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Basics of Piano: What Should I Expect at My First Piano Lesson?

Basics of Piano: What Should I Expect at My First Piano Lesson?

Nervous about your first piano lesson? You're not alone! It's only natural. The piano is a daunting instrument - so many keys, so little time! But we'd like to let you in on a secret: there's nothing to be nervous about. With a little bit of preparation, you can start your piano-playing journey without any worries whatsoever. How to Prepare First of all, relax. It all comes down to your mindset. Before your first lesson, think about your goals. Do you want to someday play at Carnegie Hall? D … Read More

Basics of Piano: What Should I Expect at My First Piano Lesson?
Nervous about your first piano lesson? You're not alone! It's only natural. The piano is a daunting instrument - so many keys, so little time! But we'd like to let you in on a secret: there's nothing to be nervous about. With a little bit of preparation, you can start your piano-playing journey without any worries whatsoever. How to Prepare First of all, relax. It all comes down to your mindset. Before your first lesson, think about your goals. Do you want to someday play at Carnegie Hall? D
6 Fun and Unique Ways to Learn Music Theory
Staring at the Circle of Fifths and memorizing key signatures isn't the only way to learn music theory! Here, Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T. shares some creative ideas to revive your learning...   Music theory is a very important part of your musicianship, whether it be mastering ear training, harmony, or sight reading. No matter what instrument you play or what styles you enjoy, those who learn music theory grow further as musicians. A solid knowledge can help you improve your perform
Singing Tips: How to Sing Into a Microphone
As a vocalist, there are many core techniques to learn in order to excel at your craft. From proper breathing and support to tone, range, and pitch, mastering the art of singing takes practice and dedication. One of the singing tips that is frequently overlooked is microphone technique. All of your hard work can be undone if you’re not comfortable with microphone technique. The moment you sing into a microphone your acoustic voice becomes an electric instrument. Even with the best vocal techniq
5 Easy Songs for Kids to Play On Guitar
Are your kids looking for easy songs to play on guitar? Get them started with these great suggestions from guitar teacher Willy M.... That first guitar lesson is critical for establishing a love of playing in our students, but most of the time teachers approach the instrument as though we need to prepare the student for the worst. "It will be difficult... You have to put in a lot of practice... Your fingers will hurt, etc." These things only serve to discourage the student and the parent, who
5 Stereotypes Lead Singers Face (& How to Overcome Them)
Do you sing with a band? If so, you may have been wrongfully accused of one of the many stereotypes lead singers face -- even if you're always on your best behavior! Here, St. Augustine, FL voice teacher Heather L. shares her tips for proving them wrong...   I'm the lead singer -- uh, make that the only singer -- of two bands, an acoustic duo and a guitar/drum/piano/mandolin group. And as much fun as I have in each rehearsal, and as well as I get along with my bandmates, being a lead

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