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Frozen on the Organ?

Say Wuh?

You heard right. Frozen has made its’ way onto the grand organ.
After thousands of variations of the popular song “Let It Go” The organ has ‘piped’ in on the frozen madness.

Performed by Rob Stefanussen, on his custom Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organ setup, is his arrangement of “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen.
Rob has provided a way for you to download the MP3 free on the website ContreBombarde.com

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Set Goals for Your Rehearsal

Why Goals?

Everyone knows that setting achievable goals can help you in making significant progress in life. But did you know that setting goals for your rehearsal or practice session can help you in learning your music? True story bro!

Consider setting a goal to work on those pesky scales at least once each time you practice your instrument. If you practice for, at least, 3 times a week for an entire year, you would have gone through your scales at least 156 times!

We all have that one piece that we desperately want to learn. What if you set a goal each rehearsal to work just one page of that piece in addition to what you’re already working on? Would you believe me if I said Before you know it you will have successfully learned the piece that you can now wow everyone with?

How Many Goals

Goals don’t have to be very big or grandiose, goals don’t have to be large in quantity either. Consider setting goals that you know you can achieve, but that will stretch yourself as you work on it. Maybe a goal can be to practice everyday, or once a week ;). It doesn’t really matter.  set a goal or two, each rehearsal, and before you know it you will be better then ever at your musical craft.

We’d love to hear what you have chosen as your goals for the next rehearsal. Share them below and share what your results were!

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Iconic Pop Star: Prince

The world was shocked to hear the news of the death of the iconic pop star, Prince. He left an indelible mark on the music industry and was an inspiration to many artists such as Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas and The Weeknd. Prince influenced the music industry with more than just his musical hits. He was an artist who challenged and changed the industry.

The first thing that comes to mind when you mention Prince is Purple Rain. This album was released by Warner Bros and is considered to be one of the best music albums in music history as well as Prince’s biggest achievement. Two singles from Purple Rain, “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy”, topped the US charts, and were hits all around the world. He won seven Grammys. The title song “Purple Rain” is the song that is widely associated with his name.

Out of the many artists that are known to the world, only a few have reached the level of success that Prince has. He has sold more than one hundred million albums in his career of 40 years. Prince is known for his unrivalled pace of songwriting and his ability to play every instrument. Prince possessed so many talents that his being one of the greatest guitarists ever was always overshadowed. No other musician could match his numerous talents, which included not only singing and dancing but also composing, producing and playing many instruments. Prince played nearly all the instruments in his first five albums! He released a total of 39 albums beginning in the year 1978 and had production credits on all of them.

Prince revolted against record labels to fight for control of his music. He set an example of the relationship superstars should have with their record labels, and they should be very grateful to him for this. Prince believed that musicians were slaves if the record label owned their music. This was the reason behind his clash with Warner Music. Soon after, he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, as he wanted to stand up for what he believed in. Prince appeared on stage with ‘slave’ written across his forehead and in an interview in 1996 he said,

 

“People think I’m a crazy fool for writing ‘slave’ on my face. But if I can’t do what I want to do, what am I? When you stop a man from dreaming, he becomes a slave.”

 

Music was in Prince’s blood. His father, John Lewis Nelson, had a jazz band in which his mother Mattie Della Shaw was the lead singer. Music was his release as his parents separated at the age of 10 and is now one of most respected artists in the music industry. His relationship with the music industry can be defined by his words quoted in 1996,

 

“If you don’t own your masters, your master owns you.”

 

The best way to honor Prince’s legacy is to do what he fought for all his life: for the work of artists to be honored.

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Five Skills Every Young Adult Needs

Five Skills Every Young Adult Needs

Five Skills Every Young Adult Needs

Once you finish school, you are on your own. You will likely find that your education is not enough to deal with many of life’s challenges, so you will need to gather some additional knowledge. Learn these five skills to help smoothly transition into adulthood.

 

Budgeting

If you don’t learn to manage money, you will end up working hard, spending frivolously and damaging your long-term prospects for home ownership, getting a loan, and anything else that relies on a good credit score. Many books can teach you the skills you need, but make sure you implement the advice and practice budgeting as soon as possible to avoid mistakes.

 

Communication

You never know when someone you meet might be a new contract opportunity, a job lead, or an investor. It is important to communicate effectively with people from many backgrounds and cultures to increase your social circle and put you in a better position to succeed.

 

Self-Care

If you take proper care of your health while you are still young, you will prevent problems later in life. You will also have better energy levels, alertness, and overall health that allow you to achieve more in your life. Learn how to eat, exercise, and rest properly. Research nutrition, proper ways to exercise, and good sleeping habits. You will reap the benefits now and later.

 

Time Management

As a young adult, you need to learn to balance work, play, exercise, relationships, and many other activities, so learning time management and prioritization is imperative. Identify your objectives and be willing to make sacrifices in order to achieve your goals.

 

Reading

You may be sick of reading after years of study, but don’t lose the habit — it is imperative for your future career and personal development. Reading can increase your knowledge, teach new skills, relax your mind, inspire you, spark your imagination, and expand your horizons. Aim for a mix of high-quality materials, including heavier reading for self-improvement or lighter reading for enjoyment.

 

The world may seem overwhelming when you leave the relatively safe haven of school, but learning these valuable skills and creating good habits will improve your life, both now and later. Try learning one new skill every week and you will have a wealth of effective habits in no time!

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The Importance of Fingering

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As we were in our various early music lessons, what is one thing that your instructor would always harp on? Was it ever about the importance of fingering your score? My organ instructors would never let me get away with not writing down my fingering. There’s a simple explanation for that too.. BECAUSE IT WORKS!

 

What is Fingering

Many musical instruments are best played when certain finger placements are followed. Each finger, on each hand, has a number assigned to it. In most cases that number is 1-5 starting at the thumb and ending at the smallest finger.

Using correct fingering takes time to master and will feel uncomfortable or unnatural at first. But disciplining yourself to use correct fingering early will always pay off in the end.

 

Why is Fingering important

One example of the importance of fingering is when I was preparing to play the organ for the upcoming Sunday worship service and I was told that we were going to sing a less familiar hymn as the opening hymn. Knowing that I wasn’t familiar with the hymn myself, I began to diligently practice the hymn. Over and over and over again I would run through each stanza only to realize that, in the hours I was practicing the hymn, I wasn’t getting any better at playing it.

It was then that I noticed that each time I would play the hymn, my fingering was slightly different, thus resulting in the culminating effect that my playing quality was remaining stagnant all throughout my practice.

As soon as I began to write down my fingering, however, immediately the hymn began to improve  and each time I would play it, I would make fewer mistakes than before.

 

Fingering The Conclusion

All throughout my piano and organ playing, I have noticed that my piece will always sound better when I have my fingering written down than when I don’t have it written down.

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Changes are Coming

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You may have noticed that some changes are starting to take place on the website. Over the past 1.5 years I’ve not been as dedicated to the development of new content and maintenance of previously published content as i should have been. I wish to apologize for my lack of dedication, as well as make you aware of some of the changes that will be coming down the pipeline.

 

Now I can’t divulge all of the changes that are coming, seeing as that would spoil the many surprises that are in store, but I can say that in the coming weeks you can expect to see:

 

• A re-design of the website
• Weekly relevant blog posts
• A deep cleaning/update of all currently published site content
• More sheet music to download
• Some instructional videos that provide tips and tricks from musical professionals.

 

These and other changes will begin to appear on the site as we continue throughout 2016. If you come across something on the site that doesn’t seem right to you, please let me know by contacting me today.

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Things to Consider When Starting Your Child in Music Lessons

Parents are faced every day with making decisions on children’s activities. Moms and dads often try out tumbling, soccer, dance, music, and more before their children are even in kindergarten. Often it’s at the suggestion of school teachers, extended family, and friends. The suggestions are all well-meaning, but it puts a lot of pressure on you as a parent to sift through the huge number of choices.

 

If you have turned to parenting magazines for help and found studies that indicate the intellectual value of learning music, you may be leaning towards children’s music lessons of some kind. In fact, some of the studies are so convincing that parents sometimes begin searching for a good music class when their children are three to four years old. It can be a difficult choice, but considering these three things when shopping for children’s music lessons can make it a little easier.

 

Rubber Stamp Methods

One of the drawbacks to some popular instrumental music classes for children is that most graduates sound the same. By the end of their training, students will have spent many years learning the material, only to sound like each other.

 

The cause of this is rigidity. The method books require all students to study exactly the same music and play it exactly the same way. If you want to find out if a program is run this way, attend several recitals and see if the students produce the same tone, the same expression, and play the same pieces.

 

You can also turn to the internet and search for today’s top performers of the instrument. How many of them started in the method you’re considering? How many performers stayed with it to completion, and how many started in a different method? Artistic expression is highly prized in top performers so students should value it, too. An artist doesn’t produce a Monet with paint-by-number systems; so it is with music.

 

Corporate Music Classes

There are several early childhood music education organizations to choose from today. Most of them are built on a franchise system and offer classes in neighborhoods through public space rentals and large homes. While a corporation can offer good support for teachers, there is some doubt on the value to students.

 

Some require parents to purchase a book produced by the backing corporation. While this is fine once or twice, you may be asked to purchase further high-cost books and equipment (which the company conveniently produces). You should be suspicious if the cost keeps piling up. Here are a few other tips on finding the right corporation-backed children’s music class:

  • Ask if you would be able to re-sell the equipment once you’re done with it. If it looks like no one else would want to buy it unless they had children in the class, you might get stuck with an albatross.
  • Find out if anyone else makes the same materials for different classes. If not, they may be ineffective teaching tools based on a fad.
  • Consider whether the company seems truly concerned about children’s music or if it is more concerned with sales.

 

Often these companies require a multi-year commitment as well. How can you know if a toddler is going to like the same music class three years down the road? Always use caution regarding long commitments on any music class for children.

 

The Talent Problem

Sometimes you will have the option of taking an introductory course to see if music instruction is right for your child. However, some of the larger music education systems force the teachers and managers to report to the parents whether their child has musical talent or not. At the tender age of three or four, how can they tell? It would be hurtful at the least to tell adult students not to quit their day jobs, but saying that to a child can stamp out any desire for creativity he or she had.

 

If you take one of these courses and teachers or managers tell you your child doesn’t have any musical talent and to pursue other endeavors, don’t listen to them. Try another program, or even private lessons. Talent is not necessarily inborn. Any student with good focus, desire, and parental support can learn to be happy with their musical gifts. Also, not everyone can be a star performer, and no child should be excluded from self-expression just because they don’t show great ability levels as pre-schoolers!

 

Just Do Your Homework

A little research can save a lot of heartache in choosing your child’s music class and method. If handled properly, it can instill a love of musical arts, aid understanding of what it is to be human, and support higher-level thinking for a lifetime. Remember that music truly is the gift that keeps on giving, so don’t give up if the first try doesn’t work out quite as you’d planned. Sometimes all you have to do is wait a few months and try again!

 

What things did you do when enrolling your child in music lessons?

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Rise UP Musical Fireside

This is the event you don’t want to miss!

Rise Up Musical Fireside Synopsis

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Rise UP is an inspirational story about two young people: Ben and Stephanie. Ben, who has gone through significant struggles in his life recently reconnected with Stephanie, a friend since High School. While talking, Stephanie helps Ben understand the significance that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored, and that he has a duty to bring others to the knowledge of it as well.

Performance Information

Date: July 13th 2014
Time: 6:30pm
Location: 824 W 800 S St Orem, UT 84058
Director: Jacob Hershberger.
Accompanists: Brian Plummer, Ben Russon

Featuring: Kaitlin Rodgers (as Stephanie) Brian Judkins (as Ben)

RSVP TODAY!

RSVP today by Joining the Facebook Event or by clicking this link https://www.facebook.com/events/456812637788704/
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‘Look Up’ – A spoken word film for an online generation.

Look UP Movie

What are you doing when you are at home, school, or even at work? Take the pledge by sharing this video with your friends to turn off the screen and go be with others.

‘Look Up’ is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone.

Written, Performed & Directed by Gary Turk.

Look Up from your phone and shut down the display.