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ending a song
July 24, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009


I hope you are doing well. This issue of eNotes contains the following:

(1)Lesson on How to End a Song

(2)Preview of Upcoming Interview with Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter, Antje Duvekot

(3)Introducing Two New Products

(4)Final Countdown to "Summertime Serenade" Class.

Lesson on How to End a Song

When you are reading notes from an arrangement, you don't have to deal with this issue, just read what is written. But since you are playing from Fake Books (right?), you will not be spoon-fed a way to end a song. So what do you do?

Well, here is a good idea for ending a slow song. Suppose the last chord of your song is a C. Argeggiate the C chord, then go down one whole step from that chord (Bb)and play that major chord as an arpeggio as well. Then go back up to the C and argeggiate again. That's it! It's a very simple but effective way to stretch out the ending of a song. Try it.

Preview of Upcoming Interview with Antje Duvekot

In a couple of weeks, you will be reading an interview with folk singer/songwriter, Antje Duvekot. She has won three Boston Music Awards and has just released her second CD. She has performed with John Gorka, Shawn Colvin and Patti Griffin, and Ellis Paul. She writes beautiful, haunting melodies with very poetic lyrics. And I was her teacher in an Instant Piano class that I taught recently! Here is a link to her site. Check it out.

Antje Duvekot

Introducing Two New Products

I am currently working on a CD program for helping students learn their chords. This will be something you can pop in your car and test yourself on the notes in a C7 chord, for example. The other program is a DVD on embellishing chords with a melody on top. Ten techniques for each hand! I'm all done writing it, so the filming will begin in September.

Summertime Serenade - One Night Piano Workshop. - Update!

Less than 1 week to go before the class begins. 2 more openings!
Learn to play two songs - "Summertime" and "Tenderly" . Learn all the chords and interesting embellishments and techniques for playing ballads.

When: Tuesday, July 28, 6:30-9:30PM

Where: Keys-for-Kids, beautiful, modern piano studio right outside of Lexington Center in Lexington, MA.

Cost: $85 includes apres class beverage at Starbucks!

Mail check to, PO Box 1360, Burlington, MA 01803.or you can call 781-238-4454 and charge it! I will email confirmation that you are accepted.

That's it for this week, folks. Lots of classes scheduled for the fall. In the next issue of eNotes, I'll give the rundown.
Until then, take care and be well.

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