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9 Confidence-Boosting Singing Quotes & Affirmations

No matter how much you love singing, it isn't always easy to perform in front of a live audience. Instead of doubting your talents or fearing failure, learn from the anxious artists and thinkers who came before you. Check out the following singing quotes to keep your vocal goals in focus and your musical passion flowing. "If I cannot fly, let me sing." - Stephen Sondheim If you're nervous about a performance or frustrated by your progress, remember that singing should be freeing. Embrace t … Read More
9 Confidence-Boosting Singing Quotes & Affirmations
No matter how much you love singing, it isn't always easy to perform in front of a live audience. Instead of doubting your talents or fearing failure, learn from the anxious artists and thinkers who came before you. Check out the following singing quotes to keep your vocal goals in focus and your musical passion flowing. "If I cannot fly, let me sing." - Stephen Sondheim If you're nervous about a performance or frustrated by your progress, remember that singing should be freeing. Embrace t
Beginner Basics: Steps for Buying a Violin
Your first violin purchase might seem rather daunting. If you haven't purchased a string instrument before, you may not be familiar with the different makers or size ranges. A good violin is an investment, which means that a bit of research may be required beforehand. Buying a violin will be a purchase that will bring you joy for many years to come. Knowing what makes for a good-quality student instrument before you walk into a musical instrument store will keep you from being swayed by fancy-l
What's the Fastest Way to Learn Piano? You Might Be Surprised!
Memorizing, beginning with scales, starting with songs, recognizing notes – there are many ways of learning to play the piano, and good teachers will tweak their methods to accommodate each student’s abilities and desires. While each method has their own merit, still some people have this question: what is the fastest way to learn piano? Is there one? They may be more eager about the destination and less concerned about the journey, but the journey is very important. But there is one technique t
Kawai vs. Yamaha: Who Makes Better Pianos?
Getting ready to buy your first piano, but not sure which manufacturer to look into? Here, St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. shares a bit about two of the best piano brands...   Two of the first questions that I get from parents of my piano students are "What kind of piano should I get?" and "What are the best piano brands?" The facts of the matter are that our modern piano is a 19th century invention about which many people, even pianists, don't know a lot about, and the curre
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 of scales and harmony is absolutely essential in the comprehension of music. Scales help us understand which notes work well together and why. Each key has its own innate

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