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  • Performing in a musical can be an exciting and rewarding experience. However, some singers and actors miss this fun and educational opportunity because they fail the audition process. Here is a list of how to prepare for that audition.

    Auditioning for Musical Theater: Tips, Rules, and Facts

    Auditioning for Musical Theater: Tips, Rules, and Facts

    by Audrey Hunt28

  • Hold your tongue! Just make sure this " rudder" for sound is nice and relaxed for better singing and speaking. Learn how to use your tongue for controlling your vocal tone. You'll like the results.

    Watch Your Tongue: The Secret to Better Singing

    Watch Your Tongue: The Secret to Better Singing

    by Audrey Hunt40

  • Rhythm is the backbone of all music, yet it tends to get overshadowed by soloing on the guitar. Want to break out of power chord prison and start playing exotic rhythms? Here are three tips to spice things up.

    3 Ways to Spice Up Your Guitar Rhythm

    3 Ways to Spice Up Your Guitar Rhythm

    by Matthew Scherer0

  • What's the purpose of the staff in music notation? What are clefs for, and why are there so many? Find out the answers to these questions and more!

    A Basic Guide to the Musical Staff

    A Basic Guide to the Musical Staff

    by JohnMello2

  • What's the best method for learning a new piece of piano music? Find out what you should and shouldn't do to get that new piano piece under your belt as quickly as possible.

    How to Quickly Learn to Play a Piano Piece

    How to Quickly Learn to Play a Piano Piece

    by JohnMello13

  • A review of the music in the piano solo collection "At The Movies," Book 1, published by Alfred and arranged by Dan Coates.

    "At The Movies, Book 1" Review

    "At The Movies, Book 1" Review

    by Doniell Cushman0

  • Bending is one of the most expressive techniques on the guitar. Bends can truly make solos soar ... or crash and burn. Hitting the right pitch every time can be a bit tricky, so here's a guide to hit that sweet spot every time.

    How to Bend Strings on Guitar

    How to Bend Strings on Guitar

    by Matthew Scherer0

  • 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.

    Tips for Beginner Drummers

    Tips for Beginner Drummers

    by Anne Marie Carr0

  • Check out this Gibson Les Paul LPJ Review and learn more about the 2013 and 2014 models of this affordable American-made Les Paul.

    Gibson Les Paul LPJ Review

    Gibson Les Paul LPJ Review

    by Michael James17

  • 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!

    10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Singing Voice

    10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Singing Voice

    by Ali-Key Swanmie0

  • Synovitis can ruin a piano-player's career. Here's how I (mostly) recovered and got back to the keys, with gentle repertoire suggestions that I enjoy playing.

    Playing Piano with Wrist Pain

    Playing Piano with Wrist Pain

    by Kymberly Fergusson3

  • 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.

    Trumpet Fingering Chart and How the Trumpet's Valves Work

    Trumpet Fingering Chart and How the Trumpet's Valves Work

    by Tim Curd0

  • Have you wondered what your authentic voice would sound like if you had perfect singing technique? How to release your voice and sing better than ever.

    How to Find Your Natural Singing Voice

    How to Find Your Natural Singing Voice

    by Audrey Hunt52

  • Learn everything you need to know about getting started on guitar in this comprehensive guide. Get help choosing your first guitar, advice on lessons and more!

    Beginner’s Guide to Starting Guitar

    Beginner’s Guide to Starting Guitar

    by Michael James2

  • How to become a tribute act, written by a guy who makes a living as a Michael Buble tribute. It's not just wearing a wig and singing songs, it's about scrutiny, practice, and spending a lot of money.

    How to Become a Successful Tribute Act

    How to Become a Successful Tribute Act

    by DoctorDarts19

  • So you want to learn how to play guitar? Well join the club, because people from all over the world want to do exactly what you want to as well. What separates you from the rest? It all comes down to whether you've got motivation and that little...

    How To Play Guitar: A Beginner's Guide

    How To Play Guitar: A Beginner's Guide

    by Anthony15

  • This chord construction article explains how notes are combined to produce chords. It also includes a chord formula list of all the basic chord types and more.

    Chord Construction & Chord Formula List

    Chord Construction & Chord Formula List

    by chasmac2

  • The key to singing with clarity and good diction is learning how to form vowels. Each word you sing contains at least one vowel. Vowels help to carry the sound and takes the voice to a whole new level

    How to Sing the Five Basic Singing Vowels

    How to Sing the Five Basic Singing Vowels

    by Audrey Hunt67

  • Learn how to sing quietly or softly. Just follow these simple exercises. What you need to know to control your voice.

    How to Sing Quietly or Softly

    How to Sing Quietly or Softly

    by Audrey Hunt43

  • 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.

    How to Play Better Acoustic Guitar

    How to Play Better Acoustic Guitar

    by Matthew Scherer0

  • Singers and speakers often acquire throat irritation. This interferes with the voice and interrupts the presentation, audition, recording session and show. Learn how to avoid these throat problems.

    Learn How to Avoid Throat Irritation When Singing

    Learn How to Avoid Throat Irritation When Singing

    by Audrey Hunt135

  • When buying your first acoustic guitar, you want to be sure you're getting what you want. In this article we look at the main differences between steel and nylon stringed acoustic guitars.

    Nylon or Steel: Choosing Your First Acoustic

    Nylon or Steel: Choosing Your First Acoustic

    by John Bullock0

  • Learn the meaning behind some of the most used musical terms. A helpful resource for music students and teachers. Become a better musician by applying musical symbols to your music.

    Musical Terms, Definitions and Meanings

    Musical Terms, Definitions and Meanings

    by Audrey Hunt23

  • The Suzuki method is enormously popular in the United States and Japan. While the method was originally used to teach violin, many children learn to play piano (and other instruments) with this method. The Suzuki method allows very young children to play music by ear before progressing to sight reading, which allows 3 and 4 year old children to play the piano. Parental involvement is critical to the success of this method!

    Suzuki Piano Method: Music Lessons for Young Children

    Suzuki Piano Method: Music Lessons for Young Children

    by Leah Lefler15

  • 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.

    5 Tips to Enhance Your Musical Improvisation Skills

    5 Tips to Enhance Your Musical Improvisation Skills

    by Matthew Scherer0

  • I hate my voice! If you're one of the many people who feel this way, you've come to the right place because you're about to learn why you hate your voice and how to fix it.

    Why You Hate Your Voice and How to Fix It

    Why You Hate Your Voice and How to Fix It

    by Audrey Hunt250

  • Just discover '80s metal and want to shred the fretboard like they did? Check out this guide to get your shredding chops in order!

    Guitar Shredding Tips and Tricks

    Guitar Shredding Tips and Tricks

    by Matthew Scherer0

  • Learn how to solo on the guitar and write your own leads, plus the importance of scales, improvisation and self-evaluation.

    How to Write a Guitar Solo

    How to Write a Guitar Solo

    by Michael James1

  • Easy step-by-step instruction to learn how to breathe using the diaphragm (diaphragmatic breathing.) Sing and speak better. Bring more oxygen to your brain functioning neurons. Let's start now.

    How to Breathe From the Diaphragm in Six Easy Steps

    How to Breathe From the Diaphragm in Six Easy Steps

    by Audrey Hunt71

  • Singing releases endorphins, feel-good chemicals, into your brain. This process works immediately bringing about positive psychological effects. Even if you think you can't carry a tune - sing!

    How Singing Affects Your Brain—Six Reasons to Sing

    How Singing Affects Your Brain—Six Reasons to Sing

    by Audrey Hunt70

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  • 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.

    Why the Bass Guitar Is Underrated

    Why the Bass Guitar Is Underrated

    by Michael James9

  • If you have a child who shows an affinity to the piano but is not old enough for formal lessons, the following article will give parents ideas for teaching early piano skills.

    How to Teach Young Children Piano

    How to Teach Young Children Piano

    by Blurter of Indiscretions13

  • Learn how to cope with fear using these proven strategies. Fear prevents us from moving forward and can rob us of success.

    How to Sing Without Fear

    How to Sing Without Fear

    by Audrey Hunt33

  • Learn to tune your guitar by ear in a few simple steps. It’s easy, and it can even help you become a better guitar player.

    How to Tune a Guitar by Ear

    How to Tune a Guitar by Ear

    by Michael James2

  • Explore the technical works of Wohlfahrt, Kayser, Mazas, Kreutzer, and Rode. Understand how violin etudes and studies benefit the students.

    A Guide to Violin Etudes and Studies

    A Guide to Violin Etudes and Studies

    by Goh Tong Keat1

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