Tag: Stevie Wonder

  • 5 Musical Geniuses Who Overcame Disabilities to Achieve Powerful Legacies

    5 Musical Geniuses Who Overcame Disabilities to Achieve Powerful Legacies

    Whether it’s writing a song or learning how to read music, becoming a serious musician comes with its fair share of hardship and challenges, already. Everything — from the time and patience it takes to build up your chops on a new instrument, to coughing up enough cash to purchase equipment — is a pain. […]

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  • Quick Tracks Nº 9: Write a Melody Using the Whole Tone Scale

    Quick Tracks Nº 9: Write a Melody Using the Whole Tone Scale

    Welcome back to the dance floor, Quick Trackers! Once a month, we hook you up with a short production or songwriting challenge, aimed at helping to up your musicianship. To respond to the challenge, just email us, leave a comment, or post to social media with the hashtag #quicktracks and tag us @learntosoundfly. Down here at the Soundfly […]

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  • Philip Tagg’s Everyday Tonality

    Philip Tagg’s Everyday Tonality

    This article originally appeared on The Ethan Hein Blog. I complain a lot on my blog about the traditional teaching of music theory. Fortunately, a better alternative exists: Everyday Tonality by Philip Tagg. Don’t be put off by the DIY look of the website; the book is the single best explanation I know of for how harmony works across […]

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  • How I’d Redesign Piano Sheet Music

    How I’d Redesign Piano Sheet Music

    TL;DR: Here’s a new method for writing sheet music for piano that makes it easier to learn to play everyday songs. Traditional sheet music relies on symbols, scales and memorization and can be difficult to learn and read, so this new notation uses visual cues by showing “fingers and hands” on keys. It’s read from top to bottom with […]

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  • Dorothy Ashby Was One Fierce Lady Pioneer of Jazz Harp

    Dorothy Ashby Was One Fierce Lady Pioneer of Jazz Harp

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. A few years ago, I had one of the most powerful live music experiences of my life when I went to see Stevie Wonder on his Songs in […]

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  • Is There Such a Thing as a “Single Instrument Virtue”?

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. A few weeks ago, I was on tour with Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band in support of the band Heron Oblivion. When I learned that […]

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