314 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.

Musicality Now 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.

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

Musicality Now 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.

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

    314: How To Deconstruct Songs Like A Car Mechanic (with Benny Romalis)

    314: How To Deconstruct Songs Like A Car Mechanic (with Benny Romalis)

    What makes a great song great? If you've ever wondered how songs are put together, and how much it's careful, intentional craft vs. mysterious divine inspiration, you're going to love today's episode...
     
    In this section of Benny Romalis' (HowToWriteSongs.org) masterclass at Musical U, he explains how to "think like a car mechanic" in your songwriting or listening, and breaks down each section of a song and the musical job each one does.
     
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    Full Show Notes and Transcript: http://musicalitynow.com/314
     
    Links and Resources:
    • Musicality Now: Curiosity And Craft, with Benny Romalis (How To Write Songs)
    • HowToWriteSongs.org
    • YouTube Channel: How To Write Songs
     
     
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    313: Curiosity And Craft, with Benny Romalis (How To Write Songs)

    313: Curiosity And Craft, with Benny Romalis (How To Write Songs)

    How does Elton John write such incredible chord progressions? What is it that made Lennon and McCartney songs so distinctive, so that they became the songwriting legends they're now known for being? And what does Sting and Radiohead do differently in their songwriting that you can learn from?
    These are just a few of the fascinating topics covered by Benny Romalis and Keppy Coutts on the popular YouTube channel "How To Write Songs". 
    And today I'm joined by Benny for a mini interview that I think you're gonna love, exploring his views on musicality, where his songwriting expertise came from, and how curiosity and "thinking like a mechanic" can open up songwriting for you too.
     
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    Full Show Notes and Transcript: http://musicalitynow.com/313
     
    Links and Resources:
    • HowToWriteSongs.org
    • YouTube Channel: How To Write Songs
     
     
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    • 21 min
    312: The Musicality Book Cover Reveal! (Inside The Book)

    312: The Musicality Book Cover Reveal! (Inside The Book)

    Join Christopher for an official unveiling of the cover design for the new Musicality book, as well as some exciting hints of things to come!
     
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    Full Show Notes and Transcript: http://musicalitynow.com/312
     
    Links and Resources:
    • The Musicality Book - Register Now!
    • Musicality Now: The Goal (Inside The Book)
    • Inside The Book Episodes
     
     
     
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    • 11 min
    311: The Scale That Keeps On Giving (Coaches Corner, Episode 11)

    311: The Scale That Keeps On Giving (Coaches Corner, Episode 11)

    Did you know, there's one scale which is even more important and powerful than the major scale?
     
    And the best part is, it's not a more complex or advanced one - it's actually simpler!
     
    Join Christopher and the Next Level coaching team to discover the latest tips, tricks and techniques you can use to advance in your own musical life.
     
    In this episode:
     
    - Zac explains how and why to take back your musical authority from the sheet music
     
    - Andy shares the experience of "Pentatonic joy"!
     
    - And Camilo reveals a surprising way to become a better sight-reader...
     
    All that and more, in this week's episode of Coaches Corner!
     
    TIP: Look out for just one little idea or insight from everything that's shared which resonates with you - and then go put it to use!
     
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    Full Show Notes and Transcript: http://musicalitynow.com/311
     
    Links and Resources:
    • Musicality Now: Where True Musical Creativity Comes From (with David Reed, Improvise For Real)
    • Musicality Now: The Bus Shelter Breakthrough (with Jeremy Ryan Mossman, Body Based Voice)
    • Musicality Now: Sing Better By Turning Your Voice OFF?! (with Jeremy Ryan Mossman, Body Based Voice)
    • Musicality Now: Motivation and Discovery (with David Reed, Improvise For Real)
    • Musicality Now: Audiation – It’s All In Your Head (Inside The Book)
    • The Musicality Book
    • Coaches Corner Episodes
     
     
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    310: Audiation - It's All In Your Head (Inside The Book)

    310: Audiation - It's All In Your Head (Inside The Book)

    Did you know there's a musical skill which EVERYONE can already do... and yet only a tiny fraction of musicians are actually intentionally using daily - even though it's a MASSIVE booster for your musicality and all your music learning?
     
    In this "Inside The Book" episode we'll peek into the chapter on Audiation: the ability to vividly imagine and hear music in your mind. We'll explore what it is, how it works, and the many benefits it brings throughout your musical life.
     
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    Full Show Notes and Transcript: http://musicalitynow.com/310
     
    Links and Resources:
    • The Superlearning Practice Plan
    • The Musicality Book
    • Musicality Now: "Inside The Book" Episodes
     
     
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    • 20 min
    309: Motivation and Discovery (with David Reed, Improvise For Real)

    309: Motivation and Discovery (with David Reed, Improvise For Real)

    What DRIVES you in music? Have you sometimes lost sight of what inspired you to play in the first place?
     
    And when you play music, does it feel like the music is out there somewhere… or does it feel like it's inside you? 
     
    Join Christopher and David Reed from Improvise for Real for part 4 of a fascinating conversation where they delve into musical motivation and your innate connection to the music that inspires you to play.
     
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    Full Show Notes and Transcript: http://musicalitynow.com/309
     
    Links and Resources:
    • Musicality Now: Part 1 of this conversation - Be Yourself And Discover Your Own Music
    • Musicality Now: Part 2 of this conversation - Feel, Imagine, Create
    • Musicality Now: Part 3 of this conversation - Where True Musical Creativity Comes From
    • Musicality Now: What’s Your “North Star” In Music?
    • Improvise For Real
    • IFR on Instagram
    • IFR on Facebook
     
     
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4.7 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

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Musicality Now

Led by Musical U founder, Christopher Sutton, this podcast gives a glimpse of a philosophy and passion for ways of developing one’s musicality that bust some old myths, break through tradition for traditions sake, and demand that joy be a part of the process at every level. Through fascinating interviews, tips, and excerpts of Musical U masterclasses this podcast is a continual reminder that talent-as-a-prerequisite is a myth, and that anyone of any age can develop or improve their musicality whether starting at the beginning or “filling in the gaps”.

Ben_Cook28 ,

So Much Value

I love all the practical techniques and inspiration in this podcast, which have helped me in my musicality. I highly recommend this podcast.

Laurie-Ann Murabito ,

Music to my ears

I have a sister who is self taught and six instruments. She definitely has the music DNA. But throughout my life I’ve always felt a desire to learn an instrument. This podcast is nudging me a little more towards that dream.

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