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Test Yourself: 10 Classical Pieces Behind Modern-Day Songs

Test Yourself: 10 Classical Pieces Behind Modern-Day Songs

Don't care for classical? You might be surprised at how many modern-day singers and bands have borrowed from famous classical composers, and how many classical songs you'll instantly recognize because of it! Read on as Chicago, IL piano teacher Erin W. shares a few examples...   Regardless of your musical background, you may be more familiar with classical music than you think! Throughout the centuries, composers have created timeless works of art that continue to capture our hear … Read More

Test Yourself: 10 Classical Pieces Behind Modern-Day Songs
Don't care for classical? You might be surprised at how many modern-day singers and bands have borrowed from famous classical composers, and how many classical songs you'll instantly recognize because of it! Read on as Chicago, IL piano teacher Erin W. shares a few examples...   Regardless of your musical background, you may be more familiar with classical music than you think! Throughout the centuries, composers have created timeless works of art that continue to capture our hear
Do I Need to Learn Scales on the Ukulele?
New to the ukulele and curious if you'll need to learn scales? Music teacher Aaron B. shares the pros and cons of studying ukulele scales... The ukulele is mostly a chordal instrument and usually does not play solos or single note melody lines. So, the use of scale patterns on the neck is not essential. However, knowledge of scales and harmony is absolutely essential in the comprehension of music. Scales help us understand which notes work well together and why. Each key has its own innate
10 Wacky Ways to Improve Your Posture for Better Violin Playing
Proper posture is essential for good violin playing. Standing or sitting up straight not only improves tone production and control, but it also prevents injury and discomfort. Many violin players, however, struggle with their posture, which can lead to poor technique and cause both short and long term injuries. Not to mention you'll end up looking like Quasimodo. Poor posture can be a result of many things, such as sitting or standing without interruption for long periods of time, lack
Need for Speed: 5 Piano Finger Exercises to Increase Speed
Do you have a need for speed? Below, piano teacher Ryan C. shares some piano finger exercises that will help you increase speed when playing the piano... What makes a great pianist fun to watch? Is it his or her sense of musicality and his or her ability to play gorgeous music with apparent ease? I think both. However, there is another skill that really makes a pianist great…speed! Have you ever watched an amazing pianist play ridiculously fast and wondered to yourself: “How in the
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

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