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Scary Movie Music: the Filmmaking Genius of John Carpenter

If you love being scared by horror movies, chances are Halloween is one of your favorite times of the year. Besides the new horror movies that come out during Halloween,...

The Perfect Guide on How to Read Guitar Tabs Easily (With Examples)

Guitar tablature, or tab, is a form of writing down music for guitar, and it mainly uses numbers instead of standard music notation. It’s easy to understand, even for beginners!...

16 Powerful Reasons Why You Should Play Guitar

How does learning to play the guitar change our well-being in profound ways? Research suggests that guitar players’ brains work a bit differently to everyone else. Some see this as...

7 Top Guitar Posture Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

At a glance...1. Sitting posture 2. Keeping the guitar close to your     body 3. Holding the guitar 4. Shoulder Tension 5. Finger Pain 6. Standing Posture Do you...

10 Common Guitar Mistakes To Avoid For Better Performance

Learning to play guitar is similar to learning many other art forms like martial arts, visual arts, and dance. It is very easy to unknowingly develop bad habits, and unless...

Beginner’s Guide to Acoustic Drums

One of the most exciting and rewarding instruments in any band’s lineup is the drum set. Why? The drummer is the most active person onstage! At a glance...1. Parts of...

10 Benefits of Learning Music That Will Change Your Life

At a glance... 1. Better health 2. Improved cognitive functions 3. Make new friends 4. Builds confidence 5. Trains discipline and patience 6. Enhances creativity 7. Connect with others better...

How To Learn Songs By Ear

One of the most impressive musical skills is transcribing a song by ear. In my opinion, being able to learn songs by ear is the most important musical skill to...

6 Hilarious musical moments from Family Guy

The irreverent animated comedy Family Guy follows the exploits of the dysfunctional Griffin family. Seth Macfarlane, the creator of the show, says that the ultimate goal of Family Guy is...

Learn 5 Common Guitar Chord Progressions and Play 100+ Songs

At a glance...I-V-vi-IV progressionI-IV-V progressionI-vi-IV-V progressionvi-IV-I-V progressionI-IV-vi-V progressionPracticing the chordsUsing the capo to change keys You’d imagine that when it comes to a complex topic such as chord progressions in...

How to Tune A Guitar

At a glance... 1. How to tune your guitar to standard tuning 2. Using tuners 3. How to tune your guitar without a tuner 4. Getting rid of the “tink”...

Want to learn a piece of music quickly and effectively? Follow these 8 Steps…

At a glance...1. Read the whole score2. Listen to the whole piece3. Play through the entire piece           slowly4. Divide the piece5. Use various techniques for...

10 Easy Father’s Day Songs to play on piano or guitar

If you are learning to play a musical instrument, chances are you picked this interest from your dad just like many other qualities almost all dads are good at. Aren’t...

Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano – The ultimate buyer’s guide

At a glance... Types of acoustic pianos and how they workTypes of digital pianos and how they workComparison of acoustic and digital pianos:SoundMaintenanceVersatilityTouch sensitivityPricePedalsHow personal preferences may affect your choice:Music...

100+ Musical Terms For Beginners Learning Piano

When you first begin learning piano, you will start an exciting journey of learning both a new instrument and a new language---the language of music. Musical language is not used...

Finding Time to Learn Music: Balancing Work, Life and the Love of Song

The typical modern schedule is more hectic and demanding than ever, and that can make finding a healthy balance between work, family, and life’s many other demands – and pleasures...

Five Particularly Unusual Christmas Albums – A Musical Guide for the Weirdest Time of the Year

The earth managed to circle around the sun again and it is time for the winter holidays once more! If your Christmas routine is anything like mine, each year offers...

Colin Oxley’s Solo in "I Should Care"

Here’s a great solo on a classic standard, often played as a ballad but here as a medium swing. This is the first chorus of Colin’s solo taken from a...

Jaco Pastorius’ solo on Bright Size Life by Pat Metheny

Here are some of my thoughts on what has to be one of the greatest jazz bass solos ever recorded, fretless or otherwise.  Jaco Pastorius played his legendary fretless bass...

Looking for a New Year’s resolution? How about listening to classical music?

It’s almost New Year. Have you found your New Year’s resolution for 2015? Would you like to introduce classical music into your life? If you have always wanted to know...

Where did Christmas carols come from?

Ho ho ho.. It’s that time of a year–a lot of people’s favorite time–Christmas. The houses in your neighborhood have Christmas lights on, Christmas music has been played non-stop on...

Recording Technology and Music Listening

Nowadays listening to music cannot be easier. You purchase and download the music directly into your listening devices--computer, iPod, iPhone, or any smart phones. CDs are almost unnecessary. Nonetheless, have...

Tempo rubato

Musical concept: Tempo Rubato Tempo rubato, a type of tempo marking, instructs the performer to freely, expressively speed up or slow down at certain passages. In Italian, "rubare" means "to...

Pizzicato

Musical concept: Pizzicato Pizzicato is a playing technique when bowed stringed instruments, rather than using a bow, pluck notes with the fingers. The sound produced is percussive. This technique was...

Bossa nova

Musical genre: Bossa nova Bossa nova is a movement in Brazilian popular music from the late 1950s that caused many changes in Samba. The originators include Antônio Carlos Jobim and...

Tango

Genre: Tango The term "tango" has many meanings and interpretations, but it is commonly understood as the Argentinian urban dance in the twentieth century. It's usually in duple meter, meaning...

Bel canto

Musical concept: Bel canto The term bel canto literally means beautiful singing in Italian. The term is subjected to different interpretations. Generally, bel canto is understood as the Italian singing...