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  • 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 Brown1

  • 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

  • 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

  • Explore the technical works of Wohlfahrt, Kayser, 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

  • 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.

    10 Tips for Playing a Cover Song

    10 Tips for Playing a Cover Song

    by Steve Witschel4

  • Singers and speakers often acquire throat irritation. This interferes with the voice and interrupts the presentation, audition, recording session and show. Learn how to avoid these throat problems.

    Learn How to Avoid Throat Irritation When Singing

    Learn How to Avoid Throat Irritation When Singing

    by Audrey Hunt135

  • Although the trumpet only has three valves, it can still play a fully chromatic scale. It's an incredibly versatile instrument, but it's not always easy to play. This article explores how to place your fingers on the trumpet so that you can make the most out of this instrument.

    Trumpet Fingering Chart and How the Trumpet's Valves Work

    Trumpet Fingering Chart and How the Trumpet's Valves Work

    by Tim Curd0

  • 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

  • What's the best method for learning a new piece of piano music? Find out what you should and shouldn't do to get that new piano piece under your belt as quickly as possible.

    How to Quickly Learn to Play a Piano Piece

    How to Quickly Learn to Play a Piano Piece

    by JohnMello13

  • Performing in a musical can be an exciting and rewarding experience. However, some singers and actors miss this fun and educational opportunity because they fail the audition process. Here is a list of how to prepare for that audition.

    Auditioning for Musical Theater: Tips, Rules, and Facts

    Auditioning for Musical Theater: Tips, Rules, and Facts

    by Audrey Hunt28

  • Learn how to cope with fear using these proven strategies. Fear prevents us from moving forward and can rob us of success.

    How to Sing Without Fear

    How to Sing Without Fear

    by Audrey Hunt33

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hold your tongue! Just make sure this " rudder" for sound is nice and relaxed for better singing and speaking. Learn how to use your tongue for controlling your vocal tone. You'll like the results.

    Watch Your Tongue: The Secret to Better Singing

    Watch Your Tongue: The Secret to Better Singing

    by Audrey Hunt40

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 pianofast12

  • 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 Michael James0

  • 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 Scott Jackson0

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

    How to Choose the Right Song for Your Voice

    How to Choose the Right Song for Your Voice

    by Audrey Hunt41

  • 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 Milo38

  • Learn the meaning behind some of the most used musical terms. A helpful resource for music students and teachers. Become a better musician by applying musical symbols to your music.

    Musical Terms, Definitions, and Meanings

    Musical Terms, Definitions, and Meanings

    by Audrey Hunt23

  • 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 chasmac2

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Suzuki method is enormously popular in the United States and Japan. While the method was originally used to teach violin, many children learn to play piano (and other instruments) with this method. The Suzuki method allows very young children to play music by ear before progressing to sight reading, which allows 3 and 4 year old children to play the piano. Parental involvement is critical to the success of this method!

    Suzuki Piano Method: Music Lessons for Young Children

    Suzuki Piano Method: Music Lessons for Young Children

    by Leah Lefler15

  • 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 Earls3

  • 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 what to drink and eat and what not to drink and eat before and during your next singing gig. Trust me, it's important!

    Throat Lubrication Tips for Singers

    Throat Lubrication Tips for Singers

    by Isabella Snow1

  • 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 Green6

  • 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

  • Learn how to sing quietly or softly. Just follow these simple exercises. What you need to know to control your voice.

    How to Sing Quietly or Softly

    How to Sing Quietly or Softly

    by Audrey Hunt43

  • 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 Scott Jackson0

  • 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

  • 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

  • “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

  • 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.

    Listening Guide for Music

    Listening Guide for Music

    by Reginald Thomas0

  • 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 Hezekiah12

  • Check out this Gibson Les Paul LPJ Review and learn more about the 2013 and 2014 models of this affordable American-made Les Paul.

    Gibson Les Paul LPJ Review

    Gibson Les Paul LPJ Review

    by Michael James17

  • 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

  • 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 Scott Jackson6

  • A clear and concise explanation of musical intervals. Learn how they are named and what the names mean.

    Music Theory: Intervals

    Music Theory: Intervals

    by chasmac0

  • 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 Michael James1

  • 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.

    Listen to Music Through Harmony

    Listen to Music Through Harmony

    by Reginald Thomas2

  • Do you have big dreams of playing Eponine in Les Mis or to be able to sing like Taylor Swift, if only you could better your singing voice? Follow these tips to take your singing to the next level. With a little practice, you'll go from amateur to accomplished in no time!

    10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Singing Voice

    10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Singing Voice

    by Ali-Key Swanmie0

  • 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

  • Learn to tune your guitar by ear in a few simple steps. It’s easy, and it can even help you become a better guitar player.

    How to Tune a Guitar by Ear

    How to Tune a Guitar by Ear

    by Michael James2

  • 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

  • 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 stevenseiler8

  • Singing releases endorphins, feel-good chemicals, into your brain. This process works immediately bringing about positive psychological effects. Even if you think you can't carry a tune - sing!

    How Singing Affects Your Brain—Six Reasons to Sing

    How Singing Affects Your Brain—Six Reasons to Sing

    by Audrey Hunt70

  • 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 Fergusson3

  • The key to singing with clarity and good diction is learning how to form vowels. Each word you sing contains at least one vowel. Vowels help to carry the sound and takes the voice to a whole new level

    How to Sing the Five Basic Singing Vowels

    How to Sing the Five Basic Singing Vowels

    by Audrey Hunt67

  • Easy step-by-step instruction to learn how to breathe using the diaphragm (diaphragmatic breathing.) Sing and speak better. Bring more oxygen to your brain functioning neurons. Let's start now.

    How to Breathe From the Diaphragm in Six Easy Steps

    How to Breathe From the Diaphragm in Six Easy Steps

    by Audrey Hunt71

  • 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.

    Learn Guitar: Beginners Chords and Tips for Playing

    Learn Guitar: Beginners Chords and Tips for Playing

    by Scott Jackson2

  • 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.

    Tips for Beginner Drummers

    Tips for Beginner Drummers

    by Anne Marie Carr0

  • 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 Fergusson2

  • Although the trombone doesn't have any valves like other instruments it can still play a full chromatic scale. The trombone is a fantastic instrument which is at home in many different ensembles. In this article I will show you the slide positions on the trombone and how it works.

    Trombone Positions Chart and How the Trombone Works

    Trombone Positions Chart and How the Trombone Works

    by Tim Curd0

  • 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

  • Why is the bass guitar so underrated? Are rock bassists just failed guitar players, looking for some other way to get into a band without having to really learn an instrument? Learn why the bass is looked down on, and the true importance of the bass guitar.

    Why the Bass Guitar Is Underrated

    Why the Bass Guitar Is Underrated

    by Michael James10

  • 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.

    Soloing on Guitar With Soul in the Natural Minor Scale

    Soloing on Guitar With Soul in the Natural Minor Scale

    by Scott Jackson1

  • 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

  • Have you wondered what your authentic voice would sound like if you had perfect singing technique? How to release your voice and sing better than ever.

    How to Find Your Natural Singing Voice

    How to Find Your Natural Singing Voice

    by Audrey Hunt52

  • 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 about each aspect that affects your tone in violin-playing. Find out how to play with captivating sound like the great violinists.

    Playing the Violin With Beautiful Tone

    Playing the Violin With Beautiful Tone

    by Goh Tong Keat0

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

    Guitar Pentatonic Scales

    Guitar Pentatonic Scales

    by Jon Green9

  • 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

  • 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

  • Done properly, mouthpiece buzzing can greatly improve your range and sound on the trumpet while helping you discover a more efficient technique. In this article, I will include some buzzing exercises and talk about the potential benefits and also the potential hazards of mouthpiece buzzing.

    Mouthpiece Buzzing for Trumpet

    Mouthpiece Buzzing for Trumpet

    by Tim Curd0

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