Category Archives: Do It Yourself Learning

Fats Waller — Smashing Thirds

Thanks to Peter Zillmer for the You Tube Smashing Thirds was a solo piano recording made September 24, 1929. This was a tune composed for Harlem rent party cutting contests. This was the title track of another of Mike Lipskin’s … Continue reading

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Max Keenlyside — Harlem Stride Bass Piano Medley

Thanks to Max Keenlyside for the You Tube Like Columbus, I always seem to find something great when I was looking for something else. For me, so it has been with young players of vintage music such as Bria Skonberg, … Continue reading

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Now For Something Completely Different,

As they used to say on Monty Python.  An old saying  “when pigs fly”  was a sarcastic way of saying something was impossible and ridiculous.  But what about “when dogs fly”  Well, dogs don’t  have wings either, but can they learn to … Continue reading

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David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers

I’ve done my share of reviewing of books and music on Amazon’s site, but I’ve been giving more attention lately to my site.  I’ve also been busy writing my own book.  This book was a gift, so I’ll give it … Continue reading

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Teen Pays for College Tuition with a Jewelry Business

According to Chanel Parks of the Huffington Post, LeiLei Secor started an online jewelry shop in 2012.  She began it while she was still in high school instead of looking for a summer job.  She makes and sells her own … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday: on the radio with James P. Johnson

Fats Waller is joined here on his radio program by his friend, mentor, and piano teacher James P. Johnson, the “Father of the Stride Piano.”  There is no air date listed but I’m guessing some time in the late 1930’s. … Continue reading

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Stephanie Trick, Stride Piano, “Keep Your Temper”

Back in June 2013, I introduced James P. Johnson’s Carolina Shout, a piano roll he cut that had been converted to a MIDI file. That same week I demonstrated a Synthesia track by Stephanie Trick which was marred by production difficulties. … Continue reading

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Remembering Don Brown and the Jazz Man Record Shop

After my visit to Cousin Walter’s house, I started making a monthly trip out to the Jazz Man Record Shop in Santa Monica near Pico and Sepulveda.  Cary Ginell has written Hot Jazz For Sale, a great book on the Jazz … Continue reading

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Polynomials

I have concluded after trying to make sense of how this topic is taught in Algebra classes, that it should be a separate subject like Trig or Geometry.  Instead, I get the impression not only from W. Michael Kelley’s books, … Continue reading

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Further thoughts on Photomath

  In a previous post, I  linked to a video on Photomath, the ipod Algebra app. I also posted the above picture showing an equation and its solution.   I have some further thoughts about Photomath after I took the … Continue reading

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