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The Major Scale

Dean Cutinelli here from the Colorado School of Music. Remember we are just a call away to start your private music lessons. We offer guitar lessons, ukulele lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons, violin lessons, vocal lessons as well orchestral instruments. Now on to our discussion about the 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 … March 2021

CSoM NEWSLETTER … March 2021

The Colorado School of Music offers weekly private music instruction for all instruments! Try a guitar lesson, piano lesson, or any of our currently offered instruments or disciplines.   

Here is what we offer:

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

Drum lessons and specialty percussion lessons – learn to jam on a drum kit 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 with our talented violin instructor. A great choice for both young and old, private violin lessons are fun and rewarding.

Private music lessons for school band/ orchestra instruments.   

So if you’re someone who’s looking to try a new instrument or rekindle their love for music, try a lesson for $10! To book an introductory lesson, please email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or call 303-526-9865 today! 

The Snow is Here…   

Now entrenched in the cold months, we often get questions regarding our policy for snow closures. In the event of a snow closure, The Colorado School of Music will post an announcement on our website by noon the day in question to announce the closure. 

Online lessons will occur as normal on snow days. 

In the event of a snow closure, in-house instructors will offer online lessons at the normal lesson time. When in doubt please check the Website: www.coloradoschoolofmusic.com  or the Facebook page!

In person lessons!

We’re happy to offer in-person lessons in our Golden studio! We’ve altered our school to accommodate lessons in a fun and safe environment! If you’d like to register for in-person lessons or would like to know more about our covid-19 protocols and safety measures, send an email to: info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or call 303-526-9865 today! 

Online Lessons!

In addition to our in-person lessons, the Colorado School of Music continues to offer online lessons!  As with our in-person lessons, all online lessons are on-on-one private instruction with our talented instructors. Using, FaceTime, Skype, or your favorite video call app, connect with our teachers and take your lessons from home!  We currently offer online lessons Monday through Thursday for all instruments and voice. Call 303-526-9865 or email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com to get signed up today!

Open for March/Spring Break-

The school will be open and conducting normally scheduled lessons through March.

See you next month!

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March Music Blog

Performing as a Professional Musician

Dean Cutinelli here from the Colorado School of Music. Remember we are just a call away to start your private music lessons. We offer guitar lessonspiano lessons, drum lessons,Violin lessons, vocal lessons as well as orchestral instruments. Now on to our discussion on performing as a professional musician.

There are many different aspects that go into live performances as a professional musician.

First is knowing the material you will be playing inside and out. The more comfortable you are with the music you are performing, the more you can focus on your stage presence and interacting with the other musicians on the stage. Depending on how much time you’ll have to the learn the material can dictate how you might prepare for different gigs. If you know your going to have a few months and a handful of rehearsals for said gig I would recommend memorizing as much of the material as possible. Making sure any of the parts that you have had trouble with are rehearsed over and over. If you think you have the trouble parts down try playing them with a metronome. Some times counting a part is the best way to get it down. If your working on something technical don’t be afraid to slow it down and slowly work it back up to speed with the metronome. If you have accepted a gig and you are going to have limited time to learn the material I recommend charting out the material. You can get as detailed as you think you need. Make sure you make any specific notes on the charts that will help you perform the material. Make sure you include time signatures and keys signatures. Make sure you’re ready to take a solo if asked. If mistakes happen and they do to the best of us just keep playing and don’t dwell on it. Try not to make a funny face or look around to see if anyone noticed. There is a saying if you make a mistake make it sound and look like you ment it. Stay in the moment!

Now you have the material ready to go you have to consider your gear and anything that needs to have a backup available. If you perform with a string instrument always have replacement strings available. Bring extra cables if your set up requires them. Second you should also have a backup instrument. Yes bring a second guitar or keyboard or what ever your instrument maybe. Drummers make sure you have backup heads and an extra snare drum. If possible I would recommend drummers bring a backup bass drum pedal as well. If you’r using any kind of tube amplifier definitely bring a backup solid state amp. Tube amplifiers can be very finicky. Anything else that you use for your performance and is a necessity bring a backup. Availability is paramount!

Speaking of availability, having reliable transportation is also of the utmost importance. Keeping a can of fix a flat in your car is a good idea along with having a spare tire. Make sure you give yourself a time buffer just in case you get lost or have some kind of car trouble. Also make sure you have extra time to set up your gear. You never know when you might have to trouble shoot your rig.

Last is dress for success. Remember we are entertainers and performers. We should look and sound the part. The more you enjoy yourself on stage the more audience will enjoy the performance and there experience. Ok now let’s go break a leg!

Thank for reading.

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Dean Cutinelli

CSoM NEWSLETTER … February 2021

Welcome to the Colorado School of Music!

Now in our 16th year of business, we’re proud to offer both online and in-person private music instruction for all ages and levels in piano lessons, guitar lessons, violin lessons, drums lessons, voice lessons and band/orchestra instruments.

Lessons in the New Year!

The Colorado School of Music offers weekly private music instruction for all instruments! Try a lesson in guitar, piano, or any of our currently offered instruments or disciplines.   

Here is what we offer:

-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 lessons and/or specialty percussion lessons – learn to jam on a drum kit 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 with our talented violin instructor. 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’re someone who’s looking to try a new instrument or rekindle their love for music, try a lesson for $10! To book an introductory lesson, please email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or call 303-526-9865 today! 

In person lessons!

We’re happy to offer in-person lessons in our Golden studio! We’ve altered our school to accommodate lessons in a fun and safe environment! If you’d like to register for in-person lessons or would like to know more about our covid-19 protocols and safety measures, send an email to: info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or call 303-526-9865 today! 

Online Lessons!

In addition to our in-person lessons, the Colorado School of Music continues to offer online lessons!  As with our in-person lessons, all online lessons are on-on-one private instruction with our talented instructors. Using, FaceTime, Skype, or your favorite video call app, connect with our teachers and take your lessons from home!  We currently offer online lessons Monday through Thursday for all instruments and voice. Call 303-526-9865 or email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com to get signed up today!

The Snow is Here…

Now entrenched in the cold months, we often get questions regarding our policy for snow closures. In the event of a snow closure, The Colorado School of Music will post an announcement on our website by noon the day in question to announce the closure. 

Online lessons will occur as normal on snow days. 

In the event of a snow closure, in-house instructors will be teaching online lessons at the normal lesson time. When in doubt please check the Website: www.coloradoschoolofmusic.com  or the Facebook page!

Need to Move?

Did your coach just re-structure practice times and throw your schedule into chaos? You’re probably not alone.  We understand the rigors of spring 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!

Located in the heart of downtown Golden, 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!

Whether you’re a beginner, a seasoned pro or just learning for fun, private music lessons with our experienced instructors will take your playing to the next level!

Keep practicing!

Guitar String Replacement

Dean Cutinelli here from the Colorado School of Music. Remember we are just a call away to start your private music lessons. We offer guitar lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons, Violin lessons, vocal lessons as well orchestral instruments.

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!

CSoM NEWSLETTER … New Year 2021

Welcome to the Colorado School of Music!

Lessons in the New Year!

The Colorado School of Music offers weekly private music instruction for all instruments! Try a lesson in guitar, piano, or any of our currently offered instruments or disciplines.   

Here is what we offer:

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 lessons and/or specialty percussion lessons – learn to jam on a drum kit 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 with our talented violin instructor. 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’re someone who’s looking to try a new instrument or rekindle their love for music, try a lesson for $10! To book an introductory lesson, please email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or call 303-526-9865 today! 

In person lessons!

We’re happy to offer in-person lessons in our Golden studio! We’ve altered our school to accommodate lessons in a fun and safe environment! If you’d like to register for in-person lessons or would like to know more about our covid-19 protocols and safety measures, send an email to: info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or call 303-526-9865 today! 

Online Lessons!

In addition to our in-person lessons, the Colorado School of Music continues to offer online lessons!  As with our in-person lessons, all online lessons are on-on-one private instruction with our talented instructors. Using, FaceTime, Skype, or your favorite video call app, connect with our teachers and take your lessons from home!  We currently offer online lessons Monday through Thursday for all instruments and voice. Call 303-526-9865 or email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com to get signed up today!

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 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!      

The Snow is Here…   

Now entrenched in the cold months, we often get questions regarding our policy for snow closures. In the event of a snow closure, The Colorado School of Music will post an announcement on our website by noon the day in question to announce the closure. Online lessons will occur as normal on snow days. 

In the event of a snow closure, in-house instructors will be teaching online lessons at the normal lesson time. When in doubt please check the Website: www.coloradoschoolofmusic.com  or the Colorado School of Music Facebook page!

Flute and Piano performance at the Arvada Center

Stay Safe and Keep Practicing!

CSoM NEWSLETTER … January 2021

Welcome to the Colorado School of Music! Now in our 15th year of business, we’re proud to offer both online lessons and in-person private music lessons for all ages and levels including piano lessonsguitar lessons, violin lessons, drum lessons voice lessons, and band and orchestral instruments.

Lessons in the New Year!

The Colorado School of Music offers weekly private music instruction for all instruments! Try a lesson in guitar, piano, or any of our currently offered instruments or disciplines.   

Here is what we offer:

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 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 with our talented violin instructor. 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’re someone who’s looking to try a new instrument or rekindle their love for music, try a lesson for $10! To book an introductory lesson, please email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or call 303-526-9865 today! 

In person lessons!

We’re happy to offer in-person lessons in our Golden studio! We’ve altered our school to accommodate lessons in a fun and safe environment! If you’d like to register for in-person lessons or would like to know more about our covid-19 protocols and safety measures, send an email to: info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or call 303-526-9865 today! 

Online Lessons!

In addition to our in-person lessons, the Colorado School of Music continues to offer online lessons!  As with our in-person lessons, all online lessons are on-on-one private instruction with our talented instructors. Using, FaceTime, Skype, or your favorite video call app, connect with our teachers and take your lessons from home!  We currently offer online lessons Monday through Thursday for all instruments and voice. Call 303-526-9865 or email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com to get signed up today!

The Snow is Here…   

Now entrenched in the cold months, we often get questions regarding our policy for snow closures. In the event of a snow closure, The Colorado School of Music will post an announcement on our website by noon the day in question to announce the closure. 

Online lessons will occur as normal on snow days. 

In the event of a snow closure, in-house instructors will be teaching online lessons at the normal lesson time. When in doubt please check the Website: www.coloradoschoolofmusic.com  or the Colorado School of Music Facebook page!

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!

Located in the heart of downtown Golden, 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!

Whether you’re a beginner, a seasoned pro or just learning for fun, private music lessons with our experienced instructors will take your playing to the next level!

Vocal lessons and Piano lessons

Practice… Practice…Practice!

January Music Blog

January Music Blog

Dean Cutinelli here from the Colorado School of Music. Remember we are just a call away to start your private music lessons. We offer guitar lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons, Violin lessons, vocal lessons as well orchestral instruments. Ok now on to the Dorian mode.

The Dorian Mode

The modes are a variation on either the major scale or minor scale. There are seven modes, Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian. This month we will be discussing the Dorian mode. The Dorian mode is easiest to understand when comparing it to the natural minor scale. If you played an A natural minor scale your note are A,B,C,D,E,F,G. The Dorian mode takes the natural minor scale an augments one note. The Dorian mode has a raised 6th if compared to the natural minor scale. If we stay with A being the root of our Dorian scale your note would now be A,B,C,D,E,F#,G. By change just one note in the scale you can create whole new sound. IF you

Are familiar with your key signatures you may be saying to your self well that’s just a G major scale starting on A. Yes this is another way to theorize the Dorian scale. 

The History of the Dorian Mode

The early Byzantine church developed a system of eight musical modes (the octoechos), which served as a model for medieval European chant theorists when they developed their own modal classification system starting in the 9th century.[3] The success of the Western synthesis of this system with elements from the fourth book of De institutione musica of Boethius, created the false impression that the Byzantine octoechos was inherited directly from ancient Greece.[4]Originally used to designate one of the traditional harmoniai of Greek theory the name was appropriated (along with six others) by the 2nd-century theorist Ptolemy to designate his seven tonoi, or transposition keys.

Who uses the Dorian Mode

You can hear this scale used in rock, jazz, blues, classical and pop as well as other styles of music. 

In the blues rock vain Carlos Santana makes the Dorian mode a big part of his sound. Oye Como Va has a very strong Dorian sound. In a classical setting Beethoven‘s Missa Solemnis incorporates the Dorian scale. Milestones by Miles Davis will give 

An example of this sound in a jazz context. Last give a listen to Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles to hear us very cleverly in a pop song.

I hope after reading this you have a better Idea on what a mode is and in particular the Dorian mode. Please feel free to contact us and come in for a music lesson to learn all about the modes and anything else pertaining to music from one of our great instructor at the Colorado School of Music in Golden CO. We offer guitar lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons, violin lessons and vocal lessons as wells as orchestral instruments. 

Thanks for reading!

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music lessons

Dean Cutinelli

CSoM NEWSLETTER … December 2020

CSoM NEWSLETTER … December 2020

Welcome to the Colorado School of Music! Now in our 15th year of business, we’re proud to offer both online lessons and in-person private music lessons for all ages and levels including piano lessonsguitar lessons, violin lessons, drum lessons voice lessons, and band and orchestral instruments.

Located in the heart of downtown Golden, 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!

Whether you’re a beginner, a seasoned pro or just learning for fun, private music lessons with our experienced instructors will take your playing to the next level!

Here is what we offer:

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 lessons and/or specialty percussion lessons – learn to jam on a drum kit 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 with our talented violin instructor. 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.   

THANK YOU…

Endless thanks to our students, parents of students and our dedicated staff of music instructors for all your hard work and support through the ups and downs of this crazy year! We are so grateful to have persevered through these difficult months and we owe it all to our students, teachers and the love for music that endures even in the toughest of times. Both personally and professionally we truly appreciate the support! We’re looking forward to a happier and healthier 2021!

Closed for Winter Break December 21st-January 3rd

This month, the Colorado School of Music will be taking our customary two week Holiday Break.  The school will be closed Monday December 21st 2020 through January 3rd,2021. No classes will be held on these days. All classes will resume at their normal days/times the week of January 4th. Thank you and enjoy the Holidays!

Lessons in the New Year!

The Colorado School of Music offers weekly private music instruction for all instruments! Try a lesson in guitar, piano, or any of our currently offered instruments or disciplines.   

Piano Lessons
Piano Lessons

November Music Blog

The Fender Stratocaster

Dean Cutinelli here from the Colorado School of Music. Remember we are just a call away to start your private music lessons. We offer guitar lessons, ukulele lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons, violin lessons, vocal lessons as well orchestral instruments. Now on to our discussion about the stratocaster guitar.

The Fender American stratocaster is one of the most classic guitar sound you will hear. Such guitar gods like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton have made the Strat part of their signature sound. 

The Stratocaster was the first Fender guitar to feature three pickups and a spring tension vibrato system, as well as being the first Fender with a contoured body.[3] The Stratocaster’s sleek, contoured body shape (officially referred to by Fender as the “Comfort Contour Body”) differed from the flat, squared edge design of the Telecaster. The Stratocaster’s double cutaways allowed players easier access to higher positions on the neck. The classic pickup set up on a strat is 3 single coil pickups and a 5 way pickup selector. Each position on the selector gives you a very different sound. You are given the option to use one pickup at a time or use two pickups at the same time. The strat is also equipped with a volume knob and two tone knobs. The volume is a master volume and controls all three pickups. Each of the tone knobs control the bridge, middle and neck pickup. The classic pickup settings on the strat are the in between spots on the pickup selector. Meaning you are using two pickups at the same time. 

There have been many variations on the strat over the years. You can get different pickup formations. For example you could have two hum bucker picks installed. A humbucking pickup, humbucker, or double coil, is a type of electric guitar pickup that uses two coils to “buck the hum” (or cancel out the interference) picked up by coil pickups caused by electromagnetic interference, particularly mains hum.

Another common variation is to have a different bridge put on the guitar. Some players like a fixed bridge well others might want a Floyd Rose locking bridge installed on there strat. Regardless of the variations this guitar has established it self as one the most classic guitar sound on the planet.

I hope after reading this you have a little better understanding of the stratocaster guitar. Please feel free to contact us and come in for a music lesson from one of our great instructor at the Colorado School of Music in Golden CO. We offer guitar lessons, ukulele lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons, violin lessons and vocal lessons as wells as orchestral instruments. 

Dean Cutinelli - Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele & Mandolin
Colorado School of Music

Thanks for reading!

Dean Cutinelli