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Learning Classical Guitar: Can I Use Tabs or Should I Read Music?

Whether you're brand new to guitar, or just new to classical guitar, you might be wondering, "what's the deal with tabs and sheet music?" Let guitar teacher Raymond L. clear up the fog and put you on the right path to classical guitar success... To get started, let's be sure to clearly distinguish standard musical notation from what we call nowadays "tab" notation. What is Tab? The name tab, or guitar tab, is derived from tablature, a form of musical notation indicating fingering and fr … Read More
Learning Classical Guitar: Can I Use Tabs or Should I Read Music?
Whether you're brand new to guitar, or just new to classical guitar, you might be wondering, "what's the deal with tabs and sheet music?" Let guitar teacher Raymond L. clear up the fog and put you on the right path to classical guitar success... To get started, let's be sure to clearly distinguish standard musical notation from what we call nowadays "tab" notation. What is Tab? The name tab, or guitar tab, is derived from tablature, a form of musical notation indicating fingering and fr
6 Perfect Graduation Songs to Sing Along With
Gearing up for graduation? Congratulations! Whether you're putting on a performance or simply need to load up your party playlist, here are some of the top graduation songs, rounded up by Hayward, CA voice teacher Molly R... Editor's Note: Updated post for 2016 - even MORE recommendations for graduation songs to sing! It’s May, and before you know it we’re getting into another very busy time of year! One of the things we have to look forward to is graduations galore (how did it get to be the e
What are the Best Songs to Learn on Piano for Pop & Rock Fans?
Everyone who plays a musical instrument encounters stumbling blocks or hurdles from time to time. From beginners who have spent the last few months perfecting scales and the simple melodies in nursery rhymes all the way to professional musicians who are performing concertos in packed concert halls throughout the country, every piano player experience setbacks at some point. Boredom from practicing the same style of music over and over is especially common - the trick is to catch that feeling be
How to Improve Your Piano Practice With a Metronome
Do you want to take your piano practice to the next level? Below, piano teacher Julie P. shares tips on how to use a piano metronome to help improve your playing... If you’re serious about improving your piano playing, you might want to consider using a piano metronome during your practice sessions. Metronomes are great for developing a strong internal beat and testing yourself on how accurately you play your music. Not sure what exactly a metronome is, or how to use it? Below is a
5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Violin Lessons
Have you always wanted to learn to play a violin? In-home violin lessons are a convenient option for students of all ages. Here, Irvine, CA teacher Tasha S. shares her advice for preparing your playing space for your lessons...   From a teacher's point of view, these are the elements I look for in a student's home to make it suitable for in-home lessons. 1. Private, undisturbed space with decent acoustics. 2. Music stand that is sturdy and height adjustable. 3. Chair without arms

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