The other day I was working on a revised arrangement of the Beatles’ song “Let It Be”. I was thinking we might get the family together on Xmas to play it. But the reference to “Mother Mary” has a Catholic sound to it, and since none of our family is Catholic I thought some might
When we were in Charlottetown recently with Jack and Liam we went to see the movie “Yesterday”. If you aren’t familiar with the story, a struggling (Indian) singer in England gets knocked unconscious and when he wakes up find himself in a parallel universe where there is no Coca Cola, no “cigarettes”, and no Beatles.
When you join MuzicTrain you get to use hundreds of practice tracks for free. Practice Tracks are play along songs that are a great source of practice material. Practice Tracks play in the browser of any device with access to the internet: phones, tablets, desktop and laptop computers, and smart TVs are all perfect for
Bruno Mars, whose real name is Peter Gene Hernandez, was born in Hawaii in 1985. As far back as his early childhood his entire family was involved in the music business. His mother was a singer and a dancer, his father did Little Richard impersonations, and his uncle was an Elvis impersonator. They all encouraged
When I work with a new student who is learning guitar from scratch we start out playing 4 string versions of G, C and D because they are a bit easier to play. It is also good to learn to be disciplined enough to start your strum on the correct string. In the case of
As I have said elsewhere, learning the fretboard is difficult when it is divorced from playing songs and exercises actually using the fretboard positions you are trying the learn. So playing the notes in question is very important. That’s why learning the fretboard goes hand in hand with knowing how to read traditional music, at
Lyin’ Eyes was written by Eagles band members Don Henley and Glenn Frey and recorded in 1975 by the Eagles. Frey sang lead vocals. It was the second single from their album One of These Nights. It reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 8 on the Billboard Country chart. The
Here’s a practice track for you Michael Jackson fans. Play along with different versions in different keys and you’ll get a good workout for different minor barre chords. The bass part will keep you moving too! Billie Jean was released on January 2, 1983 as the second single from Jackson’s sixth studio album, Thriller (1982).
Stand by Me was written and recorded back in 1960 after the writer of the song, Ben E. King, couldn’t get The Drifters interested in the song. So King recorded it himself. Stand by Me went on to become one of the most popular and most often covered pop songs of all time. King wrote
“In My Life” was written mainly by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney, the major song-writing duo of the Beatles. Later news reports showed that John Lennon wrote most of the song, and it is clearly “Lennon-ish”, but Paul McCartney and Lennon later disagreed over how much each of the two band members contributed to