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The 2 Most Important Things Singers Always Forget to Do

Maintaining your vocal health is incredibly important if you want to go far with your singing! It's easy to forget the basics -- so check yourself with these two tips from Glendale, CA teacher Ben M...   As singers, we're very sensitive about the way our voices feel. Even the slightest change in the strength, tone, or comfort of the voice is detected by a singer and can lead to an array of concerns about vocal health. But so often when students report problems with their voice, such a … Read More
The 2 Most Important Things Singers Always Forget to Do
Maintaining your vocal health is incredibly important if you want to go far with your singing! It's easy to forget the basics -- so check yourself with these two tips from Glendale, CA teacher Ben M...   As singers, we're very sensitive about the way our voices feel. Even the slightest change in the strength, tone, or comfort of the voice is detected by a singer and can lead to an array of concerns about vocal health. But so often when students report problems with their voice, such a
7 Crowd-Pleasing, Classic Good Songs to Learn on the Piano
Whether you’re just beginning piano lessons or you have been playing for a while now, it’s important to have a list of a few good songs to learn. That way, you can set goals for yourself and build up an impressive repertoire. Here are seven good songs to learn on piano, from classical to jazz to ragtime. They are listed in order from least to most difficult. “Für Elise” by Ludwig Van Beethoven While this solo piano piece is actually titled “Bagatelle No. 25” in A minor, it’s more commonly k
What’s the Difference Between Professional and Student Violins?
Getting the right instrument is one of the most important decisions in a musician's life. The right violin will feel comfortable in your hands, respond accurately and consistently to your touch, and help you produce the best possible sound for your level of musical development. Students learning the violin can rent or purchase instruments from music instrument retailers, and they offer a variety of instruments that can seem daunting for the novice violin purchaser. When will you know that it's
Strategies for Sight Singing
It may seem like instrumentalists have it much easier when it comes to sight reading music; by simply pressing a key or a string, the notes are immediately available to them without any additional thought, and all that’s left to them is to work out duration, dynamics, and tempo. Singers, on the other hand, don't have an instrument to rely on. Taking a song previously unknown to you and delivering a reasonably accurate performance the very first run-through isn’t a talent that everybody has.  
A Fun Blues Guitar Exercise to Get You Started
If you're familiar with blues chords and ready to start trying your hand at some riffs, this exercise from guitar teacher Samuel B. will help you get the ball rolling... As an instructor (and blues guitar afficionado), I'm keen on you developing a working knowledge of the blues. The blues is the musicological basis of all recognizable forms of American music (gospel, contemporary country, soul, rhythm & blues, bluegrass, early rock n roll, the list goes on). Therefore, said knowledge will

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