How to Master Piano Songs with the Divide-and-Conquer Method

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Divide-and-Conquer Method

An active member of his community, Benjamin Perlin volunteers with the Tennessee State Veterans Home and works at his local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. For recreation, Benjamin Perlin enjoys music, especially classic rock. A musician himself, Ben Perlin is a pianist.

If you’re trying to learn a new song on the piano, the best way is to divide the song into manageable pieces. Studies have shown that a human brain can focus effectively on only about four to 10 seconds of music. Therefore, you should divide practice in the same way, and focus on only a handful of measures at a time.

On the following day, focus on a second small part, and add it to the first. Eventually, you’ll be playing the entire song.

You can further break down a song by dividing the work of each hand. First, focus on the right hand, which is typically the melody.

Once that feels comfortable, focus on the left hand. Then, use both hands together. This systematic approach may seem to take more time, but ultimately it saves time by eliminating unfocused practice time.

The Impact of Mobile Photography

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Mobile Photography

Benjamin (Ben) Perlin is a successful photographer in Tennessee. Involved in photography since high school, Benjamin Perlin maintains a strong interest in darkroom development and different types of cameras.

Mobile photography has been a growing trend for a number of years. With the advent of mobile photography, more people are taking pictures and sharing them with others. In fact, more photographs have been taken in the past few years than in the entire history of photography.

While this does not necessarily mean that mobile photography is good photography, many photographers feel that the technology should not be ignored since it will not be disappearing. As with the invention of the digital camera, the mobile camera phone is a technological advance that has continued the evolution of photography.

Consumers also can easily alter their photos with a multitude of apps available on their phones. However, many people choose to pass on apps and improve their photography skills by focusing on composition and other fundamentals.

An Overview of Some Popular Bass Guitar Playing Styles


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Bass Guitar

A knowledgeable photographer, Benjamin Perlin uses his understanding of the scientific processes behind capturing images and printing them on paper to create unique effects. Alongside his photography work, Benjamin Perlin is also a musician who plays piano and bass guitar. Ben Perlin studies bass guitar with Denny Sarokin. When learning bass guitar, individuals should become familiar with the many different styles of playing.

A difficult bass style is jazz, which typically involves a great deal of improvisation. Unlike some other musical styles, jazz often makes the bass a central focus and celebrates its contributions, allowing bassists to create a unique voice. Learning some jazz bass helps individuals understand musical phrasing and can lead to more technical, but tasteful, playing.

Funk has produced some of the most memorable bass lines. The funk bass style is marked by slaps and pops that get the head bobbing. Bassists who learn funk songs build a strong foundation for moving into other genres of music. Plus, funk is a bass style that sounds great even on its own.

Blues players understand how to translate emotion into melody. When blues bassists play, they wear their hearts on their sleeves. Many beginning bass players start with blues lines because they are simple yet deep and moving.

Rock music steals bits and pieces from other genres and plays them loud and proud. To excel at rock, bassists need to become versed in other styles so that they can represent them faithfully.

Sabattier Effect – A Striking Darkroom Technique


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Sabattier Effect

Based in Nashville, Benjamin Perlin maintains a focus on traditional film and darkroom techniques, as he feels these best capture the imprint of physical events. One technique with which Benjamin Perlin has experimented is the Sabattier effect, which describes a print that has not been fixed and becomes half negative and half positive with the passage of time.

Named after Armand Sabattier, the technique involves re-exposing a print to light, such that it acts as the negative on the unexposed silver. Highlights that would otherwise appear white are now grey, as they receive a certain amount of exposure. At the same time, striking white Mackie lines are created between the shadows and highlights.

Sabattier effects can be accomplished in a darkroom by turning on the lights three-quarters of the way through the development process. The technique is also useful in creating photograms that do not involve a camera. Instead, objects are placed directly on enlarger paper, with these prints emerging as silhouettes or shadow pictures. Various opaque and translucent pieces can be set in the light and taken off at various stages of the development process for a complex, subtle result.