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6 Tips for Singing and Playing the Piano at the Same Time

6 Tips for Singing and Playing the Piano at the Same Time

Artists like Billy Joel and Elton John may make it look effortless, but singing and playing the piano at the same time takes time and practice to truly master! Understandably, it’s difficult because you’re multitasking by "playing" two instruments simultaneously – your voice and the piano. It’s easy to lose concentration on one, while the other goes a little off; if you focus on your voice, you might mess up the timing with your fingers, and should you pay too much attention to the piano key … Read More

6 Tips for Singing and Playing the Piano at the Same Time
Artists like Billy Joel and Elton John may make it look effortless, but singing and playing the piano at the same time takes time and practice to truly master! Understandably, it’s difficult because you’re multitasking by "playing" two instruments simultaneously – your voice and the piano. It’s easy to lose concentration on one, while the other goes a little off; if you focus on your voice, you might mess up the timing with your fingers, and should you pay too much attention to the piano key
50 Best Blues Piano Songs (+ Steps to Play the Blues!)
Curious about blues piano artists and songs? This genre is a ton of fun to play, and a great way to diverge from the classical piano you might be used to playing. Read on for our favorite famous blues piano songs for beginners to check out, as well as some tips to help you play the blues! 50 Best Blues Piano Songs 1) Boogie Woogie Stomp — Albert Ammons 2) Rock Little Baby — Cecil Gant 3) Steppin' Out — Memphis Slim 4) The Snow Is Falling — Ray Charles 5) Heavy Heart Blues — Champio
Why Are There Different Violin Sizes, and Why Does it Matter?
One of the main concerns that violin students and their parents typically have is purchasing the right-sized violin. Obviously you can't give a five-year-old a full-size violin and expect him or her to be able to handle the instrument. And once kids are in their teenage years, trying to keep up with growth spurts can be extremely difficult, especially considering how much violins cost. Even adults can run into problems when selecting the right size. Fortunately, after a little research, selectin
The New York Jazz Scene: Venues, Festivals, and More
Nothing goes together better than New York and jazz. New York was and is the home to many masters of America’s contribution to the world of music. From the earliest days of jazz, musicians like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and John Coltrane made their mark on New York jazz. Even today, New York jazz is alive and well. It’s possible to see incredible musicians, both masters and the up-and-coming stars, playing amazing music 7 nights a week. Here are a few of the best places to experience jazz in
5 Problem Solving Games to Keep Your Kids Busy
Problem solving games and activities are a great way to keep your little ones entertained, but also exercising their minds! Here are five classic games to whip out the next time you need to fill the time: 1. A Trip Around the World Tell your kids you’d like to go on a wild trip around the world, and you would like them to help you plan it. To begin, pull out a map, or draw your own. Name a place starting with "A" that can serve as your starting point, and ask them to name a place near it tha

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