“Wave” by Jobim – John Stowell & Alfredo Paixao – Thursday Tunes: Episode 46

Warming Up Vocal Cords Before Singing Key To Productive Session

Warming up your vocal cords prior to a performance is vital. This is especially true for the singer preparing for a recording session.

The Knack’s My Sharona: Classic Power Pop Becomes Valuable Guitar Instruction

80s power-pop gem, ‘My Sharona’ is an instantly recognizable guitar riff. Beginners on guitar can learn this classic in just a few short sessions of guitar practice.

Do I Need to Learn to Read Music?

One of the most frequent questions for beginning and intermediate guitarists is whether or not it is really important to be able to read music, or to know music theory. This article points out the pros and cons.

What’s Talent Got to Do With Piano Playing? (Less Than You Think!)

The concept of “talent” is a highly misunderstood and glamorized notion that often disempowers would-be piano students and discourages them from ever trying to learn to play. In reality, reaching your music goals generally has more to do with personal qualities of character such as good work ethic, persistence, and commitment.

The Beautiful Sound of Piano and Guitar Arpeggios

If you can create the cascading beautiful sounds of piano arpeggios, or guitar arpeggios, people will be very impressed and listen to you in awe. Most people think implementing this technique is difficult. Actually, they are not as hard to play as one might think.

Important Tips On Buying Your First Guitar

The excitement can be great when you get your first guitar. There can even be dreams of becoming a big star. Learn important information that will help you begin your guitar playing career.

What are Musical Intervals?

A simple explanation of musical intervals. What they are and what they are called.

What Are Sharps and Flats (Accidentals) in Sheet Music?

An explanation of accidentals in sheet music. What are sharps and flats and how they relate to each other.

Do Music Lessons Make You Smarter?

There is much evidence that music lessons are an activity that can make you more intelligent. This is because music, when properly taught, is a whole brain activity. This article will discuss this in more detail.

Summer Lessons

Summer’s here… time for a break from lessons? Find out why taking summer lessons can help you in the long run!

Guitar Soloing – And Modes

Okay, let’s cut to the real question — when you want to improvise a solo on guitar, how do you know what notes to play? Simple question — and it turns out the answer is pretty simple, too.

Singing Lessons: Are You Creating Enough Space On Your High Notes?

A typical singing mistake is to sing a high note with a half open mouth. It won’t get you there. All you’re going to achieve is a note that sounds not-quite-there yet, if you’re lucky. Worst case scenario, you’ll sound just plain awful and nasal. I always tell my students, the higher the note the wider the space. And it’s all in the vowels. Whatever word you sing that includes an A (AAAA) or E (EEEEH) sounding vowel, allows for spreading the mouth to articulate and to scale the note in any direction. Use these little opportunities when you sing. In this short article, I’ll show you a very simple example to help you create space for your high notes.

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