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4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging Teacher's Pitch, 18 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Lies My Music Teacher Told Me: Music Theory for Grownups (Paperback)
Starting with a simple review of the Western approach to pitch, scales and intervals, Gerald Eskelin progresses to a more detailed look at seventeen "lies" regularly expounded by music educators. For example, he looks at harmonics and why equal temperament tuning on pianos prevents us from hearing true harmony. As he says, singing to a piano's tuning will not allow chords to ring and he recommends that youngsters learn vocal music without a keyboard. Unaccompanied voices can achieve the subtle variation needed to ensure accurate tuning of chords - listen to a barbershop quartet "bust a chord" and the sound is thrilling. The book progresses to a more detailed level but is recommended for anyone who wants to improve choral performance.
Eskelin's work with the LA Jazz Choir is proof evident of how a good pair of ears is just as critical as a good voice if you want to make truly outstanding vocal music.
Alan Goldsmith
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