10 Fun Ways to Spice Up Your Piano Playing
Love to play the piano, but want to take a break from scales and Hanon exercises for a bit? Here are some ideas from New Paltz, NY teacher Cheryl E...
It happens to all of us: we get in ruts. Whether you're bored with your practicing routine or your repertoire, we've all been there. But instead of giving up on playing the piano, take action! Here are 10 fun ways to spice up your playing.
1. Put your own spin on it! Try taking a straight song and swing it. Heres a great example o
How to Play Ukulele: 5 Easy Ukulele Songs
Once you've mastered playing chords on the ukulele, you're ready to move on to tackling some songs. Here are 5 easy ukulele songs that are great for beginners. Remember, it's okay to start slow and gradually increase your speed until you're playing the song at its normal tempo.
This French folk song is light and breezy. With just two chords for you to master, this is a great song to practice singing
while playing once you get the chord transitions down.
Tabs and chords for
10 Guitar Exercises and Tips for Building Muscle Memory
Did you know that by programming your muscle memory, you can make playing the guitar feel more natural, and even improve your technique? Guitar teacher Michael N. shares 10 guitar exercises and tips to help you build up your muscle memory...
1. Understand muscle memory
Every instrument player uses muscle memory. Every day activities like driving, riding a bicycle, and even typing this article, are easier because of muscle memory. Remember to continue slow, correct, and meaningful practic
Video: How to Strum a Ukulele for Beginners
In order to play any stringed instrument (like a ukulele), you have to learn how to strum! Not quite sure which technique to use? In this article and video, Winston Salem, NC teacher Willy M. shows you how to strum a ukulele...
Today we're going to take a closer look at how to strum a ukulele. I have also included a video to show you the proper technique. Before we get into strumming specifics, let's review how to hold a ukulele and how to tune a ukulele.
How to Tune a Uku
Exercises for Practicing Guitar Chords
There are several ways to master the technique of changing chords, so lets 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 difficult for the beginning guitar player because you hold two strings down with one finger.
Ideally, you want your basic guitar chords to sound clean and crisp no muffled strings. Keep practicing the individual chords un