223 episodes

Ever wondered why some people seem to have a gift for music? Have you wished that you could play by ear, sing in tune, improvise and jam? You are in the right place.

The Musicality Podcast is a mix of interviews and teaching, featuring some of the most inspiring and insightful musicians and music educators, talking about how to learn the core inner skills you need to feel like a "natural" in music and enjoy freedom, creativity and confidence.

Topics include: Playing by ear, Singing in tune, Jamming with other musicians, Having a good sense of rhythm, Writing your own music, Writing notation, Improvising a solo, Talking intelligently about music, Understanding Music Theory, Clapping in time, Knowing your instrument inside and out, Tuning your instrument by ear, Reading notation, Sight-reading music, Playing from a lead sheet, Performing live, and Playing multiple instruments.

The Musicality Podcast is brought to you by Musical U (musical-u.com), the leading provider of musicality training online. Learn more and get shownotes at musicalitypodcast.com.

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Ever wondered why some people seem to have a gift for music? Have you wished that you could play by ear, sing in tune, improvise and jam? You are in the right place.

The Musicality Podcast is a mix of interviews and teaching, featuring some of the most inspiring and insightful musicians and music educators, talking about how to learn the core inner skills you need to feel like a "natural" in music and enjoy freedom, creativity and confidence.

Topics include: Playing by ear, Singing in tune, Jamming with other musicians, Having a good sense of rhythm, Writing your own music, Writing notation, Improvising a solo, Talking intelligently about music, Understanding Music Theory, Clapping in time, Knowing your instrument inside and out, Tuning your instrument by ear, Reading notation, Sight-reading music, Playing from a lead sheet, Performing live, and Playing multiple instruments.

The Musicality Podcast is brought to you by Musical U (musical-u.com), the leading provider of musicality training online. Learn more and get shownotes at musicalitypodcast.com.

    223: Your Peak Performance Toolkit, with Mark Morley-Fletcher (Play In The Zone)

    223: Your Peak Performance Toolkit, with Mark Morley-Fletcher (Play In The Zone)

    We’re joined by Mark Morley-Fletcher from Play in the Zone. Mark is a jazz guitarist turned peak performance specialist. He’s developed a system for helping everyday music learners tackle performance anxiety. Mark has taken ideas and techniques from the world of performance psychology and drawn them in to a clear, coherent framework. He does a fantastic job of tying the underlying concepts behind performance to practical tips you can apply right away in your own musical life

    • 1 hr 32 min
    222: Getting Into The Music And Into Flow, With Diane Allen

    222: Getting Into The Music And Into Flow, With Diane Allen

    Today we’re joined by Diane Allen, a former concertmaster violinist with the Central Oregon Symphony for 15 years. Diane speaks on the topic of flow and finding your own personal “flow strategy” to reach your full potential, in music and anywhere else in your life

    • 1 hr 15 min
    221: Pathways Jon Magnusson

    221: Pathways Jon Magnusson

    We are delighted to bring you another exciting edition of Pathways. In this special series of episodes you’ll hear the stories of music-learners just like you, reaching out and lending each other a hand on our musical journeys. Today we’re speaking with Jon Magnusson, a Swedish songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and father who has done what many in our audience dream of: made music his full-time profession

    • 48 min
    220: How to Achieve Rapid, Unstoppable Progress in Music Learning

    220: How to Achieve Rapid, Unstoppable Progress in Music Learning

    One of our most popular recent interviews by far was with Gregg Goodhart of Learn Like A Genius. Gregg specialises in taking all the latest research and understanding of how the human brain can most effectively practice, and actually putting it to practical use, in music lessons and classrooms. Dive in to this episode for insights from a world-leading expert, and how you can to get access to the detailed training to put it all into practice yourself.

    • 12 min
    219: Learning to Love Leadsheets, with Ruth Power (Piano Picnic)

    219: Learning to Love Leadsheets, with Ruth Power (Piano Picnic)

    We are joined by Ruth Power of Piano Picnic, home of high quality online training courses for pianists. However, this is not our usual kind of interview episode. We’ve invited Ruth to talk about something very specific: lead sheets

    • 29 min
    218: Composing For Games, with Dan Hulsman (VGM Academy)

    218: Composing For Games, with Dan Hulsman (VGM Academy)

    Today we’re joined by Dan Hulsman founder of The VGM Academy, the leading website dedicated to composing video game music. Dan helps aspiring composers from around the world hone their composing skills and break into the VGM industry!

    • 1 hr 7 min

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Brilliant insights into improving use of practice time

Just listened to the latest podcast on mindful practice whilst in the gym. It obviously grabbed my attention because I’ve spent far too long on the stepper and ended up a sweaty mess! The latest in a series of excellent podcasts with guests who know what they are talking about. A nice change from some podcasts where there is a reasonably strong “sell” for the guest’s book, teaching material or classes. A must for anyone who wants to understand how to improve how they practice and make use of precious time.

AnthM ,

Great for all musicians

I recently came across the Musicality Podcast and I am really impressed with the quality and breadth of the content. Hearing other musicians talk about their work always reveals nuggets of information and inspiration that I can apply to my own playing. Great podcast. Thank you.

Bohnny Jarlow ,

What took you so long!

I’ve been playing guitar now for 35 years. I’ve been waiting to find Christopher Sutton’s Musical-U site and his podcast for the past 30!
The inconspicuous podcast title of ‘Learning to play from Lead Sheets’ has just pulled the cover of a life long ambition to continue my learning where I left off. (I bought the Real Book 30 ago and never had the confidence to open it). It’s a long story but I am more excited now about what lies ahead than I can ever remember... and that’s from everything that Musical-U has to offer not just one podcast. :) Thank you.

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