Phantastic Phelps- Elite Eight



In the spirit of the Olympics, I am using a practice incentive with an Olympic theme for my piano students.
For everyday that you practice for 30 minutes, you can place a sticker on your Progress chart. Keep practicing!
Summer Olympics Motivational Chart.pdf

http://sites.google.com/a/wendyspianostudio.com/wendys-piano-studio/teaching-resources/motivational-charts


Phelps won 7th Gold of Beijing Olympics by .01 Second
In a crazy and exciting finish, Michael Phelps made history by winning the Men’s 100m butterfly race in Beijing on Friday. By winning this race Phelps tied Mark Spitz for the most gold medals ever won in a single Olympics. Spitz won seven golds in 1972 in Munich, Germany. Phelps then won his eighth medal on Sunday morning. His win did break Spitz’ record. Wow, the elite eight! Congratulations!

So, the question is, are you one step closer to your goal? Do you have a winning attitude towards your approach to piano practice?









There are

four main ATTITUDES
that hinder musicians from
progressing in their abilities to play gospel music by ear.
Let me explain...









Attitude #1
:
"Learning songs by myself is too
difficult so I'd rather just get the chords from someone
else..."



Relying on others to show us chords and progressions is one
of the leading causes why we don't move to the next level in
our playing. While we might sound, look, and play
beautifully, the reality is that we don't understand
anything we're playing. Sure enough, we might be playing
some of the prettiest

"2-5-1" progressions
ever heard, but we lack substance
... knowledge ... and the know-how to advance to the next
level.





Attitude #2
: "Ok... I'll learn the song in 'Ab'
major but I'd rather

transpose
it to all of the other keys..."



This is one of the biggest hindrances known not only to
gospel musicians --- but to musicians in general. Why?
Because every chord has multiple roles. By just playing in
the key of "Ab"
or "Eb",
you've only used "Abmin9" or "Ebmin11" chords as it relates
to those particular keys. But did you know that "Ebmin11"
also has a role in the key of "Gb" or even the key of "B"
major? It's not that you have to learn a whole new way of
playing --- YOU JUST HAVE TO TRANSFORM YOUR MIND TO THINK IN
PATTERNS ... that's all.





Attitude #3
: "I'll just learn new songs by pressing
different notes and chords on my piano until it sounds
right..."



"Guessing" may or may not work for you but I can say that it
is far from the best method of learning new songs. And while
it may sound funny, tons of musicians rely on this very
technique to "play by ear" --- though I wouldn't call it
exactly that. It is the absolute opposite of learning music
theory and patterns and ultimately leads to frustration and
exhaustion. In other words, you simply get tired of doing
the same thing over and over again.





Attitude #4
: "I'm a trained sight reader so I can
survive in a church setting by getting the sheet music to
all of the songs..."



This may work until there's either no sheet music for a
particular song or until someone ends up improvising on a
song without giving you prior notice. I would honestly say
that in most church settings, the ability to play by ear is
absolutely a must! To be quite frank with you, reading sheet
music will only go so far --- especially if you're playing
piano or organ in an uptempo, charismatic church. Rather,
developing your ear and being on alert for sudden changes in
a song will assure your

"survivability"
in a church setting.






Here are more printable certificates to use and print, whether you're a teacher, home school Mom or a perpetual learning piano player who wants to chart ones progress.

http://makingmusicfun.net/htm/printit-oliver-sticker-practice-chart.htm

You're in the game and everyone who tries and applies himself is a winner in my book! Go for the gold!

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