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The Major Scale

Dean Cutinelli - Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele & MandolinThe Major Scale

The major scale (or Ionian scale) is probably the most commonly used musical scale. It is one of the diatonic scales. The major scale is made up of seven notes with the eighth duplicates the first at double its frequency. Which is referred to as being an octave higher from the starting note of the scale. The sequence of intervals between the notes of a major scale is: whole, whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half

 The History 

The Ionian mode of ancient Greek civilization was not
used in western  music until the late middle ages. At that point ecclesiastic music scholars began to separate the Ionian mode and Aeolian mode and use them as the foundation for what would become the staple of western music thereafter; the Major and natural minor scales respectively.

In 1000 CE Guido D’Arezzo made many improvements in music theory. He first improved and reworked standard notation to be more user-friendly by adding time signatures. Then he invented solfege. This is the vocal note scale: do, re, mi, fa, so, la ,ti, do.

Who Uses It

You can hear this scale in many styles and genres. This is the primary scale for Classical, jazz, pop, rock, blue grass,country and more. The major scale has also been know to be altered to change the sound of the scale. These are commonly referred to as modes. The changing of one note in the major scale changes the sound and the way it maybe used. Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian are major scales with one note being made sharp or flat. This give the scale a different sound.

Regardless if you play guitar, piano, saxophone, clarinet flute, or violin the major scale  is a must know for all musicians. 

Please feel free to contact us to come in a learn all about the major  scale and anything else pertaining to music from one of our great instructor at the Colorado School of Music in Golden CO.  We offer private lessons for all levels and most instruments.

Thanks for reading!

Dean Cutinelli

info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com

303-526-9865

 

CSoM NEWSLETTER … September 2018

Spring Recital 2018

CSoM NEWSLETTER … September 2018

Thank you for choosing the Colorado School of Music for music lessons! Now in our twelfth year in Golden, we are committed to providing the best in private music lessons in Golden and the Denver area. Our current roster is comprised of musicians from all over the Denver Metro area and includes students from Golden, Denver, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Littleton and Boulder!   

  

Please Leave a Message-

During the course of a week we field many phone calls from students and parents regarding lessons, scheduling and cancellations. During the afternoon, we often let the answering machine retrieve our messages so as not to disrupt class sessions. Please know that we are very conscientious about retrieving our missed calls and we always listen to our messages. We do not, however, make return calls for lesson cancellations unless requested. If you need to cancel for the week, please call 303-526-9865 and leave a message. Thank you! 

Never Too Old…music lessons for adults!

Music lessons are for the young at heart, not just the young. If you’ve been thinking of renewing your piano lessons or taking your guitar playing to the next level, try a private lesson with us! At the Colorado School of Music we are proud to have many adult students on our roster, studying all different disciplines. Our instructors are experienced with students of all ages, and will be happy to work with you to be sure that your lessons meet your individual needs. 

Adult music lessons are available for all instruments, including guitar lessons, piano lessons, drums, violin, and more.

Gift Certificates!

Looking for a unique and thoughtful gift for someone this holiday season?  The Colorado School of Music offers gift certificates for private music instruction! Give the gift of music lessons in guitar, piano, or any of our currently offered instruments or disciplines.   

Here are some great gift certificate ideas:

Piano lessons for all ages and ability levels. Looking for something specific in your piano study? We have instructors that specialize in many styles.

Guitar lessons, Electric Bass lessons or Ukulele lessons for aspiring guitarists of all ability levels and styles.

-Drum and/or specialty percussion lessons – learn to jam on a drum kit, sharpen up your rudiments or explore world rhythms.

-Vocal music lessons for aspiring singers or those looking to pass that big audition! Voice lessons for all ages and aspirations.

-Violin lessons! A great choice for both young and old, private violin lessons are fun and rewarding.

-Private music lessons for school band/ orchestra instruments, including (but not limited to) trumpet and trombone lessons, flute lessons, saxophone and clarinet lessons.   

So if you know someone who’s looking to try a new instrument or rekindle their love for music, try a gift certificate! One-month gift certificates (4 lessons) are available for $120.00. To order a gift certificate, please email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or call 303-526-9865 today!

Need to Move?

Did your soccer coach just re-structure practice times and throw your schedule into chaos? You’re probably not alone.  We understand the rigors of fall scheduling…so if you find that your music lesson time slot doesn’t fit, call us at 303-526-9865 and leave your name, current time slot and any days and times that work for your schedule and we’ll do our best to re-locate you!

The Snow is Coming…   As we head into the cold months we get questions regarding our closure policy for winter concerning snow closures. In the event of a snow closure, The Colorado School of Music will post an announcement on our website: www.coloradoschoolofmusic.com the morning of the day in question to announce the closure. In the event of a snow closure, your account will be credited for the next month. Due to our large schedules we don’t always make personal calls regarding snow days, so please check the website when in doubt.

Practice, practice, practice! We’ll see you next month!

Come on out and see Muriel and the Deano’s perform from 8-11pm  October 7th at The Glenn Bar and Grill. Located in Northglenn Co.

The Pentatonic Scale

A lot of may have heard of the pentatonic scale before, but what exactly makes up this scale? 

A pentatonic scale is a musical scale with five notes per octave, in contrast to the more familiar heptatonic scale that has seven notes per octave (such as the major scale and minor scale). An example of a pentatonic scale in the key of C major would be C, D, E, G, A. Pentatonic scales were developed independently by many ancient civilizations—an indication that pentatonic scales are based upon a naturally occurring phenomenon. They are still used all over the world today, for example Chinese music and in the US country music and blues. Other musical style that use this scale also include folk, blue grass, funk,  jazz, pop, rock, metal, and this list goes on.

A little history on the pentatonic scale. The Pentatonic scale we now know predates Pythagoras, the Babylonians and virtually every other culture all the way back to these early bird bone flutes that have been discovered in various parts of the world dating back about 50,000 years. As a music teacher this is one of the first scale I  teach, as it is the easiest to superimpose over chord changes. They seems to be innate to our sense of hearing that we pick up on these specific sequence of tones and are drawn to them.

Regardless if you play guitar, piano, saxophone, clarinet flute, or violin the pentatonic scale  is a must know for all musicians. 

Please feel free to contact us to come in a learn all about the pentatonic scale and anything else pertaining to music from one of our great instructor at the Colorado School of Music in Golden CO. 

Thanks for reading!

Dean Cutinelli

info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com

303-526-9865

www.coloradoschoolofmusic.com

CSoM NEWSLETTER … August 2018

Private Music Lessons

Colorado School of Music

Welcome to the Colorado School of Music!

Now in our twelfth year in Golden, we are committed to providing the best in private music lessons in Golden and the Denver area. 

Closed on Labor Day –

The school will be closed on Monday, September 3rd for the Labor Day Holiday. All Monday classes will resume on September 10th. Happy Labor Day!

Back to School Band! 

Fall is here, and school is back in full swing!  Although we’re located in Golden, our students come from all over the Metro Area including Arvada, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Littleton–even as far as Boulder and Denver! Our school age students attend no less than 14 different area schools, and range in grade from Kindergarten to Graduate school!

Are you part of a school band or orchestra this fall? The Colorado School of Music offers private instruction for all band and orchestra instruments including brass instruments, woodwinds, violin lessons and drum lessons!   

Need to Move?

Did your soccer coach just re-structure practice times and throw your piano schedule into chaos? You’re probably not alone.  We understand the rigors of fall scheduling…so if you find that your music lesson time slot doesn’t fit, call us at 303-526-9865 and leave your name, current time slot and any days and times that work for your schedule and we’ll do our best to re-locate you!

Please Leave a Message-

During the course of a week we field many phone calls from students and parents regarding lessons, scheduling and cancellations. During the afternoon, we often let the answering machine retrieve our messages so as not to disrupt class sessions. Please know that we are very conscientious about retrieving our missed calls and we always listen to our messages. We do not, however, make return calls for lesson cancellations unless requested. If you need to cancel for the week, please call 303-526-9865 and leave a message. Thank you!

Come See Our Instructors Perform!

In addition to being dedicated teachers, many of our instructors are professional musicians and perform regularly in Golden and the Denver area.

Odd Instrument?  – They’re not really odd, just interesting! The Colorado School of Music has talented instructors who specialize in many instruments. Do you play the trombone or the glockenspiel? Is it difficult finding a djembe teacher? If you play an unconventional instrument and are looking for direction, send us an email at info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com and let us know what you’re looking for – chances are, we have an instructor that can help you!

 

Never Too Old…music lessons for adults!

Music lessons are for the young at heart, not just the young. If you’ve been thinking of renewing your love of piano or taking your guitar playing to the next level, try a private lesson with us! At the Colorado School of Music we are proud to have many adult students on our roster, studying all different disciplines. Our instructors are experienced with students of all ages, and will be happy to work with you to be sure that your lessons meet your individual needs. 

Adult music lessons are available for all instruments, including guitar lessons, piano lessons, singing lessons, drums, violin, and more.

Keep practicing!

CSoM NEWSLETTER … Back to School 2018

Welcome to the Colorado School of Music!

Proud to be in our twelfth year in Golden, we are committed to providing the best in private music lessons in Golden and the Denver area. 

Back to School!   

Summer may not be entirely gone, but the kids are already back in school! Although we’re located in Golden, our students come from all over the Metro Area including Arvada, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Littleton–even as far as Boulder and Denver! Our school age students attend no less than 14 different area schools, and range in grade from Kindergarten to Graduate school!

Joining a school band or orchestra this fall? The Colorado School of Music offers private instruction for band and orchestra instruments including brass instruments, woodwinds, violin, viola and drum lessons!  Call 303-526-9865 or send an email to info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com to get started!

Fall Schedules

If you’re a student returning from summer vacation and you’d like to get back into private music lessons for the fall – call soon to reserve your day and time for August and the upcoming school year! Spots are going fast!  We currently offer piano lessons, guitar lessons, violin lessons, voice lessons, drum lessons and lessons in many band instruments! 

Need to Move?

Did your soccer coach just re-structure practice times and throw your schedule into chaos? You’re probably not alone.  We understand the rigors of fall scheduling…so if you find that your music lesson time slot doesn’t fit, call us at 303-526-9865 and leave your name, current time slot and any days and times that work for your schedule and we’ll get back to you!

 

Please Leave a Message-

During the course of a week we field many phone calls from students and parents regarding lessons, scheduling and cancellations. During the afternoon, we often let the answering machine retrieve our messages so as not to disrupt class sessions. Please know that we are very conscientious about retrieving our missed calls and we always listen to our messages. We do not, however, make return calls for individual lesson absences unless requested. If you need to cancel for the week, please call 303-526-9865 and leave a message. Thank you!

New Woodwinds Instructor:  Lexi Nomikos

We’re happy to welcome the latest addition to our talented teaching staff – saxophonist and woodwinds instructor Lexi Nomikos! In addition to her teaching, Lexi is an accomplished performer and composer. Lexi is currently finishing her Masters at the University of Colorado where she is a graduate assistant for the Jazz department. Call or email today to sign up for a private saxophone, clarinet or flute lesson with our talented new instructor!

Come See Our Instructors Perform!

In addition to being dedicated teachers, many of our instructors are professional musicians and perform regularly in Golden and the Denver area.

Muriel and the Deano’s

August 4th at Pinehurst Country Club from 5-8pm

August 10th Downtown Golden (Outside) 5-8pm

August 17th Winter Park Village (By The Gondola) 4-6pm

August 31st Black Stone Country Club 5:30-8:30pm

Scheduled Holiday Closures, 2018

Labor Day- Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday and Friday, November 22nd and 23rd, 2018

Holiday Break- December 17th,2018 – January 1st 2019 

CSoM NEWSLETTER – July 2018

Happy Summer! Welcome to the Colorado School of Music!

Now in our twelfth year in Golden, we are committed to providing the best in private music lessons in Golden and the Denver area. Our current roster is comprised of musicians from all over the Denver Metro area and includes students from Golden, Denver, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Littleton and Boulder! 

Summer Music

The Colorado School of Music is open year-round and we offer our normal schedule of private lessons throughout the warm months. Summer is a great time to begin youth piano lessons or guitar lessons – or perhaps you’re interested in trying something new like ukulele or drums. School band members – get ahead of your orchestra by taking some private instrument lessons during the break! Great slots are still available – email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or call us to set up a summer music lesson today!    

Fall Music

If you’re a student returning from summer vacation and you’d like to get back into private music lessons for the fall – call soon to reserve your day and time for August and the upcoming school year! Spots are going fast!  Our fall hours will be the same as our summer hours; M-F 2pm-8pm. We currently offer piano lessons, guitar lessons, violin lessons, voice lessons, drum lessons and lessons in all band instruments! 

Odd Instrument?  – They’re not really odd, just interesting! The Colorado School of Music has talented instructors who specialize in many instruments. Do you play the trombone or the glockenspiel? Is it difficult finding a djembe teacher? If you play an unconventional instrument and are looking for direction, send us an email at info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com and let us know what you’re looking for – chances are, we have an instructor that can help you!

Too Young For Music?

We often receive questions from parents regarding the appropriate/best age to start young children in formal music lessons. Of course, all children are different and there are always exceptions, but here are the general guidelines we use:

First, consider the instrument in relation to the age of the student. Piano lessons and Violin lessons are great choices for young children, as both violin and piano lessons have excellent curriculum for young beginners. Piano, in particular, provides a general overview of music theory and makes it easy to pick up other instruments as the student gets older. Some instruments can be difficult for beginners and aren’t as good for young children based on size, complexity, etc..       

Four years old is generally too young for formal lessons. Progress is very slow and it can be difficult to maintain the focus required for practicing. Four year old hands are also often too small.

We feel that six years old is generally the best age for young children to begin formal lessons. Many lesson books and methods are geared toward this age for beginners, and the progress made at this age is both faster than younger students and better learned, as lessons and concepts seem to ‘stick.’

Five year olds music students are in the middle – at this age, it seems to depend on the child. If motivated and interested, the progress with a five year old will be a bit slower, but nonetheless valuable. We’re always willing to try lessons with five year olds – please ask if you have more questions about beginners or you’d like to take an introductory lesson with your young musician. Parents/Guardians are welcome in all lessons!  

    

Never Too Old…music lessons for adults!

Music lessons are for the young at heart, not just the young. If you’ve been thinking of renewing your love of piano or taking your guitar playing to the next level, try a private lesson with us! At the Colorado School of Music we are proud to have many adult students on our roster, studying all different disciplines. Our instructors are experienced with students of all ages, and will be happy to work with you to be sure that your lessons meet your individual needs. 

Adult music lessons are available for all instruments, including guitar lessons, piano lessons, singing lessons, drums, violin, and more.

Please Leave a Message-

During the course of a week we field many phone calls from students and parents regarding lessons, scheduling and cancellations. During the afternoon, we often let the answering machine retrieve our messages so as not to disrupt class sessions. Please know that we are very conscientious about retrieving our missed calls and we always listen to our messages. We do not, however, make return calls for lesson cancellations unless requested. If you need to cancel for the week, please call 303-526-9865 and leave a message. Thank you!

Keep practicing, and enjoy the hot weather!

Come See Our Instructors Perform!
In addition to being dedicated teachers, many of our instructors are professional musicians and perform regularly in Golden and the Denver area.

Muriel and the Deanos

 

July 6th Blackstone Country Club Aurora CO 6-9pm
July 14th Joyride Annual Anniversary Festival Edgewater CO 12pm-1pm
July 20th Washington Ave Golden, CO, 5-8pm

CSoM NEWSLETTER – Summer 2018

Welcome to the Colorado School of Music!

Now in our twelfth year in Golden, we are committed to providing the best in private music lessons in Golden and the Denver area. Our current roster is comprised of musicians from all over the Denver Metro area and includes students from Golden, Denver, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Littleton and Boulder!

Colorado School of Music 2018 Recital
Congratulations to all of our performers and thank you to our audience for making this year’s recital a big success! We had over 70 participants performing this year on piano, guitar, violin, clarinet, and singing!  Special thanks to the Arvada Center and Schmitt Music in Denver, who provided our grand piano. See you same time next year!

Summer Music Lessons
The Colorado School of Music is open year-round and we offer our normal schedule of private lessons throughout the warm months. Summer is a great time to begin youth piano lessons or guitar lessons – or perhaps you’re interested in trying something new like ukulele or drums. School band members – get ahead of your orchestra by taking some private instrument lessons during the break! Great slots are still available – email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or call us to set up a summer music lesson today!    

Lost And Found…mostly Lost
Have you misplaced your favorite water bottle or your piano lesson book? We may have it in our lost and found.  We have a large selection of items that have been left behind by our students and their families, and, with the exception of phones, most of these items remain unclaimed.  If you think you may have left something behind, please ask one of our staff members.

Odd Instrument?  – They’re not really odd, just interesting! The Colorado School of Music has talented instructors who specialize in many instruments. Do you play the trombone or the glockenspiel? Is it difficult finding a djembe teacher? If you play an unconventional instrument and are looking for direction, send us an email at info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com and let us know what you’re looking for – chances are, we have an instructor that can help you!

Our Featured Instructor:  Zach West, percussion.
The Colorado School of Music is happy to be able to provide a full drum kit for drum lessons and to have our percussion instructor, Zach West as our teacher. In this month’s newsletter, we wanted to let you get to know Zach better.

Zach has been playing music for over twenty years and works as a professional musician in the Denver area.  With decades of teaching experience, Zach’s instruction focuses on jazz, rock, blues and Latin music styles. Zach’s students learn to create musical phrases using the two main elements of any style; beats and fills. Zach teaches drum set, mallet percussion, rudimental exercises, and hand drumming. Zach earned a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and has been with the Colorado School of Music since 2009. 

Try a drum lesson with Zach today! Call 303-526-9865 to schedule.

Come See Our Instructors Perform!
In addition to being dedicated teachers, many of our instructors are professional musicians and perform regularly in Golden and the Denver area.

Muriel and the Deanos

Morrison Holiday Bar May 26th 8pm-12
The Wild Game Entertainment Evergreen, CO June 15th 6pm-8:30
Scooters Sports Bar & Grill Aurora, CO 5pm-8

See you next month!

CSoM NEWSLETTER – April 2018

Thank you for choosing the Colorado School of Music for music lessons! Now in our tenth year in Golden, we are committed to providing the best in private music lessons in Golden and the Denver area. Our current roster is comprised of musicians from all over the Denver Metro area and includes students from Golden, Denver, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Littleton and Boulder!   

Colorado School of Music 2018 Recital next month!
Preparations are in full gear for this year’s recital!  The recital will take place on Saturday, May 19th, 2018, at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, with performances at 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Last year, we had over 70 participants performing on piano, guitar, violin, drums, saxophone, singing, and even our own student rock band! We welcome students of all ages and ability levels. Admission is free, so bring as many family members as you’d like to support our young performers.

Due Date for Recital Registration-
If you’re interested in performing in our Recital this year, please complete your registration form and return by May 1st, 2018.

Stay for the Show…
Due to our large number of performers at this year’s recital, we’ve divided the event into two performances to accommodate time and our large audience. While students are only performing in one section, we’d like to welcome/encourage any and all of our students and parents to stay for the show and support our young performers!

Summer Music
The Colorado School of Music is open year-round and we offer our normal schedule of private lessons throughout the warm months. Summer is a great time to begin youth piano lessons or guitar lessons – or perhaps you’re interested in trying something new like ukulele or drums. School band members – get ahead of your orchestra by taking some private instrument lessons during the break! Great slots are still available – email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or call us to set up a summer music lesson today!    

Lost And Found…mostly Lost
Have you misplaced your favorite water bottle or your piano lesson book? We may have it in our lost and found.  We have a large selection of items that have been left behind by our students and their families, and, with the exception of phones, most of these items remain unclaimed.  If you think you may have left something behind, please ask one of our staff members.

Odd Instrument?  – They’re not really odd, just interesting! The Colorado School of Music has talented instructors who specialize in many instruments. Do you play the trombone or the glockenspiel? Is it difficult finding a djembe teacher? If you play an unconventional instrument and are looking for direction, send us an email at info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com and let us know what you’re looking for – chances are, we have an instructor that can help you!

Keep practicing, and we’ll see you at the recital!

Guitar String Replacement

Is your guitar sitting in the corner and not getting played because of a broken string? Maybe you’ve got a replacement string, but aren’t sure how to change it out correctly? Let our Colorado School of Music guitar instructor, Dean Cutinelli, teach you how to properly replace that string and get you back to practicing, rehearsing and playing your acoustic guitar again!

Piano Scales to Learn

Wondering which scales are best to learn on the piano, look no further than this video. Discuss with your Colorado School of Music instructor and begin a dialog over the topic.