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How I Practice

I have two exciting musical engagements coming up this weekend.

The first is the Single Release Concert for Methany Thornton's new single "Fighter" at House of Liberty Church on Saturday in Cartersville, GA. The second is the 4th Annual Community Fellowship Church Thanksgiving Musical at  Community Fellowship Church in Dalton, GA on Sunday. 

As I head into the musical weekend ahead, the thought came to me about my practice patterns. Here is some insight, I'd like to share with you- especially my fellow musicians.

There are primary ways that I learn and practice music:
  • Kevin "KC" Conley, owner of Pretty Simple Music, is in my opinion the best at teaching pianists, at any level, the tools of the trade, especially for gospel, r&b, and pop styles. In addition to a number of videos available on YouTube, he has several videos available on his website. All of his products are excellent!
  •  Jason L. Smith is a jazz aficionado. He is highly gifted to explain jazz techniques, theory, and tools that even beginners can understand. He, too, has several videos on YouTube. To truly appreciate Jason's counselling, a fundamental understanding of music theory is recommended. His wisdom runs deep and you'll want to grasp it all!
  • Learning new Songs. This is often how many musicians learn, especially in gospel. It challenges the mind to learn and accept what it previously did not know. Recordings also help because you know that if it's been done before, it can be done again, adding your own interpretation or flavor to it.
  • Experimentation. This cannot be forgotten. Us theory guys are most guilty of "going by the book" so much so that it restricts originality. But, even theories would not exist without experimentation. When I have the time available, I find experimentation most helpful because it's something you can take ownership of "re-creating." 

Watching a video from Kevin "KC" Conley titled the Pentatonic Hack. An interesting way to understand and use the pentatonic scale. 


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