All It Takes is One Song

All It Takes is One SongMusic is so powerful. I just went to hear Chicago and Earth Wind and Fire in concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands. A sold out show. Listening to the comments and watching people’s reactions to familiar songs and songs they love was tremendous. They would sing like no one was listening when there was a song with a beautiful melody and touching lyrics. They would dance and move  like no one was watching to songs that were very groove oriented. Many smiles all around.

Let’s keep music education in our schools so children will have the skills to enjoy music deeply. And music classes help students increase literacy. Simply by doing what a good music program, taught by a caring, well-trained music teacher does on a daily basis.

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What Would I Be Without You?

_78069563_bbcmusicHere is a video about music that you will enjoy. But listen for the message as well. Click on the image or link to see the BBC video.


James Taylor Sweetened Tunings for Guitar

Kathy and I went to hear James Taylor this summer at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Great concert. And his guitars sound so good.

The next day or so I went to his website and watched his instructional videos. How to play his songs. And then…I found this instructional video by James Taylor on Sweetened Tunings or Tempered Tunings.

One video in particular James Taylor’s YouTube channel, he discusses tuning the guitar slightly flat to compensate for fretting notes and better runing across different keys. He has figured out a system of relative tuning, sweetened tuning or tempered tuning to make a guitar “sound” in tune.  I am not usually happy with mu guitar sound by tuning my guitar with a digital tuner and end up messing with the B, E and e and then on and on it goes.

James Taylor has figured out how to tune each string slightly flat; each by a particular number of cents. For this to work for those of you playing at home, you’d need a tuner that displays cents.  A cent is one one-hundredth of a half step. Each half step being divided into 100 equal parts.

Here is the formula from the video:

E    A   D   G  B  e
-12 -10 -8 -4 -6 -3

Peterson Tuners have a sweetened tuning setting that compensates for you.  Peterson tuners are top of the line.  I used a Peterson Strobe tuner as a band director. Go to their website for more information

Watch the James Taylor video!

Free 2013 Summer Concerts!

Here are some free concerts in the Houston area for this summer-2013.  For information about summer 2013 music lessons click on the tabs above toward the right.  If you want to add more please do by commenting on this blog page. I’ll update the list.

Discovery Green NGEN Radio Boomin’ Concerts- Tuesday nights in July at 7pm.  Beginning July 16.

Kemah Boardwalk – Rock The Docks. All summer. Thursdays – 630-10:15pm Beginning May 6.

Woodlands Waterway Square – Saturday nights in June 6-8 pm

Pier 21 Galveston Island

Moody Gardens bands in the sand-not free but family friendly.

Hempstead Watermelon Festival – Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20. Rosehill and Brian Loftin bands performing.

Miller Outdoor Theater-music, theater, kids programs.

The Houston Symphony Summer Concert Series- usually at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands, Miller Outdoor Theater.

  • July 13-A Day of Music-downtown Free!

Hot Nights Cool Tunes –  Downtown Brenham Texas. Saturday nights. Bring chairs and sit on the town square. Food and bev available.

Vintage Park Houston-Live music check their calendar.

Tomball-downtown events.

I have openings for summer 2013 music lessons. Please check the tabs on the top of this page for more information. – Larry

The Doobie Brothers and Chicago in Concert…Nice!

My family bought tickets for me to hear The Doobie Brothers and Chicago in concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Nice! Beautiful place.  They played really well.  At the end they teamed up and played an additional set of songs together.  Really fun!  These guys can really play. You know, you begin thinking that all they can play is their set list because that is all that you hear them play. This is far from true. I really enjoyed their show and their playing.  Go see them if you get the opportunity. Always a great show.

P.S. Now if the sound system at the pavilion could be set correctly before the second half of the show.  That was the only dissappointing point of the evening.

Free Live Music In Houston Summer 2010

Here is a list of FREE or NEARLY FREE music concerts in Houston for the summer of 2010. Please add any that you know of in the comments below:

Rock The Docks. Kemah Boardwalk -Thursday nights. May through September.

Boomin’ By The Bay – Kemah Boardwalk Light Force presents some of the Hotest bands on the Christian Rock scene. Tuesday nights in July.

Miller Outdoor Theater – Herman Park/Zoo/Nat. Hist Museum – Daytime and evening music, dance, theater and movies all summer and early fall. Pop, Jazz, Latin, Gospel, Classical, Ethnic, Kids programs, Everything!

Hot Tunes Cool Nights 2010 Concert Series – Free Concerts, Saturday nights in July, on the square in downtown Brenham, Texas.  The home of Blue Bell Ice Cream and a springtime full of Bluebonnets and Paintbrush. Bring your lawn chairs and coolers and have some nice family fun on the street. Brenham Rotary and Chamber of Commerce sell food, snacks and ice cold beverages. Parking is free and easy to get to.

Houston Symphony Target Summer Nights – at Miller Outdoor Theater. Picnic in the grass. Seats are free if you pick them up on the day of the performance at the ticket box.

Houston Symphony – Summer in the City -Some of these are FREE, some are $1 ONE DOLLAR. Some are ticketed/

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Woodlands – The Houston Symphony concerts are free if you sit in the grass.

Drum Corps International – The Berry Center, July 22, 23 2010.  You can go watch them warm up and practice in the parking lot for FREE.  It’s cool to see them up close.  Tickets for the good seats go fast. Get them in advance because the lines are long & SLOW on the day of the competition.

Hempstead Watermelon Festival – Live music, fun, food and beverage. 45 minutes from downtown Houston toward Austin.  July.

Traders Village – Free Music Every Week beginning in June.

Discovery Green – in Downtown Houston. Free concerts and other free events.

Galveston’s Summer Band Concert Series  – Free!

Navasota Blues Fest – One of the largest blues festivals in the country just up highway 6 in Navasota between Hempstead and Bryan-College Station. August 13, 14, 2010.