Innovative Academics by accreditedonlineuniversities.com. Cool! I’m sure there are some good ones in that list as well, and we’re happy to be included. Stayed tuned in the coming months for a lot of activity on this […]

Staff, clefs, notes, and rests

To start off the Music Theory section of SmarterMusic, I’ve written the first article in the Fundamentals land: Staffs, Clefs, Notes, and Rests. It is a brief introduction to the most basic music symbols and how they tell us neat things. If you have no music training or you chose to drift into a coma […]

Otis Redding – My Girl

Otis Redding has a fantastic output, and everybody should take a good listen to a classic master singing his own and those of other people.  Here’s some My Girl: [Audio clip: view full post to listen]


So I’m hitting the road, off to adventure, with a tent and an accordion. No real plan, just going west from New York. If you see a guy on the side of the road with an accordion, say hi to me! I’ll be back before the middle of August- cheers!

Arranging Walk-Through: Happy Birthday

In this article, we’ll be going through the motions of arranging a song. Instead of looking at a completed arrangement, we’ll walk through every step of the process to show how an a cappella arrangement evolves and is finally completed. Today, the tune is Happy Birthday, that old standby of yore. Read more…

Trial by fire

So to celebrate the Fourth of July when all my friends were not in Cape Cod with me, I took the accordion I acquired a month and a half ago to the streets. I didn’t really know any songs other than the Legend of Zelda theme song and a half-baked “Annie Waits,” but hey, holding […]

Wouldn’t it be nice

One of the main facets of a composer’s growth is to study scores and listen to pieces by important composers. The idea is that by hearing the sounds and seeing the notes, a budding composer will learn new things and grow. Just listening to a piece doesn’t connect the craft as effectively as the two […]