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.
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!
A haunting chord melody arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Also arranged for sing along or guitar duet. Chords, melody, strumming pattern. High quality transcriptions, tab, videos and theory.
Learn Bach's famous Bourrée in E Minor transcribed for guitar with guitar tab, notation, and audio demo track and study notes.
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.
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.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Skye Boat Song with tab, notation, chords, lyrics, audio and playing tips.
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.
Check out the top bass guitar starter packs, the best choices for beginners who want to become bassists and start playing today!
Learn how to solo on the guitar and write your own leads, plus the importance of scales, improvisation and self-evaluation.
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.
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
Chords are a musical basic--but what are they, really? Here's a beginner's guide, with written and audio examples.
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.
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.
Just discover '80s metal and want to shred the fretboard like they did? Check out this guide to get your shredding chops in order!
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!
Learn Andante no. 1 for classical guitar from F. Carulli's Opus 241 in guitar tab, standard notation with study notes and audio demo.
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
An easy to learn Renaissance Period fingerstyle guitar arrangement of "Wilson's Wilde." Guitar tab, standard notation, audio track and study notes are included.
Piano is a versatile musical instrument and is probably one of the most widely played around the world. Piano is basically a keyboard instrument where the black and white keys represent different notes with different intervals. Read on to learn the basics of this marvelous instrument.
For classical and fingerstyle guitar players—a simple piece by Spanish composer Aguado. Tab, notation, audio and playing notes included for easy learning.
A solo fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the famous Christmas carol, with notation, tab, chords, lyrics, and audio/video track
A very popular and easy classical guitar study by Ferdindo Carulli—Tab, notation, audio 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.
Learn Ferdinado Carulli's Andantino No.3 from Opus 241 in guitar tab and Standard notation wth audio demo and playing tips.
For Celtic music lovers, a fingerstyle Guitar Arrangement of the Scottish traditional song Oidhche Mhath with guitar tablature, standard notation and audio recording
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.
The minor pentatonic scale on the guitar, and particularily the E minor pentatonic scale is a blues and rock guitar staple. There have been so many guitar driven songs in this key that one could easily make a case for E being the starting place to learn about blues and rock soloing.
Check out this list of the guitar accessories that are most important for beginners and start building your collection of guitar supplies.
Guitarists - Learn to read music with this graded tutorial covering the basics of standard music notation for guitar.
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.
The recorder is an ideal musical instrument for the adult beginner. Follow this page for helpful tips to learn the instrument.
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!
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.
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...
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!
A guide to playing the violin with good posture by understanding the concepts of balance and ease and eliminating unnecessary tension in the body.
Further reharmonization of a twelve bar progression in G. In-depth theory, professional transcriptions, video guitar lessons.
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.
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.
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.
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 this very popular and easy classical guitar study by Tarrega - Audio track, guitar tab, standard notation and study notes are provided.
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.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Scottish folk song, The Mist-Covered Mountains of Home. Tablature, standard notation and audio track are provided
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.
Learn Minuet in G by J.S.Bach | Standard notation, guitar tablature, audio track and study notes are 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!
I Still Got The Blues For You by Gary Moore guitar lesson. Chords, tab, video. High quality, accurate transcriptions, theory explanations, and video lessons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to make interesting and original solo fingerstyle guitar arrangements of songs. This is a step by step tutorial with audio demo.
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.
Playing piano helps people release emotions and enjoy music. Here I provide six simple tips that can help you become a better pianist.
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.
Improve your guitar practice routine with these eight tips on playing guitar with small hands. Includes alternative guitar technique ideas and original video examples.
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!
Another easy classical guitar piece by the 19th century guitar virtuoso, Mauro Giuliani—tab, notation, playing tips, and audio demo are included for easy learning.
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.
Sight reading for guitarists in 12 fretboard positions - with standard notation, tab reading exercises and audio demos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Build your guitar vocabulary by learning about the terminology and definitions used in playing and discussing electric and acoustic guitar in this basic guide for beginners.
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.
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.
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.
There are different ways to go about learning a musical instrument. These are the pros and cons of each method.
Learn how to start playing guitar today! Choose your first instrument, find out if you need to take lessons or learn on your own, and discover online resources to make your journey easier.
Part-writing second-inversion triads is paradoxically both easier and more 'dangerous' than root-position or first-inversion triads. Find out why here--and learn to navigate the tricks and traps with video examples and interactive practice questions!
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.
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.
Here you will find a step by step guide of how to oil your valves on your trumpet or cornet. Your valves will need oiling about once a week and it only takes a few minutes. It is important that you oil your valves correctly otherwise your trumpet will not play as well.
Learn this easy classical guitar version of "Ode to Joy" by Beethoven. Guitar tab, standard notation, audio track and study notes are included.
A very easy classical guitar piece by Fernando Sor with standard notation, tab, audio demo, and study notes for learners
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...
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.
Struggling with learning the electronic keyboard? Here are 20 practical ways to improve your keyboard playing skills.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Learn to read chords in standard notation fast and accurately. All it needs is the right mental approach and graded practice material.
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.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Xmas carol, "Silent Night" in tablature and standard notation with audio track and playing tips included.
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.
Learn this easy classical guitar piece by Giuliani in notation, tab and audio with study notes included for easy learning.
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.
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.
Check out this Gibson Les Paul LPJ Review and learn more about the 2013 and 2014 models of this affordable American-made Les Paul.
A review of the music in the piano solo collection "At The Movies," Book 1, published by Alfred and arranged by Dan Coates.
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!
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.
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.
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.
13 blues guitar turnarounds. Chords, tab, video. Mandatory for any blues guitarist. Complete with in-depth text explanations, videos and high quality transcriptions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
An easy classical guitar piece by the famous guitar composer, Giuliani. Read the notation or tab and listen to the audio track for easy learning. Study notes are included.
Learn this easy classical guitar piece by Giuliani. 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.
Useful classical guitar major and minor scale patterns in notation and tab. Patterns approved by Trinity College of Music, London
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's a shortlist of the best beginner acoustic guitars for kids, a guide for parents looking to start their child on guitar.
The French Horn makes a hugely expressive sound and can play over a wide range. It's huge tone has the ability to blend, yet also sound heroic. In this article we will look at how the French Horn works, it's fingerings, and the different types of French Horn.
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 this simple fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the famous Irish melody "Brian Boru's March" with standard notation, guitar tablature and audio track
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.
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.
A brief summary to "The Twelve Lesson Course" in "A New Approach to Violin Playing" by renowned Hungarian violinist and pedagogue, Kato Havas.
An easy classical guitar study by Fernando Sor in guitar tablature and standard notation with audio track and study notes for learners
A Cut Capo, also called a short cut, offers an extra sound for experienced guitar players and an easy chord structure for the novice.
Here you will find a collection of free play-alongs for tenor saxophone. I hope you enjoy playing these saxophone solos and keep checking back for more.
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.
Returning and re-learning the piano can be frustrating. These tips will help increase motivation and enjoyment, and prevent burn-out.
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!
Harmonization of the Major scale in all keys. Chords, Tab. Accurate, high quality transcriptions, in depth theory analysis.
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.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the English folk song, Scarborough Fair with tablature, standard notation and an audio track provided for easier learning
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!
Find out why it’s important for guitar players to spend time studying music theory and how it can improve their playing.
Understand the Circle of Fifths, what keys in music are, how they're formed and how they relate to each other in music.
Learn this easy classical guitar piece by the guitar composer, Carulli. Guitar tab, standard notation, audio track and study notes are included.
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.
Fingerstyle/classical guitar arrangement of Orlando Sleepeth by Elizabethan composer, John Dowland. Guitar tablature, standard notation, audio track and study notes are included
Do you know that feeling when you know you should be practicing, but you feel like you just can't? Or you think all your efforts aren't making a difference? Read on for some helpful tips and advice.
A beginners' level classical guitar piece in standard notation and tablature by the composer Ferdinando Carulli. Audio track and playing tips are included.
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.
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.
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...
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 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.
Learn this easy classical guitar piece by 19th century composer J. Küffner. Read the tab or standard notation or listen to the audio.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of "Ye Banks and Braes," with audio and video of the notation and guitar tablature.
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!
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.
Complete guitar lesson for Stairway To Heaven. Each section broken down and notated in standard notation, tab, theory, and videos.
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.