Learning to Play
What Is Texture in Music?
The word "texture" is a term that we generally use to describe what we see, touch, smell, and taste. The human senses help us identify items through this one word. Did you know that we can hear different textures? Read further while I answer the question "What is texture in music?"
9 Different Guitar Playing Styles for Learners to Explore
An introduction to nine different styles of guitar playing with video accompaniment
6 Reasons Learning Guitar Is Hard (And What to Do About Them)
Find out why learning guitar is so hard and get answers to the challenges facing beginning guitar players. Learning guitar can be frustrating, but if you put in the time you can succeed!
Guitar and Ukulele Strumming Patterns That Fit Most Songs
These strumming patterns will suffice for most songs and are extremely useful for singer/guitar/ukulele accompaniment arrangements.
Free Sheet Music for Chord Inversions of Major Key Triads With Annotations and Figured Bass
Learning to play any keyboard requires patience, practice, and a little knowledge of music theory basics. Here you will find free practice sheets with annotations and figured bass to help you learn the inversions in all major black and white keys. Also, alternative spellings for flat and sharp keys.
What Are the Impediments to a Great Band Situation?
Every musician longs for a great band situation, but we don't always get into one. There are a lot of impediments that could pop up that will interfere with that. Here they are.
How to Sing With a Beautiful Vibrato
What is vibrato, why do you need it, and how do you make it happen? We all have vibrato, but it can remain buried within us until we discover how to release it naturally. Stay with me now, and learn just what you can do to sing with vibrato.
French Horn Fingering Chart and How the French Horn Works
The French horn makes a hugely expressive sound and can play over a wide range. Its huge tone has the ability to blend, yet also sound heroic. In this article, we will look at how the French horn works, its fingerings, and the different types of French horns.
Backing Tracks and Play-Alongs for Tenor Saxophone
Here you will find a collection of free play-alongs for tenor saxophone. I hope you enjoy playing these saxophone solos and keep checking back for more.
Trombone Positions Chart and How the Trombone Works
Although the trombone doesn't have any valves like other instruments, it can still play a full chromatic scale. The trombone is a fantastic instrument which is at home in many different ensembles. In this article, I will show you the slide positions on the trombone and how it works.
Mouthpiece Buzzing for Trumpet
Done properly, mouthpiece buzzing can greatly improve your range and sound on the trumpet while helping you discover a more efficient technique. In this article, I will include some buzzing exercises and talk about the potential benefits and also the potential hazards of mouthpiece buzzing.
Being Prepared for Unforeseen Technical Problems at Gigs
Just about anything can go technically wrong at a gig. We don't always see them coming, but we can learn how to deal with them and prevent them.
How to Prevent Vocal Strain for Singing and Speaking
Keep your voice free from throat problems. A sore throat or hoarseness can be a sign of vocal strain. Here's how you can protect your voice.
Trumpet Fingering Chart and How the Trumpet's Valves Work
Although the trumpet only has three valves, it can still play a fully chromatic scale. It's an incredibly versatile instrument, but it's not always easy to play. This article explores how to place your fingers on the trumpet so that you can make the most out of this instrument.
How to Play Better Acoustic Guitar
If you've played electric guitar all your life, acoustic can feel like an entirely different instrument at times. It takes a little nuance to get the acoustic sounding stellar, so here's some tips for playing better acoustic guitar.
4 Guitar Playing Tips to Have Better Tone (Without Using Pedals or Amps)
Want to have better guitar tone without spending any money on expensive equipment? Try out these three techniques to make your guitar sound clearer, richer, and alive. No equipment required.
5 Tips to Enhance Your Musical Improvisation Skills
Musical improvisation can be both rewarding and intimidating for even the most experienced players. For the beginner, it can seem near impossible to form music out of scales and chords. Here are five tips to keep your ideas fresh.
20 Ways to Improve Your Electronic Keyboard Playing Skills
20 practical ways to improve your keyboard playing skills, if you’re struggling with mastering the electronic music keyboard.
How to Sing Without Fear: Pro Tips From a Vocal Coach
Learn how to cope with fear using these proven strategies. Fear prevents us from moving forward and can rob us of success.
Guitar vs. Piano: Difficulty, Difference, and How to Choose
Guitar or piano: Which is harder? Learn the difference between guitar and piano so you can choose the best instrument for you. Discover the pros and cons of each, including which is easier to learn and whether you can learn both at the same time.
10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Singing Voice
Do you have big dreams of playing Eponine in Les Mis or to be able to sing like Taylor Swift, if only you could better your singing voice? Follow these tips to take your singing to the next level. With a little practice, you'll go from amateur to accomplished in no time!
A Listening Guide to Classical Music
Music is complicated and difficult to listen to at times. Especially if you don’t know what you are listening to. This article is A Listening Guide to Classical Music. When understanding how music is put together it opens many new genres for listening.
Tips for Beginner Drummers
So, you’ve decided that you want to learn how to play the drums. Drums are probably one of the most complex and difficult instruments out there. However, if you are motivated, you can succeed. Here are a few tips for beginner drummers that will help you get started.
How to Beat Songwriter’s Block in 5 Steps
Learn about five important concepts that can help you beat songwriter's block. Creative blocks occur for many reasons, but as musicians there are a few things we can do to keep on writing songs when times get tough.
Why the Bass Guitar Is Underrated
Why is the bass guitar so underrated? Are rock bassists just failed guitar players, looking for some other way to get into a band without having to really learn an instrument? Learn why the bass is looked down on, and the true importance of the bass guitar.
How to Learn the Notes of the Guitar Fretboard the Easy Way
Discover a few easy shortcuts to help you quickly learn the notes of the guitar fretboard. You can't master the guitar unless you know where to find all the notes!