31

Jul

Piano Scavenger Hunt Free Lesson Schedule!

Hey Guys! Don’t forget to check out our Piano Scavenger Hunt!

We’ll be playing / teaching / pulling people in around the pianos for whatever fun stuff happens at the following times until the pianos are gone on August 17th

Here is our schedule for the weekends until then!

We will update if anything changes!

We will be at the following pianos:

Fridays 3:00-4:30pm

  • Ballard

Saturdays 5:00-6:30pm

  • Greenlake

Sundays 1pm-2:30pm

  • Ballard
  • Greenlake

We would love to see you all there! Don’t forget to upload your videos with#muralcontest and #pianoscavengerhunt to Youtube and our Facebook page!!

Act Fast! Pianos are only there from July 17-Aug 17
Here are a list of parks where the pianos are located:http://pianosintheparks.com/find-a-park-piano/

For a review of Piano Scavenger Hunt information review this blog post: http://offthewallschoolofmusic.com/2014/enter-our-piano-scavenger-hunt/

Or check out our Facebook!

25

Jul

Enter our Piano Scavenger Hunt!

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Off the Wall is having a piano scavenger hunt! We’re giving away prizes to kids that record themselves at the Pianos in the Parks.

WHAT TO DO:
– Introduce yourself and what piano you’re playing on- Don’t play piano? That’s fine! Play your guitar, violin or other instrument beside a piano!
– Say Off the Wall School of Music rocks in the video or write it on a sign
– Upload the video to YouTube and share it on our wall
– Add a hash tag #muralcontest (no spaces) to your video

PRIZES:
– Record one video and we’ll give you a free shirt.
– Record three videos at three different pianos and we’ll give you a free 30min lesson.

Act Fast! Pianos are only there from July 17-Aug 17
Here are a list of parks where the pianos are located:http://pianosintheparks.com/find-a-park-piano/

 

We also will be having our teachers at a few of the pianos this weekend offering free lessons!!! 

All times are estimated.

FRIDAY 7/25/14 – SARAH:
Ballard 2pm-3pm
Seattle Center 3:30pm-4:30pm
Westlake 5:00-6:00pm
SATURDAY – Chris:
Westlake 4-5pm
Pier 62/63 5-6pm
SUNDAY – Sarah:
Ballard 3-4pm


Now get out there and practice! We can’t wait to see you!

23

Jul

Casablanca Piano Up For Auction!

An important and iconic piece of movie history is set to be auctioned off later this year, and is expected to receive bids of at least a million dollars.

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Used in the classic 1942 movie Casablanca, this beautiful piano was played by Dooley Wilson’s character of Sam.

Items in Movie May Appear Larger Than Actual Size!
The piano used in the film was actually ¾ the size of a real upright to make the actors look bigger!

As the movie was in black and white, the unique color and design was not apparent. This picture proves what a work of art it is. Does the piano you play and practice on have a special history behind it?

Although he did not actually play piano in real life, and pretended to onscreen, that is Wilson’s voice singing “As Time Goes By”, the special song of main characters Rick and Ilsa.

Thanks to its use in Casablanca, “As Time Goes By”, a song which was unsuccessful when first released years before, finally became a hit and has remained a standard to this day.

Seattle Pianos In the Parks!
The pianos in the parks around Seattle are also being auctioned off. They all look amazing and some of the talented artists around Seattle have been used  to paint them. The Seattle pianos are probably not going to get the same price as the piano from Casablanca which is expected to get anywhere from $600k to over $1 million dollars! The pianos around Seattle are being auctioned off with the bidding starting at $250. A much more reasonable price.

19

Jul

“It takes a village”

We’ve heard throughout the centuries that “It takes a village to raise a child.” The warmth and love of a community can go a long way in shaping the children of tomorrow. When we came across this heartwarming example of community support we knew we had to share!

Meet Dylan- The 8 year old who showed us all the power of community.

 

http://twentytwowords.com/kid-puts-a-sign-up-for-a-front-yard-piano-concert-hundreds-show-up-in-the-rain-including-me/?2

What did you think of that story?

16

Jul

100 Basslines

Every band needs a bass player.

 

Whether in jazz, blues, funk or rock, the role of the bass player is to create a solid steady foundation that locks in with the drums. This video has a bunch of the most famous fun, funky bass lines that get stuck in your head! After watching the video, ask your teacher to help you learn a few of these awesome basslines!

Some basslines are simple patterns, others are more melodic, keeping the song anchored, but you can still hear their greatness even with other instruments added.

 

Warning: watching video & practicing the music contained within may result in involuntary head-bobbing & general getting down.

09

Jul

Remembering Horace Silver

Horace Silver (September 2, 1928-June 18, 2014) passed away at the age of 85. He penned one of our favorite tunes, “Song For My Father”. A lot of our piano students have been learning it lately.

Steely Dan based their hit “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” on the bass riff that begins “Song For My Father”. Silver was known for combining jazz, blues, Latin & gospel to create his own unique sound.

Silver’s music has influenced other pianists, such as Ramsey Lewis, who, when speaking about Silver after his death, said, “Horace Silver was one of the hardest swinging piano players in jazz, both as a section player and a soloist… Moreover, he was one of the finest human beings that walked the earth.”

The saxophone, not piano, was Silver’s first instrument. With whatever instrument you play, where do you think your lessons will take you?

11

Apr

Turn your Keyboard into a Musical Instrument!

 

We’re always looking for cool, new music, gadgets and gizmos a plenty to share with our students here in Seattle! Music involves a lot more than just playing a piano, singing a song, strumming a guitar or playing a tune on the violin. Music utilizes all of your senses, even ones you do not expect.

We already know that taking piano and other music lessons will help your brain, increase your math skills and your mood. Did you also know that music can help you hear smells and see sounds? Crazy, right?

We came across this very cool site the other day! http://www.patatap.com/

This site was created by Jono Brandel in collaboration with the melody design unit of Shawn James Seymour and Yoshimi Seymour. Their aim was that “with each sound they try to bring out the everyday wonder of overlooked moments and make the mundane seem magical.”

Patatap is an animation and sound kit that allows you to turn your keyboard into a musical instrument! With just a few keystrokes, the touch of your finger allows your keyboard to create melodies charged with moving shapes. It can be used on any device and browser. It seems to work the best with Chrome.

Patatap was created to introduce more people to “Synesthesia.” This is where stimulation of one sensory allows you to automatically experience stimulation of another sensory. An example would be hearing smells or seeing sounds. Sounds crazy, right? The history of this artform of musical expressions stretches back into early paintings done by Kandinsky and Mondrian. This program was meant to take components from their artwork and key elements and present their art form in a more direct and simple way.

You should try it and play all you like! Pressing Space Bar is a way of hitting ‘refresh’ on your art and clearing the color palette and sounds so you can start again.

For more information here are two other articles on it:

http://creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2014/march/patatap

http://works.jonobr1.com/Patatap

 

But…. if I were you.. I’d just try it!  http://www.patatap.com/

 

 

 

 

16

Dec

Introducing Stephen Bent!

We just wanted to take a moment and welcome a new member to our team! Stephen Bent! He will be teaching piano, voice and beginning guitar on Monday’s at Off the Wall!

You can learn more about him here http://offthewallschoolofmusic.com/stephen-bent-piano-voice-beginning-guitar-and-ukulele/

22

Oct

Will music help you win the Nobel Prize someday?

We stumbled upon this cool little article, and wanted to share it with you!
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Meet Thomas Sudhof! He is a Nobel Prize winner for medicine and physiology. He says his music teacher helped him win! Find out why: http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2013/10/nobel-medicine-winner-says-i-owe-is-all-to-my-bassoon-teacher.html

28

Feb

Want to write your own song?

Check this out!!

Its a free songwriting class:
https://www.coursera.org/course/songwriting

From pat pattison –
He had john mayer and gillian welch and many other now famous songwriters in his classes at Berklee. He developed the first songwriting college course in the country a long time agon and has lots of experience teaching this stuff.

He makes it really clear, fun and easy to understand and the course will make your songs much more developed and better!

If you want to get better at songwriting this free 6 week course is the fastest and most convenient way to get there!

This course lasts 6 weeks and there is about 6-8 hours of work each week. No prior musical experience is required!

Don’t miss out….

Hurry! It starts March 1st!

11

Feb

A Warm Welcome to Jason Cairati!

 

Please welcome our new piano teacher Jason Cairati! He’ll be teaching private piano lessons and Rock Band on Saturday mornings and afternoons.

You can read Jason’s full Off the Wall profile here: http://offthewallschoolofmusic.com/teachers/jason-cairati-pianorock-jazz-and-classical/

29

Jan

MIDI is 30!

Technology continue to change and evolve on an almost constant basis. It always seems that the minute you purchase the newest and greatest thing, the next best toy is already on the product line. It’s nearly impossible to keep up with! While many things continue to be tweaked and improved, one thing has remained the same- MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface).

 

I guess the saying goes…”When you get something right, leave it alone!”

 

We have lots of synthesizers and keyboards at the school, and incorporate how to use the technology in our piano classes. Last week a student brought in a looping pedal and a microphone and worked on looping beat boxing patterns.
Other times students will work on various forms of synthesis. Understanding how to connect keyboards, and other gear up to speakers with audio and midi cables are some of the basics we teach before students can move on to crafting sounds on the synthesizers.

 

 

Check out this article to learn more about the 30th anniversary of MIDI and it’s impact on music today!

http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/28/3923488/midi-turns-30-revolutionary-open-music-standard-lives-on

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07

Dec

Do you like to Jam online with your friends?

Check out this cool new Google Chrome experience! You can Jam with friends. We thought it looked pretty unique. What do you think?

 

Download it here:

jam with chrome:
http://www.jamwithchrome.com/unsupported?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jamwithchrome.com%2F

06

Dec

Here is the latest news from Pearl Django! December Shows!

Happy Holidays Pearl Django fans,

Whether your holiday spirit is already in full swing or if you are in need a little jump start to get into a festive mood, you’ll want to tune in this Thursday (Dec 6th) to KPLU at noon.  We’ll be live on the radio playing holiday favorites with the Pacific Lutheran University’s  Jazz Ensemble!  We’re also in Shoreline, Conway, Yakima, North Bend, Bellevue and Tacoma this month, playing concerts, dinner shows, club gigs and festivals.

Looking into 2013, we are proud to have the fine Minneapolis based vocalist, Connie Evingson, as our special guest at Jazz Alley this year.  We be there with Connie January 2nd through the 6th!

http://www.connieevingson.com/

Happy Holidays to you and peace and goodwill all ’round!

Saturday, December 8
The Conway Muse                 7:30pm
This really is a fun place – come on out!
18444 Spruce (@ Main), Conway WA        360-445-3000

http://www.conwaymuse.com/

Sunday, December 9
Bake’s Place Bellevue           7pm
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue WA           425-454-2776

http://bakesplacebellevue.com/

Thursday, December 13
Boxley’s                         7pm
101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend WA    425-292-9307

http://www.boxleysplace.com/web/

Friday, December 14
North City Bistro               8pm
Reservations are recommended…
1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline WA          206-365-4447

http://www.northcitybistro.com/

Saturday, December 15
The Seasons At Seasons Performance Hall         7:30pm
101 N. Naches Ave. Yakima WA            509-453-1888

http://www.theseasonsyakima.com/

Monday, December 31
Tacoma First Night       8pm
New Year’s Eve Festival!
Rialto Theater 310 S 9th St, Tacoma WA

http://www.firstnighttacoma.org/home/

Thanks for supporting live music.  We hope to see you at a show!

Pearl Django
_______________________

05

Dec

Jazz Legend Dave Brubeck Passes Away Today Leaving Behind a New love of Jazz

Dave Brubeck was a jazz musician that captured the attention of even those who didn’t have any particular interest or knowledge of jazz. The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s best remembered and top selling album piece is “Take Five.” His music was known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

He experimented with time signatures throughout his career. He was also well known for composing sacred and orchestral music.

Here is one of his well known songs done in 9/8 time.

Dave Brubeck you will be missed.

What was your favorite of his pieces?

04

Dec

Music and Life

We came across this video and thought it was awesome! Let us know what you think.

05

Oct

Have You Heard of Jamiroquai?

Jamiroquai are an “English jazz funk” and “acid jazz” band formed in 1992. “Acid Jazz” is a combination of  jazz, funk and hip-hop. It is also influenced by soul, house, and disco music. The keyboard player of this band we think is pretty awesome. His name is Matt Johnson.

Matt Johnson is a very creative musician. He’s able to play the keys perfectly to fit each song and its style.

Here’s a cool video of him making a ‘crap tune’. (That’s what he says). Let us know what you think about his quick mix.

Here’s a video of Jamioquai live:

Here’s a video to help you learn a little more about Matt Johnson

 

We think he is pretty cool. What do you think? Would you like to learn to play like him?

07

Sep

Here Are Your Opportunities to See Pearl Django in September!

Hello Pearl Django Fans,

We are happy to say we are following up a very busy summer with a very busy fall!  There is a lot going on in the
Pearl Django world this month.  Two trips to Canada and three jazz festivals including an appearance with our favorite
itinerant guitarist, Martin Taylor, at Djangofest Northwest.  Dinner shows in Northbend, Shoreline and Everett are
also on the docket this month as well as a concert in Friday Harbor…so, plenty of opportunities to catch a show.
We hope to see you at one!

Wednesday, September 12 7pm
Boxley’s
101 W North Bend Way, North Bend WA     425-292-9307

http://www.boxleysplace.com/web/

Friday, September 14            8pm
North City Bistro
1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline WA             206-365-4447
Reservations recommended…

http://www.northcitybistro.com/

Saturday, September 15  7pm
Under the Red Umbrella
1502 Rucker Ave. Everett WA             425-252-9193
Reservations very recommended…

http://www.undertheredumbrella.com/musicandevents

Sunday, September 16    3pm
Pender Harbour Jazz Festival
Pender Harbour BC Canada

http://penderharbourmusic.ca/jazz-festival/

Wednesday thru Sunday, September 19 – 23
Djangofest NW
Langley WA (on Whidbey Island)
Tickets are now on sale at WICA         800-638-7631
Pearl Django will perform on Friday, Sept 21 with the brilliant guitarist, Martin Taylor

http://www.djangofest.com/nw/home.htm

Saturday, September 22  7:30pm
San Juan Community Theater
100 2nd Street, Friday Harbor WA                360-378-3210

http://www.sjctheatre.org/events/eventDetails.asp?key=289

Sunday, September 23    Afternoon
Quamichan Inn
1478 Maple Bay Road, Duncan BC Canada   250-746-7028

http://quamichaninn.com/

Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30
Rain or Shine Festival in Aberdeen WA
Multiple sets at multiple locations, details to follow

Thank you for supporting live music!

Pearl Django
________________________

25

Aug

Determination and Passion Pay Off- Check out “Karmin”

Karmin started their band at Berklee College of Music. Once they reached a certain level they began promoting themselves on YouTube. Their talent was immediately recognized by a tv show host, which opened the doors to them meeting other people in the  music industry who adored them and began to help them out. They soon were able to play at bigger venues with larger acts.

In order to get where they are they had to work very hard at Berklee, and practice often. Their determination and passion for their  music paid off!  This is a cover of the song “Pumped up Kicks”, and serves as an example that shows you can play any song on piano and make it sound cool!

24

Aug

Check Out The Awesome-ness of Summer Rock Band Camp!

Here’s a short video of some of the kids at one of this years Rock Band Camps. This is what they have to say….. Don’t they sound like they had a blast?

 

Here’s a short video of an ordinary day at camp!