To confidently identify intervals, you’ll first need to master your understanding whole-steps and half-steps—also known as tones and semi-tones. A half-step (semi-tone) is two different notes with the smallest possible distance between them—for example, B up to C, or E down to Eb. Think of two frets right next to each other on a guitar, or two keys (including the black keys) right next to each other on the piano. A whole-step (tone) is made up of two half-steps—for example, B up to C#, or E down to D…
Includes All the Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic, Melodic) & Chromatic Scales — Plus Additional Instructions on Music Fundamentals Complete Book of Scales Chords Arpeggios and Cadences by Willard A. Palmer, Morton Manus, and Amanda Vick Lethco offers scale, chord, arpeggio, and cadence studies in all major and minor keys presented in a convenient two-page format. […]
Josefa Heifetz, daughter of renowned violinist Jascha Heifetz, is a pianist, teacher, and lexicographer well-versed in the idiomatic languages of both the keyboard and the English language. Her 24 Exercises at the Piano by Josefa Heifetz contains a series of trills, scales, chromatics, and arpeggios in single-note strings designed to help the player develop finger […]
Cymbals play an integral part of a drummer’s set up, and they are a significant investment. With a cymbal purchase, you will have to be completely confident that sound is right for you and your music. They cannot be altered or tuned in the way that drums can. So it’s imperative to invest in cymbals that will compliment the styles of music you play! In this guide I aim to provide as much information as I can about cymbals to help educate you on how to choose the perfect cymbals that are right for you, and what you need to consider when looking to invest in new cymbals.
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 […]
Popular YouTube sensation and award-winning children’s songwriter Emily Arrow has released a new book: Kid’s Guide to Learning the Ukulele: 24 Songs to Learn and Play for Kids. In this book, children will learn the fundamentals of the ukulele and practice 24 songs, games, and activities with Emily’s expert guidance. Learn how to hold, tune, […]
The ability to play at speed (at least some/relative speed) is an important part of guitar playing. Even if you don’t want to be a modern-rock-virtuoso-shredder playing a million notes per click at an ungodly BPM, continuously improving your playing speed is essential for other reasons. So often a guitarist who isn’t considered “a fast […]
By Stefanie August In my numerous years of working as a nightclub and theater vocalist, I always had to keep my voice strong and focused. We singers must be able to keep from sounding winded while singing, especially if we are dancing or playing an instrument. Below are some best practices for strengthening one’s voice […]
George Lawrence Stone’s Stick Control is the original classic, often called the bible of drumming. In 1993, Modern Drummer magazine named it first in the top 25 drumming books of all-time. In the words of the author, this is the ideal book for improving “control, speed, flexibility, touch, rhythm, lightness, delicacy, power, endurance, preciseness of […]
Even if you’ve never heard of the term, you know what it is. “Money beats” are the basic drumbeats that keep us grooving in pop, rock, country, dance hit after hit after hit. Rich Redmond is a guy who knows thing or to about hits, because he’s been the drummer on 26 #1 hits. He knows the thing or two abut money beats, too. After all, he’s been the drummer on 26 #1 hits…..