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Exercises for Practicing Guitar Chords

There are several ways to master the technique of changing chords, so let’s 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 … Read More
Exercises for Practicing Guitar Chords
There are several ways to master the technique of changing chords, so let’s 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
Is it Hard to Play Violin? 4 Challenges - And How to Overcome Them
Many young students interested in learning to play a music instrument are drawn to the beautiful sound and expressiveness of the violin. The first question they will ask is often, is it hard to play violin?  Learning to play any musical instrument can present challenges to the beginning student. However, much of the difficulty in learning any instrument rests with the student’s attitude. If something is perceived as hard, it can be easy to get frustrated at the first sign of trouble and simply
Intro to Parts of a Guitar
Do you know your head from your output jack? Whether you're playing acoustic or electric, knowing the parts of a guitar will help you communicate about your instrument and learn to be a better player. Get ready to dive in to this guitar guide and make a vow never to mix up your neck and your fingerboard again! Let's start at the top, or the head, of your guitar. You'll find your tuning keys attached to the head of your guitar. These can be turned to loosen or tighten each string and adjust th
A Brief History of A Cappella
Over the past few years, a cappella has become a popular genre and trend. But what exactly is it? The term a cappella is an Italian term that means "in the manner of the church" or "in the manner of the chapel," referring to the type of music that is sung without the use of musical instruments. History tells us that a cappella music got its beginning in a religious setting, but the genre continues to grow and change as shows like Glee and movies like Pitch Perfect move the style into popular c
5 Easy Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Violin
Are you taking proper care of your violin? Below, violin teacher Ruth V. shares some tips on how to maintain a healthy violin… Learning how to properly care for your violin is important for many different reasons. First, it ensures you get the best sound when playing the violin. More importantly, it helps protect your investment. Violins are expensive, and the last thing you want to do is carelessly tarnish your instrument by not taking care of it. Below are five tips that will help

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