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To shift the gear to 3/4 time signature

Mizue Murakami Resources

A lot of piano students have a hard time with time signature 3/4, 3/8, and 6/8. Three is not easy to feel for most humans because we have 2 legs and 2 arms and walk with 2 feet like, 1-2-1-2. Almost everything in our everyday life is surrounded by 2, not of 3. 99.9% of the times, even tables have 4 corners, not 3 corners. A table is nothing to do with music. But my point is that it's hard to feel three. You probably noticed if you are playing a song in 4/4 and right after that if you...

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How important music theory & ear training are

Mizue Murakami Resources

I can't address enough how important music theory and ear training are for students of any musical instrument or any genre. Without you having good foundation with music theory or being able to "HEAR" (ear training) you'll soon get stuck on the same plateau for a long time. Think about ear training. Isn't music about listening sound? So, you need to be able to HEAR well. That's why listening is a big (huge) part of playing music. And theory also helps you to hear and understand what's going on in the music better. With the good solid foundation of music...

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"How many minutes should my kid be practicing music" - question

Mizue Murakami Resources

A lot of parents of young students ask music teachers how many minutes their kids should be practicing everyday (or every week) at home. I always say it really doesn't matter how many minutes they sit in front of piano (or other instruments) and 'play' (not practice) the piano. It really matters HOW they practice and IF they are practicing practically, mindfully, efficiently and structurally on targeted materials. If they are practicing practically, mindfully, structurally and efficiently and paying attention to what the teacher talked about during the last lesson their practice time won't be too long (which is OK). But...

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How to find the right music teacher

Mizue Murakami Resources

Try lessons at least for a few months to see if the teacher is the good match with you. You can't really tell if it's a good match or not, by just taking 1 trial lesson. It takes time for the teacher to get to know the student as well, her or his weakness, strength, communication skills, learning style, learning pace, and taste in music. You also can't tell until you take more than a few lessons to see if the teacher has patience, dedication, consideration, understanding, compassion, and passion for teaching and if the teacher can adjust the pace...

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The composer Gustav Holst who wrote, "The Planets" suite

Mizue Murakami Resources

As some of you know, the reason for starting Galaxy Music Notes comes from being inspired by the amazing gorgeous orchestral suite, The Planets written by an English composer Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934). I just want to talk a little about him just in case you don’t know much about him. His musical influences come from composers such as Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, and Arnold Schoenberg and also strongly come from English folk songs. He was so shy that he didn’t take his fame very well and kept...

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