Joe SamuelI am a Musical Director specialising in comedy and improvisation. I also teach piano, Music Technology and theory. I am developing my system of music analysis called SeeChord I live in Brighton with my wife and two children and am generally very happy with my lot.
Category Archives: music
It’s been a fantastic run of gigs and general improv life this week. Maydays were at the Miller (pub near London Bridge that is fast becoming the London home of improv) on Tuesday, trying out our new Confessions! Show. The … Continue reading
It is healthy to be reminded why we do what we do sometimes. Last night was a prime example of this. The quiet village of Poynings nestles snugly behind the South Downs, safely shielded from the brashness of Brighton, guarding … Continue reading
I have just had a typically strange and gloriously diverse weekend of being a musician. I guess this is why I love doing what I do, gets me out meeting all sorts of interesting people, especially Brighton people, and always … Continue reading
Musical improvisation and Non Verbal Communication While studying music at University I was fortunate enough to play the violin in a string quartet. Being students, there were many convoluted and bizarre relationships among the four people playing, and we … Continue reading
On Bach and Shostakovich About 15 years ago I discovered Shostakovich’s preludes and fugues for piano. The story goes that he was a judge at a Bach piano competition and heard Tatanya Nickolyova playing the Bach preludes and fugues. He … Continue reading
J.Samuel Seechord.co.uk A New approach to understanding harmony. The “rules” of harmony have consistently provided some of the greatest teaching and learning challenges in music. Even simple chord progressions can become dauntingly complex with the addition of a few extra … Continue reading