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Suzuki Violin Vs Traditional Violin


The Suzuki violin method has come to dominate the way violin is taught in America and throughout much of the world. Mention the Suzuki violin method to music educators, and you will get a variety of responses.

A Guitar Lesson To Help You Test Your Note Knowledge


In this guitar lesson we look at a great way to test your note knowledge of the guitar fretboard. But before we look at that, why even bother learning the notes?Knowing the notes on your guitar fretboard is an essential skill.

Modal Theory for Guitar Players - Part 1


IntroductionThe fact that you are holding this in your hands suggests that you have got to the point in your explorations of, and curiosity about the guitar that the next step is the modes. Maybe it's because you have read somewhere that Steve Vai loves the Lydian mode, or you have listened to music by Frank Gambale and wondered what he was up to.

Guide to Finding Music Online


Are you frustrated because finding your favorite songs on the net has become more of a chore than an enjoyable activity? Read this simple guide to finding music online and your troubles will be out of mind before you download your next Green Day hit!MP3s are compressed music files that are one-tenth the size of regular audio files. As a normal audio file requires about 40 megabytes to download, and MP3 requires four.

What is Guitar Tablature and Can I Find It Online?


The guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments and the online guitar community probably the most popular of its kind. There are thousands of guitarists connected via online communities sharing guitar tabs, tips and stories and there are many of websites dedicated to sharing guitar music, tablature and even guitar lessons.

The Case Against Traditional Piano Lessons


How would you like to spend 4 years in a University learning how to play other peoples music? If you think this is ridiculous, you're right! Because that's what thousands of piano music students do each day.They sit in front of their piano or keyboard with sheet music of a dead composer in front of them.

Learning the Piano and Playing the Piano


Many piano students spend much time learning how to play the piano. Years upon years of study time devoted to perfecting technique, tone, dynamics, etc.

Five Secrets to Playing in the New Age Style


1. Learn how to ImproviseLearning how to improvise is the key to playing in this style.

Composing for Dummies


When most people hear the word composer, they automatically think of classical composers like Mozart or Beethoven. This is the point where many "would be" composers freeze up because they tell themselves that their music could never be as good.

The Joy of Spontaneous Expression


Do you remember finger-painting as a child? How fun it was. How exciting to be able to dip your fingers into a color that called out to you and put it on paper.

How to Get Past Creative Blocks


When I first began playing the piano and improvising, there were times when the music just wouldn't flow. No matter what I did, I couldn't make it go any further.

A Quick and Easy Composition Method


Here's the method I use every time I want to capture an idea. I draw out 8-bars (or measures) first.

Everything I Play Sounds the Same


Many students want to create music that has a certain emotional quality. For example, I once had a student ask me to show her how to play something that sounded happy.

How to Play What you Feel


Many students think that being able to play what you feel is difficult. They believe you must have years and years of training in improvisation and theory.

Guitar Practicing or Guitar Playing?


Just because you're holding your guitar doesn't mean that you're playing it, and just because you're playing your guitar doesn't mean that you're practicing. There is a real difference and it needs to be acknowledged if you want to improve your level of playing skill.

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