Did Beethoven invent boogie woogie?

Did you know that in his final piano sonata, Beethoven accidentally stumbled into playing boogie woogie!? 🎹 There are clear echoes of rag-time/boogie playing in his piano sonata no 32. Check it out and hear for yourself in the video below. Did Beethoven invent boogie? Well probably not. Musicologists consider the sonata's similarities to boogie to [...]

By | 2017-04-27T12:12:17+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Jazz under Apartheid – The background to Darius Brubeck’s harmony course

Darius Brubeck created the first degree course in Jazz in South Africa in 1983. This might seem commendable but innocuous, but think about the political context in South Africa at the time. Apartheid still reigned, Nelson Mandela would not be released for another seven years. To establish a course that celebrated the music of African [...]

By | 2017-04-27T11:42:51+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Notting Hill Music online course – PILOT

Learn how to write songs like a pro and get published! Participation in this first online course of its kind is limited to 10 participants, who'll get exclusive access to the Tileyard Studios community, guidance and feedback from world-class artists, and access to John Saunderson of Notting Hill Music who'll listen to your work [...]

By | 2017-04-26T23:35:13+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Guitarists: Spice Up Your Pentatonic Licks With Just Two Notes – Guest Blog by MG Tutor James Barratt

Don't bore yourself and your audience (whoever they are) playing the same old patterns and licks! I’m going to show you two simple ways of adding extra 🌶‘flavour’🌶 to your pentatonic licks. You'll be able to follow this with basic knowledge of the minor pentatonic scale, which to remind you goes Minor Pentatonic: Root - flat [...]

By | 2016-11-25T12:58:28+00:00 October 27th, 2016|Artists, Think pieces|0 Comments

Peak Practice – 7 Essential Practice Hacks from Music Gurus

We know what it’s like. You planned to practise your blues scales in every key, to have nailed each Goldberg Variation backwards. But you forgot it was your turn to walk the dog, or that the cousin whom you never really liked is coming to stay (again!?). Your practice time is precious, so at MusicGurus [...]

By | 2016-11-25T12:44:04+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Think pieces|2 Comments

The 5 Mistakes New Guitarists Need To Avoid

The 5 most common mistakes for Guitarists So you've recently purchased your guitar, or you are in the process of scouring the net for tutorials you can trust. Learning an instrument is like learning how to do anything else, and theres a chance you may pick up one or two bad habits [...]

By | 2016-11-25T12:17:54+00:00 February 11th, 2016|Guitar|2 Comments

4 Reasons why music education is dying.

Music education poses a countless list of benefits, enchanting your social experience and your capacity to think. Your experience in music education depends on the quality of your tutor, size of the classrooms and what region you study in to name a few. The quality of conventional music education, or satisfaction from students however have been [...]

By | 2016-11-25T12:42:29+00:00 January 25th, 2016|Think pieces|0 Comments

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“Learn from the Pros”. That is the MusicGurus philosophy and we mean it. We offer some of the best music tuition the internet has to offer. We work with professional artists, to film awesome video courses that capture their unique knowledge and skills for students to learn from across the world.   The Role We [...]

By | 2016-11-25T12:38:55+00:00 January 15th, 2016|Jobs|0 Comments