Summer Rock Band Class July 2020 – Paul Howard’s Valley Music School. After an amazing week of class, held on my screen porch in West Simsbury, this year’s band, “Flower”, gave their Command Performance on our patio. Sanitized and properly distanced! Click on the photos above to see some videos!
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Kudos and congratulations to all the performers who participated in our Winter Recital on Jan. 26, 2020! Everyone played great, the audience loved it and I was very proud of all your efforts. We will do another recital in June and we will have a couple of Rock Band Classes during the summer so keep […]
Paul prides himself on offering individualized and supportive private lessons to all his students. His teaching styles include rock, folk, bluegrass & jazz. He teaches acoustic & electric guitar for beginners to advanced players as well as electric bass guitar. He is published author of several books and has recently completed a 2nd edition […]
HOW TO LEARN FROM RECORDS Guest post by David Hamburger Ultimately, if you want to learn a style of music, it pays to go to the recordings themselves to see how it’s done. It’s the closest thing we have to traveling back in time to see our favorite artists in their prime, and it only […]
Composite (Hybrid) Scales A Composite or Hybrid Scale is made by combing two different scales into one. Because of the influence of the blues on rock & jazz music, our note choices when improvising in a major or dominant key are often drawn from the both the major and the minor (or blues) pentatonic scales. […]
One of the most important things to do if you are learning an instrument or learning to sing is to get out and do it. There are many opportunities these days to play at “open mics” or musical “meet-up groups”. Open mics are usually set up so that each performer gets to do 2 or […]
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Paul Howard’s Valley Music School is accepting new students this season. Our school services Farmington Valley and West Hartford and has a 30 year plus history of quality music lessons for ALL ages. Our instruction is individualized and presented in a patient and caring manner. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or professional looking […]
Listening Party! Train your ear to listen to all genres! There’s a lot of music out there to listen to. There is great stuff in every genre and style. It’s important to listen to as much variety as possible and absorb all the different approaches that you encounter. Of course, we all have our favorite […]