Musings and Writings by Jim Templeton, About Music

     Jim has had several books underway for some years now. He got a bit delayed by his new-found devotion to healing and body-work. They will be added here little by little. He’d love to hear feedback from you on these…
     Whenever a book is updated, a note will be placed here along with the date of the update. 

 I Played It Perfect at Home!

Jim’s book describing a revolutionary approach to learning piano. In this book he contends that we “should NOT correct our mistakes.”(?!)

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Intro …

Chapter 1 … The teacher and himself… and the other… teaching… Your relation to yourself – Your relation to the student – The nitty gritty – Money – Time spent – Student’s commitment – Conclusion

Chapter 2 … The lesson mood… Communicating… Wave of positivism – Channels of perception – Take it home with you – Talking to yourself – Positive affirmations – Other verbalizations

Chapter 3 … Perspective for learning: The recording studio… Storage bin & Template – Successful attempts – The inner workings – A sample template – What does it all mean? – Factors influencing successful attempts – Correcting errors – Still other factors – Several scenarios – Observations – Conclusions

Chapter 4 … Applying the perspective: Phase 1… Phase 2… Preliminaries – Phase 1 – Phase 2 – General tips

Chapter 5 … Pencil Preliminaries: phrasing, fingering, articulation, instructions. Phrasing – Requirements of a good fingering – Making the decisions – Fingering guidelines – Other considerations – Summary – Instructions & other marks

Chapter 6 … Tools of the trade: speed vs. power … Midrange… Position… Theory of producing sound – Tools of the trade – Speed and power – The fingers – The hand – The forearm – The upper arm – the upper body and entire body – Combined use of tools

Chapter 7 … Exercises for technique The double-note staccato – Rote chromatic block chord drill – Lift two

Chapter 8 … Rhythmic vocalization Applying the method – The theory of things – Further subdivision – The Hierarchy of accents – Method for transcribing rhythms

Chapter 9 … Pulse power: stars and planets… Meaning for the musician – Psychological considerations – When not to use pulse power

Chapter 10 … Understanding negativism… Why make statements about weaknesses? – What to do

The chapters below are unfinished.
Chapter 11 … Training sight reading skills… Prioritization of rhythm – Analysis of contents – The metronome – A 30-second ritual – Patience

Chapter 12 … Other teaching techniques and methods… Activating visualizing and seeing – Exercises

Chapter 13 …



Tones, Tunes, and Tension:
Why We Think Music Has Meaning…

Keep watch here for installments of Jim’s analytical and insightful understanding of our mysterious response to music.

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Intro – General considerations and hypothesis

Chapter 1 – Sounds of pitch and their relationships

Chapter 2 – The common musical scale and its implications

Chapter 3 – Melody: The prime bearer of meaning

Chapter 4 – Harmony: Several notes simultaneously

The chapters below are unfinished.
Chapter 5 – Rhythm: Time in measured bits and patterns.

Chapter 6 – Patterns: Repeated segments and their role in tension.

Chapter 7 – Musical development: Something old, something new, something borrowed….

Chapter 8 – Timbre: Color in sound.

Chapter 9 – Dynamics: Loundness and softness in change.

Chapter 10 – Themes and their browth: Musical development.

Chapter 11 – Tonality, modulation: Plateaus of tension.

Chapter 12 – The bass line: A life of its own.

Chapter 13 – The musical pie: Crust, filling and sweet topping.

Chapter 14 – The musical journey: Form

Chapter 15 – Complete analysis of a tune: Interplay of tension in melody, harmony, rhythm and tonality.

Chapter 16 – What does it all mean? Afterthoughts.

 Improvisation: A Method Leading To Freedom At The Piano

This book contains concepts and methodology which will give you a satisfying, and liberating freedom at the piano. Apply its contents with diligence and patience, and a new world will open to you. You will be able to ‘realize’ a lead sheet. That is, you will be able to sit down and play, basically at sight, a complete arrangement at the piano, with enough bass, enough melody, and enough fill in between the two.

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Introduction plus Lessons 1 & 7 completed. The rest are pending.


Classical versus Popular: Significant Differences

Lesson 1 Chords — Construction — Live-Dead

Lesson 2 Accompaniment Types — Voice Leading — “Five Foot Two” type IV

Lesson 3 Groups of Chords – Chord Connections – Dead Chord Areas — Circle of Fifths

Lesson 4 Bass Fills

Lesson 5 Tonality and Modulation – “Blue Moon” Exercise

Lesson 6 Chorale Style – “All The Things You Are” Exercise

Lesson 7 Recess: “All The Things You Are:” Analysis and Mystique

Lesson 8 Expanding the Bass – Bass in Two

Lesson 9 Other Chord Connections

Lesson 10 RH Diatonic Voicings

Lesson 11 LH Diatonic Voicings

Lesson 12 The Walking Bass

Lesson 13 Latin Bass

Lesson 14 Jazz Waltz: Developing your LH stretch!

Lesson 15 Finding the Chords

Lesson 16 Tonality & Tension – Circle of Fifths

Lesson 17 The Fascinating World of Double Identity

Lesson 18 Expanding Dead Chord Areas – Endings

Lesson 19 Developing Freedom from the Page: Improvising

Lesson 20 Principles of a Meaningful Improvised “Solo.”