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Introduction to Ragtime Piano: 5 Iconic Pieces to Know

Introduction to Ragtime Piano: 5 Iconic Pieces to Know

Curious about ragtime piano music? Read on as music teacher James W. shares a quick introduction to the genre, and the 5 iconic pieces you should know!  Ragtime piano music is characterized by its syncopated rhythm, which simply means that the accent is unexpectedly placed on the off beat, like the 2nd beat and the 4th beat in a 4/4 time rhythm. This “offbeat” style became famous at the turn of the 20th century with songs written by Scott Joplin like “The Entertainer” and “Maple Leaf Rag”, … Read More

Introduction to Ragtime Piano: 5 Iconic Pieces to Know
Curious about ragtime piano music? Read on as music teacher James W. shares a quick introduction to the genre, and the 5 iconic pieces you should know!  Ragtime piano music is characterized by its syncopated rhythm, which simply means that the accent is unexpectedly placed on the off beat, like the 2nd beat and the 4th beat in a 4/4 time rhythm. This “offbeat” style became famous at the turn of the 20th century with songs written by Scott Joplin like “The Entertainer” and “Maple Leaf Rag”,
How Often Should You Tune a Piano?
Just as you go to the doctor for check-ups from time to time, your piano needs maintenance and care throughout its life. You may notice, especially if you have a keen ear or a tendency to sing along with your practice, that your piano drops in pitch, particularly during the summer and winter months. This is because your piano is mostly made of wood, and your wooden soundboard will contract when the weather is drier -- or the heating is on! -- and cause the pitch of the strings to drop. While k
Play Like a Pro: 7 Cool Rock Guitar Licks from Legendary Players
Playing famous guitar solos and licks can be really fun. Plus, if you're hoping to impress someone, a well-known lick can go a long way. We've picked out a handful of rock guitar licks that sound great and are at an intermediate level of difficulty. All of them were originally played on an electric guitar with a set level of distortion and overdrive, but feel free to add your own twist. Try playing them with a clean sound, or even on an acoustic guitar if you want to try a different sound.
Guide to Proper Piano Hand Position [Infographic]
  Learning the proper piano hand position is essential for both beginner and accomplished piano players. Below piano teacher, Ryan C. shares some tips and exercises on how to perfect your piano hand placement... If you were to sit down at a piano right now and throw your hands on the keys, how would they land? Would your fingers be curved or flat? How would your wrist look relative to your arm? Would you feel any tension in your shoulder or would you feel relaxed? Consideration
Why Your Daughter Shouldn’t Sing (ONLY) Taylor Swift Music
Is your daughter begging you for voice lessons, so she can learn to sing just like Taylor Swift? Awesome! But she also shouldn’t be limiting herself to the pop-country crooner. Read on as Nashville teacher Heather E. explains why… Lets get this straight right off the bat - I don’t hate Taylor Swift.  I think she’s a great performer, a great businesswoman, and her early songs (the ones she wrote herself) are pretty good.  If your daughter is looking for a role model, TSwift’s story of stardom wi

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