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Guitar Master's Guide: How to Hold a Guitar Pick

For a beginning guitarist, the proper pick-hold is one of the most important things to master right off the bat. Grip too hard or in the wrong position, and you could wind up tense, in pain, and with a bad sound. Hold your pick too loosely however, and it could fly out of your hand! Luckily for you, learning how to hold a guitar pick the right way is easy. Plus, once you master your guitar picking posture, it will be easier to learn more techniques down the road. To get started, you'll want t … Read More
Guitar Master's Guide: How to Hold a Guitar Pick
For a beginning guitarist, the proper pick-hold is one of the most important things to master right off the bat. Grip too hard or in the wrong position, and you could wind up tense, in pain, and with a bad sound. Hold your pick too loosely however, and it could fly out of your hand! Luckily for you, learning how to hold a guitar pick the right way is easy. Plus, once you master your guitar picking posture, it will be easier to learn more techniques down the road. To get started, you'll want t
10 Free Guitar Videos to Help You Get Started
Whether you're looking for an extra challenge between guitar lessons, or you need a refresher on some basic guitar concepts, YouTube is a treasure trove of instructional videos. But how do you find the best ones when there are so many free guitar videos out there? Follow these recommendations from guitar teacher Milton J.... Congratulations on your decision to take guitar lessons! This incredible instrument has given me joy beyond belief ever since I picked it up when I was 13 years old. As y
How to Sing While Breaking a Sweat: Tips for Triple Threats
John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, and Catherine Zeta-Jones are just a few of the Hollywood celebrities known for being "triple threats"--skilled in singing, dancing, and acting. Here, Corona, CA teacher Milton J. shares his tips for reaching their superstar status...   So you've decided to take vocal lessons to learn how to sing better, but the buck doesn't just stop there for your own ambitions. You have your eyes set on the stage and the screen, and you won’t stop until you're there.
Crafting Piano Scores | 3 Tips to Get Started
Want to learn about writing your own piano scores? Find out how to get started in this guest post by New Paltz, NY teacher Cheryl E...   Being a pianist comes in very handy--and not just at family holiday parties when your in-laws are bellowing "Deck The Halls" in your ear as you try to keep some sense of rhythm. The piano is a versatile instrument that allows even the most novice composers to explore a full spectrum of dynamics, textures, and pitch range. No matter what you're
20 Fun Songs to Sing at Your Next Karaoke Night (With Links!)
Karaoke is a fun activity for everyone, and it’s a great chance to practice singing. However, if your mind goes blank at the bar, you're not alone! Song ideas aren't always easy to come up with. Check out our ideas below for fun songs to sing at your next karaoke night: 1. The Beatles – “Twist and Shout” Practically every song by these guys is bound to be a hit, which can make it hard to choose! Stand out from the crowd (everyone's heard "Hey, Jude" enough) with "Twist and Shout", or a more dr

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