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Learning Guitar: Understanding Minor and 7th Chords

Learning Guitar: Understanding Minor and 7th Chords

What are minor and 7th chords anyway? TakeLessons teacher Brian T. breaks down the music theory behind building these chords... Learning guitar chords is one of the early challenges of learning the guitar. Very often a new student will find themselves presented with a host of fingering patterns that make little sense. "Why this set of frets and not that one?" the student wonders "Why, when I move my E major down a string does it become A minor?" With just a bit of music theory and a willi … Read More

Learning Guitar: Understanding Minor and 7th Chords
What are minor and 7th chords anyway? TakeLessons teacher Brian T. breaks down the music theory behind building these chords... Learning guitar chords is one of the early challenges of learning the guitar. Very often a new student will find themselves presented with a host of fingering patterns that make little sense. "Why this set of frets and not that one?" the student wonders "Why, when I move my E major down a string does it become A minor?" With just a bit of music theory and a willi
The Best Piano Competitions for Young Pianists in 2015
Are you considering entering your budding pianist into a piano competition? There are an array of competitions to choose from across the U.S., many offering the opportunity to compete against top performers from around the globe. All-Ages Piano Competitions Across the U.S.: Seattle International Piano Festival & Competition - Seattle, WA Competing in May (preliminary) and October 2015 (finals) at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, pianists from all over the world are encouraged
4 Easy Steps to Playing Piano By Ear
Want to try playing piano by ear? Follow these four simple steps from Newport Beach, CA teacher Patricia S. and you'll be playing your favorite songs in no time...   Ear training doesn't need to be difficult or boring. You can have fun, learn techniques for playing piano by ear, and learn a little bit about music theory all at once! And you need to know very little about the piano to do it. To start, find a song with a good melody, and one that isn't too fast. Pick a slow song
8 Piano Finger Exercises for Beginners
Doing the right piano exercises on a regular basis can help prevent injury and improve your overall technique. In this article, we'll share eight piano finger exercises beginners can do to warm up during their practice sessions. Sitting down at a piano and playing a few notes is a pretty easy task. However, the ways in which we control the muscles in our hands, arms, and shoulders play a very important role in our ability to play the piano well. Specifically, the muscles in our hands p
15 Easy Violin Songs That Make You Sound Impressive
As a beginner violinist, chances are youÂ’re eager to play easy violin songs that will show off your new skills. While playing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" is nice, you're probably looking for some more popular tunes. Luckily, there are plenty of easy violin songs to choose from, many of which you might already know. Before you jump into learning these violin songs however, it's important to remember that the most impressive performances are a result of lots of practice. Your violin pr

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