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How to Play Rockabilly Guitar: 7 Easy Songs for Beginners

How to Play Rockabilly Guitar: 7 Easy Songs for Beginners

Ready to learn about rock and roll's cousin from the south? If so, you're in the right place! In this article, music teacher Christopher S. explores some of the most influential rockabilly songs of our time and shows you how to play them on guitar... The History of Rockabilly The rock and roll style, dubbed rockabilly, is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music. It dates back to the early 1950’s and comes from the good ol' USA, especially from the south. It's a blend of sounds fr … Read More

How to Play Rockabilly Guitar: 7 Easy Songs for Beginners
Ready to learn about rock and roll's cousin from the south? If so, you're in the right place! In this article, music teacher Christopher S. explores some of the most influential rockabilly songs of our time and shows you how to play them on guitar... The History of Rockabilly The rock and roll style, dubbed rockabilly, is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music. It dates back to the early 1950’s and comes from the good ol' USA, especially from the south. It's a blend of sounds fr
Introduction to Ragtime Piano: 5 Iconic Pieces to Know
Curious about ragtime piano music? Read on as music teacher James W. shares a quick introduction to the genre, and the 5 iconic pieces you should know!  Ragtime piano music is characterized by its syncopated rhythm, which simply means that the accent is unexpectedly placed on the off beat, like the 2nd beat and the 4th beat in a 4/4 time rhythm. This “offbeat” style became famous at the turn of the 20th century with songs written by Scott Joplin like “The Entertainer” and “Maple Leaf Rag”,
Is Buying a Used Violin a Good or Bad Idea?
Deciding whether to buy a new or used violin can be difficult. You want a quality instrument that's going to last, but you don't want to spend a fortune. So what do you do? Below, violin teacher Julie P. gives her two cents on what to consider when purchasing a used violin... If you’re in the market for a violin, you may be wondering whether buying a used one is a good or bad idea. This is not an easy question to answer, as there are a lot of things to consider. On the one hand, you ca
How to Sing the National Anthem: 9 Videos You Can Learn From
The Star-Spangled Banner is one of the most recognizable songs out there -- no doubt you've heard it dozens of times! It's also a song that requires a lot of vocal finesse and skill. Here, St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. shares nine performance videos, what you can learn from them, and tips for singing the national anthem yourself...   The national anthem. It's big, it's beautiful, and it's bold. Inspired by seeing the American flag flying at "dawn's early light" after witnes
8-Year-Old Girl is Gnarliest Guitar Shredder Ever
I'm willing to bet that "playing like a girl" will stop being an insult within this little lady's lifetime! At just 8 years old, Lisa-X is able to play rapid fire metal solos that will melt your face off and blow your mind. She's smaller than her guitar, but she sure knows how to make it sound big and mighty. Plus, the sweet grin she gives the camera as she's bending a note around 1:46? Priceless! Child prodigies like Lisa are absolutely amazing, but there's really no wrong age to star

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