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Martinville

A 5 second history of…. Sound Recordings

The first sound recording was reportedly captured in Paris by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville in 1860, nearly two decades before Alexander Graham Bell’s first telephone call (1876) or Thomas Edison’s phonograph (1877), Scott recorded the sound on his ‘Phonautograph’. The Phonautograph was made to study…

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Choosing an Instrument – How to Pick your Piano

Did you know that piano sales have increased this year!! The New York Times reported a resurgence in ‘at home music making’ with sales of digital pianos increasing by 30% and acoustic pianos increasing in the used market! Which begs the question … should you…

martha argerich

Have you met Martha Argerich?

Born June 5, 1941 Martha Argerich is an Argentine-Swiss classical concert pianist. She made her concert debut at the age of 8 and is considered to be one of the greatest pianists of the recorded era!!

 

 Here’s a video of her playing her signature…

‘Meera’ – More Than Just A Building

For a lot of music teachers, ‘studio’ is simply a clearing in a living room or spare room, and that can be a wonderful, comfortable, welcoming place to play and learn. But for one of our Simply Music teaching community have grander ideas, like a…

Tim Ringgold

Tim Ringgold shares his incredible story of love, loss and transformative healing through music [Interview]

Tim Ringgold, Author, Musician & Board Certified Music Therapist, sits down with Neil Moore and discusses music and it’s transformative healing powers. From the pitfalls and pain of extreme adversity, and what the power of music can do to revive us. Tim works with many…

The Ballads, Songs & Vignettes (BSV) Collection [Part 12]

In the BSV series, each video will have a description, written by Neil–some of them are brief and some are longer. To watch the introduction read the first installment in this series “The Ballads, Songs, & Vignettes Collection ”   Song #19: “Home” This is…

The Ballads, Songs & Vignettes (BSV) Collection [Part 11]

In the BSV series, each video will have a description, written by Neil–some of them are brief and some are longer. To watch the introduction read the first installment in this series “The Ballads, Songs, & Vignettes Collection ”.   Song #18: “The Mirron” I…

The Ballads, Songs & Vignettes (BSV) Collection [Part 10]

In the BSV series, each video will have a description, written by Neil–some of them are brief and some are longer. To watch the introduction, read the first installment in this series “The Ballads, Songs, & Vignettes Collection ”   Song #16: “Moonlight” “Moonlight” is…

The Ballads, Songs & Vignettes (BSV) Collection [Part 9]

In the BSV series, each video will have a description, written by Neil–some of them are brief and some are longer. To watch the introduction, read the first installment in this series “The Ballads, Songs, & Vignettes Collection ”   Song #15: “Deep River” As…

The Ballads, Songs & Vignettes (BSV) Collection [Part 8]

In the BSV series, each video will have a description, written by Neil–some of them are brief and some are longer. To watch the introduction, read the first installment in this series “The Ballads, Songs, & Vignettes Collection ”.   Song #13: “Dark Blue” Here…