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9 Fundamental Tips That Will Change the Way You Play the Violin

The violin can be an incredibly rewarding instruments to play. For beginners, the road to success is riddled with lessons in patience and discipline, but when met with enthusiasm and the right guidance, the journey is certainly worthwhile! Many say that practice makes perfect, and while of course regular practice is a must, it does not guarantee perfection – in fact, improper practice can yield consistently poor results. So what are the fundamental hallmarks of proper violin practice, and how ca … Read More
9 Fundamental Tips That Will Change the Way You Play the Violin
The violin can be an incredibly rewarding instruments to play. For beginners, the road to success is riddled with lessons in patience and discipline, but when met with enthusiasm and the right guidance, the journey is certainly worthwhile! Many say that practice makes perfect, and while of course regular practice is a must, it does not guarantee perfection – in fact, improper practice can yield consistently poor results. So what are the fundamental hallmarks of proper violin practice, and how ca
Top 10 Violin Tuner Apps Reviewed
Have you ever showed up to violin lesson or a performance and realized that you completely forgot your violin tuner? If you answered “yes,” then you’re probably familiar with the feeling of having your stomach drop and your cheeks turn red. Keeping your violin in tune is extremely important. Not only does it ensure you get the best sound, but it also helps train your ear.  There are tons of ways in which you can tune a violin. However, many of them require a certain skill set or an
How Ukulele Artist Danielle Ate the Sandwich Built Her Music Career Online
If you've spent any time checking out rising musicians on YouTube, you've probably seen Danielle Ate the Sandwich's popular original songs or cover videos. Danielle is a uke-slinging singer-songwriter with a dash of comedy who touts inspirations like Paul Simon, Death Cab for Cutie, and Katy Perry. I got the chance to talk with Danielle today about her musical upbringing, writing the songs for her new album The Drawing Back of Curtains, and her personal journey of growing up as an artist
One Simple Thing That Will Make Your Guitar Solos Amazing
It takes a lot of skill to stand out as a guitarist. Here, guitar teacher Bernard M. shows you exactly what it takes to pull off an amazing solo and how you should approach phrasing... You may or may not be ready to play a guitar solo, but it's good to know what elements go into one. What is it that makes a great guitar solo? While there are many ways to answer this question, there is one crucial element that often goes overlooked by even the most experienced players: phrasing. Phrasin
15 MORE Easy Pop Songs for Piano | Piano Tutorials
You've already learned how to play 5 easy pop songs on the piano, but the fun doesn't stop there! Here, teacher Liz T. walks you through 15 more easy pop songs to play on piano...   Did you know that some of today’s most popular music can be easily played on the piano or keyboard? As a piano player, you may come across an event where playing popular songs is a good idea; it could be at a birthday party, nursing home, wedding, or another public event where people can enjoy your per

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