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How To Practice Without Your Guitar

June 13, 2017 / by Joseph Evans

Ever wished you could practice your guitar chops without the instrument itself? A good guess is...you probably have. Just because you cannot always have your guitar with you, it shouldn't mean that you won't be thinking about it...or even playing some air guitar as you imagine your fingers on the strings.  It won't matter if you need to work, travel, rest, and do other things. It’s very possible to practice without your guitar on your commute to and from work, during your tea or lunch break, a bus journey, or even on a long haul flight.

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How Piano Lessons Can Help People With Alzheimer's

June 09, 2017 / by Helen Baker

Music has power. It has the amazing ability to spark compelling outcomes for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Different studies have confirmed that our musical memory is retained. It can link a song with special memories of events or relationships. When using music as therapy for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, it can shift their mood, stimulate positive interactions, manage stress-induced agitation, and facilitate cognitive function.

This power of music therapy happens because rhythmic and other well-rehearsed responses rely on little to no ment...

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How Technology Has Changed Music Lessons

June 07, 2017 / by Helen Baker

Technology has the ability to launch revolutions. And for the last two decades, at least, the internet has fueled innovations that have disrupted almost every industry. It has spawned technologies that have radically changed the way we learn, work, and play everyday. For music learners and teachers alike, the internet has opened a new model that has changed the way music lessons are conducted.

How the Internet Changed the World

From behemoth enterprises like Google, Facebook, and Amazon to the one man businesses, teachers, engineers, and other freel...

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How To Deal With Sore Fingers and Calluses When You're Playing Guitar

June 01, 2017 / by Joseph Evans

Calluses! Every serious guitarist will need to build them. But what a pain they can be to get! One thing is for sure, when you first start to learn guitar, the fingertips on your fretting hand will hurt. They will hurt so much that, if the playing bug hasn’t bit deep enough, you will seriously consider quitting.

Chances are your fingers hurt like hell as you read this. But...before you think of quitting, or putting the guitar back in its case until your fingers have healed...remember that that the pain will go away eventually...and it's all part of the process....

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12 Common Mistakes That Novice Piano Players Make

May 31, 2017 / by Helen Baker

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 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 to play the pi...

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10 Reasons Everyone Should Take Music Lessons

May 21, 2017 / by Helen Baker

Beyond the enjoyment, the money you earn if you make it big, improved hand eye coordination, physical stimulation, and the other noted benefits of music training, perhaps the greatest positive effect happens on the brain. It may not be the most common reason for taking music lessons, but improved brain function should well motivate us all – young and old - to enroll for music lessons.

Research has proven there is a link between music training and cognitive development. It’s also been established that children who take music lessons before they turn nine gain ...

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How Many Music Lessons Should I Take Per Week?

May 10, 2017 / by Julie Adams

Mastering an instrument takes time and dedication. It takes hours of practice and perseverance. You have to work on your fine motor skills and muscle memory while remembering a wide variety of notes, hand positions, and progressions. If it sounds like a lot, it’s because it is. Luckily, this is where the skills of great teachers come in.

Of course, there is the argument as to whether lessons are really necessary, but for ...

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How To Clean Your Guitar

May 07, 2017 / by Joseph Evans

Whether you are a professional guitarist or one who plays a tune when the urge hits you, maintaining a clean guitar is the right thing to do. All that sweat, dirt, and dust accumulates, which means some elbow grease to clean it every now and then. Two things are certain when you regularly clean your guitar. It will probably last you a lifetime, but more importantly, it will keep producing the right quality sound.

The really good guitars are made to last. Everything, from the wood, fretboard, to tuners are all made from the best available materials. That said, these guita...

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Rhythm Guitar Vs. Lead Guitar

May 02, 2017 / by Brian Collins

There's no question that the guitar is probably the most popular instrument among musicians. Being able to pick up a guitar and play what you feel can be an amazing experience full of musical possibilities. However, learning to play guitar is one thing, while mastering the various techniques that can be used is another journey altogether. As a beginner, it's important to understand a few basics. At the top of this list is understanding the difference between the rhthym and the lead guitar. Let's take a look at what it is that makes these two styles so different and what you c...

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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.

“W...

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