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Age or Aptitude: When to Start Violin Lessons

Age or Aptitude: When to Start Violin Lessons

Some start optimistically young, others driven by passion start much later in life, but when is the right time to start violin lessons? Like any other form of art, there’s simply no black or white when it comes to exploring music. The right time to start can’t be measured exclusively by age. Some ambitious parents start their kids at the age of two, and while many go off to become YouTube sensations, a whole lot more tend to give up by the age of five. So what should you consider before diving … Read More

Age or Aptitude: When to Start Violin Lessons
Some start optimistically young, others driven by passion start much later in life, but when is the right time to start violin lessons? Like any other form of art, there’s simply no black or white when it comes to exploring music. The right time to start can’t be measured exclusively by age. Some ambitious parents start their kids at the age of two, and while many go off to become YouTube sensations, a whole lot more tend to give up by the age of five. So what should you consider before diving
Six Helpful Pointers For Learning To Play Guitar Solos
What kind of preparation, thought, and practice goes into creating the best guitar solos? Take these six tips from Austin guitar teacher Samuel B. and you'll be well on your way to guitar glory... In reality, there's probably no way to effectively teach someone to improvise. At this point in the curriculum, the student is ready to begin exploring that mysterious terrain known as expression. Though the parameters (an understanding of guitar scales and corresponding keys) are necessities, y
Kids' Piano Lessons: How Often Should My Child Practice?
Wondering how to best provide support and encouragement for your kids' piano lessons, particularly when it comes to practicing? Here's some great advice from Augustine, FL piano teacher Heather L...   When it comes to kids' piano lessons, how often should a student be practicing? This is a common question that I've often received over the years. Parents find the best instructors for their children, invest time and resources in their music education, but aren't sure quite what to d
5 Singing Auditions Gone Wrong - And How to Bounce Back
We've all had one at some point or another - a bad audition. You prepare like crazy for that singing competition that you swear up and down you're going to nail. However, despite 30 minutes of scales first thing in the morning and an entire day in line spent practicing, you walk into the audition with your head held oh-so-high only to walk out feeling like your head was handed back to you on a lovely silver platter. Below are a few singers who didn't quite measure up to the singing competitio
How to Improvise on Piano and Keyboard | Exercises for Beginners
Forgo the sheet music and try your hand at improvising! Get started with this exercise from Tucker, GA teacher Linda L...   Improvising, in music, is making up your own music on the spot. It is truly “playing with” music, in the more common sense of the word “play.” It’s fun, creative, and, well, playful. When it comes to piano improvisation, I tend to think of jazz, blues, and rock. But one can definitely improvise in any musical style. There is a lot you can learn when it

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