Jody Hughes Music Posts

03/17/2013 / Play by ear

Before practicing, one must take an honest look at one’s playing and find the areas that need improvement. Making the improvement and staying on the path to progress isn’t always easy. It’s not as simple as “practice makes perfect.” A…

12/16/2012 / Lessons
11/29/2012 / Lessons

The Musical Alphabet is notated using letters.This alphabet consists of the letters A through G. There are no notes named H, I, and so on. Once you get to G, it starts back at A. Let’s start with letters A…

06/03/2012 / Play by ear
06/01/2012 / Play by ear

Over the course of the next few months I will discuss how to play melody and chords simultaneously: Stringed instruments such as the banjo and guitar have many strings. However, a lot of attention is placed on “single-note” lines that…

05/07/2012 / Play by ear

Let’s begin by first explaining the process of learning by ear: Suppose you wanted to learn how to play a simple nursery rhyme like “London Bridge is Falling Down” or “Three Blind Mice.” One would more than likely not seek…