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See the world for what it is...by Jerald Simon

See the world for what it is...by Jerald Simon from the book "Perceptions, Parables, and Pointers"
This is an excerpt from my book, "Perceptions, Parables, and Pointers". The book contains motivational messages and inspiriational ideas to help others do their best and continually strive to be better. Have a great day today and be your best!
 

The Chase by Jerald Simon

Click on the image below to Download this FREE "Cool Song" titled: "The Chase" by Jerald Simon
The Chase by Jerald Simon - FREE PDF copy of the "Cool Song" published by Music Motivation - print off this free copy at: http://musicmotivation.com/thechase
This is one of the "Cool Songs" from my "Cool Songs Annual Subscription". Every month I come out with two new "Cool Songs" that I share with piano teachers and piano students who have signed up for the subscription. Most of these "Cool Songs" also feature accompaniment instrumentation and orchestration so piano students get to play with the band.
 
"The Chase" is a fun intermediate piano solo in the key of A minor (C Major). The left hand primarily plays octave intervals while the right hand is playing notes from the A minor pentascale (A B C D E) and also the Perfect 5th interval (C and G) and the Major 3rd interval (C and E). With every "Cool Song" I compose, I teach the music theory of the new "Cool Song" and demonstrate who students, and teachers, can use the music theory I present to compose music of their own.
 
Click on the image below to watch the video:
 
Watch "The Chase" by Jerald Simon - a fun, "Cool Song" to motivate teenagers to play the piano.
 
Listen to me play the music by clicking on the widget player below (all three of these MP3s are included below as a FREE download)
 
 
Here is what you receive with this FREE PDF download from this website::
 
  • The FREE PDF sheet music of this cool piece - "The Chase"
  • 3 FREE MP3s of the accompanying background minus tracks as follows: (1) The MP3 at Performance Speed with the piano where I am playing the piano part so students can hear how it sounds at performance speed, (2) The MP3 at Performance Speed without piano starting with 4 clicks - students can perform this piece with the minus track since the piano part has been removed, and (3) The MP3 at Practice Speed without piano starting with 4 clicks and continuing the tempo click throughout the entire piece, but the speed has been cut in half so students can practice at a slower speed and then work up to performance speed
  • A Studio License if you are a teacher to print off as many copies of this sheet music for FREE for the piano students in your studio who would like to play this.
  • You can watch the video for FREE of me playing this "Cool Song" and teaching the theory of the piece on my YouTube page at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrCcjsGZDQw&index=1&list=PL9eocDI3QWNhiErbkK29DtnFZ24vvR8yx (I'd love to have you subscribe to my YouTube page and watch my other videos - you'll be notified of my new "Cool Songs" and Theory Tip Tuesday videos I post)
 
This "Cool Song" comes with three minus tracks. You can download all of the minus tracks below for FREE

Here are the instructions to download the MP3s. Right click on the image below where it says "CLICK HERE to Download".  A box will open up. Click on the line that says "Download Linked File" or "Download Linked File As..." and then you can save the MP3 to your computer. It is the same with all of the MP3s listed below.

Here is a picture of how it should look:

Just a note for the "minus" tracks with no piano (performance and practice speeds):
There are four clicks and then you begin playing. The practice speed has a steady click all the way throughout the piece. Have fun with this!

 
Click on the image below to download the MP3 minus track at Performance Speed with the Piano (I'm playing the piano) (120 BPM)
 
Download the FREE MP3 of Scaler Skillz by Jerald Simon (performance speed - with the Piano)
 
Click on the image below to download the MP3 minus track at Performance Speed - No Piano - then you can perform this cool song at your piano recital, a concert, school talent show, or for family and friends. (120 BPM)
 
Download the FREE MP3 of Scaler Skillz by Jerald Simon (performance speed - no piano)
 
Click on the image below to download the MP3 minus track at Practice Speed (this is perfect to practice this "Cool Song" at a slower tempo before playing it at performance speed) (about 60 BPM)
 
Download the FREE MP3 of Scaler Skillz by Jerald Simon (practice speed - no piano)
 
Every month I come out with 2 new "Cool Songs" for piano students and piano teachers. All of the "Cool Songs" will be combined into different books according to skill level. If you know of anyone who would enjoy this or benefit from this (piano teachers, piano students, parents of piano students, etc.), please share this with them. You can learn more about my annual subscription by visiting this link: http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscription.  Have FUN with this one! - Jerald Simon
 
Have a beautiful day!
Smile all the while and BE HAPPY!
Keep up the great work everyone! Thank you for continuing to inspire me.
 
Jerald (your Music Mentor)
Music Mentor Jerald Simon - visit musicmotivation.com
 
First and foremost, Jerald is a husband to his beautiful wife, Zanny, and a father to his wonderful children. Jerald Simon is the founder and president of Music Motivation®. He is a composer, author, poet, and Music Mentor/piano teacher (primarily focusing his piano teaching on music theory, improvisation, composition, and arranging). Jerald loves music, teaching, speaking, performing, playing sports, exercising, reading, writing poetry and self help books, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Zanny, and their children. Jerald created musicmotivation.com as a resource for piano teachers, piano students, and parents of piano students. In 2014 he began creating his monthly "Cool Songs" to help teach music theory - the FUN way by putting FUN back into theory FUNdamentals. He is the author/poet of "The As If Principle" (motivational poetry), and the book "Perceptions, Parables, and Pointers.” He is also the author of 21 music books from the Music Motivation® Series. He has also recorded and produced several albums and singles of original music.
 
 
Check out my piano music books (e.g. Cool Songs for Cool Kids, Cool Songs that ROCK! and many more titles) at this link: http://musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald. You can download all of my books as sample PDF books by clicking on the covers of each book.
 
Here are some helpful resources available on my website you might enjoy as well that I created to help piano teachers and piano students have access to free music, handouts, exercises, etc.

Download FREE Music from my Website
Download FREE Arrangements I have arranged (Christmas, Patriotic, etc.)
Learn How to Read Music Quickly (The 7 Markers of Musical Success)
Everything you need to know about Scales and Chords (links to additional websites included)
Learn about Composers
Getting Started with Jazz Improvisation
How to Play a ii-V-I (2-5-1) Jazz Chord Progression
Don't Teach Music Theory UNLESS You Teach the Practical Application
Download all of my books as FREE Sample PDF books to play 1 - 2 pages from each piece
Goal Setting 101
Learn All Key Signatures

You may also enjoy my Motivation in a Minute blog posts and also my Theory Tip Tuesday blog posts.

Have a wonderful week and make music your own. Share your musical message with the world!

Thanks again!

Jerald

 

How and why I created my company, Music Motivation, to motivate teenage piano students...

How and Why I created Music Motivation to motivate teenage piano students by Jerald Simon - Music Motivation -
 
Many piano teachers, piano students, and parents of piano students ask me how or why I began creating the weekly “Cool Songs” from my “Cool Songs Annual Subscription” (musicmotivation.com/annualsubscription). It began with my “Cool Songs for Cool Kids” Series (Primer Level and Books 1, 2, and 3), and my “Cool Songs that ROCK!” Series (books 1 and 2). To be honest, however, it actually began long before any of those books were created.
 
I began teaching piano lessons part time in 2003, I was newly married and was selling pianos in a piano store.  I didn’t start teaching full time as an independant piano teacher until 2006. Between 2003 and 2006 I had a few different sales jobs I did as well, while continuing to do things on the side for my music career. In 2006 I created my music company, Music Motivation®, at first for my piano studio and for me as a performing musician. I then felt motivated to come out with two books back to back. The first book I ever created was “An Introduction to Scales and Modes.” It is an in-depth tutorial of basic scales and modes in all key signatures. After that I came out with my second book, “Variations on Mary Had a Little Lamb.” This book has nine different arrangements I created using the children’s song, “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” These are some of the arrangements in the book: Mary Took Her Lamb to a Swingin’ Jazz Club, Mary’s Lamb Had the Blues, Mary Took Her Lamb to a 50s Rock Concert, Mary and Her Lamb Live with Indians, etc., etc., until the last arrangement of: Mary Took Her Lamb to a Funeral.
 
These books were created to help students learn the theory and the practical application of the music. As a result of these two books, my piano studio more than doubled. At my most busy time in teaching, I had around 88 piano students. The majority were teenage boys (ages 11-19), and most of them wanted to quit piano lessons. Piano teachers and parents of piano students would send me their students who essentially wanted nothing more to do with the instrument. The parents and teachers said they didn’t want their students to quit and asked me to try to motivate them to keep playing the piano (I guess that is what I get for naming my company Music Motivation®). The students would not play from any method book past or present and would never suggest music they wanted to play. I needed to figure out how to reach these students and connect with them. I asked each of them what kind of music they enjoyed and asked them to bring it so they could work on it. The majority would not do it. I then asked them to challenge me to create or compose a piano solo for them during their lesson. They all found this very entertaining. I would tell them to choose a style of music, key signature, and the time signature. With some pieces, such as “Game Over” from “Cool Songs for Cool Kids” book 1, they even said I could only use four notes. It was a game for the students and a challenge for me. With each of these students, I composed a piano solo during their lesson time and even notated it in Finale. At the end of their lesson I printed off the music and sent it home with them. I challenged them to learn the piano solo and then let me know what they thought. I told them I would compose a new piece the following week during their next lesson for them.
 
It worked! The following week, the students returned and...CLICK HERE to READ MORE!

FRIDAY FREEBIE for May 6th, 2016

I am starting something new each month. I'm calling it FRIDAY FREEBIE because on the first Friday of each month, I have decided to give away one FREE product. It may be a PDF download or a physical copy of one of my books (currently I have 21 music books I have created featuring over 200 original piano compositions and one - soon to be two motivational/self help books), or one of my CDs (currently I have 10 CDs I have come out with - two of which are EPs, and also two singles).
 
For today's FRIDAY FREEBIE, I am going to give away a physical copy of your choice - one of three CDs. You can either choose Hymns of the HeartThe Dawn of a New Age, or Chasing Clouds. To be entered to win the FREE CD, simply share this post on your Facebook page or other social media site and make sure you have liked my musician Facebook page (Jerald Simon). To listen to samples from the three CDs you can visit these links below to see which one you would like to receive. Also, leave a comment below letting me know which one you would like to receive and at the end of the day everyone will have their name placed in a container and I will randomly select a winner. I will notify the winner tomorrow morning (Saturday, May 7th, 2016) and will mail out the FREE CD to you. Here are the three links to the CDs up for grabs:
 
Hymns of the Heart by Jerald Simon - produced by Music Motivation - visit http://musicmotivation.com/jeraldsimon to learn more about Jerald
 
 
Chasing Clouds by Jerald Simon - produced by Music Motivation - visit http://musicmotivation.com/jeraldsimon to learn more about Jerald
 
Simply share this post, like my Facebook page, and leave a comment telling me which CD you would like to receive and you'll be entered for a FREE CD mailed to your home. Please feel free to share this with anyone else who may enjoy receiving a free CD of my music. Thanks!

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