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Give Music Lessons with Lessonface Gift Certificates

Lessonface.com Gift Certificate

Looking for the perfect present for the musician or aspiring musician in your life? Lessonface offers gift certificates for online music lessons and classes. 

With their gift certificate in hand, your favorite aspiring musician will be able to find a well-qualified, inspirational instructor suited to their specific schedule and interests for online lessons from wherever they are. Lessonface teachers cover 85+ instruments, dozens of genres, and are leaders in their fields.

The Nature of Progress

Cloudy summit

It would be lovely if progress were a smooth upward incline from playing our awkward first notes to maturing into a skilled, expressive musician.  It would be great to finish each practice session playing everything better, and if, signing in to each lesson, we were confident in having advanced since the last class.  However, musical growth doesn’t happen in a smooth easy line.  We have our leaps and bounds forwards, but we also have setbacks, plateaus, and sometimes feel our playing has worsened.  

Lessonface Presents Alex Skolnick

Alex Skolnick with Ray Suhy and Lessonface staffmembers

Alex Skolnick, the extraordinary thrash and jazz guitarist, was interviewed by Ray Suhy in our second installment of our Lessonface Presents series on November 1, 2018. 

You can watch the entire conversation by enrolling (for free) here

Skolnick delighted us by demonstrating some of his techniques on our trusty classroom guitar, sharing great anecdotes and insights, and even creating a lesson on the fly from the Whale of Fortune. 
 

Teaching the Science of Music and More with Melissa Salguero

Using play dough for musical exploration

Our first Face the Music event kicked off on Thursday, October 18, with 2018 GRAMMY winner for music educator of the year Melissa Salguero. With deft questioning by Chris Ott, dedicated teacher trainer and lifelong educator, who himself was part of the Lessonface staff around 2013-2015, Salguero discussed her tools and techniques for engaging her kids and remaining motivated herself. 

It was a fascinating look into a stellar educator's process. Watch the entire discussion here below.

A Global Concert at Lessonface: Metaphora Intangibile with Celina Charlier and Fabio Pellegatti

Celina Charlier, flute, and Fábio Pellegatti, cello

Celina Charlier, flute, and Fábio Pellegatti, cello, are performing at the Lessonface studio on November 3 for their concert entitled Metaphora Intangibile! We invite you to join us, either online or here at our studio in the West Village!

5 Tips on How to Sound Better on Bass Guitar

Yonit with her bass guitar

Free tip: Tune your guitar every time you play it!

Tip #1: Play with a clean sound

Make sure you mute your strings properly with the thumb and perhaps with other fingers

Tip #2: Control the length of your notes

Long notes, short notes, staccato, muted notes - it’s all in the fingers. Be creative and change a bass-line just by using different lengths! 

Crafting the Perfect Practice Session

Practice Advice from Leah

Try this exercise for a week: Each time you set your instrument down after practicing, write down exactly what you can do now that you couldn’t do at the start of the session.  If you have doubts about whether you have accomplished anything concrete, or even if you have trouble articulating what it is, odds are you are not practicing correctly.  Follow these steps to refine your approach to practicing and accelerate your progress.

Five Tips For Acing Your Berklee Audition

Berklee College of Music Ensemble Building, By Twp

So, you want to get into Berklee College of Music? Here’s what you’ll need to know and do in order to give the best audition possible, straight from the experts: Berklee alumni and professors teaching on Lessonface.com.

How To Learn New Music

New music in the sunshine on a guitar

Learning a piece of music well requires careful, focused attention from the very beginning.  A sloppy, undisciplined start is an invitation for mistakes, corrections, and almost certain frustration later on.  The more discipline and care you put into learning a piece correctly, the better you will play it and the more you will enjoy it.  

Guitar Guide for Beginners

Guitar options

How to Select and Care for Your First Instrument

for acoustic, classical, and flamenco students

Buying your first guitar can be daunting.  You need a decent instrument, but you don’t know how to recognize one.  You’re excited to start playing, but you don’t want to spend a fortune before you know you’ll stick with it.  Here are the important points to consider in choosing your first guitar and making it last for years.  

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