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Here, you’ll find a variety of helpful resources to turn to when learning something new – from comprehensive guides to step-by-step tutorials. Whether you’re learning how to play an instrument or how to speak a new language, you can use these expert articles as tools to master your new skill.  

If you’re ready to get to the next level in your learning, check out these blog posts written by top instructors in their fields. Get ready to be inspired by all the tips, tricks, and learning hacks they have to offer. To help you sort through it all and find what you’re looking for, we’ve organized some of our most popular posts by category, below.  

Music Articles


Guitar

The F Chord: Guitar Chord Misconceptions and Beginner Tips – Learning the F chord on guitar can be difficult, so guitar teacher Kirk R. shares his tips and misconceptions for getting it down right and easy.

How to Tune a Guitar: Easy Tricks and Pro Tips – Learn how to tune a guitar like a pro so you always sound great. Step by step standard tuning and tuning guitar notes.

The Ultimate Guide to Notes on a Guitar – Learn to find the notes on a guitar and how to memorize them in this comprehensive guide.

Easy Guitar Tabs to Play Now – These easy guitar tabs will have you playing familiar songs and guitar riffs in no time!

How to Read Guitar Tabs Like a Pro – In this guide, you’ll learn how to read guitar tabs, guitar chords, and learn to play your first easy guitar riff.

Complete Beginner’s Guide to Playing Bass Guitar – Learn how to play bass with this complete guide for beginners featuring video, tips on how to tune a bass, and how to practice the bass guitar.

5 Easy Acoustic Guitar Songs Everyone Should Know – New to the guitar, and not sure which songs to learn first? Pick from one of these 5 easy acoustic guitar songs and get started today!

What is Flamenco Guitar? Terms and Techniques You Need to Know– Guitar teacher David W. breaks down the basic terms and techniques you’ll learn as you study flamenco guitar.

5 Easy Guitar Songs That are Fun to Play – These easy guitar songs are great for beginners, AND they’re fun to play. It’s a win-win!

4 Essential Guitar Chord Progressions for Beginners – Mastering guitar chord progressions is a great way to improve your skills. Check out some helpful guitar chord exercises here.

Piano

Introduction to Reading Piano Notes in 5 Easy Steps – Step by step instructions to learn how to read piano notes and sheet music to better play and appreciate the piano. Try the Mental Flip Strategy.

10 Best Digital Metronome Apps for Piano Players – Are you looking for a new digital metronome app? Check out our list of the top 10 digital metronome apps for piano players!

8 Piano Apps Worth the Download – Did you know that right this very second, you have a metronome, tuner, and a piano at your fingertips? Take a look at our favorite piano apps here!

Easy Songs to Play on Piano – Looking for some fun and easy pop songs to play on piano for beginners? Practice hits from Adele, Michael Jackson, Coldplay, Sam Smith, and Meghan Trainor.

Easy Classical Piano Songs to Play – Do you dream about becoming the next Mozart or Beethoven? Master the classical piano style by learning these 15 easy classical piano songs for beginners.

Pop Piano Songs for Everyone – Sick of playing the same old classical piano songs? Spice up your piano playing with these 100 piano pop songs.

Singing

100+ Best Karaoke Songs for Girls, Guys, Groups & More – What are the top karaoke songs for men, women, and groups? Check out our picks for country, pop, rock, R&B, easy karaoke songs, funny songs, and more.

Your Official Road Trip Playlist: 150+ Best Songs to Sing Along To – 150+ classic singalong songs to make you dance, feel the 90s nostalgia, and to add to the roadtrip playlist.

Lost Your Voice? Expert Tips You Need to Know – Lost your voice and have a performance coming up? Read on as Hayward, CA singing teacher Molly R. shares pro tips and lost voice remedies.

Video: How to Sing Better (Almost) Instantly | Singing Tips – Want to sing better… almost instantly? Learn to be a great singer — fast! — with this video singing lesson from voice teacher Arlys A.

50 Best Audition Songs for Musical Theater – Have a theater audition coming up? Make a knock-out impression with these musical theater audition songs for sopranos, altos, tenors, and more.

9 Must-Read Tips for Singing High Notes – learn how to expand your range and sing higher notes by following these 9 tips.

The Super Simple Trick for How to Sing Better Instantly – Looking for a quick fix? Here’s the next best thing: learn how to sing better instantly by honing this one simple skill.

10 Funny Songs to Sing With Your Kids – Singing together as a family is a great way to encourage creativity! To give you some ideas, here are 10 funny songs to sing with your kids.

5 of the Best Daily Vocal Exercises for Singers – Consistency and practice are key to improving your skills as a vocalist! Check out these five vocal exercises to incorporate into your daily routine.

Ukulele

Top 10 Essential & Easy Ukulele Songs for Beginners – If you don’t know all 10, time to start working your way through the essential easy ukulele songs for beginners.

How to Tune a Ukulele: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners – How to tune a ukulele is one of first, fundamental things you need to learn when you start playing. Follow this guide from ukulele teacher Willy M.

5 Easy Ukulele Songs to Play This Summer – Grab a uke and start strumming. These 5 easy ukulele songs are perfect for the Summer!

7 Hawaiian Ukulele Songs for Beginners – Enjoy a little taste of the islands as you strum these beautiful Hawaiian ukulele songs!

The Best Ukulele Songs for Any Occasion – Find fun, popular, and easy ukulele songs to play: wedding songs, cover songs, feel-good songs, Hawaiian songs, and more. For kids and beginner uke players.

Violin

Top 10 Violin Tuner Apps Reviewed – There are a number of benefits to using a violin tuner app. To help you find the perfect app, we’ve listed and reviewed the top 10 violin tuner apps.

How to Read Violin Notes: A Beginner’s Guide – Learning how to read violin notes is a difficult, albeit, important task. Browse through this comprehensive guide for some helpful tips.

Sad Violin Music That Will Bring You to Tears – The violin is a particularly emotive instrument, with plenty of powerful and sad violin music to explore. Take a look at our must-listen list here.

The Pros and Cons of the Suzuki Violin Method – Are you considering the Suzuki violin method for your child? Before you move forward, explore the pros and cons of the Suzuki method to ensure it’s right.

Beginner’s Guide on How to Tune a Violin [Instructional Video] – Learning to tune a violin is essential for beginners. Watch this instructional video to learn how to tune a violin.

The 5 Best Violin Songs of All Time – Are you in need of a little inspiration? Here is a list of the five best violin songs of all time. Check to see if your favorite song made the list.

Language Articles


Spanish

46 Spanish Adjectives to Describe All Your Friends [Printable List] – A list of 46 adjectives to perfectly describe your friends and family members’ personality traits. Improve your conversation skills in Spanish.

75 Most Helpful Spanish Cognates to Know [Infographic] – Remembering cognates is the fastest way to learn Spanish! Check out this fun infographic to quickly learn 75 easy cognates in Spanish.

50 Interesting Facts About Spain [Infographic] – How many interesting facts about Spain do you know? Test your knowledge with this infographic about Spain and Spain culture!

What Are The 5 Best iPhone and iPad Apps to Learn Spanish? – What’s the best app to learn Spanish on iPhones and iPads? 5 apps to try today to improve your Spanish.

20 Easy Spanish Phrases for Striking Up a Conversation – Casual conversations with Spanish speakers are a fun and easy way to practice your skills! Try these 20 Spanish questions and phrases.

5 Fantastic and Free Spanish-Learning Websites for Kids – Looking for the best Spanish websites for kids? Check out these 5 recommendations from Spanish tutor Breanna D.!

Japanese

8 Essential Japanese Greetings: Good Morning, Hello, Welcome, & More – An easy way to learn how to say and remember 8 of the most popular Japanese greetings such as Hello, Good Morning, Good Evening, and Welcome. [Infographic]

Japanese Mythology: 5 Ancient Myths and Legends – Here are five of the most most-well known legends from Japanese mythology featuring the Hare of Inaba, the Japanese Creation Myth, and more.

Japanese Vocabulary: 18 Words to Describe Your Family – Want to learn to describe your family in Japanese? Here are 18 Japanese vocabulary words to help you identify various family members.

Italian

50+ Fun and Interesting Facts About Italy – Are you traveling to Italy? Before you board the plane, review these 50+ interesting facts about Italy to make your stay even more enjoyable.

15 Italian Slang Words and Phrases You’ve Gotta Know – Do you want to learn how to speak like a native Italian? Review these 15 Italian slang words and phrases to help you communicate better.

French

The 50 Most Beautiful French Words You’ll Ever Hear – French is the language of love, so of course it’s full of beautiful words. Check out this infographic and audio to learn 50 beautiful French words.

50 French Quotes to Inspire and Delight You – These 50 French quotes about life, love, and art are sure to give you some excellent food for thought!

List of 100+ Common Regular French Verbs – Study this list of regular French verbs ending in -er, -ir, and -re. There are over one hundred verbs for you to explore!

General Language

How to Say “I Love You” in Different Languages – Want to tell someone special how you feel? Learn how to say I love you in eight different languages