Guitarist Wanted: Life as a Musician for Hire
Your days of bedroom jam sessions are over -- it's time to start your music career and hit the road! In this article, traveling musician and guitar teacher Nick K. discusses his experience with guitar gigs and gives you tips on how to make them successful...
I'm what they call a "hired gun." That's a cool title for what's otherwise referred to as a traveling performer or musician for hire. I've done a lot of touring with a great group called The Three Degrees.
They had worldw
Learning Piano? The Secret to Practicing Smarter, Not Harder
What's the best way to practice piano pieces? When you start learning more complicated songs, it's easy for frustration to creep in. Get back on track with these helpful tips from Brooklyn, NY music teacher Elizabeth A...
When I was a young girl first taking piano lessons, I was determined to learn each piece perfectly. I sat down at the piano to practice, and played through my assignment from start to finish.
I can do better than that, I thought to myself.
And so I play
The Ultimate List of Violin Solos [Video Tutorials]
Whether you're a beginner or an advanced violinist, it's important to be armed with a number of solo pieces to play. Here, violin teacher Naomi Cherie S. put together an in-depth guide to violin solos for players of all levels...
With thousands of pieces to choose from, the world of music can be overwhelming! In this handy reference guide, we've picked some of our favorite violin solos and categorized them according to skill and experience level.
From easy songs to intermediate selecti
Introduction to Proper Violin Posture
You may feel that learning the violin is all about playing the right notes at the right time. It is to an extent. But in order to learn the various techniques and play for longer periods of time, there are other skills that every student needs to master too, and that includes proper violin posture.
Because it affects all areas of violin playing, such as tone, intonation, bow hold and stroke, as well as shifting, all violin technique is built around proper violin posture. If you ignore or forg
10 Sure-Fire Ways to Improve Your Violin Bow Hold [Video]
If you want to be a successful violinist, you need to learn proper technique, and that starts with your violin bow hold. Unfortunately, it's easy to pick up bad habits. Austin, TX violin teacher Naomi S. is here to help; follow this guide to master your violin bow hold and improve your sound...
Proper violin bow hold is imperative to building a foundation as a budding violinist, but bow hold can be one of the most challenging aspects to master on the violin. Your bow hold affects your bow