Tying It Together: Defining the Difference Between Ties and Slurs

The difference between tied notes and slurred notes in music can cause confusion—which is not surprising, since they are both noted the exact same way! Both slurs and ties are indicated with arc-shaped lines placed either above a grouping of notes (if the notes’ stems are pointing down) or below a grouping of notes (if the stems are pointing up).

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The Workings of the Piano: For the Up-and-Coming Pianist

If you want to get into playing the piano, it’s a good idea to get a basic understanding of how the instrument works. Before you even sit down at the piano bench, or sign up for lessons, educating yourself about the instrument gives you a base to start from, and may even help you decide if it’s the right choice of instrument for you.

Gator Releases Instrument Face Masks, Bell Covers for School Band and Music Programs

In its commitment to help school band and music programs continue while adhering to health and safety standards, Gator is now offering instrument and face cover solutions that follow recommendations from the NFHS (National Federation of State High Schools) study. Gator’s product designs incorporated the study findings and insights. Gator’s new double-layered wind instrument face […]

Music Publisher Releases Inaugural Jazz Ensemble Music for Educators and Students

Excelcia Music Publishing recently launched its first Jazz Ensemble music release with 15 new and inspiring tunes from well-known composers as well as talented newcomers. Recognizing these unusual times, the release comes with the publisher’s state-of-the art digital catalog which provides unprecedented assistance to educators to listen, plan and select new jazz ensemble music, including features […]

How to Practice Like a Pro

Efficient and organized practicing is a determining factor in a musician’s overall technical and musical progress on the instrument. Although this article mainly focuses on proper practicing techniques for string performers in classical music, any instrumentalist performing in diverse musical genres can also take advantage of this general practicing approach. Everyone has heard of the […]