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Violin Notes: How to Read Sheet Music for Beginners

Violin Notes: How to Read Sheet Music for Beginners

The most valuable skill you can develop as a musician is learning to read music. While it’s possible to learn to play “by ear,” reading music opens up the world to you as an artist! There are many different ways to write music. Guitarists often read off of charts outlining the chord progressions for the song. Drummers have a rhythm chart showing them what to play. As a violinist, however, you'll most likely be reading off of violin sheet music. Standard sheet music is filled with directions … Read More

Violin Notes: How to Read Sheet Music for Beginners
The most valuable skill you can develop as a musician is learning to read music. While it’s possible to learn to play “by ear,” reading music opens up the world to you as an artist! There are many different ways to write music. Guitarists often read off of charts outlining the chord progressions for the song. Drummers have a rhythm chart showing them what to play. As a violinist, however, you'll most likely be reading off of violin sheet music. Standard sheet music is filled with directions
Guide to Playing the Violin: Where Should I Start?
Playing an instrument is something many people long to be able to do well. Music sooths the soul, and there is just something inspiring about being able to play songs on your own! If you’re ready to get started, then here are some tips for playing the violin:  Getting a Violin First things first: you’ll need an instrument! Think about whether renting or buying a violin is a better option for you, as well as if you’ll need a professional or student violin. If you’re in it for the long haul,
Intro to Classical Piano Music Styles [Infographic]
Curious about the history of classical piano music? Take a journey through history and learn about the four distinct musical periods in this lesson from Brooklyn, NY music teacher Julie P...   Musical styles are always shifting and developing. Throughout history, as musicians and famous piano composers experimented with sounds and instrument design, the music world expanded and more possibilities became evident. Early musicians started with simple melodies, sung in unison. But
Summer Bummer: 6 Warm-Weather Dangers for Singers
Are you paying attention to your vocal health? The summer season presents some unique challenges when it comes to caring for your voice. Learn a few summer tips for singers in this guest post by vocal teacher Elaina R...   Summer is in full-swing! The season of green grass, hot sun, pool parties, and BBQs is my favorite time of year. But as a singer, I also have to watch out for the special hazards that warmer weather brings. While winter is definitely a singer’s roughest seaso
What is Guitar Technique? And Why Does it Matter?
What's the deal with guitar technique anyway? Guitar teacher Alexander A. explains a few of the fundamentals and why they are so important... If your teacher is cracking the whip every lesson because your hands aren’t in the proper position you may be asking yourself, “Does my guitar teacher hate me?” The answer is “no” – at least, I certainly hope not! More than likely, your teacher is trying to make you a better player by guiding you to play with good technique. We’ll be looking at e

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