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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

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...

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...