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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 Pieces 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...

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...