Entries by Megan L.

Why Pentatonic Scales Are Essential for All Guitarists

 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 [...]

Beginning Guitar: How to Build Up Calluses

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 [...]

Learning French: Interview With Benjamin Houy of French Together

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 [...]

Starting With Bonjour: Tips to Help You Learn French

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 [...]

Do I Need to Learn Scales on the Ukulele?

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 [...]

French Pronunciation Guide: Avoid These Common Mistakes!

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 [...]

Take Lessons or DIY? How to Learn to Play Ukulele

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 [...]