8 Essential Violin Books for Beginners
The violin is a beautiful string instrument perfect for musicians of all ages to learn. Along with having a qualified violin teacher to instruct you, the right violin books are your most valuable tool for learning to play the violin. Which ones are the most useful and informative for beginner students? Which ones take you beyond the basics to a more advanced skill level? Heres a look at eight of our favorites:
Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Strings
The Essential Elements series is very
6 Helpful Diction Exercises for Singers [Video]
Improve your technique (and your next performance) by working on diction! In this article, singing teacher Liz T. shares some great exercises to try out...
Imagine you're at a concert, and your favorite artist gets up on stage to sing. You recognize a popular song from her album starting, but when she opens her mouth... you can't decipher any of the lyrics.
As a singer, paying attention to diction -- that is, the way you enunciate your words -- can make a big impact on your p
How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...
Be prepared to sight read.
That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldnt be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many
How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...
Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound
How to Select a Vocal Duet (+26 Duet Song Ideas)
If you're new to singing, or if you're just trying to fine-tune your vocal skills, one fun and helpful exercise is to sing duet songs with your vocal instructor or a friend. Pick a style you both like and you'll find that the possibilities for both fun and music making are endless!
Why Are They Helpful to Sing?
When you sing with piano, or with a chorus or band, there's often someone else playing the same line you're singing. While this is great for learning to sing in tune and working on