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What Age is Best to Start Learning Guitar?

  Is there a best age for learning guitar? We asked guitar teacher Linda L., who has taught young children, teens, adults, and seniors for her take... My opinion on the best age at which to start learning guitar has evolved over the years. I started teaching myself to play the guitar at the age of 14. The book that I used to teach myself featured photos of a 7-year-old girl demonstrating how each chord was to be played. The author of the book told the readers that he had this y … Read More
What Age is Best to Start Learning Guitar?
  Is there a best age for learning guitar? We asked guitar teacher Linda L., who has taught young children, teens, adults, and seniors for her take... My opinion on the best age at which to start learning guitar has evolved over the years. I started teaching myself to play the guitar at the age of 14. The book that I used to teach myself featured photos of a 7-year-old girl demonstrating how each chord was to be played. The author of the book told the readers that he had this y
A Beginner's Guide to Ukulele Tabs: How to Read Them and Where to Find Them
Want to learn some cool riffs on your ukulele? In this lesson, ukulele teacher Willy M. shares how you can read ukulele tabs and find them for your favorite songs... Hello, ukephiles! Ukephile (pronounced “you-keh-file”) is a new word I just invented deriving from “uke” for "ukelele" and “philo,” Greek for “to love;” so it means “lovers of the ukulele!” Anyway, I digress. One of the hardest things for ukephiles is finding tabs for songs that you want to play. Most of the time, we can f
Feeling Stuck? Try This Fun Piano Exercise [Printable]
Struggling with a particular piano piece? Don't stress. It may just be time to take a step back and get your bearings. Read on as Spring Lake, MI piano teacher Val L. shares a piano exercise to try...   So you’ve been trying to learn a challenging piece of music for an upcoming piano recital or event, but there are still some parts that just seem to fall apart. If you are following the typical routine of playing it over and over, and making the same mistakes over and over, why not
Play Thousands of Songs Using these Guitar Chord Progressions
If you've spent much time on YouTube, you're probably familiar with the Axis of Awesome. For the uninitiated, the Axis of Awesome performs snippets of almost 50 songs in under 6 minutes using the same 4 chord progression. The video is super fun, and it creatively shows off an open secret that professional musicians have known about for decades. Essentially, most popular songs are based on just a handful of guitar chord progressions. Sometimes the chords are modified (adding a 7th or 9th for e
A 10-Minute Piano Practice Challenge for Busy Students
We've discussed how to practice the piano before... but what if you don't have 30 minutes or an hour to commit to practicing every day? Answer: Condense it into a 10-minute quick-practice! Read on as Austin, TX piano teacher Aimee B. shows how to make this piano exercise work for you...   No doubt you are busy. On top of a full day, you have an inkling to learn the piano.  But how do you fit it into your day? You know the importance of regular practice, but if you find the idea of

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