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Practicing as a Collaborative Pianist: An Interview with Dr Minjung Seo

At Liberty Park Music, we believe in bringing you music related perspectives from all over the world. In the coming weeks, we’re going to focus on practicing music and we’ll...

Baby Driver – When Your Music Syncs In With Your Work

Baby Driver is a masterpiece. For us at LPM, it’s what a modern day musical should be like. An audio delight for music nerds, genius director Edgar Wright managed to...

Book Review: Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks

"It really is a very odd business that all of us, to varying degrees, have music in our heads." ― Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain  ...

Keeping Up With The Times – Learning Music Online

We’re always on the move, balancing different jobs and life priorities. Young, energetic and skilled, we’re quick to adopt new technologies, from Facebook to Uber. Eager to keep in touch...

4 Ways Music Can Help Boost Productivity at Work

Do your employees drag their feet to the office every Monday morning? Or perhaps they start day dreaming right after lunch hour every day? The feelings of sluggishness, inertia, as...

9 Essential Tips to Help You Maintain Good Piano Posture

While there is less literature about good posture for piano players than that for drummers or guitarists, it is just as vital that every pianist maintains a good posture. Having...

8 Effective and Fun Ways to Practice Scales

Playing scales serves as an important tool for musical expression; it is the vocabulary in the language of music. Different scales produce different sounds and, if used effectively, can evoke...

Why & How Should I Learn to Read Drum Kit Notation

Music is a language, and like any language, it can be communicated in many different forms. As children we learned our mother tongue aurally, by listening to our parents and...

The Talented Mr Ripley: Musical Representation of Personality

The Talented Mr. Ripley came out in 1999; it has a rating of 7.3/10 in IMDb and 83% in Rotten Tomatoes. I finally got to watch it recently in Netflix....

Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A Minor (c. 1876)

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) was known as a conductor when he was alive, and his music slowly became popular since his death. His ten symphonies and some songs are probably his...

Bach’s Coffee Cantata

Do you love coffee? Have you had your coffee this morning? Do you know, in 1734, Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a cantata about the temptation and power of coffee? You...

How Do Busy People Learn Music in Singapore?

Singapore is a global hub of technology, commerce, and culture. People from Asia and around the world find themselves living in and loving Singapore. There’s so much to do -...

Top 10 Pianos for the Cool (and Rich)

If you were a pianist with a few extra bucks to spare and a taste for the extraordinary, you’d want to purchase a piano that not only sounds good, but...

The Flow State to Optimize Performance and Reduce Anxiety

Many people in music, visual art, sport, and public speaking are familiar with performance anxiety. To overcome such anxiety and induce peak performance, we can try to achieve the flow...

Acoustic vs Electric Drum Kits

Electric drum kits have burst onto the drum kit market in a massive way. Many beginners look for electric kits when buying their first drum kit, both for their reduced...

How to motivate your child to practice

Do you find yourself nagging your child to practice music all the time? Does your child seem to get distracted easily while practicing? Has your child’s interest in music seemingly...

Clear or Coated? Thick or Thin? A Guide to Buying Drum Heads.

Your choice of drum heads is equally important as your choice of drum kit. Good quality drum heads can completely transform the sound of your kit and you have a...

Using a pick, fingers or both?

At a glance... 1. Flatpicking vs fingerstyle 2. Technique 3. Tone 4. Using both styles A really common question that I get from beginners is, “Should I learn to play...

Fundamentals of Music Practice

Without a doubt, the most effective way to improve your abilities as a musician is to practice. It seems like common sense, but in today’s fast-paced world that favors activities...

The Importance of Music Theory

If you’re starting to pick up a musical instrument, you may have been advised to learn music theory, the study of the grammar of music. Music theory examines the elements...

Guide to Piano Care & Tuning

At a glance... 1. Reasons why pianos go out of tune 2. Importance of tuning your piano 3. When you must tune your piano 4. How often you must tune...

Meet the Teachers: Michelle Huang, our Piano Teacher

Michelle is our lead piano instructor at Liberty Park Music. She started learning piano at six years old! Her two older sisters were already learning and helped inspire her to...

Academic Benefits of Music Lessons for Children

At a glance... 1. Relationship between music and intelligence 2. Jamming versus reading 3. Music and speech 4. Importance of active participation 5. Patience, diligence and discipline Many parents believe...

How do I choose the right musical instrument for my child?

If you’re reading this, you’re likely a parent who’s concerned (and rightly so) about choosing the right instrument for your child. While the key to mastery of an instrument lies...

Guitar Solo Transcription: Gone With the Wind by Wes Montgomery

This latest transcription is a solo I have always loved.  Wes Montgomery's feel on every 8th note line is effortless, and the tempo suits him so well. He has access...

The Guitar Jedi Workout for Speed and Accuracy

At a glance... 1. Metronome 2. About speed 3. Chromatic exercise 4. Scales 5. Finger gym 6. The spider Most guitarists wish they have more speed and accuracy, and with...

4th of July BBQ Playlist

There is nothing more American than celebrating the 4th of July with a day of hanging around outside, throwing some meat and/or veggies on the grill, and chilling with friends...

Am I Too Old to Learn Music?

The short answer is… NO! If you’re reading this article, you might be an adult who’s interested in learning an instrument, but have fears that you’re too old. We’re often...

Meet the Teachers: Ze Wen Seah, our Guitar Teacher

Born and raised in Singapore, Ze’s parents made him play several different instruments before he settled on the guitar at the age of 15. While at first just playing top...

Beginners Guide: Drum Kit

“Life is about rhythm. We vibrate, our hearts are pumping blood, we are a rhythm machine, that's what we are." - Mickey Hart Here at Liberty Park Music, we’d like to...

What Is The Right Age To Start Music Lessons For Your Child?

Music history is littered with precocious child prodigies taking the world by storm with their dazzling musical talents. A famous historical example is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791). Stories abound of...

Tasty Listening: Ten New York Music Venues with Amazing Food

Few things are more disappointing than going out to hear live music but paying too much for a dry tourist burger, bad wine, and a dessert that tastes like it...

Guitar Maintenance for Beginners

At a glance... 1. Professional setup 2. Temperature and humidity 3. String maintenance 4. Cleaning and maintenance while changing strings 5. Long term storage Guitar maintenance is often overlooked because...

Must Know Music Terms For Parents

Many parents want to keep track of their child’s learning progress. However, for parents who are non-musicians, listening to teachers or their children talk about music can be confusing and...

How To Choose Your First Guitar

At a glance... 1. Price 2. Style 3. Availability for trying out 4. Inspecting the instrument 5. Warranty Buying your first guitar can be a confusing process as there are...

How To Choose The Right Piano

Getting yourself a new piano is an exciting decision and, as a fellow musician, I’m happy for you! But before you can embark on your musical journey, you have to...

Electric, Classical, and Acoustic Guitars: What Are The Differences?

At a glance... 1. Strings 2. Sound production 3. Genres 4. Shape and size 5. Feel and suitability 6. Price One of the first questions I get from people who...

Guitar Guide For Beginners: Guitar Terminology

Throughout the course of your guitar journey, there will be essential guitar and musical terms that help facilitate effective communication, especially if you’re planning on playing with a band. This...

How To Tune Your Drums

At a glance... 1. Drum anatomy 2. The physics of drum tuning 3. The drum tuning process 4. Fine tuning 5. Dampening 6. Tunings for different styles Guitarists have to...

12 Tips to Help You Sight-Read Better

Have you witnessed your music teacher or friend take out a sheet music, read it for the first time, but play it flawlessly? Sight-reading is a difficult but valuable skill...

Cymbal Selection for Intermediate and Advanced Drummers

At a glance... 1. Cymbal anatomy 2. Cymbal size 3. Cymbal weight 4. Cymbal finish As a drummer, you are likely to want to experiment with new cymbals at some...

Meet The Teachers: Brendan Bache, our Drum teacher

At Liberty Park Music, we like to consider ourselves a community. Although spread around the globe, we’re all dedicated to sharing music with the world, as teachers, learners and listeners....

Cymbal Selection for Beginner and Intermediate Drummers

At a glance... 1. Cymbal sizes 2. Cymbal brands 3. Budgeting 4. Cymbal ranges Cymbals play an incredibly important role in shaping the overall sound of a drum kit and...

Drum Terminology

At a glance... Types of drums Types of cymbals Hardware Maintenance items Drum heads Drum anatomy Rhythm terms   Music is a world within itself, with a language we all...

Choosing the right Drumsticks: Sizing, Tips, Brands and more

At a glance... 1. Sizing of drumsticks 2. The tip 3. Drumstick brands 4. Beaters, mallets, brushers, and rods The drumstick market is saturated with choice. Every brand has every...