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Away from the Roost: Reharmonizing the Chicken!

Here are a few notes about Flavio Lira’s “THE CHICKEN Travels the World,” a cool multi-groove arrangement of “The Chicken.” Flavio invited me to record it over at Lessonface’s studio in New York’s West Village earlier this year, along with some fantastic musicians, most of whom teach on the platform as well.

Each of us also got to record a short tutorial to showcase something we played in the video:

Fun times!

Meet Your Mentor: Emily Coulston

Lessonface is happy to announce the revival of our podcast, Meet Your Mentor! We're starting off with our February Teacher of the Month, Emily Coulston. Emily is a songwriting, voice, and guitar teacher, as well as a talented performer. The podcast begins with an intimate recording of Emily's song, "Hands" and continues on with her experience as an educator and songwriter. 

The Importance of Transcription

An amazing way to enhance your musical vocabulary

Transcription may sound like a fancy musical term, but the truth is you have probably already transcribed a tune and didn’t even know it! Let’s start with Merriam Webster’s definition: 

Transcription - an arrangement of a musical composition for some instrument or voice other than the original.

Mike Mitchell: Teacher of the Year!

Mike Mitchell, Lessonface Teacher of the Year!

...treat it no differently than they would coming to a studio in person.  Be committed to the process, realize that the instruction is the same, whether on screen or in the room.  Your work is no different.  The learning process is the same. 

--Mike Mitchell, Lessonface teacher of the year's advice on Lessonface & online music lessons

On Achieving Your Goals in 2018

goal setting on a calendar

Want to make some real progress musically in 2018? Now that the holidays are over, the new year is here, and winter is REALLY settling in (especially for those of us on the east coast of the US), it's the perfect time to cozy up to your instrument and think about what you want to accomplish this year — and how you're going to do it.

Set Good Goals

Goals should be specific and achievable

Learn to Play Auld Lang Syne and Deck the Halls on the Ukulele

Want to learn a couple of timeless hits on the uke and delight your friends and relatives over the holidays? Ukulele master teacher Khabu Young demonstrates a couple of holiday classics in basic and more advanced versions in these video tutorials. 

Auld Lang Syne

For Beginners

 Watch and download the documents following this video to get learn the chords and a strumming pattern for Auld Lang Syne. 

How to Play Silent Night on Fingerstyle Guitar

Leah Kruszewski demonstrates how to play a beautiful Silent Night in this short tutorial video.

Download the tabs for Silent Night for fingerstyle guitar here.

Bassists: Advance Your Slap Skills

Work on your slap skills with this tutorial from Yonit Spiegelman. Backing tracks and handout are below. 

Basic Slap Bass Handout
 

Advanced Time and Feel Exercises for Bass Guitar

Want to take your groove to the next level? Join our Lessonface teacher Yonit Spiegelman for her second video in the series 'Time and Feel for Bass Guitar' for cool techniques including ghost-notes, hammer-ons, a few tips for your fills, and a challenging yet fun track to add to your practice routine.

It’s Never Too Late to Pick Up a New Instrument

Never too late to pick up an instrument

There’s an old tale that says once you’ve turned 18 years old, you can no longer pursue the dream of learning a new instrument. We can’t pick things up as quickly, we don’t have the appropriate time to practice or have limited motivation - these are all stories we tell ourselves to make us feel a bit better about staying within our comfort zones.

Forget these excuses! It takes one decision (and a bit of a daily push) to give your life some new color and sound. Here are a few tips on how to set yourself on the right path.

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