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How to Help Musicians During Times of Quarantine

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things, and people around the world are struggling. Artists and performers are one group that have been hit hard economically. Many musicians make their living through performing. A good number supplement that income through teaching music and tutoring, while others may work in the service industry which has also seen many closures. With social distancing and mandatory quarantine being the current norm while the world works to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the income sources for musicians have been suspended indefinitely.  The path ahead will not be easy for anyone, but in … Read more

An Introduction to Latin Music: Cumbia History

One of the most popular dances in Latin America, cumbia has come a long way since its early development among African communities along the pacific coast of Colombia. It is now played and danced in various guises in clubs, on bandstands and on the streets as far north as Mexico and as far south as Argentina, as well as being popular among Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. While cumbia was traditionally played by percussion, vocals and gaita flutes, modern cumbia is played by a full rhythm section of bass and piano, with a full complement of percussion instruments as … Read more

Reading Chord Symbols: A Pianist’s Guide

The piano is a “harmony” instrument, meaning that we can play many notes at once. Certain combinations of notes give us harmonies that we call chords, and the ability to play chords is an important skill, no matter what style of music you’re playing. One of the most efficient routes to knowing which chords to play is by having the ability to read chord symbols. In this article, we’re going to teach you how to read chart-style chord symbols. Along the way we’re going to reinforce our understanding of what chords are and how they’re built. As a bonus, we … Read more

Overcoming the Social Distancing Blues: Ways to Boost your Spirit and Relieve Stress while in Quarantine

COVID-19 has been classified as a pandemic, governments world wide have begun shutting down regular communal activities and ordering everyone to stay indoors to quarantine the potentially sick and limit interactions. While these measures are in the best interest of everyone’s collective health, it is normal to feel anxious and worried about being seemingly cut off from the world with no definite understanding of when these social distancing measures will end. Practicing healthy habits and staying productive in these times of “social distancing” is more important than ever in order to lift your spirits and reduce stress levels. It is … Read more

Monthly New Lessons – July 2018

The month of July has been an exciting month here at LPM. Here is a list of all the lessons & trailers, released in July. If you like what you see, you can check out the lesson by clicking on the respective buttons. Week 4 (23rd July) Minor Seventh off the A String A minor seventh chord is a minor triad with an added flattened seventh. This chord is common in rock tunes. Check out the lesson >> Playing the Hi-Hat Pedal with Left Foot Learn how to use the left foot as a timekeeper while playing funky grooves. You’ll learn … Read more

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 see, you can check out the lesson by clicking on the respective buttons. Week 4 (25 June) The Choke Technique Learn what a choke technique is and how it’s used in various music genres such as jazz music. We’ll look at how to pull off the choke technique. Check out the lesson >> Primary Triads Primary triads in the major key are the tonic, subdominant and dominant. When you label these … Read more

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 see, you can check out the lesson by clicking on the respective buttons. Week 5 (28th May) Time Signatures The time signature 2/4 and 4/8 are actually similar on page, but the only difference is how we count the quaver beats. The full lesson covers all the time signatures you need to learn for ABRSM Grade 4 Theory. Check out the lesson >> Week 4 (21st May) Money by Pink Floyd … Read more

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 this popular option is not just about learning the ABCs and 123s. Homeschooling should encompass a holistic education, in order to cultivate a versatile and well-rounded young person. That’s why music education should be included in any homeschool curriculum. Learning music has benefits that include enhancing a child’s creativity, boosting self-esteem, developing motor-skills, and improving spatial reasoning. A growing number of parents are aware of these benefits. However, there are … Read more

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 function. While it might be true that children have an easier time learning music, you are never too old learn to music. In this article, we’ll give you some tips to get you started with learning music as an adult. We base these tips on the advantages and challenges you face as an adult learning music. Advantages and Challenges of Learning Music as an Adult Learning music as an adult … Read more

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 of rolling back rights for women and the LGBTQIA community. With the rise of the #MeToo movement, vast numbers of women and men have come forward, exposing systemic sexual harassment and discrimination, causing entire industries to be re-evaluated for how they conduct business. So, to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, we discuss obstacles that women face in creating music and tell some fascinating stories from the lives of women … Read more