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Expanding Your Ear With Polyrhythms

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Play Along MP3 and rhythmic notation.
 

Overview:

The goal of this exercise is to familiarize the listener/student with the mental challenges and rhythmic demands of polyrhythms. In this exercise the goals are simple to understand, but harder to master. You do not need to be a drummer or percussionist to get value out of this. Additionally you do not even need an instrument, you can literally tap on any available surface.

Now Accepting Submissions from Rising Stars

Calling all musicians ages 9-17 to our Rising Stars Competition! Five students will win a complete fall 2017 semester's worth of lessons with teachers of their choice on Lessonface.com!

To enter, create a short video performing an original or uncopyrighted work and send it to us by July 30th. You will of course need parent or guardian permission to do so. If you are under 13, your parent or guardian will need to enter on your behalf.

See the full competition terms and enter by clicking here.

All You Need to Know to Start Flute Lessons

Are you or your child starting to learn to play the flute? Read on for advice from the experienced flutists and flute educators of Lessonface for what you will need to get started.

Meet Your Mentor Podcast Announcement

Welcome to the Meet Your Mentor podcast brought to you by Lessonface. In this podcast, we interview our teacher of the month to inspire rising musicians. Learn about where our teachers have come from, what they have experienced, and why you should learn from them. The first episode features Ron Ferlito, March's teacher of the month. Learn about Ron's journey through music and where his inspiration started. Don't forget to subscribe to hear next month's episode!

How to Prepare for Your First Piano Lesson

Beginner piano player

Although piano is a common instrument to study, it can be complicated getting ready for your first lesson. Instruments are large and can be expensive. We turned to our teachers to help advise future students on how to prepare for lessons, even while on a budget.

Inspiration for Beginning Ukulele

ukulele player

The ukulele has many features that cause it to be such an attractive beginning instrument. Aside from being very portable, Lessonface ukulele teachers agree it is a very approachable instrument. To make your transition to beginning the ukulele even smoother, we asked our teachers to outline what students need to know in order to begin their lessons.

Mandolin Appreciation with Alan Epstein

The first step to music appreciation is listening. Experienced mandolin instructor Alan Epstein shared with us his favorite tunes that will make you want to pick up a mandolin and learn how to play.  

Maggie May by Rod Stewart

Skip to 3:33 to catch the mandolin solo at the end of this popular tune.

Flash Cards for Learning to Read Music - Free to Download and Print

Awesome and easy to use flash cards for learning to read music

Learning to recognize notes on the staff is a necessary part of playing music from sheet music. We created some flashcards to help new learners memorize the names of the notes on the staff. The templates below are made to print easily on home or office printers. They are completely free to use and share (not for re-sale).

How to Easily Create Fun Jams

Whenever we pick up an instrument the starting process can be long and frustrating, but it does pay off when we first start to play some of our favorite tunes - even if we are able to only play the intro or main riff of a specific tune.

The next big rewarding step, on every students life, is to be able to create something, to be able to pick the instrument and just jam! So today we will show you a couple of ideas about that.

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