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Watch the New Video of Piano, Voice, and Audition Prep Coach Liz Turner Talking About Her Experience with Lessonface

Many thanks to Liz Turner for making this great testimonial about her work on Lessonface. We're so happy to be working with Liz. If you're looking for a piano, voice, or audition prep coach you can book with Liz at https://www.lessonface.com/lizturner

Four Tips on How to Choose Your Instrument

Martin acoustic guitar and Ibanez electric guitar

Choosing an instrument can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be so hard! If you sit back and consider these key points, you will be in the right direction to find your future instrument.

Age

Some instruments are easier to play as a young child while others can be extremely difficult! For one thing, some instruments are just too big. It would be difficult to imagine a four year old playing an upright bass. For younger children, piano, voice, and violin are popular choices.

Perfecting Your Repertoire: How to Practice Until You Can't Get It Wrong

“An amateur practices until he gets it right; a professional practices until he can’t get it wrong” 

Twenty Composition Prompts for Young Guitarists

Young guitarists love writing songs! As with any creative task, the hardest part is getting started, so here are some ideas to inspire budding composers.

Learn to Rock the Classics: the Sonata di Chitarra

In our new promotional video, popular bass guitarist and music educator Yonit Spiegelman shows guitar beginner Colin some basics by ably using a great tune -- a tune truly for the ages. 

Why Does Our Musical Alphabet Have Twelve Tones?

One of my guitar students recently asked me if musical tones vary as much as the color palette does among cultures and languages. For example, all languages have words for the fundamental colors such as black, white, red, yellow, blue, and green; but vocabulary for more complex variations varies greatly. Some languages do not have words for colors like purple, pink, orange, or brown. Other languages have specific words for colors that we English-speakers would consider subtle variations. In Russian, the colors light blue and dark blue have completely distinct and unrelated words.

Pentatonic, Blues & Mixolydian Scales on Guitar

When improvising a solo, beginner guitar players tend to pick one scale and go with it for the entire solo. While this strategy can be really cool, solos are often made more interesting by mixing together a variety of scales in order to achieve different sounds.
 
Let’s pick a chord as a jumping-off point: 

A7 (A C# E G)

Build Your Own Classical Guitar Warm-Up, Part 3: Scales

build your own guitar warm up

You can break down the mechanics of classical guitar playing into three fundamental techniques: slurs, arpeggios, and scales. Spending time improving each of these mechanisms will make playing a lot easier and improve your sound. This is the third of a three-part series that will give you the ingredients you need to build a short warm-up routine. I will introduce several studies of varying difficulty, so choose the examples that best suit your playing level.  

Fundamental Aspects of Piano Technique

Good hand position and posture for piano

Good technique is key to mastering any instrument. In addition to facilitating quicker movement around the instrument, proper technique also helps prevent injury (every musician’s worst nightmare!). This article explains three crucial aspects of piano technique which should be practiced by pianists of every skill level. Keeping these points in mind will help virtually any pianist both improve their facility at the keys and reduce their chances of strain or discomfort.

1. Relaxation

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