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New Article Series Coming Soon: Music Theory

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

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That’s right. I will soon start working on a new series of articles on BASIC to intermediate music theory for beginners. I want to stress the word ‘basic’ for two reasons. First, higher levels of music theory require complex musical examples and just work better in person. Second, I don’t claim to be the world’s best music theorist, so I won’t try to explain the most complex aspects of composition or anything. All of these articles will be things that I teach on a regular basis. I’ll be starting out at the very beginning: the Musical Alphabet, the A-B-Cs of music.

Lots of people refuse to learn music theory because they think it will ruin their current style or sound, or that it’s too hard. Learning music theory just opens new doors for your music; it allows you to do new things as opposed to requiring it. One of the best reasons for learning music theory however, is to improve what you are already doing. When you understand basic music theory, you can understand the relationships between the notes you are already playing, and that gives you a stronger foundation.

We don’t just learn music theory for the fun of it (well, some of us do :-D ). We learn it to better understand the music we play, and to make us better players. If this sounds like something you want to do, then look for articles coming soon!

New Stuff

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

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Hi there. As you have probably seen, I have finished the Bowing Technique article series. You can see all of them again by clicking the Bowing Technique Series link in the sidebar. —>

Also I have added an RSS feed option to this blog. To subscribe to it, just click the “Subscribe to this blog” link, also in the sidebar.

I heard people saying that they couldn’t find a good notation of the song “Uncle Pen”, written by Bill Monroe. So I decided to write out my arrangement and post it. It can be found in the Sheet Music section of my site, along with several other tunes.

That’s all I have for this time. Enjoy!

Back to School!

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

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Hello everyone. I have good news and bad news.

Good news: School has started back and I seem to like all of my classes so far.

Bad news: Seems like I won’t be able to post quite as often as I had been. However, I think once I settle in with my schedule a little better and get used to the routine, I will be up and running strong once more.

So here are some things to look forward to in the meantime: I have plans on changing a few elements of the website.

  • I plan to put up “real” mp3 files to accompany the sheet music page. This means that you don’t have to listen to MIDI fiddle on the mp3 anymore! You will be able to hear the real thing!
  • This in turn means that I can post music to go with some lessons that I post.
  • I also am thinking about having an option for RSS feeds to this blog. Let me know what you think about this idea. (Good/Bad/Indifferent)

That’s all I have for this time. If you have any questions for me or suggestions for the website, please email me.
john@johnboulware.com

Thanks!

1,000 Hits!!!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

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I have officially reached 1,000 hits since July 10th! Time to throw a party. Woot!

New Article Series Coming Soon!

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

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Hi everybody! Just wanted to inform you that I will be starting a new article series sometime this week. This particular series will be on the topic of Bowing Technique. Lots of people seem to be having issues on bowing technique, so I figured I would try to clear up some of the fog surrounding the issue. If you have any questions concerning any kind of bowing technique, or anything else for that matter, feel free to email me:

john@johnboulware.com

-John Boulware

Appalachian String Band Music Festival - Clifftop, WV

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

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Hi there. I just got back from the Appalachian String Band Music Festival in West Virginia (a festival commonly known as ‘Clifftop’). It is quite possibly the largest old-time music festival in the South-Eastern United States. This was a truly incredible experience for me.

People came from all over the world to join together in what I think is some of the world’s greatest music. At first I was surprised when I heard that people had come from as far as Pennsylvania and Minnesota, but then I met people who had (more…)