Do I Need to Learn Scales on the Ukulele?
New to the ukulele and curious if you'll need to learn scales? Music teacher Aaron B. shares the pros and cons of studying ukulele scales...
The ukulele is mostly a chordal instrument and usually does not play solos or single note melody lines. So, the use of scale patterns on the neck is not essential. However, knowledge of scales and harmony is absolutely essential in the comprehension of music.
Scales help us understand which notes work well together and why. Each key has its own innate
5 Contemporary Songs to Learn How to Play Piano by Ear
Can your favorite contemporary songs help you learn how to play piano by ear? They sure can! Check out how to get started in this guest post by Corona, CA teacher Milton J...
Recently, I started teaching a new piano student who simply wanted to play his favorite pop songs by both ear and sight to not only become a better pianist, but to be the life of the party for his friends. I loved his goal and made sure he knew about the great ways of learning how to play piano by ear using the p
7 Tips to Master Staccato on the Piano
As you learn how to play piano notes, chords, scales, and songs, at some point you'll come across the term "staccato." What exactly does it mean, and how do you play it? Read on as New Paltz, NY teacher Cheryl E. shares her helpful tips...
Mastering staccato on the piano can be extremely beneficial, not only for performance of staccato passages but also for using it as a tool to help you memorize legato segments, improve your dexterity and finger strength, and smooth out your p
6 Perfect Graduation Songs to Sing Along With
Gearing up for graduation? Congratulations! Whether you're putting on a performance or simply need to load up your party playlist, here are some of the top graduation songs, rounded up by Hayward, CA voice teacher Molly R...
Editor's Note: Updated post for 2016 - even MORE recommendations for graduation songs to sing!
Its May, and before you know it were getting into another very busy time of year! One of the things we have to look forward to is graduations galore (how did it get to be the e
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