Want to learn scales on guitar but not sure where to start? Guitar teacher Joey I. explains why pentatonic is the way to go… The title of this article says it all: Why pentaonic scales are essential for guitarists. Learning these scales is an absolute necessity. Now is it really necessary to know pentatonic scales to be able [...]
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Megan L. is a writer and musician living in San Diego. She loves supporting independent artists and learning more about music every day. Megan has been working for TakeLessons since November 2011. Google+
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There’s no way around it, learning to play guitar is sometimes a painful process. If you’re feeling like your guitar strings bit your finger, take this advice from guitar teacher Joe H.… Struggling to hold down the strings of your guitar without feeling like you are going to cut your finger wide open? Do you put [...]
If you want to learn to speak French like a native speaker, go straight to the source! Benjamin Houy is a native French speaker who has spent the last three years teaching French through his wonderful blog, French Together. French Together is one of my favorite blogs for learning French online, so I was absolutely [...]
So, you want to learn French! Whatever your motivation and experience, getting started in a language is always the hard part. But good news: there are a lot of resources out there for you if you know how to find them, and a lot of ways to make the process easier and more fun. One [...]
New to the ukulele and curious if you’ll need to learn scales? Music teacher Aaron B. shares the pros and cons of studying ukulele scales… The ukulele is mostly a chordal instrument and usually does not play solos or single note melody lines. So, the use of scale patterns on the neck is not essential. However, knowledge [...]
One of the most important factors in guitar lessons for kids is finding the right teacher. Guitar teacher Raymond L. shares his secrets for finding a great teacher for your child… In my opinion one of the first qualities, you, as a parent, have to look for in a guitar teacher is that they inspire your child [...]
Many French students struggle with their pronunciation at first. Try these practical tips from opera voice teacher Elaina R. to get the right sounds out… French is beautiful. Almost muttered, flowing from vowel to vowel, French has earned a reputation as the “language d’amour.” Why is it, then, that everyone in your French class sounds so utterly [...]
Is your little one ready to start playing the ukulele? Try these fun, 2 chord songs from music teacher Teresa Y. to get them started… So your adorable child has an adorable new uke. Pretend jam sessions were big fun for a few days, but now what? Like in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, it’s time to [...]
Hawaiian for “jumping flea”, the ukulele is an enchanting instrument, as versatile and melodious as a guitar. The small bodied, four stringed uke has gained in popularity in recent years, perhaps owing to gorgeous covers like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, and “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. Trendy or not, the ukulele has a timeless sound. It’s [...]
Knowing your pentatonic scales on the guitar will open up a new world of possibility when it comes to improvisation and soloing. Guitar teacher Milton J. explains why… The guitar is a wonderfully rewarding instrument to play. Its versatility lends itself to a variety of melodies and chords that make the instrument welcome in many musical genres. [...]