A guide to playing the violin with good posture by understanding the concepts of balance and ease and eliminating unnecessary tension in the body.
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For many classical guitarists, locating the notes on the fingerboard can be difficult, especially in the higher positions. Here is a quick and reliable method for learning all the notes on the fretboard.
For Celtic music lovers, a fingerstyle Guitar Arrangement of the Scottish traditional song Oidhche Mhath with guitar tablature, standard notation and audio recording
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.
Do you know that feeling when you know you should be practicing, but you feel like you just can't? Or you think all your efforts aren't making a difference? Read on for some helpful tips and advice.
Nobody really likes a job with a boss breathing down your neck and nagging about deadlines and TPS reports. I'm here to tell you that there is hope - and big perks that come with working for yourself!
Sharps and flats can be confusing... but not if you know what to look for. Find out how to take the mystery out of key signatures for good!
Complete guitar lesson for Stairway To Heaven. Each section broken down and notated in standard notation, tab, theory, and videos.
The popular holiday song 'Away In A Manger' arranged for guitar as a strumming sing along, or guitar duet. In depth theory, professional transcriptions, lyrics and strumming pattern.
Compare the top acoustic guitar starter packs and choose the best starter kit to inspire a beginner who is ready to learn to play guitar.
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.
This article on flute breathing exercises discusses how we breathe, types of breathing and which is best for the flautist and also for the player's general health. Some breathing exercises that help with the control of breath are explained with diagrams along with an emphasis on the importance of good posture to assist controlled flow of air.
Been teaching guitar a while and found that your students just aren't getting it? Here are some tips to help you bring them back on board and help them learn faster.
Learn how to solo on the guitar and write your own leads, plus the importance of scales, improvisation and self-evaluation.
Having an extensive catalog of songs that you know how to play is essential for any successful musician and cover band. These are the songs that just about every band plays at some point, with lyrics.
Find out how beginners can learn blues guitar by working on basic scales and music theory. The rest comes down to hard work and practice!
Learn Lagrima by Francisco Tárrega - a classical guitar prelude in guitar tab and standard notation with audio demo and study notes for learners.
Do you need to learn how to read music if you want to play the guitar? Maybe! Find out whether it is the right choice for you.
Study in A minor - opus 50 no.13 by Mauro Giuliani in guitar tablature and standard notation with audio recording and study notes for easy learning.
"Practice, practice, practice!"--But what about practicing *smarter*? This article gives ten useful tips to do just that. Get better, faster!
You’re never too old to learn to play guitar! Here are 10 reasons why your 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond are the perfect time to pick up the instrument.
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!
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) arranged for guitar. Chords, tab, melody. Includes: in-depth theory explanations, some insightful playing tips, videos and high quality, accurate transcriptions of the Chord Chart, Comping Chart and Chord-Melody.
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!
Rondo form is a flexible and versatile way to construct a piece of music. Find out how it works and which composers have used it successfully inside this comprehensive guide.
Playing piano helps people release emotions and enjoy music. Here I provide six simple tips that can help you become a better pianist.
Maple is one of the traditional tonewoods for acoustic instruments. Right there with maple are rosewood, mahogany, spruce, ebony, and all the varieties of species of those trees. Maple as a tonewood for bodies or backs and sides of a guitar can...
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of "Ye Banks and Braes," with audio and video of the notation and guitar tablature.
Discover the best way to learn to guitar, with a focus on scales, chords and songs, as well as music theory. Here are some top options to get you started!
Stop! Don't sing any song without first warming up your voice. Here are some of the most effective vocal warm-ups for singers and vocalists.
There are different ways to go about learning a musical instrument. These are the pros and cons of each method.
Be honest. You want to be doing better. You know you're good, but you know there are some things that you're missing or could be improved upon. You're right. Read on.
What's a Tierce de Picardie? How many types of cadences are there in music? Find out the answers by looking inside now.
An easy classical guitar piece by Ferdinando Carulli. Standard music notation and guitar tablature are provided along with an audio recording and study notes for learners.
Guitar Lesson on guitar chords in Open G tuning. Rolling Stones guitar style, Keith Richards guitar chords. Rolling Stones guitar parts, Guitar and Open G tuning.
The diatonic scales are 7 note patterns that in a sense are extensions of the pentatonic patterns. They require a bit more work to learn than the pentatonic scales but are well worth the investment to avoid ‘pentamania’ where lead guitar starts sounding ‘samey’ and predictable.
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...
Harmonization of the Major scale in all keys. Chords, Tab. Accurate, high quality transcriptions, in depth theory analysis.
Many things are overlooked when you first start playing gigs. Among those things overlooked are the things you need to bring.
Singing in one of my band's (AMIHAN) rock gigs. Photo taken at Cafe Arabiscato, SSS Village, Marikina City Tina Siuagan Becoming a vocalist is not as easy as it seems. Behind all the spotlights and cheers from fans comes tons of hard work achieved...
Would you like to play a stringed instrument? Do you think you are too old or too young to learn? Would you like to play something unusual and portable? Then the mountain dulcimer (also know as the Appalachian dulcimer) may be the instrument for...
Learn about the violin works suitable for pre-advanced students. Explore the concertos by Viotti, Rode, de Bériot, and Kabalevsky.
Some teachers use the Suzuki books as a supplemental resource, without following the series. Others discontinue the series or obtain the pieces covered in later books from another source. Why?
This article will show you the best method ever of how to efficiently learn and memorize the notes on a guitar neck in the shortest amount of time.
This article will help you learn the natural minor scale and will show you lead patterns to use as templates for solos. The natural minor is a fairly safe choice for soloing in a minor key and can produce more melodic and soulful solos than the pentatonic scale. There are many types of minor scales, but the natural minor is the basis of most minor harmony.
There is a specific system that has proven effective in working as a musician or playing covers in any band. Master these fundamentals and you'll be able to succeed in every gigging situation.
This article is aimed at self-learning guitarists wondering whether to learn standard music notation or guitar tablature or both, or even neither. A look at the pros and cons of each system.
Want to know how to get better at playing guitar? Here are 5 tips that can help you improve, whether you are a beginner or veteran guitarist.
A major scale chart is shown and described. The chart is easy to use and remember. Describes the pattern of major scales and shows how to play a major scale on a piano. Explains some basic terms.
How many notes make up a chord? Find out how easy it is to create any chord on the piano knowing just a few tips.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Xmas carol, Silent Night in tablature and standard notation with audio track and playing tips included.
Check out the top bass guitar starter packs, the best choices for beginners who want to become bassists and start playing today!
Common, everyday items have many functions. Some are even practical for working musicians. Things that may seem useless in the live music performance world can actually come in quite handy. Read on!
Have you wondered what your voice would sound like if you had perfect singing technique? Using the 'rag doll' exercise combined with 'the windmill' leads you directly to your natural voice. Here's how.
The Martin D-18 has always been one of the world's most desired acoustic steel string guitars. It is somewhat expensive, so not everyone can afford a D-18, here, here are five alternative guitars.
An easy-to-read guide to some of the most interesting chords for writing music. How to write a great opening to a song, an interesting body, and a close that isn't cliche. Plus video examples.
A guide for music teachers, parents, and students of all ages to answer the question: When is the best age to take music lessons? Also, how to improve and stay motivated as a teen or adult student.
The recorder is an ideal musical instrument for the adult beginner. Follow this page for helpful tips to learn the instrument.
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!
The House of the Rising Sun is a folk classic and its most famous version was released by The Animals. There are so many ways to play this song in different styles, but this way works nicely.
Learn how to sing quietly or softly. Just follow these simple exercises. Everything you want to know about making your voice sing soft.
Sometimes, as musicians, things don’t always go our way, but you just have to do what you just have to do in order to prevail.
Playing guitar is fun, but it's far more fun when you can play it well. Let's take a look at a few ways to improve your playing.
A lower-intermediate level solo fingerstyle guitar arrangement of "Auld Lang Syne" in guitar tab, notation, chords, and lyrics with audio demo and study notes for learners.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the English folk song, Scarborough Fair with tablature, standard notation and an audio track provided for easier learning
Most people who take music lessons of some kind learn some quick and easy tips for reading the music, especially for naming the letter or pitch names that correspond to each line and each space.
Every musician knows that you can never stop learning. When you are fortunate enough to gig as much as I do, you learn a lot of stuff.
Why you tell yourself you can't sing? Find solutions for correcting your thinking, free your own natural voice, and sing with joy.
What are cadences in music and why do we need them? Find out their function and how they work by reading the full article.
This article came about when I wanted a way to easily create free backing music with no copyright attached to use in my YouTube videos.
Play this simple guitar arrangement of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." Read the tab or notation and listen to an audio demo for easy learning.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Scottish folk song, The Mist-Covered Mountains of Home. Tablature, standard notation and audio track are provided
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.
In reading musical rhythm, single beats can be counted by several different methods (described in Part III). Now let's take a look at how each method counts longer notes.
That is...when you're not playing music. You never want dead air; so it's best to have a practical checklist of things that you should be talking about to keep the show moving along. Here ya go. :)
Piano is a versatile musical instrument and is probably one of the most widely played around the world. Piano is basically a keyboard instrument where the black and white keys represent different notes with different intervals. The way the notes go...
At some point a guitar player usually becomes interested in learning scales after open chords and barre chords have been learned. Playing licks and improvising solos is no doubt one of the most exciting things that can be done on a guitar – for both the player and the audience. In this article I am going to present the workhorse of scales for many guitarists – the pentatonic scales.
Listen to and learn this fairly simple arrangement of the Celtic-Breton folk tune, Kimiad. Playing tips are included.
Learn Bach's famous Bourrée in E Minor transcribed for guitar with guitar tab, notation, and audio demo track and study notes.
Useful classical guitar major and minor scale patterns in notation and tab. Patterns approved by Trinity College of Music, London
The original version of this guitar instrumental by Jørgen Ingmann. Note for note transcription of both parts combined into one. Very challenging to play! Chords, standard notation, tab, video.
Audio-video lesson and demonstration of harmonic intervals and how to recognise and identify them by ear
When trying to improve your overall technique, guitar exercises are the best way to go about doing this. They focus on increasing your fingers strength, speed, accuracy, and dexterity. Doing all the different exercises will also allow you to learn...
Learn about some of the often neglected student-level concertos that are so beautiful and full of pedagogic value. Explore the works of Rieding, Seitz, Sitt, Portnoff, and Accolay.
An easy to play classical guitar piece in standard notation and guitar tablature by the guitar composer Ferdinando Carulli. An audio track and study notes are provided for easy learning.
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.
Learn the basics of how to write a song on guitar! Even beginners can create a basic song outline and start making their own music today.
Find out which instruments are the best choices for kids or adults who are total beginners and want to learn music for the first time.
Understand the Circle of Fifths, what keys in music are, how they're formed and how they relate to each other in music.
“Heart and Soul” by Hoagy Carmichael is one of those songs that can sound heartful and soulful - or it can make a music teacher cringe. Some of the traits that make it so cringe-worthy can also make it a wonderful tool for teaching important musical principles. Besides, it provides a vehicle for piano students to participate in ensemble playing in a social setting - a feature that their lessons sometimes lack.
Two versions of Greensleeves for acoustic fingerstyle guitar to try. One simple and straightforward, one decorated and improvised. Also view or print as PDF file.
Fretboard Logic SE by Bill Edwards is a guitar instruction manual where the CAGED system is made easy to understand for any level of guitarist.
Piano worship chords aren't very much different from the chords found in other types of music - pop, jazz, country, etc. - but they do have a certain sound to them that's a bit difficult to explain. So, instead of talking too much about it, we're...
Do you, as a music leader, ever ask yourself: What is the best key for congregational singing? What key should hymns be sung in? or, How can I know the best key for unison singing at church? -- Finding the best musical key for group singing can be a challenge, but the challenge can be pleasant and rewarding.
Find out if you really need a teacher to learn to play guitar, and why taking lessons may not be the best choice for every newbie guitarist.
Sight reading for guitarists in 12 fretboard positions - with standard notation, tab reading exercises and audio demos.
It should not take too long to set up for a gig. I have some suggestions to help you do it more quickly.
These rehearsal tips will help guitar players understand how to run band practice most efficiently and accomplish their goals.
To understand how the vocal cords work, we need a little information on how we produce sound. Watch Steven Tyler's vocal cords and learn about the variation in our body's natural instrument.
Most of us have a favorite song that we like to play or listen to, but how many of us are fluent in a musical instrument? Read this article to learn more about how music can enrich your life!
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.
A haunting chord melody arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Also arranged for sing along or guitar duet. Chords, melody, strumming pattern. High quality transcriptions, tab, videos and theory.
Practice is the only way you can get better at playing the guitar, but playing the right notes is only half the battle. Check out these seven ways you can improve your guitar practice routine today!
Let me start this by saying I'm a professional blues singer with a four octave range. I have been gigging for 14 years and have been recording for record labels for almost as long. I have a bit of a raspy lower register and it's extremely important...
The Hapi drum is a steel tongue drum that needs minimal musical expertise to play. Here are a few techniques, complete with a video guide, to get you started today!
Singing while sick is not ideal, but for singers who perform a lot, it happens; when it does, vocalists often risk damage to their voices just to perform. To help, here are 15 tips for singing sick.
Check out this Gibson Les Paul LPJ Review and learn more about the 2013 and 2014 models of this affordable American-made Les Paul.
Have you ever wanted to learn guitar but weren't sure where to start? From choosing a guitar to playing your first songs, this guide will walk you through the first steps and more.
Singing is your birthright. Your body holds every tool needed to produce a clear, beautiful tone. It's time to reverse the notion that good singers are reserved for a fortunate few.
For many singers and songwriters, the guitar is the first instrument they pick up, owing to its popularity and versatility. But perhaps now you feel that it's time to expand your musical horizons...
Whether you have one new song to learn for your next rehearsal, or you have a huge list of tunes for a new gig to get down, these tips are everything you need to get it done right.
Should children be required to perform specific tasks demonstrating finger independence before they are permitted to take violin or viola lessons?
Even though all technique is mastered, as a singer if you don't learn this one thing, all else doesn't matter. Learn what is absolutely necessary for all singers. Discover the difference now.
Learn Minuet in G by J.S.Bach | Standard notation, guitar tablature, audio track and study notes are included.
Do you, as a musician, conduct yourself in a professional manner? This article discusses some of the aspects of being professional. Read it and see where you stand.
Learn 5 steps to help you teach yourself to play guitar, no lessons required. It isn’t easy, but with a little hard work you can do it!
Where do I start? What questions do I ask? What is the cost? How do I know if the vocal teacher is qualified? Help is on the way.
Whether your hands are too big or small or your wrist muscles are too weak, some ukulele chords are just plan hard to shape.
Further reharmonization of a twelve bar progression in G. In-depth theory, professional transcriptions, video guitar lessons.
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.
This is quite simple theory showing the relationship of chords. Once you learn these it makes improvising a lot easier since you will know what chords can follow without trial and error.
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!
Learn to play the violin with good intonation, understand the different systems of tuning, and develop a solid left hand technique.
Explore the pedagogical works of Wohlfahrt, Mazas, Kreutzer, and Rode. Understand how violin etudes and studies benefit the students.
Already got a uke and want to get a jump on the holilday season? Or did you just open a brand new ukulele and need to learn some songs before December 26th rolls around? I've got you covered!
A solo fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the famous Christmas carol, with notation, tab, chords, lyrics, and audio/video track
Accompanying on the piano can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. Here's one way to create a back-and-forth style of accompaniment that's easy to master.
Harmony can be a difficult concept to understand. This exercise shows you an easy way to get to grips with it so you can harmonize tunes on the piano all by yourself.
Learn to read chords in standard notation fast and accurately. All it needs is the right mental approach and graded practice material.
Guitarists - Learn to read music with this graded tutorial covering the basics of standard music notation for guitar.
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.
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.
Learn about the terminology and definitions used in playing and discussing electric and acoustic guitar in this basic vocabulary guide for beginners.
It may start off as a group of people getting together to make some noise, but if you want fans, you've got to come up with a good name for your band.
A jazz chord substitution comping arrangement of Willie Nelson's standard, "Crazy". Includes in-depth theory, standard notation, tab, and videos.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Skye Boat Song with tab, notation, chords, lyrics, audio and playing tips.
Play Sor's Study in D Opus 35 no.17 for classical guitar in notation and tab with audio demo and playing help for learners.
Once a pianist learns the chord progression for Heart and Soul, they will be able to accompany numerous other popular songs. One strong favorite is the Rodgers and Hart standard "Blue Moon." Even absolute beginners should be able to understand this detailed explanation.
Hallelujah is an iconic song with a hauntingly repetitive melody. Leonard Cohen fans and Shrek fans will know it well although it has been a chart topper for many. Learn to play Hallelujah here.
Returning and re-learning the piano can be frustrating. These tips will help increase motivation and enjoyment, and prevent burn-out.
Get some advice on choosing the best electric guitar for a beginner and learn what features to look for in your first instrument.
I have a fairly long set list, which is nice. But equally important is the order of the songs on the list. Allow me to explain as to why that is.
Half stack, full stack or combo? Learn which guitar amp is best in a band situation, and how to choose the right option for you.
You've finally found musicians who get along. Everyone's learned the songs. You're ready to play out. But you can't get past the hardest part...coming up with a band name. Here's how...
People who are inherently comfortable with being in charge are sometimes very good leaders. However, if they don't follow these basic guidelines, even they can often fall short.
Here's a shortlist of the best beginner acoustic guitars for kids, a guide for parents looking to start their child on guitar.
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.
If you want to know how to play Johnny B. Goode, this page will show you. Chuck Berry's classic rock and roll song is often requested. This is a simple version of the song for guitar.
A singer is a human wind instrument. Your body is like a straw. If you don't have good posture, your singing will suffer. What is good posture and what does it look like? Read on to find out.
It’s important to recognize that even major players had to start with the beginner’s chords, or open chords. What led them to become famous guitar players (besides raw talent) was an intensely disciplined approach to practice, combined with a creative fire and passion to make music.
When you first start out playing gigs, you don’t realize right away that certain things should be done or avoided. I have a few tips regarding some things a newbie singer might want to think about.
It's great to be an excellent technical player but, in the end, you need to know a lot of songs to get out there to get steady paid gigs.
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
Mastered the basics and want to move on to some more challenging chords? Here's just the songs you need to help you get the hang of them.
Check out this list of the guitar accessories that are most important for beginners and start building your collection of guitar supplies.
If you want to excel in the cover music scene, it's not always a question of your level of skill, but often just a matter of focusing on the right things that makes a difference. Click in to see them.
I Still Got The Blues For You by Gary Moore guitar lesson. Chords, tab, video. High quality, accurate transcriptions, theory explanations, and video lessons.
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!
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.
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.
Find out why it’s important for guitar players to spend time studying music theory and how it can improve their playing.
This page talks about common hand signals for choir directing and the best ways to use those signals.
13 blues guitar turnarounds. Chords, tab, video. Mandatory for any blues guitarist. Complete with in-depth text explanations, videos and high quality transcriptions.
Learn this very popular and easy classical guitar study by Tarrega - Audio track, guitar tab, standard notation and study notes are provided.
A standard 3 chord blues progression, reharmonized to form a jazz version. Stormy Monday Substitutions. Chords, tab, video. High quality, accurate transcriptions. In depth theory and videos
Learn how to deal with the criticism and negativity that comes with playing guitar in public. Don’t let the haters bring you down!
In this article we will take a look at barre chords, also called moveable chords because the same form can be moved up and down the neck. At first barre chords can seem like real hard work, or plain impossible to fret but they are well worth learning if you really want to rock because they give you access to the full range of the neck. Patience and persistence is the key.
Learn about each aspect that affects your tone in violin-playing. Find out how to play with captivating sound like the great violinists.
Blues rhythm patterns for guitar. Chords, tab, video. Complete with high quality, accurate transcriptions, video examples and in-depth text theory explanations!
Is there an easy way to remember the order of sharps and flats in music? There is. Read more to find out exactly how to do it.
Can it be done? Follow these easy steps to find out. Everyone has a singing voice. This tutorial will help you discover yours. It's also a good breathing refresher sequel for those who already sing
The job of playing music in a cover band involves a never ending responsibility to learn new songs. While these songs may not be new to you, they are ones that you need to know if you play regularly.