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How to Become a Singer | Measuring Your Progress Week by Week

Learning how to become a singer -- whether you dream of selling out large arenas or simply want to feel more confident at karaoke night -- takes time and patience. If you're wondering how long exactly, read on as Orange, CA teacher Adri-Anne R. shares her insights...   When students start voice lessons, they will often ask me, "How long will I have to take lessons before I start to get better?" I have to ask them, "How often and how long are you willing to practice?" In my experien … Read More
How to Become a Singer | Measuring Your Progress Week by Week
Learning how to become a singer -- whether you dream of selling out large arenas or simply want to feel more confident at karaoke night -- takes time and patience. If you're wondering how long exactly, read on as Orange, CA teacher Adri-Anne R. shares her insights...   When students start voice lessons, they will often ask me, "How long will I have to take lessons before I start to get better?" I have to ask them, "How often and how long are you willing to practice?" In my experien
Here's What to Know Before Buying an Instrument
Thinking about buying a new instrument? It's a big decision, as an instrument is truly an investment -- especially if you're spending several hundred dollars (or more, for higher-end brands and models) on it. Before making your purchase, you'll want to do some research. But where do you start? With so many brands out there, how do you know which ones are worth the money? What do you really need to ensure years of playing and practicing? We came across a great article over on Donna Schw
Blues Guitar Basics: How to Play a Blues Shuffle
Ready to learn to play blues guitar? This lesson from guitar teacher James W. is the perfect place to start... What is a shuffle, anyway? A shuffle is a rhythm of 8th notes played in triplets, essentially playing 3/4 time over a 4/4 beat to make the music swing. Blues, pop, jazz, and rock musicians all use the shuffle. The blues shuffle is a fun pattern that is simple to absorb into your playing across many genres of music. Think of pop, rock, big band, and blues as being a part of the sam
Learning to Play Guitar: How Long Should My Lessons Be?
Not sure how long your guitar lessons should be? Take some advice from guitar teacher David G. and you'll be on the road to success... When prospective students are looking for a potential music teacher they are searching for a number of different aspects to their lessons. Most private teachers have a range of options for lesson times that they offer their students, the most common being 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 60 minutes in length. There are a number of things to consider when choosing ho
Video: How to Strum a Ukulele for Beginners
In order to play any stringed instrument (like a ukulele), you have to learn how to strum! Not quite sure which technique to use? In this article and video, Winston Salem, NC teacher Willy M. shows you how to strum a ukulele...  Today we're going to take a closer look at how to strum a ukulele. I have also included a video to show you the proper technique. Before we get into strumming specifics, let's review how to hold a ukulele and how to tune a ukulele.   How to Tune a Uku

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