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  • 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...

    Tips for Creating a Band Name

    Tips for Creating a Band Name

    by Nikki Lambert0

  • 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!

    6 Benefits of Working as a Freelance Musician

    6 Benefits of Working as a Freelance Musician

    by Steve Witschel0

  • 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.

    Play Guitar:  Diatonic Scales & Lead Patterns

    Play Guitar: Diatonic Scales & Lead Patterns

    by shimla0

  • The recorder is an ideal musical instrument for the adult beginner. Follow this page for helpful tips to learn the instrument.

    Taking up the recorder as an adult

    Taking up the recorder as an adult

    by Liz Mackay17

  • 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

  • A Cut Capo, also called a short cut, offers an extra sound for experienced guitar players and an easy chord structure for the novice.

    How to Use a Cut Capo

    How to Use a Cut Capo

    by Lynne Modranski3

  • 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.

    15 Tips for Singing While Sick

    15 Tips for Singing While Sick

    by Meagan Earls1

  • 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 Five Best Instruments For Guitar Players To Learn

    The Five Best Instruments For Guitar Players To Learn

    by David Hagar2

  • 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 Hunt19

  • 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.

    A Guide to Rondo Form in Music

    A Guide to Rondo Form in Music

    by JohnMello2

  • 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.

    The Key to the Best Congregational Singing Range

    The Key to the Best Congregational Singing Range

    by Aficionada9

  • 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.

    Violin Concertos for Intermediate Students

    Violin Concertos for Intermediate Students

    by Goh Tong Keat2

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

    A Basic Guide to the Musical Staff

    A Basic Guide to the Musical Staff

    by JohnMello0

  • If you're thinking of investing in piano lessons for your child (or yourself), you need to hear from a seasoned veteran piano educator on the pros and cons of organized piano study.

    Why Piano Lessons?

    Why Piano Lessons?

    by Shannon T Flynn0

  • 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.

    Flute Breathing Exercises

    Flute Breathing Exercises

    by Bronwen Scott-Branagan24

  • 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!

    How to Play the Hapi Drum

    How to Play the Hapi Drum

    by Amy Naylor6

  • Learning to strum the ukulele can seem intimidating, but if you follow these simple steps it can set you well on your way to playing with ease.

    How to Strum the Ukulele

    How to Strum the Ukulele

    by Marilyn Lane1

  • 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.

    House of the Rising Sun Chords and Guitar TAB

    House of the Rising Sun Chords and Guitar TAB

    by Lisa Marie Gabriel21

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

    How to Become a Successful Tribute Act

    How to Become a Successful Tribute Act

    by DoctorDarts19

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

    Playing Piano with Wrist Pain

    Playing Piano with Wrist Pain

    by Kymberly Fergusson2

  • 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!

    10 Easy Christmas Songs for Ukulele

    10 Easy Christmas Songs for Ukulele

    by Kennedi Brown0

  • 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 chasmac0

  • 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!

    Seven Ways to Improve Your Guitar Practice Routine

    Seven Ways to Improve Your Guitar Practice Routine

    by Sam Islam0

  • 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.

    You Can Learn Guitar: A Guide for Beginners

    You Can Learn Guitar: A Guide for Beginners

    by Rebecca Swafford0

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

    A Guide to Violin Etudes and Studies

    A Guide to Violin Etudes and Studies

    by Goh Tong Keat1

  • 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.

    Musical Scales Chart

    Musical Scales Chart

    by junkseller9

  • 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 Hunt26

  • 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...

    Throat Lubrication Tips for Singers

    Throat Lubrication Tips for Singers

    by Isabella Snow0

  • 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.

    Easy Johnny B. Goode Tabs and Chords

    Easy Johnny B. Goode Tabs and Chords

    by Lisa Marie Gabriel11

  • 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 JohnMello6

  • 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.

    Creative Chord Progressions

    Creative Chord Progressions

    by Milo35

  • Playing piano helps people release emotions and enjoy music. Here I provide six simple tips that can help you become a better pianist.

    How to Be a Better Piano Player

    How to Be a Better Piano Player

    by Vail Dorchester14

  • 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.

    How to Buy a Child's Classical Guitar

    How to Buy a Child's Classical Guitar

    by GreenMind Guides0

  • 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.

    Learning the Piano as an Adult

    Learning the Piano as an Adult

    by Liz Mackay48

  • 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.

    Guitar Open G Tuning—Keith Richards

    Guitar Open G Tuning—Keith Richards

    by Jon Green5

  • Ever wonder what all the different bits of a guitar are for? Let's find out...

    The Anatomy of a Guitar

    The Anatomy of a Guitar

    by John Bullock0

  • What are cadences in music and why do we need them? Find out their function and how they work by reading the full article.

    The Function of Cadences in Music

    The Function of Cadences in Music

    by JohnMello2

  • 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.

    Free Sheet Music Website Masterlist

    Free Sheet Music Website Masterlist

    by Patricia Walker0

  • Useful classical guitar major and minor scale patterns in notation and tab. Patterns approved by Trinity College of Music, London

    Classical Guitar Scale Patterns

    Classical Guitar Scale Patterns

    by chasmac0

  • 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...

    5 Guitar Exercises to Improve Speed and Accuracy

    5 Guitar Exercises to Improve Speed and Accuracy

    by stevenseiler6

  • 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.

    Easy Circle of Fifths Chords for R&B

    Easy Circle of Fifths Chords for R&B

    by Hezekiah11

  • 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 Hunt65

  • 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 Lefler13

  • Guitar lesson and guide to playing scales on guitar. Major, minor and pentatonic scales.

    Guitar Pentatonic Scales

    Guitar Pentatonic Scales

    by Jon Green9

  • 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.

    Learning Guitar:  Pentatonic Scales and Lead Patterns Caged

    Learning Guitar: Pentatonic Scales and Lead Patterns Caged

    by shimla0

  • 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.

    Do You Need a Teacher to Learn Guitar?

    Do You Need a Teacher to Learn Guitar?

    by Guitar Gopher0

  • 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 Guitar Gopher0

  • 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 Hunt65

  • 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 Hunt38

  • 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.

    12 Marvelous Music Mnemonics

    12 Marvelous Music Mnemonics

    by Aficionada11

  • 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.

    How to Play "Blue Moon" with Basic Chord Progressions

    How to Play "Blue Moon" with Basic Chord Progressions

    by Aficionada3

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

    Nylon or Steel: Choosing Your First Acoustic

    Nylon or Steel: Choosing Your First Acoustic

    by John Bullock0

  • Learn to play the violin with good intonation, understand the different systems of tuning, and develop a solid left hand technique.

    Improve Your Violin Intonation

    Improve Your Violin Intonation

    by Goh Tong Keat0

  • 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.

    Why You Need to Have Good Posture When You Sing

    Why You Need to Have Good Posture When You Sing

    by Benny Ng2

  • 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...

    The Easiest Stringed Instrument to Learn, the Mountain Dulcimer

    The Easiest Stringed Instrument to Learn, the Mountain Dulcimer

    by Sagamore Squire4

  • 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 Guitar Gopher16

  • 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.

    How to Get Better at Guitar

    How to Get Better at Guitar

    by Guitar Gopher5

  • The best music education bloggers, helping students, performers and teachers succeed and reach their dreams.

    Top 5 Music Education Blogs

    Top 5 Music Education Blogs

    by Kymberly Fergusson3

  • 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 Hunt129

  • 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 Guitar Gopher0

  • 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 to Play Guitar : Barre Chords for Acoustic and Electric Guitar with Bar Chart

    Learn to Play Guitar : Barre Chords for Acoustic and Electric Guitar with Bar Chart

    by shimla6

  • 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...

    How to Play Piano Worship Chords Like a Professional

    How to Play Piano Worship Chords Like a Professional

    by pianofast3

  • 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!

    How to Read Musical Key Signatures

    How to Read Musical Key Signatures

    by JohnMello4

  • 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 Guitar Gopher0

  • Have you wondered what your 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.

    How to Find Your Natural Singing Voice

    How to Find Your Natural Singing Voice

    by Audrey Hunt47

  • 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.

    Understanding Music and Musical Meaning

    Understanding Music and Musical Meaning

    by wayseeker13

  • 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

  • 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

  • “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.

    Teaching the "Heart and Soul" Duet in Traditional Piano Lessons

    Teaching the "Heart and Soul" Duet in Traditional Piano Lessons

    by Aficionada15

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

    How to Write a Guitar Solo

    How to Write a Guitar Solo

    by Guitar Gopher1

  • Learn how to sing quietly or softly. Just follow these simple exercises. Everything you want to know about making your voice sing soft.

    How to Sing Quietly or Softly

    How to Sing Quietly or Softly

    by Audrey Hunt43

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