Entries by Shanika

Piano Tips and Techniques: Playing Glissandos

The glissando is another handy piano technique to have in your musical toolbox. Read on to find out how to incorporate it into your playing! Look at any piece of sheet music, and chances are you’ll see Italian musical terms such as largo, allegro, or acapella. Even the piano itself is named after the Italian […]

How to Practice the Drums Quietly

Although drums are usually not loud enough for someone who loves percussion, they can sometimes disturb your neighbors and household members whenever you practice at home. Thus, regardless of whether you play rock, funk or jazz, learning how to practice drums quietly is essential. To help you with this aspect, the following tips explain how […]

5 Famous Violin Songs to Add to Your Repertoire

Learning to play the violin can be a difficult, sometimes tedious task for beginners, especially among younger students. The process of learning to pluck the notes and use a bow can try many students’ patience, and they may give up on the instrument out of frustration. However, once you master your first great violin song, […]

How to Find the “Sweet Spot” On Your Violin

The violin can be a difficult instrument to master. Intonation is often challenging; unlike the guitar, there are no frets to guide the fingers, and even if all the notes are correct and in tune you’re still left with the issue of tone. The purest and perfectly in-tune notes can still sound bad if they’re […]

What is a Piano Fake Book?

You walk into your sheet music store and start browsing. You look at the method books, technique books, repertoire… and then your eyes see something else. You pick it up and see it is called a “fake book.” An odd name for a real book. You open it up and see that it contains music. […]

Advantages & Disadvantages of a Fretless Guitar

Fretless instruments are not uncommon in the world of music, however, a fretless guitar is an instrument that isn’t often mentioned. The fretless guitar lacks the frets that one would traditionally see on a guitar. This means that there is no interruption in the string from the bridge, up the neck of the guitar. The […]

Exercises for Practicing Guitar Chords

There are several ways to master the technique of changing chords, so let’s look at a couple of exercises using basic guitar chords. The basic guitar chords are C, D, Dm, E, Em, F, G, A, and Am. Some instructors add C7, D7, E7, G7, A7 and B7. The F chord is always the most […]

10 Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners

As anyone just starting out learning to play the guitar knows, trying to get your fingers in the right place to form chords and strum at the same time can be a major challenge, especially since most beginners are eager to start hearing their hard work pay off by playing actual songs. You may be […]

Listen Up! Helpful Singing Tips Just for the Guys

The basics of singing are the same for everybody — vocalists should be aware of unnecessary tension in your throat or body, maintaining good breath support, and never forcing your voice beyond its natural range. The principles are the same whether you are singing opera or rock. However, there are elements of vocal technique and […]

The Importance of Hydration for Singers

There are many important reasons to stay hydrated for general health, but for musicians – particularly vocalists – hydration is a key to success. In order for your body to function properly, hydration is vital. Our bodies are made of 70% water, and hydration affects every organ and cell in your body! Hydration for Singing […]