Cognates are words that sound similar and can mean the same thing across different languages. However, in French, there are some tricky cognates that don’t mean what you might think they mean. French tutor Carol Beth L. shares five common French false cognates… Due to their similar roots, French and English share some vocabulary and grammar. La [...]
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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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Figuring out how to find a great first-time guitar can be a challenge in itself, but what to do when you’re looking for a child? Have no fear, guitar instructor Matthew K. is here! Read on for some professional insight, purchase recommendations, and how to find the best guitars for kids… Learning to play the guitar [...]
French grammar guru Carol Beth L. is back on the blog with this guide to the passé composé, the imparfait, and when you should use each of them… If you’ve been studying French grammar long enough, you may know that French has two different forms of the past tense: the passé composé (composed past) and the imparfait (imperfect). It is [...]
What’s the deal with guitar technique anyway? Guitar teacher Alexander A. explains a few of the fundamentals and why they are so important… If your teacher is cracking the whip every lesson because your hands aren’t in the proper position you may be asking yourself, “Does my guitar teacher hate me?” The answer is “no” – at [...]
Playing famous guitar solos and licks can be really fun. Plus, if you’re hoping to impress someone, a well-known lick can go a long way. We’ve picked out a handful of rock guitar licks that sound great and are at an intermediate level of difficulty. All of them were originally played on an electric guitar [...]
As you learn to speak French, you also need to learn how to listen in a new way so you can understand this beautiful language. French tutor Annie A. shares four proven ways to improve your French listening skills… Understanding French can be quite a challenge, even if you can read the written language with comparative ease. [...]
Learning to play the ukulele is tons of fun, but it comes with its own special challenges too. Music teacher Jonathan D. shares three difficulties beginners often face, plus the best ways to overcome them… For the enthusiastic beginner on the ukulele, a healthy dose of “try harder” in combination with a shiny new instrument may seem [...]
Learn some authentic Hawaiian ukulele songs with this guide from ukulele teacher Christopher S.… When you think of the ukulele, what do you think of? My first thought is “Hawaii.” When you think of Hawaiian music, what do you think of? Naturally your answer might be Hula dancing or Elvis Presley and all the Hawaiian songs [...]
For many beginners, the D chord will be one of the first ukulele chords you learn how to play. However, you may not learn at first that the D chord can be played in several different positions, and in variations such as D minor (notated as Dm) and D seventh (notated as D7). Choosing the [...]
Don’t let anyone tell you the bass is easier than a regular guitar just because it has less strings! Bass guitar teacher Kevin S. shares the unique challenges you face as you learn bass guitar… 1) Capos are Misleading Any bassist who has regularly played with a guitarist who uses a capo has discovered that this simple tool [...]