What's a Tierce de Picardie? How many types of cadences are there in music? Find out the answers by looking inside now.
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.
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.
Play Opus 50 No.2 by Mauro Giuliani for classical guitar. Tab, notation, audio and learners' notes are included.
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.
Learn this easy classical guitar piece by 19th century composer J. Küffner. Read the tab or standard notation or listen to the audio.
Here you will find a collection of free play-alongs for trumpet. I hope you enjoy playing these trumpet solos and keep checking back for more.
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.
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.
Learn Bach's famous Bourrée in E Minor transcribed for guitar with guitar tab, notation, and audio demo track and study notes.
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.
An easy classical guitar piece by Ferdinando Carulli. Standard music notation and guitar tablature are provided along with an audio recording and study notes for learners.
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...
Here you will find a collection of free play-alongs for alto saxophone. I hope you enjoy playing these saxophone solos and keep checking back for more.
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.
It should not take too long to set up for a gig. I have some suggestions to help you do it more quickly.
This article explores how to sing a poem. Our guests include Bill Shakespeare, Ben Johnson, Sam Coleridge, Robert Pinsky, and Robert Frost.
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.
Here you will find a collection of free play-alongs for trombone. I hope you enjoy playing these trombone solos and keep checking back for more.
Hendrix popularized the two-note chord hammer on and pull off rhythm fills in songs such as Little Wing and Castles Made of Sand.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Scottish folk song, The Mist-Covered Mountains of Home. Tablature, standard notation and audio track are provided
Learn this easy classical guitar piece by the guitar composer, Carulli. Guitar tab, standard notation, audio track and study notes are included.
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.
Learn Minuet in G by J.S.Bach | Standard notation, guitar tablature, audio track and study notes are included.
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.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of "Ye Banks and Braes," with audio and video of the notation and guitar tablature.
Want to win loyal fans? Start by going the extra mile whenever you can. Check out these 15 easy-to-use tips on how you can stand out from your musical competition.
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.
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.
Here's a shortlist of the best beginner acoustic guitars for kids, a guide for parents looking to start their child on guitar.
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.
Learn Andante no. 1 for classical guitar from F. Carulli's Opus 241 in guitar tab, standard notation with study notes and audio demo.
Fingerstyle/classical guitar arrangement of Orlando Sleepeth by Elizabethan composer, John Dowland. Guitar tablature, standard notation, audio track and study notes are included
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
An easy classical guitar study by Fernando Sor in guitar tablature and standard notation with audio track and study notes for learners
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.
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!
“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 very popular and easy classical guitar study by Ferdindo Carulli—Tab, notation, audio and study notes are included
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.
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.
If your child has expressed an interest in playing the guitar, here's exactly what you need to know before they attempt to strum their first chord.
There are different ways to go about learning a musical instrument. These are the pros and cons of each method.
I feel that sometimes we need to take an objective look at ourselves as musicians and assess our worth. In this article I explain why.
Here you will find a collection of free play-alongs for tenor saxophone in Bb. I hope you enjoy playing these sax solos and keep checking back for more.
After a few years of lessons, it can be tough to motivate students who get "stuck" crossing into intermediate level music. Let's Fix That!
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.
A beginners' level classical guitar piece in standard notation and tablature by the composer Ferdinando Carulli. Audio track and playing tips are included.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Xmas carol, "Silent Night" in tablature and standard notation with audio track and playing tips included.
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!
Here you will find a collection of free play-alongs for flute. I hope you enjoy playing these flute solos and keep checking back for more.
Learn this easy classical guitar version of "Ode to Joy" by Beethoven. Guitar tab, standard notation, audio track and study notes are included.
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.
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!
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.
A rock guitar version of the holiday classic, Do You Hear What I Hear? Composed in the style of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Chords, melody, harmony melody. In-depth theory, pro transcriptions.
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.
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.
An easy classical guitar piece by Fernando Sor. Opus 60 No.14 Read the tab or music notation and hear an audio demo. Study notes included.
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.
A solo fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the famous Christmas carol, with notation, tab, chords, lyrics, and audio/video track
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.
Listen to and learn this fairly simple arrangement of the Celtic-Breton folk tune, Kimiad. Playing tips are included.
For Celtic music lovers, a fingerstyle Guitar Arrangement of the Scottish traditional song Oidhche Mhath with guitar tablature, standard notation and audio recording
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.
Sometimes, as musicians, things don’t always go our way, but you just have to do what you just have to do in order to prevail.
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.
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.
If your goal is to really improve your live performances, then you need to make sure that the equipment you buy meets certain criteria.
An easy classical guitar piece by Fernando Sor for classical or fingerstyle guitarists with tab, notation, audio track and some study notes for easy learning.
Want to have better guitar tone without spending any money on expensive equipment? Try out these three techniques to make your guitar sound clearer, richer, and alive. No equipment required.
A review of the music in the piano solo collection "At The Movies," Book 1, published by Alfred and arranged by Dan Coates.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Learn this easy classical guitar piece by Giuliani in notation, tab and audio with study notes included for easy learning.
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.
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 popular and easy classical guitar theme and variations by the famous guitar composer, Giuliani. Full guitar score, study notes and audio track are included.
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.
Just about anything can go technically wrong at a gig. we don't always see them coming but we can learn how to deal with them and prevent them.
Many things are overlooked when you first start playing gigs. Among those things overlooked are the things you need to bring.
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.