How To Buy Your First Guitar and Not Make a Mistake Doing It
It is different for everyone. That moment when you decide to become a guitar player. It may have happened when you to went see your favorite band. It may have been listening to a great recording or seeing a video or any number of things. For me, it was seeing KISS in concert and listening to Foreigner’s first album. It doesn’t matter how you got here, but welcome to the club! Now you have to go out and buy your first guitar, which can be a daunting task for someone who knows very little about guitars. Let me offer some helpful advice that I have gleaned from over 30 years of playing guitar and teaching guitar to beginning students just like you.Organ Playing: 2 Techniques Which Help Eliminate Mistakes
Every organist admires people who can play flawlessly without any mistakes. Achieving that level can take years of dedicated practice but there are certain elements which can help you to progress faster along the road to perfection. In this article, I would like to share with you 2 techniques which will help you to eliminate mistakes in organ playing.What Are the 4 Types of Fingering Suited for the Performance of Early Organ Music?
Playing early organ music requires much knowledge in registration, articulation, fingering, and other aspects of organ performance. Fingering, in particular, is an area where correct choices can facilitate the execution of articulation, phrasing, and ornamentation. The right way of fingering can even help to feel the pulse and the meter easier. If the organist plays a Baroque or Renaissance organ piece with the correct fingering, chances of performing it in style are much higher. In this article, I would like to give you 4 types of fingering suited for music composed before 1800.Organ Technique: Tips for Choosing the Best Pedaling for Early Music
Early organ music requires a different kind of pedaling than Romantic and modern compositions. Just like fingering, choosing correct pedaling allows good articulation, phrasing, and touch, among other things. Whether you play music of Schlick, Buxtehude, Sweelinck, Bach, or any other Renaissance or Baroque composer, you will benefit from the correct pedaling methods. Today I would like to give you my advice on choosing pedaling for 16th, 17th, and 18th century organ music.Tips for Using Same Foot Pedaling in Early Organ Music
Although alternate toes technique was the most popular type of pedaling used in Renaissance and Baroque organ music, quite often we have to use the same foot technique as well. If you know in which type of passages playing with the same foot is the best choice, you will quickly learn to see the familiar patterns in your pedal lines. In this article, I will give you two instances of using the same foot technique in early organ music.Piano, Piano On The Wall
The piano is just like a mirror under your fingers rather than on the wall. It shows you, honestly, what you can and can not do yet. There were many times that I thought I understood something well enough and felt ‘ready for business’; only to find out, by fumbling on the keyboard, that I was not fully prepared.5 Tips for Playing Hymns Legato on the Organ With Small Hands
One of the most common problems people face in hymn playing is the legato touch. Achieving the perfect legato is especially challenging for people with small hands. They often struggle to play the inner voices with the same evenness and articulation as the outer voices. Today I would like to give you 5 tips on how to play hymns legato with small hands.Organ Playing: How to Use Piano Exercises to Develop Left Hand Technique
One of the main difficulties an organist can encounter is a weak left hand technique. An underdeveloped left hand can lead you into a number of problems when playing organ music. Very often organists have trouble playing more than one voice in the left hand. Additionally, when they encounter fast passages in an organ piece, their playing might lack precision and clarity. Consequently, majority of organ repertoire is inaccessible to them due to the underdeveloped left hand. If this sounds familiar to you, read on to find out how the left hand technique can be improved.How to Use Beatmaker Software to Make Your Own Music Beats
Ready to make your own beats? Got your software, but not sure where to start? There’s no doubt that beat maker software programs can be complicated and take some time to master, but with a little practice you’ll soon find that creating your own music is a fun and enjoyable experience that really isn’t all that difficult.Organ Hymn Playing: Develop Hand Independence in 6 Easy Steps
Many organists struggle to be able to play challenging polyphonic organ compositions. Music by such great composers, like Bach, Buxtehude and others has many independent voices and very often more than one in one hand. To be able to perform such pieces with precision and confidence requires good hand independence. In this article, I am going to share with you my easy 6 step approach on how to use hymns to develop hand independence.4 Tips for Developing Perfect Pedal Technique by Playing Scales on the Organ
Many organists understand the importance of playing pedal scales on the organ. Because they can help to develop flexibility of an ankle, pedal scales is one of the best ways to achieve the perfect pedal technique. However, very often organists hesitate to incorporate them in their daily practice because they do not know how to choose the most efficient pedaling for playing scales. In this article, I will give you 4 tips in playing pedal scales which will help you to move your organ playing to the next level.Practising Drum Rudiments
Nothing will improve your drumming technique more than playing rudiments. A drum rudiment is a set of patterns and strokes that are used to create sounds on a drum, it’s really that simple. Rudiments can be played anywhere on a drum kit.