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How to Write a Song on Piano | 6 Tips for Writing Lyrics

Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds, Sarah McLachlan, and Elton John -- all amazing musicians who are known for playing the piano and writing heartfelt lyrics. Want to try your hand at it? Read on as Helendale, CA teacher Sylvia S. shares her tips for how to write a song on piano...   So you’ve learned to play piano and you’ve created some original sounds. Maybe you’d like to learn how to write a song on piano along with great lyrics, and you’re stumped. You’re not alone. Before one of the … Read More
How to Write a Song on Piano | 6 Tips for Writing Lyrics
Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds, Sarah McLachlan, and Elton John -- all amazing musicians who are known for playing the piano and writing heartfelt lyrics. Want to try your hand at it? Read on as Helendale, CA teacher Sylvia S. shares her tips for how to write a song on piano...   So you’ve learned to play piano and you’ve created some original sounds. Maybe you’d like to learn how to write a song on piano along with great lyrics, and you’re stumped. You’re not alone. Before one of the
3 Often-Overlooked Parts of a Successful Vocal Performance
Stage presence makes a huge difference in how your audience will respond to you. Take a look at these performance tips from NY music teacher Nadia B...   You’ve practiced, rehearsed, and it’s finally time to share your vocal arts with others. Sometimes, though, components of a successful performance can be overlooked after you’ve spent so much time mastering the music. Key elements of stage presence for singers include setting a unique musical intention, making use of physical space a
In the Pits: How to Succeed as an Orchestral Pianist
Being a piano player may seem like a very solitary way to go about learning an instrument. As a piano student, you may yearn to make music with others, and if you're naturally drawn toward group music making, it may be that you already study an orchestral instrument, or sing with a choir. You may also have extended your piano training to accompany some of your friends for concerts or exams, or explored the wide variety of chamber music repertoire available involving the piano. However, had you c
The 10 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $500 [Infographic]
When you're looking for the perfect beginner acoustic guitar, there are lots of factors to think about. For many students, finding a great guitar for a low price is a huge part of the search. Guitar teacher Jeff S. sent us his recommendations for the best acoustic guitar under $500, and we put them together into this handy chart to help you find the best guitar for your buck! 10 Best acoustic guitars under $500 | Create Infographics Is there anything we missed? What do you think is the bes
4 Must-Have Apps for Guitar Players
Excited about learning how to play the guitar? Awesome! You'll need the perfect beginner guitar, a great teacher by your side, and a personal commitment to learning and improving. Using extra resources like smartphone or tablet apps to help you practice efficiently in between lessons can help a ton, as well. But with so many apps available these days, you may feel a little overwhelmed when you're trying to find one to download. Below are a handful that we really like: Guitar Toolkit For any

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