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
From Brushes to Brooms: The Complete Guide to Drum Sticks
When it comes to choosing a pair of drum sticks, there are a lot of factors that can influence your decision. Knowing what's out there can help you decide which sticks are best for your drumming style. Here, Edmond, OK drum instructor Tracy D. breaks down the different types of drum sticks...
As drummers, we get to play a wide variety of instruments, and just as a painter uses many different brushes and tools in his or her arsenal, we should employ various types of sticks to achieve diffe
6 Celebrities Who Play the Piano | Test Your Knowledge
Did you know there are an array of famous celebrities who know how to play a piano? Were not talking chopsticks here, folks. From actors to politicians and beyond, there is a long history of pianists that have gone on to spectacular careers.
Are you familiar with these high-flying celebrities who know how to play a piano?
1. Clint Eastwood
Before he made it big as an actor, Clint Eastwood was an accomplished pianist who intended to pursue a career in music. He later utilized his compo
What If I'm Not Any Good? 4 Reasons We Put Off Learning New Skills
Learning a new skill, exploring a new hobby, or working toward a big goal can be both exciting and nerve-wracking.
The cycle is all-too-common. Maybe you buy a brand new guitar or a bunch of books in another language, and you're pumped up to start learning! You noodle away for a while or thumb through some pages... and then the doubts start to creep in.
What if I have no musical talent? What if -- after months of practicing Spanish -- I still get nervous talking to a native speaker?
20+ Facts About Your Hobbies to Prove You're Smarter Than Most
These days, we get a lot of messages about living your best life. Bloggers and books abound that offer tips for being happy, managing stress, and staying sharp.
Sometimes, it can feel a bit overwhelming.
So instead of forcing yourself to read more or do that Sudoku puzzle just because some article tells you to, how about doing more of the things you love?
Maybe that's jamming on your guitar, cooking, or even doing art projects.
Well, guess what?
If you do these activities in your