Two Uncomplicated Ways of Transforming Your Guitar Sound
Are you stuck in a musical rut? New tunings and tricks can help you keep learning guitar in fresh, fun ways. Try one of these great tips from guitar teacher Samuel B. to breathe new life into your guitar playing...
One of the first things I tell any new student is that I don't specialize in a formal discipline. If jazz or classical training is your objective, then I'm not your guy. Instead, I specialize primarily in American roots music (that which we tend to casually lump together as "folk"
Voice Therapy for Singers: How to Know When to Get Help
As a singer, your instrument--your voice--requires special care and precautions to avoid injuries. But what if the damage is already done? What symptoms should you watch out for, and when is it time to look into voice therapy? Learn more in this guest post by Corona, CA teacher Milton J...
As singers, we understand that the voice is an instrument all of its own. Furthermore, we should also understand that our voice is a muscle that requires its own workout, and is subject to i
TakeLessons Community Shout Outs Week of 5/16/14
Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. Were thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so wed like to share these messages with you. Here's this week's shout out!
Debbie S. in Simi Valley, CA, wrote, "My student Janae has successfully passed her Certificate of Merit test in playing, theory, ear training in technique. Congratulations Janae!"
James W. in Jacksonville, FL, wrote, "My student Carla N. is doing great, she has expanded he
5 Ways Microphones Have Changed the Music Industry
If you've ever stepped on stage to perform, you may not have thought much about the microphone you're about to use. But its history is actually pretty interesting, as music recording equipment has developed drastically since the first condenser microphone came on the market. These changes have made a big impact on the music industry as a whole, and, for better or worse, are here to stay.
Without outside amplification, the loudest musician wins every time. But when you int
5 Blues Guitar Secrets That Will Make You a Better Player
Learning how to play blues guitar? Pay extra attention to these five things from guitar teacher Mike B....
1. In Tune Bends
The blues guitar style is full of bending strings. Bends, as well as hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides, give guitarists the ability to imitate the way singers use various inflections while singing melodies. However, unlike hammers-ons and slides, bends are not guaranteed to be in tune. Since there is nothing worse than an out-of-tune bend in the climax of a great solo,