Happy Birthday by Beethoven?

Apart from Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,  the best well-known melody is Happy Birthday. But how would it sound if Beethoven had composed it? Or perhaps Chopin? Or Bach? Pianist, Nicole Pesce, shows how.


Music is FUN!

We can learn a lot from children. When it comes to expressing ourselves musically, children lead the way. They move, they wriggle, they clap, they dance and they are totally uninhibited in doing so. Young Jonathan, at 3 years of age, is totally involved in his conducting of the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No 5. Watch how he uses his whole body to express what he is feeling in response to the music. He has it all: movement, energy, expression, intensity, humour and fun!  Enjoy 🙂

Rhythm is important!

This group of singers has a lot of fun with a simple song. They are accompanying themselves with a clapping rhythm. Looks tricky, but they carry it off beautifully! Check it out for yourself 🙂

Need to improve your sight reading?

Sight reading is one of those things that is an indispensable skill for musicians. If you want to be part of an orchestra, chamber group, vocal group or any kind of group of musicians, the ability to sight read makes the experience so much more enjoyable, less stressful and fun.

Today I discovered a website which gives you the opportunity to practise! The free version concentrates on rhythm, and you can sign up for a free one month trial with memory added to your rhythm. You can create your own rhythm by choosing the meter (duple, triple, compound, odd such as 5/8, 7/8 etc), number of bars (measures) and degree of difficulty (between 1 and 5). The rhythm is then played back to you while you clap along. The settings for playback include the ability to change the instrument (eg piano, clarinet, flute, guitar, drums, violin etc), the tempo, and format.

Below is a screen shot (click to see full size). Check the website out here!

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