Who the heck is Edly?
Hi. Edly here. Here's a
bit about me. I'm a multi-instrumentalist (clarinet, sax, guitar,
mandolin, tenor banjo, piano, bones, recorder, electric bass, and
assorted other things), composer, performer, and teacher. I listen to,
love, and play, many types of music. Most recently I taught piano, theory,
and musicianship at Bennington Vermont's "Sonatas,"
a piano camp for adults of all levels. Before that, I wrote music
articles for the Maine Times for a while, and my article "Teach Your Children Well"
was published in the January 1993 issue of Keyboard Magazine as the
guest editorial "Blood on the Battlefield of Music Education." (Keyboard changed the title, not me!) Check it out! But let me
I have a B.A. with Honors in music from Wesleyan University. I also
attended the Berklee College of Music and the University of Michigan at
college, I played here and there and tried to glean meaning from trying
to market noncommercial music to commercial markets until I had an
epiphany, and began teaching. Things blossomed from there, until I was
teaching quite a lot. During that time, I began typing and printing on
my computer stuff that I'd been writing out by hand for students for
years: triads. This eventually became Edly's Music Theory for
Practical People written over the course of four years.
Encouraged by the success of the theory book, I decided to write more
books: (see Edly Paints
the Ivories Blue).
was a featured author on CNN On-line's weekly chat in 1998 and am a
past member of the Casco Bay Tummlers Klezmer band. I also performed
solo for many years. I've played in orchestras, rock and folk bands,
string quartets, various commercial bands, informal jazz and ethnic
groups of various persuasions, and sung in choirs. I've written music
in a bunch of different styles, both commercially and
noncommercially, for many ensembles, including orchestra, chamber, and
lived in the Boston and San Francisco Bay areas. In San Francisco I
repaired furniture for a while 'til I joined a folk show-band for just
under a year, entertained at retirement homes and convalescent
hospitals (great times!), and then moved to Maine. I moved to the
Amherst five college area while the millenium was still relatively new.
I now live in a geodesic dome with my wonderful wife and best friend Heather, and
my main man and son Bowen.
haven't made any pottery or origami in years. Nor have I brewed beer.
But happily, I do juggle, and can also be found playing in my kayak in
the local rivers whenever
know more about the history of my books? Click here to read
Kevin Crossett's March, 2000 interview with me. Kevin is the owner of
Guitar Sam, a fine music store in Montpelier Vermont. My friend
Lawwy says it's a very fun interview. And Lawwy knows fun when he sees