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Blues Guitar Basics: How to Play a Blues Shuffle

Blues Guitar Basics: How to Play a Blues Shuffle

Ready to learn to play blues guitar? This lesson from guitar teacher James W. is the perfect place to start... What is a shuffle, anyway? A shuffle is a rhythm of 8th notes played in triplets, essentially playing 3/4 time over a 4/4 beat to make the music swing. Blues, pop, jazz, and rock musicians all use the shuffle. The blues shuffle is a fun pattern that is simple to absorb into your playing across many genres of music. Think of pop, rock, big band, and blues as being a part of the sam … Read More

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3 Fun Rhythm Guitar Patterns So You Can Learn to Sing and Play
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How to Create Unique and Catchy Guitar Chord Progressions
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Guitar in Lancaster

Lancaster may be in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, but it’s also a nationally-recognized musical hotspot that features plenty of live music venues, concerts, and musical theatre performances. If you’re taking singing lessons in Lancaster, PA, you’re in the enviable position of being able to see and participate in performances with some amazing musicians all year round!

Taking vocal lessons with a qualified teacher is a wonderful way to perfect your craft, but formal lessons are only the beginning. You were probably inspired early on to start your studies by hearing a performer who made you want to learn how to sing. Perfecting your instrument involves much more than simple practice. It’s important to stay inspired and learn from others who are on the same journey. Attending live performances is a great way to further your studies, network with other musicians, and get inspired to continue your progress. Here are a few venues to check out after your singing lessons in Lancaster!

Live Music Venues

If you live in Lancaster and aspire to sing on the stage, you’re lucky to have the American Music Theatre right in your backyard! The AMT is a 1,600-seat theatre that hosts over 300 live performances and concerts every year. From Broadway musicals to top-name country music stars, the AMT has hosted Grammy, CMA, and Tony award-winning vocalists. If musical theatre is your thing, the AMT is a great place to check out a show!

Lancaster is also home to The Chameleon Club. Established in 1985, it has become a cultural institution in Lancaster City. The Chameleon put Lancaster squarely on the national radar for its commitment to live, original music. In the 90s, MTV ranked Lancaster as the #2 music industry hot spot (second only to Seattle) to see live, original music and the hottest up-and-coming bands perform! It’s still bringing the best national-touring rock and pop vocalists to town and is a great place to check out your favorite singers. The Lizard Lounge is located below The Chameleon and features many emerging local and national artists six nights a week.

If your taste runs to more traditional folk or Celtic music, Tellus360 is a traditional Irish pub in Downtown Lancaster that features live traditional Irish, Celtic, and Folk music from local, national, and international-touring artists almost every night of the week! If you’re ready to jump on the stage yourself, Tellus360 also features a weekly Tuesday Night “Old-Time Jam” session where you can just show up and join in on the fun!

Local Colleges to See Live Performances

The Lancaster Conservatory of Music has been providing classical training to young musicians since its founding in 1940. Students participate in a variety of musical programs including recitals, ensembles, and chamber music concerts. If you love classical music, Lancaster Conservatory offers a number of concerts where you can hear talented young vocalists throughout the year!

Franklin & Marshall College offers an extensive program that includes the College Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Jazz Ensemble which all feature talented vocal performers. With many performances throughout the academic year, it’s a great place to hear some amazing singers and network with the performers after the show!

 

If you’re looking for inspiration after taking your singing lessons in Lancaster, these are just a few of the opportunities to catch a live performance that Lancaster has to offer! Check your local listings for other great live music venues in Lancaster and surrounding communities.

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