Free treble clef note reading worksheet

I’ve added a new worksheet that you can download for free. In order to get it, you’ll need to like my Facebook page. Once you’ve done that, find the tab that says Fan Freebies and follow the links.  You can see a preview of the worksheet below.  Let me know if you have any trouble downloading it.

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The worksheet itself is a treble clef note ID worksheet.  It uses C position, Middle C position, and G position notes (or C4 through D5).  As a little lagniappe, there are some vocabulary questions at the end.

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PS.  This worksheet was created using the VexTab Music Notation Add-on for Google Docs.  If you haven’t tried it, you should!  It’s great for making simple worksheets.

PPS.  Unfortunately, VexTab doesn’t allow notation on a grand staff, so it is somewhat limited.  But then again, it’s freeeee!

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File fixed! Iko Iko sheet music should work now

Hi everyone.  A couple of commenters have pointed out to me that the file I shared awhile back for the Carnival classic “Iko Iko” was corrupt, so I’m going to re-upload it.  Let me know if this one doesn’t work.

Link follows the gratuitous puppy pic:

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Just for fun. My pup Petunia dressed up for Mardi Gras

Get the music.

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New Google Doc Add-on Vex-Tab Music Notation + Free Worksheet

I was browsing on reddit as I am sometimes wont to do, and I learned about the new and exciting music notation tool for Google Docs.  For those of you not familiar with Google Docs, think of it as basically a free version of Microsoft Office provided by Google.  One significant difference between Google Docs and Office though is that Docs automatically backs up your documents online (not saved on your computer).

Anyway, enough about Docs.  The important news is that you can now use an add-on with Docs to notate music (for free!)  VexTab enables you to code music into your document and seems pretty easy to learn.  I spent about 15 minutes using it to create this worksheet (available in full on PianoTeacherNOLA’s Facebook page):

Music theory worksheet

Here’s an image of the editing window for the first line of music, so you can see how un-scary it is to use.  The green box shows what you type (and the music that results appears above it).

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It’s actually pretty intuitive.  You get to divide up your music into measures and type the notes thru note + octave notation.  I haven’t messed with different note values other than the quarter note yet, but it was very easy to change time signatures – all you do is change the value in “time=?” spot.

This is going to come in handy, I can tell.

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It’s Mardi Gras! Check out this awesome free sheet music for a New Orleans piano classic..

I’ve been obsessed with Allen Toussaint’s version of Tipitina and Me off of the post-Katrina compilation Our New Orleans

It’s a really refreshingly different version of the piece.  For reference, I’m going to link to a few famous versions first:

Professor Longhair:

Dr. John

James Booker

(Randomly, Hugh Laurie)

So, here’s the Allen Toussaint version that just blew me away for being such a refreshingly different take on this New Orleans classic:

Tipitina and MeAnd, here’s what you really came for, the sheet music.  This version has been, thankfully, transcribed (for free!) by Steve Castallano on his website.  As far as I know, it’s not available anywhere else.  A word of warning, this is an advanced piano piece that could probably be turned into a real mess by a less-than-discerning performer.

Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Free Practice Chart

For Valentine’s day, spread a little love using a practice chart with hearts.

Available on my website, here.

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Free Christmas Sheet Music: Good King Wenceslas

Hey everyone.  It’s been awhile – things have been SUPER busy for me these last few weeks.  However, I had time to create a simple version of Good King Wenceslas per a student request last night, so I thought I’d pass it along to you.

This version is meant to complete the excerpted version included in Adult All-In-One Course: Lesson-Theory-Technic: Level 1.

It involves simple rhythm (quarter notes, half notes) and requires students to be able to read flats and be able to move positions.

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Available in full on my site

You can find the full .pdf version on my website.

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Best thing I’ve seen all day. Flash Chorus!

Not to overly spoil the surprise, but the following video depicts a random group of people bursting into “Va Pensiero” at a mall.  Well-worth watching.

Couldn’t stop smiling. Who knew there were flash choruses?  I NEED to participate in one ASAP.

In other news, this is the article from which I got the video.  Apparently “Va Pensiero” only became a rallying cry for Italian unification some years after its publication, contrary to common lore.

The image of Verdi as a “revolutionary” composer . . .  became standard in the early 20th century; it was encouraged during the Fascist years (the state-sponsored 1941 Verdi celebrations were a high point), and was sustained post-war by a continuing adherence to the “heroic” aspects of Italian nationalism.

In spite of all this latter-day boosting, there is, alas, no evidence that the chorus excited patriotic fervour in its early years (a often-repeated tale about it being encored on opening night by enflamed patriots is a blatant invention).

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