Saturday, November 30, 2013

ABC Music Choir to Perform at Livermore's "Home fo the Holidays"

Great News! Our choir has been invited to sing TWICE at Livermore's most famous Holiday Event

"Home for the Holidays"

First, we sing at Lizzie Fountain from 12:00 to 12:30pm; while kids play in the snow. We will then carol up and down First Street until about 1:00pm.

Then that evening...we will sing "Christmastime in Livermore" as part of the parade finale! The parade starts at 6:00pm and we sing immediately after the tree lighting.

Here is a video link to a few of our choir members singing at the end of last year's parade. This year our full ABC Choir will be singing and sharing the stage with the Mayor and Santa!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Radio Blue's Release Party for Their Debut CD "Dark Blue" is December 21st!

The Radio Blue Presents...
A live performance and Exclusive release party for their debut CD "Dark Blue"

Hosted by: Double Barrel Wine Bar

This is an exclusive ticketed only event. Ticket includes your very own radio blue crew kit which includes:

Radio Blue logo glass 
Radio Blue T-shirt
Artisan meats and cheeses 
Glass of Prosecco
Radio Blue CD

December 21, 2013
From 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Tickets: $50.00 per person | $75.00 per couple

Very limited seating - Purchase tickets at the Double Barrel or email:

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Music Theory for Guitarists

Join Chris Ansuini for 6 sessions of music theory! Learn how scales and chords are constructed, how they work within a key, and how you can use that knowledge to learn music, write songs, and improvise more effectively.

Fridays 7:00 -7:45pm
Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, and Feb 21, 2013
@ ABC Music 2156 First St., Livermore, CA
$15 per session

Ability to read music is encouraged but not necessary.
Ability to play bar chords is recommended.

Contact Chris Ansuini at (925)-922-4358
or at for more information or to enroll.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Piano Trivia

There are 88 keys on a modern piano, 36 black and 52 white.

In Mozart's time, keyboards had about 50 keys. By 1810, they had grown to almost 70 keys or more.

There are 9000 moving parts on a modern grand piano.

The great composer Schubert never owned a piano, and moved from friend to friend, using theirs.

Franz Liszt dipped each finger in a tumbler of brandy before each performance, often onstage.

The longest grand piano in modern times is almost 11 feet long. A standard concert grand piano is 9 feet long, and some are up to 10 feet.

The famous scientist Albert Schweitzer had an aluminum piano made specially for him out of aluminum, both for low weight and to withstand the humidity of his African journeys.

Vladimir de Pachmann often spoke to the audience during his concerts, and his wife accompanied him on the tambourine. He was taken quite seriously.

It is said that Sergei Rachmaninoff, the great pianist and composer, never smiled in public.

Mozart could play with his hands upside down, and often won bets at cocktail parties with this trick. So did Albeniz.

Mozart once bet a rich nobleman a large sum that he could play 5 C's on a piano. The gentleman thought for a moment and realized that each hand could only play two, for a total of four. He accepted the bet. Mozart then played four C's, two with each hand, and then leaned down and played the fifth C with his nose.

Click here for a piano method that kids really enjoy: John Aschenbrenner is the author of the PIANO BY NUMBER series of fun beginning piano books for kids and adults. Visit
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Friday, November 15, 2013

7 Ways That Learning a New Instrument Can Help You

You may have been thinking about learning how to play a new instrument, or you may have been thinking about enrolling your child in music lessons. For many people, they just do not understand how much learning a new instrument can help them or their child in the end. Here are just a few ways how learning a new instrument can help you.

You can learn how to express yourself. Music has always been a way for people to outlet emotions. Feelings of happiness, anger, and sadness are all common emotions that have been vented through music. Many people feel so much better after they have been able to play their instrument for a little while when they are feeling pent up with emotions and cannot express it adequately.

Expressing yourself through music is a safe way to let those negative emotions. Rather than having an outburst at someone you love, you will be able to pick up your instrument of choice and play it all out until you feel better. You will not have harmed anyone with your words, fists, or other actions that you cannot take back.

It may become a new hobby. Learning an instrument is a great way to pass the time. Numbers of people have started a hobby and then stopped it because they became bored or found something better to do. Playing an instrument that you love never gets boring or dull. Some people love their hobby so much that they decide to teach it to others or to join a band.

You can meet new people. If you decide to play in front of others, you will be amazed at how many connections you make with other people who love music. While music can be a solitary experience, it can be a very social one, too. It is all about what you are comfortable. At the very least, you will meet a new professional through the person who gives you lessons.

It may open up a new world to you. Once you start playing an instrument, you will become more aware of the separate sounds in your favorite songs. You will be able to pick out certain things about musical instruments that you were likely never aware of before. You will be amazed at all of the knowledge that you have learned when you have a good professional teacher helping you to learn all aspect of your musical endeavor.

You may have something to fall back on. Some people may not realize just how much music can bring to them. After learning for so long, a person may be inclined to study music professionally or to teach it as a side job or career. You never know what you might feel after you have gotten so far with your music lessons.

Learning a new instrument is continuous. When you learn how to play your favorite musical instrument, there will never be a time when you decide that you are done learning. There is always something new to learn or a way to play. You will get comfortable playing in a certain way and have your own style, but you will always be able to improve and learn more as you go on.

Playing an instrument is a healthy way to have fun. It can be easy to get involved in less healthy habits when you find yourself with a lot of time to spare and nothing to do. Learning how to play an instrument takes up that extra time and keeps people out of trouble. If you find yourself picking up bad habits, take that time to pick up your instrument instead. You may wean yourself off your habit more easily than you expected.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Life on Mars - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

The Ukes perform their own version of David Bowie's 'Life on Mars', incorporating My Way, For Once in My Life, Born Free, and more.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Music Heals Leukemia Survivor Atia Lutarewych

A touching story of how music lifted toddler Atia Lutarewych's sprit during her fight with leukemia from WGN-TV's Dina Bair.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Alma Deutscher, 8-Year-Old Music Prodigy

Ellen was blown away by the musical talent of this incredible young girl. Hear her story, and check out her amazing performance!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Violin Performance: Darren Leung at TEDxRedmond

Darren Leung started his studies at age five, and has pursued his musical passion ever since, studying with John Kim. He has appeared as a soloist with the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra which he has been a dedicated member of for 8 years, and has performed in ensemble at Benaroya Hall for the 2011 and 2013 Ten Grands concerts. One specific ensemble has performed for the Interlake graduation ceremony in 2011, and has won first place in the WMEA State Solo and Ensemble contest. Darren was also a finalist in the Performing Arts Festival of the East Side Concerto Competition in 2011 and won his class for the SYAMF Solo competition. Along with his soloist endeavors, Darren has participated in the All-State orchestra and has been accepted into the All-National Orchestra, expecting to perform in October. Along with his musical achievements, Darren is a full IB honors student and is currently pursuing a career in physics, working under the supervision of a CERN professor stationed in UW on the epe-ATLAS tracker upgrade team for the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.