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How Pentatonic Scales Can Help With Piano Improvisation

How Pentatonic Scales Can Help With Piano Improvisation

Curious about pentatonic scales? Learn the basics of how to incorporate them into your improvisation in this guest post by Austin, TX teacher Tosin A..   Have you ever heard a great solo? I mean a piano solo that practically hurts your feelings because it’s so good? You think things to yourself like: They can’t be that good. What kind of scales are they using? Are they a wizard? The honest truth behind it is the brilliant use of pentatonic scales. Pentatonic Scales 101 A pent … Read More

How Pentatonic Scales Can Help With Piano Improvisation
Curious about pentatonic scales? Learn the basics of how to incorporate them into your improvisation in this guest post by Austin, TX teacher Tosin A..   Have you ever heard a great solo? I mean a piano solo that practically hurts your feelings because it’s so good? You think things to yourself like: They can’t be that good. What kind of scales are they using? Are they a wizard? The honest truth behind it is the brilliant use of pentatonic scales. Pentatonic Scales 101 A pent
8 Practical Tips for Learning Piano as an Adult
You're never too old to learn how to play the piano. Below, piano teacher Ryan C. shares eight practical tips for successfully learning piano as an adult... Learning a new instrument is no easy feat, especially as an adult. I’m always amazed by how many people think that learning to play the piano is out of their reach simply because they aren’t kids anymore. Well, frankly, I believe they are wrong in their beliefs! It’s my belief that everyone can learn to play the piano, regardless o
Teach Yourself Violin in 8 Easy Steps
It takes years of determination, focus, and practice to master the violin. Many people start their musical education using a qualified instructor, but maybe you want to try to teach yourself violin. This is a huge undertaking with great potential for learning the wrong way of holding the violin, standing incorrectly, or practicing imperfect fingerings. However, if you want to understand the basics of learning your instrument before taking violin lessons with a teacher, here are a few introductor
8-Year-Old Girl is Gnarliest Guitar Shredder Ever
I'm willing to bet that "playing like a girl" will stop being an insult within this little lady's lifetime! At just 8 years old, Lisa-X is able to play rapid fire metal solos that will melt your face off and blow your mind. She's smaller than her guitar, but she sure knows how to make it sound big and mighty. Plus, the sweet grin she gives the camera as she's bending a note around 1:46? Priceless! Child prodigies like Lisa are absolutely amazing, but there's really no wrong age to star
How to Buy Your First Piano
Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to buy your first piano. Buying a piano can seem overwhelming, but knowing what to look for and which questions to ask can make this once-in-a-lifetime purchase an incredibly exciting experience! Where Do You Start? Before you even begin your research, consider the following: • What is your budget? • How much space do you have in your home - is a piano reasonable or should you purchase a keyboard instead? For your first piano, do some shop

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