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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 how to sing quietly or softly. Just follow these simple exercises. What you need to know to control your voice.
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.
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...
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!
Learn Lagrima by Francisco Tárrega, a classical guitar prelude in guitar tab and standard notation with audio demo and study notes for learners.
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.
Returning and re-learning the piano can be frustrating. These tips will help increase motivation and enjoyment, and prevent burn-out.
Music is complicated and difficult to listen to at times. This listening guide for music is designed to help the music listening enthusiast enjoy and understand their music better. Understanding how music is put together opens many new genres for listening.
Improve your guitar practice routine with these eight tips on playing guitar with small hands. Includes alternative guitar technique ideas and original video examples.
For many 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 guitar neck.
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.
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.
Music is much more than just entertainment. Music is an extraordinary form of art. This article is all about the facts of music with a list of the top 5 reasons why I love music.
It should not take too long to set up for a gig. I have some suggestions to help you do it more quickly.
Explore the technical works of Wohlfahrt, Kayser, Mazas, Kreutzer, and Rode. Understand how violin etudes and studies benefit the students.
Here's how to buy a classical guitar for a child or beginner. This article includes common mistakes, prices, and reviews from years of first-hand experience.
Check out this Gibson Les Paul LPJ Review and learn more about the 2013 and 2014 models of this affordable American-made Les Paul.
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.
Learn how to make interesting and original solo fingerstyle guitar arrangements of songs. This is a step by step tutorial with audio demo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Practice, practice, practice!"--But what about practicing *smarter*? This article gives ten useful tips to do just that. Get better, faster!
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.
Learn this very popular and easy classical guitar study by Tarrega - Audio track, guitar tab, standard notation and study notes are provided.
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 what to drink and eat and what not to drink and eat before and during your next singing gig. Trust me, it's important!
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!
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.
A solo fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the famous Christmas carol, with notation, tab, chords, lyrics, and audio/video track
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.
An easy to learn Renaissance Period fingerstyle guitar arrangement of "Wilson's Wilde." Guitar tab, standard notation, audio track and study notes are included.
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.
A jazz chord substitution comping arrangement of Willie Nelson's standard, "Crazy". Includes in-depth theory, standard notation, tab, and videos.
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.
This page talks about common hand signals for choir directing and the best ways to use those signals.
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.
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.
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...
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!
An introduction to the most basic chords in music: triads. Learn to recognise the different triads by sight and sound in this short and concise tutorial—with audio examples.
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.
The recorder is an ideal musical instrument for the adult beginner. Follow this page for helpful tips to learn the instrument.
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.
Play or Learn Romance for classical guitar - Standard notation, tab, audio track and study notes included
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.
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.
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.
An easy-to-read guide to some of the most interesting chords for writing music. This article explores how to write a great opening to a song, an interesting body, and a close that isn't cliche. Video examples are provided.
For classical and fingerstyle guitar players—a simple piece by Spanish composer Aguado. Tab, notation, audio and playing notes included for easy learning.
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!
A Cut Capo, also called a short cut, offers an extra sound for experienced guitar players and an easy chord structure for the novice.
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.
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!
Check out this list of the guitar accessories that are most important for beginners and start building your collection of guitar supplies.
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!
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.
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...
Learn how to solo on the guitar and write your own leads, plus the importance of scales, improvisation and self-evaluation.
13 blues guitar turnarounds. Chords, tab, video. Mandatory for any blues guitarist. Complete with in-depth text explanations, videos and high quality transcriptions.
Harmony is the “meat and potatoes” of music. It's not always easy to hear harmony sometimes, but this article aims to help you identify different types of harmony.
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.
Harmonization of the Major scale in all keys. Chords, Tab. Accurate, high quality transcriptions, in depth theory analysis.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Skye Boat Song with tab, notation, chords, lyrics, audio and playing tips.
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.
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.
Learn how to cope with fear using these proven strategies. Fear prevents us from moving forward and can rob us of success.
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.
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.
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
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.
An easy classical guitar study by Fernando Sor in guitar tablature and standard notation with audio track and study notes for learners
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.
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!
Useful classical guitar major and minor scale patterns in notation and tab. Patterns approved by Trinity College of Music, London
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.
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.
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.
Find out why it’s important for guitar players to spend time studying music theory and how it can improve their playing.
Learn about the terminology and definitions used in playing and discussing electric and acoustic guitar in this basic vocabulary guide for beginners.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the English folk song, Scarborough Fair with tablature, standard notation and an audio track provided for easier learning
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.
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.
Check out the top bass guitar starter packs, the best choices for beginners who want to become bassists and start playing today!
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.
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.
Playing piano helps people release emotions and enjoy music. Here I provide six simple tips that can help you become a better pianist.
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.
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...
These rehearsal tips will help guitar players understand how to run band practice most efficiently and accomplish their goals.
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!
“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.
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 to read chords in standard notation fast and accurately. All it needs is the right mental approach and graded practice material.
Understand the Circle of Fifths, what keys in music are, how they're formed and how they relate to each other in music.
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.
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.
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.
Learn Bach's famous Bourrée in E Minor transcribed for guitar with guitar tab, notation, and audio demo track and study notes.
Guitarists - Learn to read music with this graded tutorial covering the basics of standard music notation for guitar.
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.
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!
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. :)
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!
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.
For Celtic music lovers, a fingerstyle Guitar Arrangement of the Scottish traditional song Oidhche Mhath with guitar tablature, standard notation and audio recording
Further reharmonization of a twelve bar progression in G. In-depth theory, professional transcriptions, video guitar 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...
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 harder and whether you can learn both at the same time.
Sight reading for guitarists in 12 fretboard positions - with standard notation, tab reading exercises and audio demos.
Complete guitar lesson for Stairway To Heaven. Each section broken down and notated in standard notation, tab, theory, and videos.
What are cadences in music and why do we need them? Find out their function and how they work by reading the full article.
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.
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.
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!
Chords are a musical basic--but what are they, really? Here's a beginner's guide, with written and audio examples.
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.
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...
Whether your hands are too big or small or your wrist muscles are too weak, some ukulele chords are just plan hard to shape.
Learn this easy classical guitar piece by the guitar composer, Carulli. Guitar tab, standard notation, audio track and study notes are included.
I Still Got The Blues For You by Gary Moore guitar lesson. Chords, tab, video. High quality, accurate transcriptions, theory explanations, and video lessons.
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.
Learn Minuet in G by J.S.Bach | Standard notation, guitar tablature, audio track and study notes are included.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Audio-video lesson and demonstration of harmonic intervals and how to recognise and identify them by ear
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Scottish folk song, The Mist-Covered Mountains of Home. Tablature, standard notation and audio track are provided
Learn how notes are named in music after the first seven letters of the alphabet plus sharp and flat notes.
Play Opus 50 No.2 by Mauro Giuliani for classical guitar. Tab, notation, audio and learners' notes are included.
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...
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.
Blues rhythm patterns for guitar. Chords, tab, video. Complete with high quality, accurate transcriptions, video examples and in-depth text theory explanations!
A very easy classical guitar piece by Fernando Sor with standard notation, tab, audio demo, and study notes for learners
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.
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.
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.
Form in music is the structure or “blueprint” of the composer. This article will show you how you can listen to music through the form and understand it better.
Struggling with learning the electronic keyboard? Here are 20 practical ways to improve your keyboard playing skills.
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 about the violin works suitable for pre-advanced students. Explore the concertos by Viotti, Rode, de Bériot, and Kabalevsky.
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.
Why you tell yourself you can't sing? Find solutions for correcting your thinking, free your own natural voice, and sing with joy.
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!
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 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 this easy classical guitar version of "Ode to Joy" by Beethoven. Guitar tab, standard notation, audio track and study notes are included.
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.
These easy, but important, vocal tips promise to change a weak, unconfident, sound into a bigger and better voice.
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.
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
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.
Learn to play the violin with good intonation, understand the different systems of tuning, and develop a solid left hand technique.
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.
A well respected vocal coach for Broadway Musicals, Audrey Hunt, shares her easy and exciting method for singing on key by using your breathing system.
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...