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Top 10 Easy Piano Songs

Want to impress your audiences, even with your simple piano skills? Give one of these easy, yet iconic melodies a go, with the help of our piano instructors Alwyn &...

A Guide to Drum Kit Notation for Latin Music: Bossa Nova

Bossa Nova (translated as “new wave” or “new trend”) is a style of music that became popular globally during the 1960s. While it was popular in Brazil to a lesser...

Romeo and Juliet in Classical Music: Prokofiev’s Ballet in Four Acts (1936)

Sergei Prokofiev’s rendition of the love story is a ballet, performed by an orchestra and dancers. The history and first performances of the work connect music to its context, in...

Romeo and Juliet in Classical Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet was a fantasy-overture, as the composer himself called it. It was first completed and premiered in 1870. The lukewarm reception made Tchaikovsky take up the suggestions...

Romeo and Juliet in Classical Music: Hector Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette

Valentine's Day is coming. What is your favorite love story? While not necessarily the most memorable one, Romeo and Juliet is definitely one of the most well-known love stories. The...

Top 10 Inspirational Jazz Guitarists of All Time

Jazz improvisation can seem pretty daunting at first glance: the countless scales, arpeggios, and use of flat keys, may seem like starting all over again. But in fact, it is...

Guitar Edition: 5 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Here is a million dollar question that everyone gets asked once in awhile, “What would you tell your younger self if you could travel back in time?” To be honest,...

Drums Edition: 4 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Most musicians, myself included, spend a large portion of their youth practicing and playing music. We devote a lot of time and effort learning things that...

Piano Edition: 5 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Imagine if you could go back in time and tell a younger version of yourself the future that is to come? If I could go back in time and offer...

The Definitive Guide To Changing Guitar Strings

If you're new to the guitar, changing your strings can seem like a complicated process. However, it's a pretty straightforward task and, just like playing the guitar, it gets easier...

A Guide to Drum Kit Notation Folkloric Styles: Samba

In the last article, we discussed some of the reasons that many traditional folkloric musical styles don’t translate seamlessly when applying Western notation. One example I gave was Brazilian samba,...

Top 5 Classical Music Attractions in Berlin, Germany

The founding of Germany's capital city dates back to the 13th century. Surrounded by significant landmarks that remind you of the city’s turbulent history, including the Holocaust and the fall...