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  • 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

  • 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 Hunt254

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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 chasmac4

  • 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

  • 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 Hunt55

  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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 James12

  • A beginner's guide to reading the notes on the grand staff. Great for kids, adults, and anyone interested in learning how to read music!

    How to Read Music Notes

    How to Read Music Notes

    by Blurter of Indiscretions25

  • The best and fastest way to sing better is to choose the right song. Selecting material that fits your voice makes all the difference in how you sound. This article includes tips to help you accomplish this task.

    How to Choose the Right Song for Your Voice

    How to Choose the Right Song for Your Voice

    by Audrey Hunt41

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Hunt35

  • 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

  • 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.

    Mouthpiece Buzzing for Trumpet

    Mouthpiece Buzzing for Trumpet

    by Tim Curd0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Trombone Positions Chart and How the Trombone Works

    Trombone Positions Chart and How the Trombone Works

    by Tim Curd0

  • 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 Scherer1

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