A Step-By-Step Guide to Changing Your Guitar Strings

As you may know, changing your guitar strings regularly can make a big difference when it comes to a clean, clear guitar sound. Not sure how to do it? Check out these step-by-step directions from Brooklyn guitar and vocal instructor Chantilly W...


I’m always doing DIYs, so today I thought I’d share with you a music DIY… how to change your guitar strings! For those not in the know, here is a very simplified version of how to do it.

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50 Music Goals and Ideas for 2013

setting music goals2013 is right around the corner, and you know what that means – New Year’s Resolutions! A fresh new year is the perfect time to consider what you’d like to work on, especially when it comes to music as a hobby or a career. Setting goals establishes the road map you need to truly progress and improve.
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Violin Tips & Tricks: Our Best Advice from 2012

violin tricks and tipsMissed something on the blog? Check out our most popular violin tips & tricks from 2012 here… Read more

Drum Tips & Tricks: Our Best Advice from 2012

drummerWant to improve your drumming and tackle some new techniques? Take a look at our most popular posts from the past year…






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Piano Tips & Tricks: Our Best Advice from 2012

piano keysThe year is winding down – but that means it’s also time for a fresh start full of inspiration and musical motivation! Take some time to brush up on these piano tips and tricks from the past year, and don’t forget to squeeze in some practice time today!

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Singing Tips & Tricks: Our Best Advice from 2012

singerOver the past year, we’ve tackled several of your vocal questions and concerns, from vocal projection to keeping up on your vocal health. Take a look at our best singing articles from the past year here…

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Guitar Tips & Tricks: Our Best Advice from 2012

guitar playerThis week we’re rounding up best of the best! If you missed some of our guitar tips and tricks from the past year, don’t worry. Check out the most popular posts from 2012 here…

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Best Last Minute Gift Ideas for Musicians

Christmas treeStruggling to find the perfect gift for that special someone? For the music-lover on your list, there are tons of goodies out there that can help them deck the halls with riffs, beats and more. Here are a few of our favorite last minute gift ideas for musicians…

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One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s… Violin?

We’ve seen our share of crazy music inventions, from instruments made out of vegetables to the Lego Guitar. But making music with garbage? Seems a little far-fetched, until you see this recycled orchestra in action.

The orchestra is part of Sonidos de la Tierra, an organization that runs music workshops and schools in Paraguay, and all of the instruments are made from recycled objects like oil cans, wood scraps and kitchen tools. These instruments really do sound like their true counterparts, giving kids the chance to play music in a community where a real violin isn’t affordable.

Check out the clip below and see the orchestra in action:

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How to Set Up a Drum Set

drum setNew to the drums? Learning how to set up a drum set properly should be your first priority. Read on as Mundelein drum teacher Jonah D. shows you the way…






Before I even touch the drums I have to set up my drum throne.  I adjust the height so that I can lift my legs easily using my thighs.  I start with a height that puts a 90-degree angle at my knees.  I sit higher up, but you can raise or lower the seat to make it comfortable.  Sitting too high or too low will actually impede your ability to play.

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