Congratulations Neil Moore for creating this amazing Simply Music program that allows people of all ages the opportunity to learn how to play piano! https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/160fc4373063f42d
To use Helen Mirren's first action in the video as an analogy for playing piano i.e. 'walking as yourself', making that most difficult first entry onto stage, piano players have to learn to 'play like themself.' A skill developed through regular practice and performance.
I spent around 10 years doing acting. Took lessons with the New Theatre and a number of well known directors at the time. Studied the Stanislavsky method of acting and acted in plays with the best amateur theatre of the day, The Rocks Players. Took modern ballet dance classes with Kai Tai Chan, I think that was his name. Had a great mime teacher; Feldenkrais method, the Alexander Technique - all kinds of things I got involved in. My Jazz ballet teacher was also great. Learned a lot from her and still use those warm up exercises to limber up. I also did Tai Chi and Lohan Kung with a great master who was also a great doctor and had worked for Mao!!!
I was also working in the Channel Ten newsroom at the time and sometimes I'd start work at 5am with the Good Morning Australia show, typing up the newscripts -adrenalin rush - then go on and work until 6pm for the Director of News and second adrenalin rush of the day, help prepare the main evening news bulletin, (that's madly typing up newscripts with 6 carbon copies, no mistakes, at 100wpm for 4 hours! - before heading off to acting classes or rehearsals and then chill out with everyone having a very late supper. It was a great time and great experience.
Experimentation and collaboration are all part of writing a song. "After our Songwriting Tips from Simply Music Friends – Pt 1 post, we asked contributors to give us a more in-depth insight into their process of creating songs. You’ll find that there are as many ways of writing a song as there are songs to write, and, digging into each of our friends’ approaches, you may learn that there is no right or wrong way to write, and that that little piece of magic that we call a song is mostly a product of experimentation and plain old hard work." by Sue Lopaz
Read more: https://simplymusic.com/songwriting-tips-p2-study-songwriting/
The Note A just below Middle C on the piano is said to have something in common with the primordial sound of Om, that is, the frequency at which they vibrate is 111hz. Om is made up of three sounds A.U.M. A-representing the first of the three powers of the Goddess to commence Her work of the Creation.
In Beethoven’s Fur Elise, the note you hear when the right hand melodic notes connect with the left hand harmonic notes in the first phrase is A.
In Ode To Joy, the piece opens with the Note E played twice emphasizing it, as if to ask the listener, did you hear it? Did you hear the sound of the universe? E is A's 5th, an intrinsic part of A.
Is this why we find these pieces so appealing? Did Beethoven know about this consciously or did he write in an inspired manner, hearing the universal sound unconsciously? Was it this inner hearing that enabled him to continue to write music even when he could no longer hear through the physical ear?
"School systems that don't dedicate adequate time and resources to musical training are robbing their kids of so much." Read more: https://mic.com/articles/108022/science-just-discovered-something-amazing-about-what-childhood-piano-lessons-did-to-you
"Foremost of the great masters of western music was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) who was an incarnation of Shri Narada. Born in Salzburg in Austria, Mozart's music principally activates the Central Channel, the Sushumna Nadi. In his opera 'Die Zauberflote' (The Magic Flute), he expresses the qualities of the seeker of truth through the characters of Tamino and Pamina and those of the Adi Guru through the character of Sarastro (Zarathustra)." Ref: Nirmal Vidya.
These revelations were made by HH Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja Yoga. Many intriguing pieces of information were shared by HH Shri Mataji during the course of Her life on Earth as She toured the world innumerable times spreading Her message of Self Realisation. The Great Sage Narada is an eternal Puranic sage who received the divine music through the Goddess Saraswati and, who in turn taught the celestial musicians and gifted the art of music through sages of ancient times. Music is said to have first appared in China, as sages began to contemplate the notes created by the wind as it whistled through the hollow stems of bamboo.
I would make this compulsory for all architecture courses. It's very difficult to practice piano if you're feeling uncomfortable. Since I came here in 1971 I have to say I've been mostly uncomfortable becuase Australian homes are designed so badly - cold in winter and hot in summer. Always needing artificial help to heat and cool the interior. I first came across this concept in Perth, 1992, when I went with a friend to take some photos of a home built along the lines of passive-solar design. It was so pleasant to be in. It was the middle of winter and the owner could walk around in a t-shirt and said that they had had to turn on the heating only twice. The materials used to construct the home were also very pleasant. It should be a 'must' rather than an 'option' for all homes designed in Australia. It should become the new norm. It would make living and working in them so much more soothing. Details at - Passive Design Your Home http://www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-design
Music and The Art of Long Term Relationships by Neil Moore, Founder and CEO of Simply Music Int. Org.
Attending piano lessons regularly is a three way partnership - student, teacher and parents. In this very readable e-book Neil shares invaluable insights into what can be done to help the student navigate what is naturally a long term process that has many ups and downs. Download your free copy from the link. Please share the link instead of your copy with your friends and colleagues. - https://simplymusic.com/book-maltr/
"Long-standing Simply Music Teacher Greta Moré from Sydney, Australia shares her story of growing up with a unique life outlook that drew her naturally to Simply Music, and her experience teaching the program to students with dyslexia. Drawing from her extensive study of the Human Subtle System philosophy of well-being, she shares her view of how a single-thought-process approach like Simply Music lends itself so well to working with students with dyslexia." For more information please click here: - https://simplymusic.com/dyslexia-the-simply-music-method/
I'm a certified Simply Music Piano Teacher, an advocate for good education and a Sahaja Yogini.
Back-to-basics at Primary School levels, providing students grounding in reading, writing and arithmatic. Remove computers from the hands of these children and put pen and pencil in their hands. Remove the 'smart' boards from classrooms because it's a wedge between teacher, their thought processes that get translated through the hand. Go back to chalk, duster and blackboard. It's immediate and children see the information being written. They read along and process the information. When they are asked to copy that into their workbooks it's now the second time they're processing the information. Learning is about information being absorbed onto the Central Nervous System through the five senses before it is transformed into knowledge.
I have a vision for Secondary and Tertiary levels too.
It's hard to believe that one could become a 'yogini' in these modern times but that is just what has happened to me. One doesn't have to retire to the mountains, live an austere life, renounce everything. In these modern times, the ordinary householder has to become the enlightened soul. The founder of Sahaja Yoga stipulated that it should be taught free of charge becuase She said that a person cannot pay for what they already possess and that it's more like one lighted candle being able to enlighten many.