Learning Guitar: Understanding Minor and 7th Chords
What are minor and 7th chords anyway? TakeLessons teacher Brian T. breaks down the music theory behind building these chords...
Learning guitar chords is one of the early challenges of learning the guitar. Very often a new student will find themselves presented with a host of fingering patterns that make little sense. "Why this set of frets and not that one?" the student wonders "Why, when I move my E major down a string does it become A minor?" With just a bit of music theory and a willi
3 Handy Open Mic Tips for Guitarists' Eyes Only
Guitarists, are you ready to hit the stage at a local open mic? Polish your performance with these tips from guitar teacher Samuel B....
Performing (like songwriting) is a craft at which any dedicated musician can excel. It requires no prerequisites only the desire to share your talent and creations.
My high school music teacher once said Thomas Edison misappropriated the original purpose of music by inventing machinery to record it that nothing can replace your experience of seeing it
Self-Conscious About Your Singing? Try These 3 Tips
Wondering how to get over stage fright when singing? Or even just feeling comfortable with singing in front of a small group? Check out these helpful tips from North Hollywood, CA teacher Jackie B...
As a lifelong musical theater performer and owner of a big, brassy voice I often hear people complain to me that they wish they had talent or lament the fact that they are tone deaf and therefore unable to enjoy singing. While I can appreciate the fact that people are born with
Introduction to Proper Violin Posture
You may feel that learning the violin is all about playing the right notes at the right time. It is to an extent. But in order to learn the various techniques and play for longer periods of time, there are other skills that every student needs to master too, and that includes proper violin posture.
Because it affects all areas of violin playing, such as tone, intonation, bow hold and stroke, as well as shifting, all violin technique is built around proper violin posture. If you ignore or forg
9 Easy Jazz Piano Songs to Learn Today [Video Tutorials]
Interested in learning jazz? Try your hand at some of these easy jazz songs, recommended by piano teacher Heather L...
Like many other music styles, jazz has seen its phases. It's gone from being the most popular genre in America, to the least popular, and now to something that almost everyone appreciates. And yet most piano students feel so intimidated by jazz that they don't even try learning it.
I'm here to tell you: give it a shot! Below, I've compiled a list of nine easy