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9 Reasons Why Everyone Should Play an Instrument

April 27, 2017 / by Julie Adams

The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche had a questioning view on everything and said many things that many people couldn’t quite comprehend at the time. But the things Nietzsche said about music have found a near universal comprehension. These are some of the clearest, most lucid descriptions of the power and beauty of music. The man may have died over a century ago but his body of work is awash with reasons why everyone ought to play at least one instrument.

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5 Things You Should Never Say To a Lady With a Guitar

April 27, 2017 / by Julie Adams

Guitarists often get hit with strange and annoying statements and questions. Unfortunately,  as female guitarists, the level of frustration can often be higher with some of the questions can become somewhat...frustrating...and insulting...to say the least.  Most people may not even be aware that some of the things they say to a lady with a guitar may be extremely offensive.

So, if you ever intend on talking to a lady with a guitar, here's is a list of 5 things you should never say:

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12 Of The Most Common Mistakes Novice Piano Players Make

April 24, 2017 / by Julie Adams

As a novice piano player, you want to make sure you are setting a solid learning foundation to get the most out of your music. It's important to avoid common novice mistakes that can make it more difficult for you in the long run. Here are the top 12 most common mistakes novice piano players make and how you can avoid them. 

1. Skipping The Basics

No one wants to spend hours learning boring scales or children's songs like 'Mary had a little lamb' or 'Hotcross Buns'. But these steps are an intrinsic part of learning how t...

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An Introduction to Piano Lessons for The Blind

April 19, 2017 / by Helen Baker

Think of a blind musician, and you start to think of obvious choices like Ray Charles or Stevie Wonder. And for some people, Andrea Bocelli comes to mind. If you're thinking of enlisting someone with a visual impairment for piano lessons, there are four traits they must have: a good ear, good coordination, the ability to concentrate for longer periods of time, and a great deal of motivation. Most of these traits can be taught and developed, but not motivation.

Every teaching situation is different in its own way, even for blind students. But there are a few guidelines to c...

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Piano Players Develop Better Hand Independence Like This

March 31, 2017 / by Brian Collins

Learning to play piano isn't for those with little patience or time to invest. However, the end result is certainly well worth the effort. The key to playing piano is to stick with it. Don't get discouraged if you aren't mastering things as quickly as you'd like. If you have a particularly frustrating practice session, it's important to get right back to it the next day.  There are several things you can do if y...

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Sight Reading Tips For Piano Players

March 29, 2017 / by Helen Baker

Ask any piano player the most difficult thing they have had to master. Chances are, most will tell you that it was sight reading. As a novice, it makes sense why you'd find it difficult. You' ve hardly mastered the piano keys themselves – you can’t tell a B from a D major without looking at the keys. Yet you are supposed to read the music while you play.

What is Sight Reading?

Sight reading is the ability to read and play or sing a piece of music at first sight.

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How Yoga Can Make You a Better Guitar Player

March 24, 2017 / by Joseph Evans

Being a great guitar player is more than just having a talent. You need determination, mental and physical strength, and a decent amount of flexibility in your hands and fingers. When you practice playing guitar on a regular basis, you develop this needed flexibility and strength. But at the same time, you also need that flexibility and strength because the riffs and technique become more advanced as you progress.

We’re reminded daily that it’s important to keep yourself fit mentally and physically, but is fitness really important for a guitar player? And how can p...

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Why Musicians Need Yoga

March 11, 2017 / by Helen Baker

Yoga may have been seen as an activity only done by hippies in the past, but studies have proven it to be more than that. Yoga increases your muscle strength, improves your athletic performance, as well as your cardio and circulatory health. The benefits of yoga don’t only stop at an athletic quakity. You can also take your performance to the next level as a musician. Practicing yoga can help improve your endurance, helping you reach a higher level of performance.

Still not convinced of why musicians need yoga? Take a look at these benefits.

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7 Simple Rules For Maintaining Vocal Cord Health

March 05, 2017 / by Julie Adams

Not many people worry about their voice, but for singers, actors, and even teachers, the voice is an instrument used to do your job with. Maintaining good vocal cord health is if you are going to protect your vocal folds from damage.

Here are 7 simple rules and tips if you want to keep your vocal cords happy and healthy.

1. Stay Hydrated

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How To Motivate Bored Music Students

March 03, 2017 / by Brian Collins

It is bound to happen at some point. Students will start showing signs of being bored by their music lessons. It's only natural that some people will get bored or even demotivated by their music lessons. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to keep a bored student motivated.  A student's boredom may not be down to anything accept themselves.

It is important you sit down with them as the teacher or parent and try to find out  what the problem is. Yet, just as important is recognizing, because it's not something they will admit right away. ...

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