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The Best Violin Exercises for Rhythm, Tone, and More

Learning to play a musical instrument - and finally being able to play all of your favorite songs for violin - is an amazing feeling! However, it can be easy to get caught up in the enthusiasm of learning to play violin songs quickly, and to overlook the important basic step of developing your sound from the very beginning.  Nothing will help build these skills more quickly than concentrated exercises; just a few short bursts each day to concentrate on each area will hone the skills you need to … Read More
The Best Violin Exercises for Rhythm, Tone, and More
Learning to play a musical instrument - and finally being able to play all of your favorite songs for violin - is an amazing feeling! However, it can be easy to get caught up in the enthusiasm of learning to play violin songs quickly, and to overlook the important basic step of developing your sound from the very beginning.  Nothing will help build these skills more quickly than concentrated exercises; just a few short bursts each day to concentrate on each area will hone the skills you need to
Are Piano Lessons on DVD Worth It?
Thinking about purchasing a piano lessons DVD program? Here, Brick, NJ teacher Elizabeth C. shares her thoughts on this method of learning, and if it's really the best way to go... You have probably seen the infomercials marketing piano lessons on DVD that guarantee you will be “playing the piano in six weeks or your money back.” These programs may be beneficial in teaching piano basics, but fall short in providing methodology that fosters long-term piano success or song versatility. Why P
6 Perfect Graduation Songs to Sing Along With
Gearing up for graduation? Congratulations! Whether you're putting on a performance or simply need to load up your party playlist, here are some of the top graduation songs, rounded up by Hayward, CA voice teacher Molly R... Editor's Note: Updated post for 2016 - even MORE recommendations for graduation songs to sing! It’s May, and before you know it we’re getting into another very busy time of year! One of the things we have to look forward to is graduations galore (how did it get to be the e
What Are the Different Parts of a Violin? [Infographic]
Are you a beginner violinist? While you might be eager to start playing immediately, it’s important to learn the basic functions and parts of a violin. Otherwise, you’ll have a difficult time understanding what your violin instructor is saying when he or she asks you to “keep your bow parallel to the bridge.” Check out the graphic below to learn the basic parts and functions of a violin: There you have it; those are the various different parts of a violin and their functions. Once you’ve
5 Things to Try Once You’ve Mastered Scales on the Piano
So you've mastered and memorized all the different scales on the piano - what now? Here are some awesome musical ideas to try next, courtesy of Corona, CA teacher Milton J...   You've likely come a long way from your very first piano lesson, a nerve-wracking beginning to what is sure to be a lifelong love for these 88 keys of joy and wonder. Maybe it’s been a few lessons and you've finally completed a goal – you've mastered major and minor scales! From C major to Eb minor, you've

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