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What are Keys: Learning about Scales

What are Scales and How Can They Help Us Learn About Keys? Have you ever had conversation with someone about their bygone days of learning a musical instrument? Often the...

John Mayer: How a Pop Icon Can Help You Improve Your Guitar Skills

You may know John Mayer for some of his 7 Grammy Award winning (and 19 Grammy nominated) pop and rock music, but did you know that he is one of...

What are Keys and Why Should We Know About Them?

In the Key of... “In the key of…” -- we rarely get far into our musical endeavors before we find ourselves faced with this phrase. Minuets in the key of...

Guitar Effect Pedals – Clean Boost Pedals

Clean boost pedals don’t usually get as much love as flashier effects like overdrives and delays, but they do find a place on the pedalboards of many professional musicians. They’re...

Jazz Standards on Guitar: All of Me

As we learn to play in the various styles and genres of music, it is crucial to become familiar with the repertoire of that genre—and jazz is no different. The...

Common Injuries Suffered by Drummers and how to Avoid Them

Learning a musical instrument is a physical activity that requires both physical and mental exertion. Different instruments utilise different limbs, muscle groups, and individual muscles, and it’s important to be...

Guitar Effect Pedals – Chorus Pedals

Chorus effects pedals create another class of modulation effects that people often confuse with flangers and phasers. Technically, a chorus effect is very similar to a flanger, just with a...

Ultimate Injury Prevention: How to Gain Body Awareness for Pianists

Piano playing requires extremely repetitive muscle movements. For example, if you play quarter notes consistently at 120BPM, after an hour, the repetition will require your muscles to contract and release...

How to Practice Piano Effectively: A Comprehensive Practice Guide for the Busy Adult Pianist

You’ve said it before, “I am going to finally learn how to play the piano!” You were so excited and motivated. But after a full day of working, exhausted, you...

Beginner Rock and Pop Drum Course Rationale

Designing the beginner rock and pop drum course was a task that required a lot of planning, as well as trial and error to create something that takes students through...

Guitar Effect Pedals – Wah Pedals

One of the most musically expressive effects available in the guitarist’s toolbox is the Wah pedal. Musical legends across several genres have used this effect with great results for decades....

Guitar Effect Pedals – Fuzz Pedals

Fuzz pedals are like the unnoticed middle child in the family of distortion-type effects. Their achievements are often overshadowed by their older sibling, Overdrive, and they don’t require as much...

10 Most Influential Jazz Pianists You Should Listen to

The number of truly wonderful pianists is astounding. There are countless innovative and unique artists that have taken composition and performance to new heights. It can be easy to get...

5 Common Mistakes Made by Beginner Drummers and How to Avoid Them

Throughout our lives as musicians, we learn from our mistakes, whether they be small simple errors when playing a certain piece, or a more deep routed weakness in a fundamental...

Guitar Effect Pedals – Phaser Pedals

Phaser pedals allow you to get really unique sounds out of your guitar. If you’ve ever wondered how Van Halen got that slow, sweeping sound in his epic guitar solo...

Great Jazz Licks over the I-iv-ii-V and ii-V-I

After learning how arpeggios are used to improvise and exploring the foundations of improvisation, it’s important to learn from the great improvisers and how they applied the theory so that...

Monthly New Lessons – July 2018

The month of July has been an exciting month here at LPM. Here is a list of all the lessons & trailers, released in July. If you like what you...

Understanding Time Signatures and Meters: A Musical Guide

At the beginning of practically any score of music you have ever looked at and will ever look at, there are numbers and symbols which clarify how to interpret the...

Bach’s Favorite Piano Practice Exercises

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is one of the most famous composers of all time, and since his death, nearly all serious pianists have studied his works, which are seminal examples...

Guitar Effect Pedals – Distortion Pedals

Distortion pedals often can have an identity crisis of some sort; many of them can double as a fuzz or overdrive pedal, and some can even be tweaked to fill...

7th Chords, Their Arpeggios, and Why We Use Them

Chords are something we deal with everyday in music. Written down on a page, they can be as simple as just ‘A,’ or a completely terrifying ‘Amaj7#11b9’! By discussing the...

Monthly New Lessons – June 2018

The month of June has been an exciting month here at LPM. Here is a list of all the lessons & trailers, released in June. If you like what you...

An Introduction to Salsa Drumming: Rhythms and Applications

Now that we have a basic understanding of the history of salsa music, we will take a more practical approach to how it is played. We will trace the roots...

10 Easy Yet Impressive Piano Songs to Charm Your Audience

“Hey, don’t you play piano? Play something for us!” Even for longtime pianists, these two sentences can be frightening! Everyone wants to play something impressive and exciting to show off...

Getting Started with Bach – 6 Key Pieces for Beginner Pianists

Getting Started with Bach Few composers from history inspire awe and veneration quite like Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750). The ability to play Bach is a goal aspired to by players...

How to Play Musical Notes on the Guitar Using the Keyboard

Before you start playing any instrument, a little bit of music theory is helpful and necessary. This article will give you a basic understanding of musical notes. To explain musical...

Monthly New Lessons – May 2018

The month of May has been an exciting month here at LPM. Here is a list of all the lessons & trailers, released in May. If you like what you...

An Introduction to Latin Music: Salsa History

No discussion of Latin music is complete without the mention of salsa. Salsa is one of the most influential and far reaching genres of Latin music, with huge popularity not...

Guitar Posture – Right Way To Hold The Guitar & Pick

As you start to practice the guitar, it is important to have a good posture, which can prevent you from injuries and allow you to practice longer. In this article,...

Guitar Effect Pedals – Reverb Pedals

The reverb effect pedal is used to mimic natural reverb and to create a sense of depth and space in your guitar tone. Without a reverb effect, your guitar tone...

Tips to Ensure Your Piano Tuning is Up to The Mark

There are piano tuners and then there are piano technicians, also known as piano doctors or piano surgeons. Anyone can tune a piano with today's technology, and virtually anyone can...

Top Benefits of Online Music Lessons for Your Homeschooled Child

More and more, families choose homeschooling because of the flexibility it offers in addition to the amount of control and involvement parents get to have in their child’s education. And...

Using Major and Minor Arpeggios to Improvise

Many of us have heard of the musical term “arpeggio,” but we are aren’t aware of what it actually means and how arpeggios can help our playing. To play all...

Use Your English Knowledge to Master Italian Terms in Music Theory

In this article, I focused on grouping together Italian musical terms according to grammatical categories and then showed how we can take ownership of their combinations in a more creative...

Beginner Drum Kit: Setting up the Drum Kit

The day you receive your first instrument is one of the most exciting moments many musicians experience. I received my first drum kit, an old red Hohner Percussion (taken over...

Guitar Effect Pedals – Delay Pedals

Delay pedals will almost always be on every guitarist’s pedalboard. If you’re looking to create lush soundscapes fitting for worship music, or if you’re looking to recreate the guitar tone...

Mastering Jazz Progressions Using Barre Chords

The previous article discussed jazz improvisation, and now the next most important aspect of music to discuss is the harmony. In jazz music, the harmony is often quite complex, and...

8 Things You Should Do If You Want To Learn Music As An Adult

Learning music has a wide range of benefits that can change your life. Apart from being a fun stress-reliever, music not only improves your health, but also enhances your cognitive...

Three Step Guide to Master Italian Words in Music Theory

When faced with all the Italian words to learn for the graded music theory curriculum, one may find it overwhelming and disconnected, making it difficult to learn by rote. For...

Cuban Music: Rumba, An Introduction

Cuban music can be broadly categorised into two groups: rumba and son. As the names suggest, rumba styles share the rumba clave in common, whereas son styles make use of...

Setting Up Your Guitar The Right Way

Before attempting any new tasks, it is important to make sure your tools are working properly. For auto mechanics, car tools in good working order are essential for a successful...

Guitar Anatomy – Understanding the Different Parts of the Guitar

Now that you’ve bought a guitar and been getting ready to start your first lesson. What’s next? If you don’t have proper vocabulary, it would be hard to know where...

The Benefits of Learning the Piano

The piano is a fascinating instrument for many of us. Concert pianists make it look so easy to play the piano.  But once we sit down and try it for...

Top Tips to Achieve the Jazz Guitar Sound

What sound do you imagine when you think about jazz guitar? Smooth mellow tones? Crunchy fusion sounds with copious amounts of effect pedals? Jazz is such an experimental genre that...

Guitar Effect Pedals – Compressor Pedals

Compression will almost always be used on any instrument, regardless of whether it’s  guitar, bass, vocals, or strings. When it comes to mixing music for mass consumption, a compressor will...