Find out why it’s important for guitar players to spend time studying music theory and how it can improve their playing.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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
This page talks about common hand signals for choir directing and the best ways to use those signals.
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!
Get some advice on how to buy the best electric guitar for a beginner and learn what features to look for in your first instrument.
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!
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.
Learn how to deal with the criticism and negativity that comes with playing guitar in public. Don’t let the haters bring you down!
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.
Have you wondered what your authentic voice would sound like if you had perfect singing technique? Using the 'rag doll' exercise will lead you directly to your natural voice. Here's how.
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.
This article offers advice for parents of beginning band students to find a great clarinet at the right price. What distinguishes a quality instrument from a beginner piece? Read on to find out.
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.
Learn how to sing quietly or softly. Just follow these simple exercises. Everything you want to know about making your voice sing soft.
A solo fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the famous Christmas carol, with notation, tab, chords, lyrics, and audio/video track
Learn about the violin works suitable for pre-advanced students. Explore the concertos by Viotti, Rode, de Bériot, and Kabalevsky.
"Practice, practice, practice!"--But what about practicing *smarter*? This article gives ten useful tips to do just that. Get better, faster!
I Still Got The Blues For You by Gary Moore guitar lesson. Chords, tab, video. High quality, accurate transcriptions, theory explanations, and video lessons.
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...
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.
Learn to play the violin with good intonation, understand the different systems of tuning, and develop a solid left hand technique.
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.
The recorder is an ideal musical instrument for the adult beginner. Follow this page for helpful tips to learn the instrument.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of "Ye Banks and Braes," with audio and video of the notation and guitar tablature.
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.
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.
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.
Harmonization of the Major scale in all keys. Chords, Tab. Accurate, high quality transcriptions, in depth theory analysis.
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.
Learn how to solo on the guitar and write your own leads, plus the importance of scales, improvisation and self-evaluation.
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.
What's a Tierce de Picardie? How many types of cadences are there in music? Find out the answers by looking inside now.
When it comes to difference and difficulty how do you compare bass vs guitar? This article can help you decide which is a better choice for you.
For Celtic music lovers, a fingerstyle Guitar Arrangement of the Scottish traditional song Oidhche Mhath with guitar tablature, standard notation and audio recording
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.
“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.
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.
Etude 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.
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.
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.
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.
These rehearsal tips will help guitar players understand how to run band practice most efficiently and accomplish their goals.
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...
Which guitar is better for beginners to learn on: Acoustic or Electric? Discover the pros and cons of each and decide which is right for you!
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.
Complete guitar lesson for Stairway To Heaven. Each section broken down and notated in standard notation, tab, theory, and videos.
Everyone enjoys listening to music for different personal reasons. This hub is all about music and a list of the top 10 reasons why I love music.
This article looks at how music creates meaning, granting insight into its inherent character and value to human civilization. It focuses on music as a comprehensive symbolic system and contrasts its various elements to the well-known symbolic mechanics of language in the interests of clarifying the unique qualities of music.
Discover the best way to learn to guitar, with a focus on scales, chords and songs, as well as music theory. If you want to learn guitar there is nothing stopping you. Here are some top options to get you started!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
The blues scale for guitar. Chords, tab, video. Pentatonic and blues scale comparison. The five box patterns explained and notated. in-depth theory explanations, video examples and high quality, accurate transcriptions, as well as practical applications!
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...
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!
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.
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.
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...
Explore the pedagogical works of Wohlfahrt, Mazas, Kreutzer, and Rode. Understand how violin etudes and studies benefit the students.
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!
A clear and concise explanation of musical intervals. Learn how they are named and what the names mean.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Skye Boat Song with tab, notation, chords, lyrics, audio and playing tips.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Cut Capo, also called a short cut, offers an extra sound for experienced guitar players and an easy chord structure for the novice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
This article is aimed at self-learning guitarists wondering whether to learn standard music notation or guitar tablature (tab) or both, or even neither. A look at the pros and cons of each system.
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.
Audio-video lesson and demonstration of harmonic intervals and how to recognise and identify them by ear
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Playing piano helps people release emotions and enjoy music. Here I provide six simple tips that can help you become a better pianist.
Blues rhythm patterns for guitar. Chords, tab, video. Complete with high quality, accurate transcriptions, video examples and in-depth text theory explanations!
Guitarists - Learn to read music with this graded tutorial covering the basics of standard music notation for guitar.
A quick and authoritative guide to buying a classical guitar for a child or beginner. This article includes common mistakes, prices, and reviews from years of first-hand experience.
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.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the English folk song, Scarborough Fair with tablature, standard notation and an audio track provided for easier learning
Whether your hands are too big or small or your wrist muscles are too weak, some ukulele chords are just plan hard to shape.
Triads are easy 3-note guitar chords that are useful in both rhythm and lead playing. This article explores how to play them and what the best practices are when using them.
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.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Scottish folk song, The Mist-Covered Mountains of Home. Tablature, standard notation and audio track are provided
Play this easy classical guitar piece by Mauro Giuliani - Opus 50 no.10 "Allegro" in guitar tab, standard notation, audio demo track and study notes.
Why you tell yourself you can't sing? Find solutions for correcting your thinking, free your own natural voice, and sing with joy.
A very popular and easy classical guitar study by Ferdindo Carulli—Tab, notation, audio and study notes are included
How can some pianists play so fast and flawless? Strong and flexible fingers, just like a strong and flexible body, provide the strength necessary for speed. Here's how you can build stronger fingers
Learn this simple fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the famous Irish melody "Brian Boru's March" with standard notation, guitar tablature and audio track
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Xmas carol, "Silent Night" in tablature and standard notation with audio track and playing tips included.
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...
13 blues guitar turnarounds. Chords, tab, video. Mandatory for any blues guitarist. Complete with in-depth text explanations, videos and high quality transcriptions.
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.
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.
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
Here's a shortlist of the best beginner acoustic guitars for kids, a guide for parents looking to start their child on guitar.
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.
Check out the top bass guitar starter packs, the best choices for beginners who want to become bassists and start playing today!
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.
Learn Bach's famous Bourrée in E Minor transcribed for guitar with guitar tab, notation, and audio demo track and study notes.
Learn this easy classical guitar piece by Giuliani in notation, tab and audio with study notes included for easy learning.
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.
Returning and re-learning the piano can be frustrating. These tips will help increase motivation and enjoyment, and prevent burn-out.
An easy to learn Renaissance Period fingerstyle guitar arrangement of "Wilson's Wilde." Guitar tab, standard notation, audio track and study notes are included.
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!
An easy classical guitar piece by the famous guitar composer, Giuliani. Read the notation or tab and listen to the audio track for easy learning. Study notes are included.
These easy, but important, vocal tips promise to change a weak, unconfident, sound into a bigger and better voice.
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.
A jazz chord substitution comping arrangement of Willie Nelson's standard, "Crazy". Includes in-depth theory, standard notation, tab, and videos.
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.
Here are 6 easy tips for improving your present singing voice. Confidence is everything, so you must begin believing in yourself. Until you do this, others will not believe in you either.
The best music education bloggers, helping students, performers and teachers succeed and reach their dreams.
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.
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.
Check out this list of the guitar accessories that are most important for beginners and start building your collection of guitar supplies.
Improve your guitar practice routine with these eight tips on playing guitar with small hands. Includes alternative guitar technique ideas and original video examples.
Check out this Gibson Les Paul LPJ Review and learn more about the 2013 and 2014 models of this affordable American-made Les Paul.
Sight reading for guitarists in 12 fretboard positions - with standard notation, tab reading exercises and audio demos.
A clear and concise explanation of the 3 forms of the minor scale (natural, harmonic and melodic) and their uses in music.
You too can learn to play the piano as an adult. Your experiences of life will help and you will persevere with practicing more easily than a child can.
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.
Useful classical guitar major and minor scale patterns in notation and tab. Patterns approved by Trinity College of Music, London
Learn how to make interesting and original solo fingerstyle guitar arrangements of songs. This is a step by step tutorial with audio demo.
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 Minuet in G by J.S.Bach | Standard notation, guitar tablature, audio track and study notes are included.
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. :)
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
There are different ways to go about learning a musical instrument. These are the pros and cons of each method.
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.
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.
Chords are a musical basic--but what are they, really? Here's a beginner's guide, with written and audio examples.
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.
Understand the Circle of Fifths, what keys in music are, how they're formed and how they relate to each other in music.
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.
Finding quality free sheet music online isn’t as easy as you think. The following list provides you with links to 20 of the best websites to find free and legal printable sheet music.
Learn this very popular and easy classical guitar study by Tarrega - Audio track, guitar tab, standard notation and study notes are provided.
Learn to read chords in standard notation fast and accurately. All it needs is the right mental approach and graded practice material.
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...
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.
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.
Learn about the terminology and definitions used in playing and discussing electric and acoustic guitar in this basic vocabulary guide for beginners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.