About Liam Izod

Liam is part of the team at MusicGurus. He is a music journalist and keen amateur jazz musician.

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

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