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Master Ukulele Chords: Your Guide to D, Dm, and D7

Master Ukulele Chords: Your Guide to D, Dm, and D7

For many beginners, the D chord will be one of the first ukulele chords you learn how to play. However, you may not learn at first that the D chord can be played in several different positions, and in variations such as D minor (notated as Dm) and D seventh (notated as D7). Choosing the best position to play a particular chord during a song depends on its proximity to other chords in the song and the sound you want to achieve. When you are making chord changes, it always helps to choose the f … Read More

Master Ukulele Chords: Your Guide to D, Dm, and D7
For many beginners, the D chord will be one of the first ukulele chords you learn how to play. However, you may not learn at first that the D chord can be played in several different positions, and in variations such as D minor (notated as Dm) and D seventh (notated as D7). Choosing the best position to play a particular chord during a song depends on its proximity to other chords in the song and the sound you want to achieve. When you are making chord changes, it always helps to choose the f
10 Guitar Exercises and Tips for Building Muscle Memory
  Did you know that by programming your muscle memory, you can make playing the guitar feel more natural, and even improve your technique? Guitar teacher Michael N. shares 10 guitar exercises and tips to help you build up your muscle memory... 1. Understand muscle memory Every instrument player uses muscle memory. Every day activities like driving, riding a bicycle, and even typing this article,  are easier because of muscle memory. Remember to continue slow, correct, and “meaningful” practic
How Do You Sing with Vibrato? Tips for Beginners
How do you sing with vibrato? Find out how to develop your technique in this guest post by Hayward, CA teacher Molly R...   One of the main things beginning singers tend to worry about is lack of vibrato. “How do I make it happen?” they ask... sometimes at the first lesson. I usually make it very clear right away that you cannot force vibrato! If you do, you can easily damage your voice or create a very ugly “wobble." Vibrato is something you have to LET happen. Here are some t
What's the Best Guitar Tuner? | An Introduction to Electronic Tuners
With so many options for guitar tuners out there, which type is best for you? Read on as Los Angeles, CA guitar teacher Nils B. reviews the pros and cons for several types...   The abundance of options and technical terms in combination with big price differences between tuning devices can be quite overwhelming for any beginning guitar or bassist, so in this article I will give a brief overview of some of the best guitar tuners, and their respective pros and cons. Most electronic g
How to Become a Piano Technician | Skills and Demands
If you have a natural curiosity for how things work, then you've probably spent more than a few moments' thought on not just the general maintenance of your piano, but also piano tuning. Unlike a string instrument, where a few pegs allow you to tune your instrument, piano tuning requires a professional. What Does a Piano Technician Do? A piano technician doesn't just tune your piano; he or she will carry out repairs and maintenance to allow you to get the best out of your instrument, and eve

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