Entries by Suzy S., TakeLessons Blog Manager

Teach Yourself to Play Guitar: Is it Really Possible?

There are a lot of resources available to teach yourself to play guitar. Whether you’ve found an online cache of instructional videos, or a book for beginners at your local music store, there are many ways to become a self-taught guitar player. But how effective it is? Read on as we review two of the [...]

7 Math Study Tips to Make Your Next Test a Breeze

When you’re prepping for a math test, there are a few things that you can do to make sure you’re not sweating bullets when the test is handed out. Check out these math study tips so you can prepare properly and be ready to give the test your best shot! 1. Use Diagrams Get in [...]

In the Pits: How to Succeed as an Orchestral Pianist

Being a piano player may seem like a very solitary way to go about learning an instrument. As a piano student, you may yearn to make music with others, and if you’re naturally drawn toward group music making, it may be that you already study an orchestral instrument, or sing with a choir. You may [...]

Basics of Singing: The Do’s and Don’ts of Singing in a Group

Mastering the basics of singing is just one of the many steps you’ll need to take when training your voice. You may think that once you’ve tackled the various exercises needed to improve agility, tone, and technique, and learned the basics of good posture and support, that you’re winning the battle and well on the way to being [...]

4 Songs That Every Classical Pianist Should Learn

Which classical piano songs should you have in your repertoire? Check out four of the most well-known pieces here, as complied by Greeley, CO teacher Andy W…   This is simply a list of four of the most time-tested and beautiful classical piano songs of all time. If you don’t know how to play these yet, [...]

Intro to Writing Types: 5 Types to Know

Ready to tackle your next big writing assignment in school? Learn about some of the different writing types in this guest post by San Diego and online tutor Natalie S. to prep yourself… Throughout your high school and college experience, you will be asked to write many different types of essays. Take a look at our handy [...]

4 Must-Have Apps for Guitar Players

Excited about learning how to play the guitar? Awesome! You’ll need the perfect beginner guitar, a great teacher by your side, and a personal commitment to learning and improving. Using extra resources like smartphone or tablet apps to help you practice efficiently in between lessons can help a ton, as well. But with so many [...]

5 Famous Piano Songs You’ll Instantly Recognize

The piano is a beautiful instrument, capable of playing a wide array of sounds, from soft or staccato to broadly lyrical and even grandiose and rhapsodic. The ability of a composer to create such a huge range of emotions and portray a large variety of settings and ideas on the piano goes a long way [...]

Our 3 Best Math Tips for When You’re Feeling Stuck

Solving math problems can seem tedious at times, and other times it can be frustrating and challenging. When you find yourself stuck on a particular problem, it’s nice to have a few tricks up your sleeve. Here are three math tips to get you moving again. Be Familiar With Factoring Tricks This first trick is [...]