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Michael Brooks

@soundfromheavengmail-com

active 11 hours, 24 minutes ago
In the past few months I have been embracing new ways to embrace time for music theory study with excercise. Pushing myself to new excercise levels for improved health, fitness, and state of mind so with prayer and this GU Content i can transform my music ministry to new heights. Discovered a cool podcast on Jazz Music theory and when […] View
  • Michael Brooks posted a new activity comment 20 hours, 47 minutes ago

    Doing 2 or 3 20-25 min sessions a day gives me lots of integrated time to walk,run, swim,cycle,floor excercises,stretching out in saunas or any combination of the above and more each day….also gives me lots of opportunity to pick one chord, scale or theory point to absorb and internalize so I can learn all my chords and scales more…

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  • In the past few months I have been embracing new ways to embrace time for music theory study with excercise. Pushing myself to new excercise levels for improved health, fitness, and state of mind so with prayer and this GU Content i can transform my music ministry to new heights.

    Discovered a cool podcast on Jazz Music theory and when they…[Read more]

    • Doing 2 or 3 20-25 min sessions a day gives me lots of integrated time to walk,run, swim,cycle,floor excercises,stretching out in saunas or any combination of the above and more each day….also gives me lots of opportunity to pick one chord, scale or theory point to absorb and internalize so I can learn all my chords and scales more…

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  • Yes. I totally agree with the one chord at a time approach. I go through seasons where I focus on recognizing and figuring ways to play or internalize a specific chord or theory. Like diminished chords that fit with every scale was a big one for me. Still loving 6th chords. Using 7th chords and 4th intervals have been a thing for me in…

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  • Michael Brooks posted a new activity comment 1 day, 10 hours ago

    Yes. I totally agree with the one chord at a time approach. I go through seasons where I focus on recognizing and figuring ways to play or internalize a specific chord or theory. Like diminished chords that fit with every scale was a big one for me. Still loving 6th chords. Using 7th chords and 4th intervals have been a thing for me in…

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  • Thanks so much for clarification 🙂

    Yes, I think you are absolutely correct. Playing it with headphones will provide deeper listening experience and appreciation for the fullness of the chord with all its beauty and tensions.

    This is actually a simple but major breakthrough to understand your chords of the week much more.

    I keep telling…

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  • Michael Brooks posted a new activity comment 2 days, 12 hours ago

    Thanks so much for clarification 🙂

    Yes, I think you are absolutely correct. Playing it with headphones will provide deeper listening experience and appreciation for the fullness of the chord with all its beauty and tensions.

    This is actually a simple but major breakthrough to understand your chords of the week much more.

    I keep telling…

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    • These are all such kind thoughts and words, Michael! I give God all the Glory for everything because he is the source of my every inspiration. I have a better idea about the COW (chord of the week) exercises, though: Why don’t you create your own COW recordings? Remember that this learning space is all about us sharing ideas, and the only…

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  • Sis Keisha,

    Quick question about your C#dim7 (b9,11,b13) chord of the week.

    C#dim7 comprises of C#-E–G-A# and the tensions are D-F#-A.

    Just so I understand this more clearly, are you play all notes at one time in your clip?

    The movement through chords sounds beautiful in your clip, but I am very motivated and focused on music theory…

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  • Michael Brooks posted a new activity comment 3 days, 3 hours ago

    Sis Keisha,

    Quick question about your C#dim7 (b9,11,b13) chord of the week.

    C#dim7 comprises of C#-E–G-A# and the tensions are D-F#-A.

    Just so I understand this more clearly, are you play all notes at one time in your clip?

    The movement through chords sounds beautiful in your clip, but I am very motivated and focused on music theory…

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    • So yes… the chords in the clip are all organ voicings, meaning that in the left hand, I am playing the full C# diminished 7 chord you reference, and in the right hand, I am playing the D major chord as the tension. If you listen to the clip with earphones, you should be able to better hear the collective impact of the entire chord sound.
        • Thanks so much for clarification 🙂

          Yes, I think you are absolutely correct. Playing it with headphones will provide deeper listening experience and appreciation for the fullness of the chord with all its beauty and tensions.

          This is actually a simple but major breakthrough to understand your chords of the week much more.

          I keep telling…

          [Read more]

          • These are all such kind thoughts and words, Michael! I give God all the Glory for everything because he is the source of my every inspiration. I have a better idea about the COW (chord of the week) exercises, though: Why don’t you create your own COW recordings? Remember that this learning space is all about us sharing ideas, and the only…

            [Read more]

    • Michael Brooks posted a new activity comment 3 days, 9 hours ago

      Me too 🙂
      • Michael Brooks posted a new activity comment 3 days, 17 hours ago

        As to how it applies to Organ, that can be tricky. For me, I am still working on knowing all my inversions instantly. In the lessons, often when I see Vaughn break down chords he call out the chord instantly, regardless of inversion and if he drops a note he seems to recognize the relationship the bass note has with the chord, either as an…

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      • Michael Brooks posted a new activity comment 3 days, 17 hours ago

        Greetings Sis Keisha,

        I know you asked Vaughan, but I wanted to share my response to your question no.1

        Drop 2 is a technique where the 2nd highest note to the left of your voice leading note is dropped to bassline, foot pedal or omitted entirely. My understanding is technique doesn’t necessarily change the chord (a composition of…

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      • Hi Vaughan, I just went through my 1st viewing of Master Class Ep. #6 – How to improve your Gospel playing and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this content 🙂 The way you breakdown a handful of essential scales, like pentatonic and demonstrate “grooves” and non-linear creative runs with this material is amazing. Your lesson point at 4:34 mark…[Read more]

      • Nice work as always Sis Keisha. I can tell you really love reharm movements driven by left hand chords.

        Have you considered progression with more passing chords and less arpeggiating? Curious to hear your weekly chords in a different style or tempo sometimes.

        I may record a clip oh how I voice chords for this song. Can’t touch your…

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      • Michael Brooks posted a new activity comment 1 week ago

        Nice work as always Sis Keisha. I can tell you really love reharm movements driven by left hand chords.

        Have you considered progression with more passing chords and less arpeggiating? Curious to hear your weekly chords in a different style or tempo sometimes.

        I may record a clip oh how I voice chords for this song. Can’t touch your…

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      • Michael Brooks posted an update 1 week ago

        Learned an awesome term today in the Contemporary Choir Jams course module: comping!! I heard this term vaguely in the past but never locked into its significance to apprehend and make Contemporary play possible. Thanks so much Vaughan. I just watched the first 8 mins of that clip and I already realize there is enough work and practice I can…[Read more]

      • Happy Father’s Day 2019 to all the fun and faithful dads in this GU Academy space. To those who may feel pain at the thought of fatherhood, please accept sincere prayers and love from our Heavenly father who’s is the Father of all good things and love us so much he gave….

        It was a great day in service today. Kept working my 4th intervals in…[Read more]

      • Michael Brooks posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 3 days ago

        Sis Keisha, I feel your passion on the Hammond XK. I have been tempted many times to by a new digital Hammond Organ. I even few to Philly a few years ago to play the Diversi Organ. Currently have a 1948 CV which I am trying to decide whether to make it living room worthy and install an adapter on the leslie so I can practice with headphones.…

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      • Michael Brooks posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

        WOW! Practice blind folded?? I have not technically done that, but have been working chords and applying inversions without looking at my hands (keyboard). It has really elevated my ability to play so many passing chords. This for me has been the biggest transformation since I started out my GU journey, The first couple months was immersing…

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        • Michael, (not looking at your hands is about the same as doing it blindfolded or eyes closed). You have to remember not to cheat and look down, though! I am happy that you are making amazing progress, and are getting the most out of your monthly subscription. Each time you practice, you are demonstrating that you have genuine faith that you will…

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      • Michael Brooks posted a new activity comment 4 weeks ago

        Awesome work and detailed articulation of an iterative learning and development process. I can see synergy with your mathematical mindset and passion in how you present this list. Very detailed and thorough.

        Keep up the trail blazing. I am living through a demanding period, but the passion learning and applied music theory remains very high.

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