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A nice note from Mr Sipe about our holiday caroling last month ....

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Choir Director at Zion Lutheran Church

I was introduced to the congregation today as the new choir director. I was teasing one congregation member that there was now a "empty seat" in the bass section (my chair) that needed to be filled. To my surprise, he said that he would be willing to join us! Yeah! Now we have 5 sopranos, 3 altos, 3 tenors, and now, once again, 3 basses.

That is Why We Teach Music

Not because we expect you to major in music
Not because we expect you to play or sing all your life
Not so you can relax
Not so you can have fun

BUT --- so you will be human
              so you will recognize beauty
              so you will be sensitive
              so you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world
              so you will have something to cling to
              so you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good ---
               in short, more life.

Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?


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Hal Leonard Guitar Tab Method - Books 1 & 2 Combo Edition Review

Just finished  reviewing the Hal Leonard Guitar Tab Method Books 1 & 2.

I think I'll use this book for young adults and "young at heart" students.  The song index of well known pop, rock, metal and TV melodies is extensive (over 100!).  That's what makes this book so much fun!  It minimizes the need to know music notation, just rhythms and time signatures.  But, it does teach the "names" of notes as a secondary learning event.  The primary push is to get hands on the guitar and PLAY!  It will bring up a new student fast and teach TAB to a  more experienced student even faster.  It has a CD so you can hear how it should sound but it becomes unnecessary except for the more complex rhythm licks/melody lines or for songs that you don't already "know".  There's even entire songs at the end when standard chords are introduced.  By that time, your hands should be use to holding down single notes and 2 or 3 note chords.  A much better way to …