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4 Unconventional Ways to Get Better at Singing

Did you know there are ways you can get better at singing... that DON'T involve singing? Find out the ideas in this guest post by professional voice teacher Molly R...   The obvious thing to do when you want to get better at singing is, of course, to sign up for voice lessons! You may have even found that teacher right here on TakeLessons. But singing is so much more than what goes on with your vocal cords. We also have to exude confidence and connect with our audience. We can’ … Read More
4 Unconventional Ways to Get Better at Singing
Did you know there are ways you can get better at singing... that DON'T involve singing? Find out the ideas in this guest post by professional voice teacher Molly R...   The obvious thing to do when you want to get better at singing is, of course, to sign up for voice lessons! You may have even found that teacher right here on TakeLessons. But singing is so much more than what goes on with your vocal cords. We also have to exude confidence and connect with our audience. We can’
Introduction to Reading Piano Notes | 5 Easy Steps
New to the piano? Reading piano notes is your first step to tackling that piece of music - check out these steps from Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T. to get started... To be able to play the piano proficiently, you must start right away at learning to read sheet music! Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be reading piano notes in no time! 1. We’ll take the treble clef first. This is the staff that shows which notes you are to play with the right hand. If you are learning for the first
David Bowie Tribute: "Space Oddity" Guitar Tutorial [Video]
The music world lost one of its brightest stars this week, as legendary musician David Bowie passed away Monday at the age of 69. To celebrate Bowie's life and tremendous talent, TakeLessons guitar instructor Jonathan B. put together this special guitar tutorial to help you learn to play one of Bowie’s classic songs. In this step-by-step tutorial, learn the Space Oddity chords and the special techniques Bowie used to play his acoustic hits. Pay special attention to the left-hand chord voi
What is Guitar Technique? And Why Does it Matter?
What's the deal with guitar technique anyway? Guitar teacher Alexander A. explains a few of the fundamentals and why they are so important... If your teacher is cracking the whip every lesson because your hands aren’t in the proper position you may be asking yourself, “Does my guitar teacher hate me?” The answer is “no” – at least, I certainly hope not! More than likely, your teacher is trying to make you a better player by guiding you to play with good technique. We’ll be looking at e
Intro to Coloratura Singing | Exercises & Examples
Interested in opera singing? You may run into the word "coloratura" in your studies. Here, vocal instructor Molly R. will give you the inside scoop on what the term means, and what you need to know to get started with the technique...   Coloratura! A fancy word for a very fancy vocal device. Coloratura is ornamentation done in classical singing: think trills, big leaps, and intricate melismas (also known as vocal runs). The most intricate coloratura singing involves cadenzas, whic

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