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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...

A Guide To Cuban Music: Instrumentation and Clave

The caribbean island of Cuba is a nation with a rich musical heritage. This is largely due to the rich diversity of its people and the vast amounts of migration...

International Women’s Day in Music: Overcoming Obstacles and Taking Career Control

It’s International Women’s Day 2018 and the 2017/2018 news cycle has contained a lot of bleak headlines. There’ve been increasingly tense international political conflicts, massive natural disasters, and the threat...

Top 10 Chopin Preludes for Intermediate Pianists

“You are to sing if you wish to play!” Chopin: The Poet Pianist and His Preludes The Romantic era (1800-1900) was a new age for the piano. It was finally...

Guitar Effect Pedals – Overdrive Pedals

Overdrive pedals are often the first guitar pedal that guitarists buy. I remember that my first guitar pedal was a Fulltone Full-Drive2 Overdrive and my second was a Paul Cochrane...

Introduction To Guitar Effect Pedals – Achieve The Desired Sound Effects With the Right Pedals

Guitar effects pedals, also known as "stomp-boxes," are yet another useful tool in the guitar player’s toolbox for tone shaping. They are foot-pedal boxes that provide sound effects for the...

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...

The Circle of Fifths: The Clock of Key Signatures

Since the 17th century, the Circle of Fifths has been a prominent tool utilized by professional musicians and composers throughout Western Culture. Knowledge provided by the Circle of Fifths is...

Chord Changing Exercises: How to Smoothly Change Your Chords Like a Pro

By far the most common problem that beginners face when learning guitar, is the inability to perform smooth and seamless chord changes. Without smooth transitions between chords, your rhythm guitar...

Top 5 Classical Music Attractions in Florence, Italy

Christmas is around the corner, and aside from hearing the jingling of bells, you may find yourself wanting to immerse yourself into the rich musical culture of the city of...

Top 5 Apps that Make You a Better Guitarist

Guitarists are constantly on the move with their instruments. To help you become a better guitarist on the go, we’ve handpicked 5 smartphone apps that will help you channel your...

My Journey From Classical to Jazz Piano

  Approaching jazz as a classical pianist can be challenging. If you’re interested in learning about jazz and how to play jazz piano, you’ve come to the right place! In...

A Holiday Gift Guide for Piano

Looking for that perfect gift for a pianist family member or friend? Bookmark our latest piano gift guide, including products recommended by Liberty Park Music’s very own piano instructor, Steven...

A Holiday Gift Guide for Drums

Sourcing for a great drums’ paraphernalia or books for your drummer friends or family? Check out our latest gift catalog for drums, curated by Liberty Park Music’s very own drum...

A Holiday Gift Guide for Guitar

The holiday season is coming and some of us may still be searching frantically for awesome gift ideas. Members at Liberty Park Music have asked our talented instructors for a...

Top 6 Apps That Make You a Better Pianist

Schumpeter’s, an Austrian-born American economist and political scientist, theory of creative destruction suggests that new technology continuously replaces old technology. Smartphone apps are a prime example of this, replacing many...

Top 5 Classical Music Attractions in Paris

This Christmas season, lovers, friends, or adventurers may flock to Paris to enjoy their holiday. Celebrating the season with a classical concert adds a layer of joy to the trip,...

Which Piano Is Right For You – Grand or Upright?

“There is no such thing as a bad piano, just bad pianists,” My teacher in undergrad used to tell me this over and over again. To some extent this is...

How To Read Guitar Chord Diagrams

One of the first skills that all guitarists learn is how to read a chord diagram. These diagrams are very helpful when it comes to showing chord shapes and their...

How to Memorize Music?

Do you struggle with memorizing music? Do you practice and practice, but for some reason, can’t seem to memorize what you’re playing? Or do you memorize music easily, but when...

7 Must-Know Tips to Ace the ABRSM Piano Examination

As a follow-up to our previous article, which covered the general ABRSM piano examination syllabus, we asked some of our past examinees to share tips that helped them score distinctions...

Guide to Drum Kit Notation – Folk Music

Those of us who read Western Classical music notation are often guilty of assuming that it is the holy grail to musical literacy and competence, and that such notation can...

Practicing as a Percussionist & Pianist: An Interview with Rachel Lee

Liberty Park Music has always been keen on embracing a wide collection of genres. We love to provide perspective from musicians of different backgrounds, countries, and music styles. Following the...
Practicing as a Contemporary Pianist: An Interview with William Benckert

Practicing as a Contemporary Pianist: An Interview with William Benckert

In our latest episode of LPM’s practice series, we manage to land an interview with Scandinavian jazz and electronic pianist, William Benckert. To shade light on different practicing techniques, our...

Scary Movie Music: Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells in The Exorcist

In the month of October, Liberty Park Music presents you the 2nd episode of theme music analysis in our annual Halloween Horror Movie reviews. For our first video, we dissected...

Practicing as a Jazz Pianist: An Interview with Steven Paszkowski

As promised, Liberty Park Music is committed to presenting the best guides for practice from industry experts all around the world. For the pilot episode, we had a rare opportunity...

Facebook Series: Live with Brendan Bache

At Liberty Park Music, a global community of music lovers drawn together, we believe in presenting our international audiences the finest assortment of music from all over the world. In...

5 Must-Know Fretting Techniques For Beginner Guitarists

One of the most important things about playing guitar is knowing how to properly fret a note. Use the wrong technique and you’ll end up with sore hands, buzzing notes,...

The Ultimate Parental Guide for ABRSM Piano Practical Examination

Every child fears examinations. This fear is no different for your child when they are heading into an ABRSM piano practical exam, sweaty palms are definitely the first thing you...

Liberty Park Music Recommends – Top 5 Drum Apps To Tryout Today

WE ARE BUSY. There are work deadlines hanging over our heads, commitments with family and friends, and don’t forget that sleeping, eating, and exercising are pretty important. Sometimes it can...

What are Dominant and Diminished Seventh Chords?

Dominant and diminished seventh chords are common and important features of music. It’s hard to find a piece of music that doesn’t use either of these. In fact, they’re so...