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Music Lessons in Los Altos, Mountain View, Palo Alto

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October 23, 2019

Hi this is Justin with a quick practice tip.  My tip is to practice outside!  Here in Los Altos, CA we have beautiful trees that inspire so much deep reflection.  This is the perfect atmosphere for creating music.  What kind of musical inspiration can you derive from n...

October 23, 2019

Here is a great resource for Halloween songs and lots of other great music games and activities too!  

https://www.bethsnotesplus.com

Have fun!

August 8, 2019

Commuting in the Bay Area can be tough, but one thing that helps make my long commute more enjoyable is listening to good music!  Great songs can alleviate the stress of sitting in traffic.  Here are some of the albums I've been listening to this week:

Townes...

August 8, 2019

Big Wave Music School now offers private music instruction in the Bay Area. Lessons available for students in Silicon Valley cities such as Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Cupertino, Santa Clara and more.  Learn keyboard, piano, saxophone, flute, clarinet, guitar,...

April 13, 2019

I love this book.  It has so many wonderful jazz tunes that students of all skill levels can enjoy.  Classic collection of great songs!
 

April 13, 2019

I've been listening to this amazing album featuring the amazing alto saxophonist Paul Desmond.  He is know most for his contribution on the Dave Brubeck composition "Take Five".  His tone is beautiful and his phrasing is perfect on this album. Check it out!

March 13, 2019

Here is a quick tip to help you play major scales.

WWHWWWH

Whole Step
Whole Step 
Half Step
Whole Step 
Whole Step 
Whole Step 
Half Step

All major scales are structured this way regardless of key.

For example C Major

C-D Whole Step
D-E Whole Step
E-F Half Step
F-...

March 13, 2019

Today while cleaning my garage closet where I keep all my older music gear I uncovered something special!  I found my first upgraded alto saxophone mouthpiece.  This is really a cool piece.  My first teacher pointed me toward this new company called SR Technologies.  T...

March 9, 2019

Just got a great new harmonica and chose a Hohner Special 20 in the key of A.  When playing guitar and singing, I often capo the second fret.  When you play a G Major chord in this key the sound produced is an A major.  You need your harmonica to match the key you are...