Today was no different…happily!!

My student is learning bass and qualified last year,  but recently took up the 6 string guitar.


Every lesson is different: sometimes I struggle with the formations of chords, and particularly the speed, rhythm and instant reconstruction across six strings with three not-exactly- slender fingertips yet…when that one chord sounds perfect, the swell within this poorly-tuned rib cage rises, momentarily, to meet the kaleidoscopic emotions released within that one down-thrust of emotive expression via this right hand.


I began, tentatively, playing the four strings of the bass, under Gavin’s auspices, many moons ago and have continued to enjoy very much the process and the successes but also the challenge of these journeys…and they are multiple…within the same arena, different styles, different moods, the same charged diversity.
Today was no different…happily!!

Andy 🙂

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A Cycle for Exercise

Lots of pop songs are in a certain key take a look at how it works.

A lot to take in at first I’m sure, I reckon what ever music you’ve listened to connects with this:


I can help you get you’re head around it.


Try these out:

  1. The note that is a perfect fifth higher than F
  2. The number of half steps in a perfect Fifth
  3. The note that is a fourth higher than F.
  4. It would be “madness”, but if there were a key with 9 sharps, what o’clock would it be?
  5. At what o’clock is the key with 4 flats?
  6. What o’clock represents a fifth up from D flat?
  7. If a key has sharps, what is the first sharp?
  8. In the key of B major, what is the last sharp you have added?
  9. What is the first flat that appears in a key with flats?
  10. What is the seventh sharp that is added in a key with 7 sharps?
  11. There are 4 flats. What key is it?
  12. There are 4 flats. What is the last flat?
  13. At what o’clock is the relative minor key for G major?
  14. What is the relative major key for the key of A minor?
  15. A minor key has the same number of sharps or flats as its relative major key. What minor key has only 1 sharp?