Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Master Class For Voice on February 8th!


A master class is a concentrated public coaching for the singers who participate. Because each turn is much shorter than an actual lesson or coaching and because the master must explain everything to an audience that may know little about singing. They'll focus on only one or two very specific aspects of each performance. That way, everyone learns: the singer receives a valuable nugget of information that they can later apply to the rest of their repertoire, and the audience experience how the master's advice improved their performance. You'll definitely benefit from singing at master classes! There's incredible leverage and support created by the situation. Not only are you face to face with a knowledgeable instructor, but there's a  whole audience rooting for you to succeed. So if you can handle it, a master class creates conditions where breakthroughs are likely to happen, and when they do it's exciting for everyone - the singer, the audience, and of course the teacher.

Class will be offered at 2 levels:

Observation Fee: $8
Participation Fee: $15

All those participating should bring one piece of sheet music they feel comfortable performing to work with the instructor.

For more information, please visit http://abcmusicstores.com/

Sunday, January 26, 2014

ABC Music Instructor Chris Fleckner

 
 
After nearly dropping out of high school I found music and started a rock n' roll band. Through the transformative power of music I learned the discipline, teamwork and self confidence that is needed not only for personal success but also for the ability to help others. 

As a teenager I began to organize grass-roots benefit concerts with my fellow musicians. Through organizing and performing at these modest canned food drives and clothes drive concerts I found that offering people the opportunity to enjoy a rock concert while giving back to the community was incredibly rewarding. I decided to pursue teaching so that I could help share with people my passion for the arts. While working on my BA at CSUEB  I began teaching private guitar lessons at ABC and was excited to see the daily proof of the wonderful gift that is music; and how sharing this gift can inspire and motivate others to be creative, thoughtful and discover skills and talents they were waiting to unlock and grow.

 In late 2007 I graduated with my BA and passed my CSET and CBEST examinations with the goal of teaching in the public education system. Due to the dramatic economic period I chose instead to take over management of ABC Music and take a break from teaching music lessons and school in order to support this amazing music store that has been a pillar of the arts community for over half a century in our city. It has been an absolute pleasure to have successfully guided this business through the great recession while working along side the best music teachers in the East Bay and growing ABC Music's commitment to quality service to the public and excellence in both private and public music lessons.

After continuing to spend increasing time volunteering with various wonderful non-profit organizations, I decided in 2013 to enter into my graduate program for my Masters Degree in Public Administration at CSUEB. After co-creating, managing and directing the Music Pathways non-profit music program for at-risk youth (http://abcmusicstores.com/musicpathways.html), I was re-energized to get back into where my heart is and work directly with the community through teaching.

I am currently offering guitar and bass lessons on Saturdays to all beginning students looking to explore their interest in music, dust off their old guitar in the closet and finally finish learning that Beatles song or develop their musical ability so that they can improve their skills in school, business, public speaking or self confidence and more.

chrisfleckner(at)yahoo.com
(925) 784 -1087

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Our Winter 2013 ABC Choir

 

The ABC Music Choir is run by Kim Luty (M.A.) who specializes in presenting the joy of music in a fun and interactive learning environment. The Choir runs multiple times a year, aligning with different seasonal events and generally runs for six sessions with a final performance at the end of the season.

Past final performances have included community engagements at Heritage Estates and a headlining performance at the Livermore Winter Parade, where Kim Luty's own "Christmas Time in Livermore" was sung immediately preceding the Christmas Tree Lighting!

Past ABC Choir members have been in leading roles in musicals both in their respective schools and at the Bankhead Theater musical series.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Ryan Holladay: To Hear This Music You Have To Be There. Literally



The music industry has sometimes struggled to find its feet in the digital world. In this lovely talk, TED Fellow Ryan Holladay tells us why he is experimenting with what he describes as "location-aware music." This programming and musical feat involves hundreds of geotagged segments of sounds that only play when a listener is physically nearby. (Filmed at TED@BCG.)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Band Program Dates for Second Half of the 2013-2014 School Year by School:

Altamont Creet - Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 3:00-3:50pm
 
Arroyo Seco - Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 1:45-2:35pm (Beginning Band) 2:45-3:35pm (Intermediate Band)
 
Emma Smith - Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 1:45-2:35pm (Beginning Band) 3:10-4:00pm (Intermediate Band)
 
Rancho Las Positas - Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 1:45-2:35pm

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Master Class For Voice on February 8th!


A master class is a concentrated public coaching for the singers who participate. Because each turn is much shorter than an actual lesson or coaching and because the master must explain everything to an audience that may know little about singing. They'll focus on only one or two very specific aspects of each performance. That way, everyone learns: the singer receives a valuable nugget of information that they can later apply to the rest of their repertoire, and the audience experience how the master's advice improved their performance. You'll definitely benefit from singing at master classes! There's incredible leverage and support created by the situation. Not only are you face to face with a knowledgeable instructor, but there's a  whole audience rooting for you to succeed. So if you can handle it, a master class creates conditions where breakthroughs are likely to happen, and when they do it's exciting for everyone - the singer, the audience, and of course the teacher.

Class will be offered at 2 levels:

Observation Fee: $8
Participation Fee: $15

All those participating should bring one piece of sheet music they feel comfortable performing to work with the instructor.

For more information, please visit http://abcmusicstores.com/

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Famous Ukulele Players

Did you know that Beatle George Harrison played the Ukulele proficiently? He is among the most famous of ukulele players. Others include Tessie O'Shea, Cliff Edwards, Bill 'Uke" Scott, Roy Smeck, and George Fornby.

The Ukulele is often associated with Hawaii as it is often used to play that type of music. A ukulele looks like a small guitar and comes in many different styles. There is he tenor ukulele, the pono ukulele, the baratone ukulele, banjo ukulele and a baritone and soprano ukulele. Although the sound is similar to that of Hawaiian music, it is believed that the ukulele dates back hundreds of years and has roots in Portugal.

The Ukulele was first brought to the United States in 1915. Famous ukulele players began using this instrument to play early forms of folk music. It has always been the favorite of folk musicians. In the United States, it really picked up with Vaudeville acts which featured Roy Smeck and Cliff Edwards. It was also very instrumental, no pun intended, in the jazz age.

Legendary ex-Beatle George Harrison had a great fondness for the ukulele and his last album, that was published after his death, featured him playing the banjo ukulele. Many of the songs on this album featured the Banjo Uke, which make many ukulele fans very happy.

George Formby was another famous ukulele player who played the banjo ukulele. He was the son of a famous musician who took over the act after his father died in 1925. When he incorporated the ukulele into his act, he became a raging success and entertained in the United Kingdom through WWII. He was awarded and OBE in 1946 and continued performing with the ukulele until his death in 1961.

Tessie O'Shea was another famous ukulele player who also preferred the ukulele-banjo. Originally from England, she moved to the United States where she performed in films as well as on stage. She starred in musicals as well as a variety of television shows. She was one of the few female famous ukulele players who is considered famous. Tessie O'Shea lived in Florida until her death in 1995.

Throughout the years, in Vaudeville, comedy, country music and even modern music, the ukulele has been prominent. It has a distinct sound and is picked usually with the thumb or a felt pick. Learning how to play the ukulele is no more difficult than learning how to play the guitar and most of the famous ukulele players were also like Harrison, excellent guitar players.

Although the banjo ukulele is among the most famous, other forms of this instrument each have a distinct sound and are used throughout the world to perform a variety of different types of music. In addition to honoring the famous musicians who were ukulele players, like George Harrison, there are also clubs devoted to this magical instrument that has been around for quite some time and has managed to bring a quality sound to many different types of music.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

ABC Band Testimonial Video



Listen to what the students and parents are saying about the Elementary School Band Program that has been made available to their schools by ABC Music Stores.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Why Music Causes Different Emotions



Music causes different emotions by stimulating a primal part of the brain and by creating conflict between the consonant and the dissonant. Discover ways in which music evokes different emotions with tips from a professional musician in this free video.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Fascinating Facts About the Ukulele

The ukulele has been present and popular in history since approximately the 1880s. Originally from Hawaii, the ukulele is now globally recognised as one of the popular instruments of our time. Easy to play and nice to look at, many people have taken on the ukulele as their instrument of choice.

Both adults and children play the ukulele. It is very popular in youth centres and schools as youngsters find it relatively easy to get the hang of, and this encourages them to further develop their talents and skills with reading and writing music. It is also very versatile, meaning it can be played in a variety of genre of music - indie band Noah and the Whale use the ukulele in their songs but it has also been played by legends such as former Beatles star George Harrison (who used to buy ukuleles as presents for people).

Ukuleles, sometimes abbreviated to the term 'Uke', are made from both wood and plastic, although the general and original material is wood. There are, as with most things, cheaper ones available as well as very expensive models, which can be worth thousands. Cheaper models are made from laminate or ply woods, or occasionally spruce. The most valuable ones are made from a wood called Koa, which originates from Hawaii and is well known for its attractive colour and fine tone. Other expensive, but still affordable ukuleles are made from woods such as mahogany, which is also known for its distinctive colour and sturdiness.

Ukuleles also come in four different common sizes; baritone, tenor, soprano and concert. Less commonly, bass ukuleles and sopraninos can also be found, but these are at the extreme ends of the ukulele sizing spectrum. The smallest is the soprano, which in Hawaii is alo known as the standard size. This was also the original size of the instrument. The larger sizes were developed to create deeper bass and more volume as it became more widely used in concerts and festivities.

Ukuleles typically resemble a small acoustic guitar, with figure eight style bodies. However, oval ones are also made, which are called 'pineapple' ukuleles. The Kamaka ukulele company invented a paddle shaped version and even a square shape is available (this is often made from an old cigar box).

There have also been instruments that are based on the ukulele that are also well known; these include the harp ukulele and the banjo ukulele.

Ukuleles can make excellent gifts for people, especially if they are musically inclined or have expressed an interest in learning an instrument. Most retailers will include a guide book or DVD for a beginner, which means that they will not have to buy this separately. As they are classed as easy to play, some people choose not to take lessons initially, as they feel they can grasp the basics themselves.  

As Christmas fast approaches, it may be an ideal time to start thinking of what to buy for the important people in your life, and music is definitely a topic which inspires and interests a lot of people.
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