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What Are the Steps to Learning the Piano?

What Are the Steps to Learning the Piano?

Learning to play an instrument can bring so much joy into your life. And the great thing about music is you’re never too old to start! If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano, but aren’t sure where to begin, read on. We’ll explore the first steps to learning piano, from whether you should rent or buy your first instrument to how to find a great teacher! Setting Clear Goals The very first step is to determine and set some goals. Understanding and setting realistic goals is the … Read More

What Are the Steps to Learning the Piano?
Learning to play an instrument can bring so much joy into your life. And the great thing about music is you’re never too old to start! If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano, but aren’t sure where to begin, read on. We’ll explore the first steps to learning piano, from whether you should rent or buy your first instrument to how to find a great teacher! Setting Clear Goals The very first step is to determine and set some goals. Understanding and setting realistic goals is the
Peter Matthew Bauer of The Walkmen Talks Living Room Shows and Liberation!
Growing up on indie rock, The Walkmen were among my favorite bands in high school and college. Though they are now on "extreme hiatus", members of the band continue to make great music that I can love as an adult too. The band's bassist Peter Matthew Bauer embarked on a solo career with his 2014 album Liberation!, an album that pairs spiritual themes and literary references with catchy rock hooks and psychedelic vibes. I got the chance to talk with Bauer about his musical background, his s
3 Tips for Playing Loudly (and Beautifully) at the Piano
Piano dynamics indicate more than just playing softly or loudly -- there's actual technique involved that you'll need to learn! Here, New York, NY piano teacher Nadia B. shares her tips to keep in mind...   You're approaching a passage with the word 'fortissimo' written on the music, and you're building up to a musical climax. As you feel the power of the music, you want to play loudly, but when you do, it doesn't sound as beautiful as you imagined. Playing loudly at the piano is easy
Video: How to Strum a Ukulele for Beginners
In order to play any stringed instrument (like a ukulele), you have to learn how to strum! Not quite sure which technique to use? In this article and video, Winston Salem, NC teacher Willy M. shows you how to strum a ukulele...  Today we're going to take a closer look at how to strum a ukulele. I have also included a video to show you the proper technique. Before we get into strumming specifics, let's review how to hold a ukulele and how to tune a ukulele.   How to Tune a Uku
9 Outside-of-the-Box Vocal Warm Ups to Try
Properly preparing your voice is a crucial step to having a successful performance; however, it's not always about scales and arpeggios! As a singer, your entire body is your instrument - so you'll want to make sure you're fully warmed up, from head to toe, as well as mentally. Consider adding these outside-the-box vocal warm-ups to get the full effect: 1.  Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks Try to consume as little caffeine as possible before doing your vocal warm ups, and avoid ice cold drinks

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