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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
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
Why Your Daughter Shouldn’t Sing (ONLY) Taylor Swift Music
Is your daughter begging you for voice lessons, so she can learn to sing just like Taylor Swift? Awesome! But she also shouldn’t be limiting herself to the pop-country crooner. Read on as Nashville teacher Heather E. explains why… Lets get this straight right off the bat - I don’t hate Taylor Swift.  I think she’s a great performer, a great businesswoman, and her early songs (the ones she wrote herself) are pretty good.  If your daughter is looking for a role model, TSwift’s story of stardom wi
How to Tell if Your Old Piano is Worth Restoring
Are you curious about how to restore a piano that's been sitting in your basement or storage unit unused? Was an old piano passed down to you, and you're not quite sure how to make it playable? Here, Katy, TX music teacher Zachary A. shares his advice...   A piano is not only a part of the art of music, it is also a work of art itself. The machine is extremely complex and has thousands of moving parts. The piano is also one of the few instruments out there that has stood the test of t
Videos: 4 Super-Effective Left-Hand Piano Exercises
Struggling with your left-hand piano technique? Don't worry -- it's a common challenge for beginners. Follow along with the videos in this post as teacher Liz T. shares a few helpful exercises...    One of the hardest parts about playing the piano is coordinating your two hands. Often your left hand and your right hand will be playing different notes and rhythms, and it can be really frustrating for beginners! You might also find you have one hand that is stronger than the othe
The One Thing You MUST Master Before Learning to Sing
What's the key to being the best vocalist you can be? Before you begin learning to sing, make sure you have the right attitude! Here, Tucson, AZ and online teacher Lourdes C. explains what that means...   I have been engaged in vocal training now for two decades now and, without fail, at a particular stage in their training all my students experience the same roadblock: like clockwork, they stall when they realize that learning to sing requires a thicker-than-thick skin. It sta

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