Entries by Suzy S., TakeLessons Blog Manager

Piano Resources: 7 Piano Blogs We Love

As a student, teacher, or even professional musician, sometimes you need to have an outlet that whisks you away from lessons and routine practicing. After all, it doesn’t need to be all scales and etudes! The Internet can be a useful tool for this, as it’s a great way to connect with others who share [...]

Piano Tabs vs. Lead Sheets | Beginner Basics

You may have heard of guitar tabs, but what about tabs for pianists? Learn about how to read piano tabs, the difference between tabs and lead sheets, and more in the guest post by Stillwater, OK teacher Chris F… When learning songs on piano, you’ll find that there are a few ways the music can [...]

Ace Your Writing Skills Test With These 4 Tips

Preparing for a writing skills test? Take a look at these helpful tips from Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. to calm your nerves…   Writing skills tests are a very real part of life. They come up in grade school, in college entrance exams, and even in employment applications. Fortunately, writing skills tests are formulaic. [...]

How to Write a Haiku | A Short History and 7 Easy Steps

Interested in learning how to write a haiku? Learn a bit about their rich history, and then take a stab at writing your own with the help of this guest post from Cherese Cobb, creative writer and self-proclaimed haiku nut:   Haiku comes from tanka, a short poem that has a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable rhythm. It was [...]

5 Easy Guitar Songs to Play at Weddings

Accompanying vocalists or playing solo guitar at big events like weddings is a great way to share your talents (and even earn some extra cash!). Get a head start on your side business by mastering these five easy guitar songs, as compiled by Greeley, CO teacher Andy W…   At some point in your guitar playing life, [...]

Ashtanga, Bikram, & Beyond | Introduction to Yoga Styles

Confused by all the different classes offered at your yoga studio? Here’s a quick guide to the different styles from San Diego teacher Tiffany V…   You may hear yogis (male practitioners) and yoginis (female practitioners) talking about the different types of yoga classes they attend and wonder what all these words mean: Hatha? Bikram? [...]

How to Score a 5 on the AP Environmental Science Exam

Getting ready to take the AP Environmental Science exam? Brush up on these study tips from Olympia, WA tutor Tali H…   The three-hour AP Environmental Science exam has two 90-minute sections: a 100-question multiple-choice section, accounting for 60% of the final grade, and four free-response questions (one data-set question, one document-based question, and two synthesis [...]

4 Tips for Learning Jazz Piano Chords

Ready to spice up your piano practice? Learning jazz piano chords is a great way to explore new genres and styles on the keys. Here, Stillwater, OK teacher Chris F. shares a few tips to get started…   Jazz piano can be a fun but difficult thing to learn. The trick to becoming a great jazz pianist [...]