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Piano Basics: 20 Ways to Instantly Improve

From piano basics to the more advanced techniques -- what are the best ways to instantly improve your playing? Take a look at these 20 helpful tips from Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Maybe you're a brand new piano beginner, ready to start your journey. Maybe you're a seasoned pianist who's found himself in a state of stagnated growth. Either way, you could use a boost for your skills. Here's a list of 20 ways to instantly improve: 1. Stretch before you play. So much pain, … Read More
Piano Basics: 20 Ways to Instantly Improve
From piano basics to the more advanced techniques -- what are the best ways to instantly improve your playing? Take a look at these 20 helpful tips from Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Maybe you're a brand new piano beginner, ready to start your journey. Maybe you're a seasoned pianist who's found himself in a state of stagnated growth. Either way, you could use a boost for your skills. Here's a list of 20 ways to instantly improve: 1. Stretch before you play. So much pain,
50 Little Things You Can Do To Get More From Your Guitar Practice Time
Does guitar practice ever feel overwhelming, too hard, or like a chore? Take a tip or 50 from guitar teacher Jerry W. and you'll have enough material to work with to keep practice fun for the rest of your life. As an added bonus, we've peppered in extra resources for you so you can learn even more about each guitar practice tip. Ready Freddie? Let's get started! 1. Use a metronome. Practicing guitar with a metronome trains you to play in time, which is useful whether you want to play i
5 Eco-Friendly Guitar Songs to Play for Earth Day
It's always fun to play a few tunes that match the season. With Earth Day bringing in spring weather, why not learn a few easy guitar songs to play as we celebrate our planet? Here are a few songs that make us think about being outside and loving the earth! Rush - "The Trees" What better way to kick off our top five list than a song with trees in the title? This classic rock tune by Rush was recorded with fingerpicking throughout the song, but if it's easier for you, you can play the intro
2 Questions Every Songwriter Should Be Able to Answer
Not sure where to start when it comes to writing songs? Check out these songwriting tips from Austin, TX teacher Gfire M...   I started writing songs fairly early on at age 11, but I never thought about songwriting technique until later, when I studied with teachers from Berklee College, and in Los Angeles and Nashville. I now have songs that have been played on more than 200 radio and television programs around the world, including UnderCurrents, a syndicated program that airs on mor
How to Tell if Your Old Piano is Worth Restoring
Are you curious about how to restore a piano that's been sitting in your basement or storage unit unused? Was an old piano passed down to you, and you're not quite sure how to make it playable? Here, Katy, TX music teacher Zachary A. shares his advice...   A piano is not only a part of the art of music, it is also a work of art itself. The machine is extremely complex and has thousands of moving parts. The piano is also one of the few instruments out there that has stood the test of t

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