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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 … Read More
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
3 Tips To Avoid Getting Bored During Your Piano Practice
Piano practice doesn't have to be boring! Stay motivated with these three tips from online piano teacher Crystal B...   Playing piano is a great joy for many people, but sometimes practicing can become repetitive and boring. Here are a few ways to enhance your piano practice time while still honing your skills and acquiring new ones! • Practical Application Many times the things that seem most boring when practiced alone (such as scales, theory, etc.) can be found in some of your favorite
Guitar Scale Hacks: How to Jazz Up Any Scale & Start Improvising
Many beginner musicians want to learn to improvise on the guitar, but just don’t know how to start. In this guest post, Greg O’Rourke from fretdojo.com teaches you three easy tricks that will supercharge your guitar scales and bring more life to your solos.   Have you ever tried to improvise on the guitar and it sounds like you’re just running scales up and down the fretboard? Look: Regardless of what style you want to improvise in, only knowing the scales isn’t enough. H
15 Powerful Audition Songs for Altos
The most important part of vocal auditions is taking a piece and making it your own. When looking for talent, directors don’t want to hear another rendition of something they have heard many times before; you need to make sure you stand out! In musical theater, your song choice is usually dependent on the role for which you are auditioning. Many singers recommend avoiding songs from shows like Les Miserables and Wicked, as these are very common choices and tend to be overused; however, if you
Top 10 Most Surprising Ukulele Cover Songs
You'd be amazed what you can play on the ukulele! Music teacher Matthew K.  counts down 10 of his favorite surprising ukulele cover songs... The ukulele is a fun instrument to play! Originating in Hawaii, the ukulele has four nylon strings that are tuned to C major. It is very easy to play, and you can strum it any way and it will provide a nice tone. Often when one thinks of the ukulele, they think Hawaii, or Luau. Although it originated in Hawaii, many contemporary songs can be covered o

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