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  • Always wanted to play a musical instrument? Why not start out with the tin whistle? Learn how to play simple tunes on the tin whistle today.

    Learn How to Play the Tin Whistle

    Learn How to Play the Tin Whistle

    by singnmiss2

  • Accompanying on the piano can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. Here's one way to create a back-and-forth style of accompaniment that's easy to master.

    Broken Chords Accompaniment on Piano

    Broken Chords Accompaniment on Piano

    by JohnMello0

  • 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.

    How to Play Triad Chord Voicings on Your Guitar

    How to Play Triad Chord Voicings on Your Guitar

    by Mark Edward Fitchett0

  • 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

  • Bending is one of the most expressive techniques on the guitar. Bends can truly make solos soar ... or crash and burn. Hitting the right pitch every time can be a bit tricky, so here's a guide to hit that sweet spot every time.

    How to Bend Strings on Guitar

    How to Bend Strings on Guitar

    by Matthew Scherer0

  • Let’s face it, if you are just like everyone else out there, you just aren’t going to stand out. That’s why you have to do the music your way.

    Doing Music Your Way

    Doing Music Your Way

    by Bob Craypoe1

  • 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

  • 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

  • It should not take too long to set up for a gig. I have some suggestions to help you do it more quickly.

    Reducing Setup Time for Gigs

    Reducing Setup Time for Gigs

    by Bob Craypoe2

  • This article explores how to sing a poem. Our guests include Bill Shakespeare, Ben Johnson, Sam Coleridge, Robert Pinsky, and Robert Frost.

    Can You Sing a Poem?

    Can You Sing a Poem?

    by james g pete5

  • 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

  • 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.

    How to Beat Songwriter’s Block in 5 Steps

    How to Beat Songwriter’s Block in 5 Steps

    by Michael James0

  • 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.

    Music Listening Guide Worksheet

    Music Listening Guide Worksheet

    by Reginald Thomas2

  • If you've played electric guitar all your life, acoustic can feel like an entirely different instrument at times. It takes a little nuance to get the acoustic sounding stellar, so here's some tips for playing better acoustic guitar.

    How to Play Better Acoustic Guitar

    How to Play Better Acoustic Guitar

    by Matthew Scherer0

  • 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

  • Musical improvisation can be both rewarding and intimidating for even the most experienced players. For the beginner, it can seem near impossible to form music out of scales and chords. Here are five tips to keep your ideas fresh.

    5 Tips to Enhance Your Musical Improvisation Skills

    5 Tips to Enhance Your Musical Improvisation Skills

    by Matthew Scherer0

  • 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 M1

  • 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

  • “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

  • When you first start out playing gigs, you don’t realize right away that certain things should be done or avoided. I have a few tips regarding some things a newbie singer might want to think about.

    Things for Newbie Singers to Think About for Gigs

    Things for Newbie Singers to Think About for Gigs

    by Bob Craypoe0

  • The mixolydian mode is commonly used in blues and is really nice. It differs from the blues scale in that it is basically major and sounds really bright. The two can be easily interchanged.

    How to Improvise on the Guitar with Mixolydian Mode

    How to Improvise on the Guitar with Mixolydian Mode

    by Lisa Marie Gabriel0

  • 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

  • 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 cover songs are not only good for expanding your set list but can also serve as lessons.

    Using Songs as Lessons

    Using Songs as Lessons

    by Bob Craypoe0

  • Performance anxiety can be problematic especially with those who have the desire and talent to be on stage but can't seem to overcome that fluttery feeling in their stomachs.

    How Do You Reduce Your Music Performance Anxiety?

    How Do You Reduce Your Music Performance Anxiety?

    by Stephen and Jacqueline Gibbons0

  • 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

  • Guitar lesson - playing guitar songs, with examples and chord pictures.

    Easy Guitar Chords

    Easy Guitar Chords

    by Jon Green0

  • 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

  • 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

  • A review of the music in the piano solo collection "At The Movies," Book 1, published by Alfred and arranged by Dan Coates.

    "At The Movies, Book 1" Review

    "At The Movies, Book 1" Review

    by Doniell Cushman0

  • Get started playing your new ukulele today by learning a few basic techniques. It is easy to get started playing simple songs, even if you have no musical experience.

    Getting Started With Your New Ukulele

    Getting Started With Your New Ukulele

    by Jennifer Wilber1

  • Most of us have a favorite song that we like to play or listen to, but how many of us are fluent in a musical instrument? Read this article to learn more about how music can enrich your life!

    The Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument

    The Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument

    by Allen Zhang1001

  • Rhythm is the backbone of all music, yet it tends to get overshadowed by soloing on the guitar. Want to break out of power chord prison and start playing exotic rhythms? Here are three tips to spice things up.

    3 Ways to Spice Up Your Guitar Rhythm

    3 Ways to Spice Up Your Guitar Rhythm

    by Matthew Scherer0

  • 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 Lane2

  • Being in a band can be one of the most rewarding experiences a musician can have. Expressing yourself live or through the sounds of an original recording can be priceless. This article will walk you through how to start a band and what mistakes you should avoid making along the way.

    How to Start a Band

    How to Start a Band

    by Musical Multitude0

  • Learn how to write great lyrics and take your songwriting to the next level in one short article.

    How to Write Great Lyrics

    How to Write Great Lyrics

    by Kyle McClure0

  • 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 Walker5

  • 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 M0

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