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5 Ways To Prepare For Bluegrass Guitar Lessons

5 Ways To Prepare For Bluegrass Guitar Lessons

Starting bluegrass guitar lessons is fun and exciting, and odds are you'll have a lot to learn! Guitar teacher Samuel B. shares a few things you'll want to do before you get started... Bluegrass is as much a piece of American musical culture as jazz, blues, country, gospel and early rock and roll. All of these styles (save for jazz) are based on the same three chords: C, F and G7th. Three of these styles (blues, country and gospel) are based on a slow rhythm that allows the guitarist room to ex … Read More

5 Ways To Prepare For Bluegrass Guitar Lessons
Starting bluegrass guitar lessons is fun and exciting, and odds are you'll have a lot to learn! Guitar teacher Samuel B. shares a few things you'll want to do before you get started... Bluegrass is as much a piece of American musical culture as jazz, blues, country, gospel and early rock and roll. All of these styles (save for jazz) are based on the same three chords: C, F and G7th. Three of these styles (blues, country and gospel) are based on a slow rhythm that allows the guitarist room to ex
The 4-Letter Acronym All Aspiring Singers Need to Know
Want to be a better singer and performer? Vocalists have a lot to think about, both before and during a performance. Here, Baltimore, MD voice teacher DeTrece L. breaks down the basics in an easy-to-remember acronym...   Many students have asked me how I sing with so much passion and color, regardless of the genre. My answer has always been the same: Let your heart sing! Vocalists are the only musicians who do not have the option of making actual, physical contact with their in
Wanna Be a Music Major? 10 Guitar Strategies for a Successful College Audition
Is a music major in your academic future? Guitar teacher Brett M. shares 10 things you need to know to have a great guitar audition at the music college of your choice... If you’re a guitarist who’s planning to continue your music education at the college level, then this may be one of the most important articles you could ever read. In fact, it’s something that I wish I could have read, before auditioning and (luckily) getting accepted into Berklee College of Music over a dozen years 
10 Inspirational Quotes from Famous Violin Players
Do you need a little inspiration to get you through your violin lessons? When learning a new instrument, especially one as complex as the violin, it's normal to feel frustrated or defeated. Even the most famous violin players have felt insecure about their playing at one point or another during their career. Instead of admitting defeat and giving up, it's important that you overcome these feelings of frustration and remember the many reasons why you first started playing the violin. Below are
Too Many Piano Key Neckties and 14 More Problems Only Pianists Understand
No matter how much you love playing the piano, it can also drive you crazy! Can you relate to these common piano problems? 1. When you're practicing and you need to turn the page. Someone please invent a way to turn the page without having to stop playing! Luckily, if you own an iPad, a music app like forScore can help organize your music and turn the pages while you play. 2. When your fingers won't listen to you. Sometimes you know in your head exactly what you need to do to

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