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5 Ways To Prepare For Bluegrass Guitar Lessons

5 Ways To Prepare For Bluegrass Guitar Lessons

Starting bluegrass guitar lessons is fun and exciting, and odds are you'll have a lot to learn! Guitar teacher Samuel B. shares a few things you'll want to do before you get started... Bluegrass is as much a piece of American musical culture as jazz, blues, country, gospel and early rock and roll. All of these styles (save for jazz) are based on the same three chords: C, F and G7th. Three of these styles (blues, country and gospel) are based on a slow rhythm that allows the guitarist room to ex … Read More

5 Ways To Prepare For Bluegrass Guitar Lessons
Starting bluegrass guitar lessons is fun and exciting, and odds are you'll have a lot to learn! Guitar teacher Samuel B. shares a few things you'll want to do before you get started... Bluegrass is as much a piece of American musical culture as jazz, blues, country, gospel and early rock and roll. All of these styles (save for jazz) are based on the same three chords: C, F and G7th. Three of these styles (blues, country and gospel) are based on a slow rhythm that allows the guitarist room to ex
15 Hawaiian Words Ukulele Players Should Know
When you're taking ukulele lessons, you will learn to play some classic Hawaiian songs. While Hawaiian songs tell stories of love, Hawaiian culture, and history, you may find some new, unfamiliar terms in the lyrics. To help you out, we've compiled a list of 15 words you may hear when you're learning ukulele. You will hear a mix of traditional Hawaiian words along with some pidgin words (a slang-type language used in Hawaii). Here are 15 Hawaiian words ukulele players should know...
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
Lost Your Voice? Expert Tips You Need to Know
Feeling a sore throat coming on? Take action NOW! But if it's too late and you've already lost your voice, you'll want to know these tips for getting it back quickly. Read on as Hayward, CA singing teacher Molly R. shares pro tips and lost-voice remedies...   An important audition or performance looms, and the worst possible thing has happened -- you lost your voice! Before you panic, know that there are some things you can do to get it back. Here is some expert advice on what you can
Add More Flavor to Your Playing With These 7 Jazz Guitar Chords
Whether you're a jazz nut or not, these jazz guitar chords can add a whole new level of richness to your repertoire. Guitar teacher Jerry W. shares the 7 types of chords you'll need to know... So you are getting tired of playing only major chords and the occasional minor chord?  You would like to add more flavor to your playing by adding some jazz guitar chords.  Excellent!  Let me introduce you to 7 common jazz chords you can begin to use in your music. If I were to show you all possible

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