Understand To Perform the Instrument - Release the Energy of Bar Chords

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | comments

So you've been playing away on guitar and pulling through some pentatonic doldrums machines over the last few several weeks. However, something in the returning of your thoughts is consuming away at your gameplay. You think constantly for a few painful times or weeks and then it strikes you like a shipping practice. When you see a group stay they are practicing guitar low on the throat while you have been enjoying notes towards the nut. Eureka!

This is where bar notes start the image. These innovative observe forms will take some getting used to and need a sometimes superhuman durability in your worrying pointer handy. The elegance about these observe forms is you can glide them up and down the throat. The more you glide away from the nut the simpler it gets to media in the bar form with your pointer handy.

- The appropriate strategy is to lay your pointer handy smooth across a particular worry (let's select the third worry for now). The returning of your thumbs pad will prepare itself against the returning of the throat and help you call the post on the throat. You will want to analyze each of the post to create sure you can attack a observe and not a modest sequence. The next process is to handy an start observe form with your staying three fingertips (middle, band, and pinky). The typical start observe forms are E, Em, and A. However, you can still handy a C and G observe as well as some non-traditional notes you have been testing.

As you glide the worrying side up and down the throat you are successfully modifying the message of each observe 1/2 phase over the course of each worry. In other terms, if you create an Em start bar observe form on the third worry it now becomes a G Chord. (Em on the start second worry, F on the first worry, F# on the second worry, and then G on the third fret). If you proceed this same observe form to the fifth worry it will become an A Chord and so on and so forth.

- To effectively figure out how to relax and play guitar you will need to research with bar notes up and down the throat in several different forms. Once you expert this strategy you will look like a stone god as you are now enjoying below the 5th fret!

How To Pick The Right Flute For Your Kid

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 | comments

f your kid is 8 to 11 years old, you should look for a C flute. Don't worry, you won't have to spend hours looking for such an instrument, as it is the most common and widely accepted key of flute. You should also choose an off-set G and not an inline G otherwise your kid won't be able to stretch his left finger to easily depress the key. Besides, an off-set G is built on an angle so it is easier to reach and your child will be able to learn faster what speed and accuracy means. This type of flute will also help your little rookie play only with the left hand, on the notes G, A and B, and to leave the right hand around the barrel of the flute when he cannot achieve strength and balance.

If your child is too small for his age, you should be careful that the flute you want to buy has a footjoint that will be very useful until your kid succeeds in adjusting to the size of the instrument. In addition, he will be able to learn play many notes, chromatic and diatonic, low, middle and high octaves. In time, he will be able to extend G, A, and B in order to include F and E.

Moreover, if your child has never played the flute before, you should purchase a closed hole, or "student" flute, because it is easier to master by the child's small sized hands and the child will be able to focus on playing without having to worry for not covering the openings with his little fingers. On the other hand, if your child is not exactly a rookie and he has played the flute for at least a year, than you should think of spending a little more money on a beginner's level flute such as the closed-hole Jupiter Prodigy with smaller finger buttons and reduced length.

Nevertheless, don't let your eyes be fooled by the brand. There are expensive flutes that won't be the right choice for your kid now and there are cheaper flutes (obviously not those made in China) that don't cut the quality for price. If you want something good for your kid, choose between Yamaha, Armstrong, Geimenhardt, Selmer or Azumi by Altus.

Furthermore, you should be aware of the description "nickel silver", as this type of metal contains no silver at all; it's nothing else than an alloy of copper, nickel, and zinc that is not very qualitative. Though many brands use this material for student level flutes, you should actually avoid it.

How To Buy A Diatonic Harmonica For Christmas

Sunday, December 30, 2012 | comments

Whether it's for your 10-year-old daughter or your teenage nephew, your sister or your uncle, a harmonica would bring a lot of smiling on their faces. Since there are several types of harmonicas, we will assume that the receiver of your gift has never played an instrument before, so we'll give you some tips on how to buy a diatonic harmonica for Christmas.

The key is very important

The diatonic harmonicas are available in various keys, so if you want to give the small instrument to someone else you should also buy the key thinking on whether that person would sing solo or accompanied by other musicians. If that person is a rookie, you should buy the key of D, which is easier than the key of C and which is usually chosen for practicing bending. Of course, the most common and most appreciated is the key of C, so you could also go for it. In addition, you should also think about the musical preferences of that person. If the individual who will receive your gift is passionate about Blues, Rock or Country music, you should buy the keys of F, D, A, C, G, E and Bb, but if he or she loves jazz, you should choose between the keys of Ab, Bb, Db, Eb and F#.

Pay attention to the manufacturing materials

Generally harmonicas are made of plastic, wood or metal, but each of these materials influences the performance and the sound. For example, a diatonic harmonica made of plastic won't sound as 'professional' as a harmonica made of metal, but it will definitely be fitting any average budget with its less expensive price tag. The metal harmonicas are heavier than those made of plastic, but their sound is more powerful and clearer, while a harmonica made of wood provides a warmer sound than the metal or plastic. The price of a wood harmonica is average, so you won't have to make a financial effort to buy one, but it's porous and less resistant in time. Analyze the pros and cons of the materials and take into consideration that a rookie may be motivated on the long term with a more expensive diatonic harmonica rather than with a cheap plastic one that may not feel too comfortable.

Choose the brand carefully

Hohner is the number one brand of diatonic harmonicas in the world, so it has the widest selection of models, especially in the United States. Of all, you should select the "Marine Band", which is a modular system, meaning that all its parts can be interchanged and replaced.

Tips for Buying a Children's Keyboard

Monday, December 24, 2012 | comments (1)

Nowadays, guitars are cooler than keyboards and yet many children are more interested in playing things on the keyboards. They love to perform, and what better way to nurture their possible talent than with a great quality children's keyboard. They are fun, easy to use by their small fingers, and affordable for all families. Here are some tips for buying a children's keyboards to help you out on your shopping:

• Choose a keyboard with plenty of features. It's not the time to be Scrooge and say pass to a keyboard that could make your child the happiest in town only because you have to pay some extra dollars. You should know that for your 10 years old kid the price is irrelevant, so you should care more about his joy of experimenting and learning than about discounts.

• The brand counts. If you want your child to learn playing the keyboards on the best feature-rich, sounding, value-for-money electronic keyboard, you should purchase a Yamaha or a Casio. If you don't expect your child to pay like a pro someday, buy him a Korg, a M-Audio or a Roland.

• Be very attentive with the number of keys. You should know that more keys on the instrument means more room for playing, so pick a keyboard with 49 keys (4 octaves) if you don't have too much space at home or one with 61 keys (5 octaves) if space is not an issue.

• The type of keys plays a major part in motivating your child to play keyboards. A keyboard with thin plastic keys will be very easy to play but less durable.

• Make sure the keyboard you want to buy has a wide array of sounds, including real world acoustic and electric sounds, synthetic sounds, and sound effects. It doesn't matter if you think some acoustic sounds are dubious, your kid will love them and he will have fun with the synth sound effects.

• Buy a keyboard that has a sustain pedal that is necessary for holding the sound of played notes. Not all home keyboards have it, so be careful.

• Don't neglect the importance of polyphony values. For your child, a 32 is more than decent as it's enough to avoid the notes being cut off and play more detailed accompaniments.

• Auto-accompaniment is also important. You should buy a keyboard that has automatic accompaniment for drums, bass, guitar, patterns for song intros, outros, bridge, verse, chorus, and that will allow your kid to record his own accompaniments. You should also know that this type of auto-accompaniment is more expensive.

• Be certain the keyboard comes with drum pads just above the keys; they will increase the fun when playing or sequencing rhythm.

• Last but not least, choose a keyboard that has built in Interactive Learning, a system that will teach your kid how to play notes and chords. It's definitely very expensive, but you should look at the bright side: you won't have to pay a teacher to show him the basics.

Seven Smart Tips For Ukulele Rookies

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 | comments

Ukuleles are becoming increasingly well-known and more young people are drawn to learning how to play this small but great instrument. If you decided to give ukes a chance, then there are a few things you need to know before taking your first strum. Here are a few smart tips for ukulele rookies that will help you out with a good start.

1. Pay attention to the strings. There are different types of strings on the market, but you should always look for higher quality strings such as Worth or Aquila. You could consider changing the strings you have on your ukes, but before spending your money, wait for week or two. If by then the strings don't stretch out and settle in for staying in tune, you can replace them with new ones.

2. Learn how to read ukulele tab even if your friends advise you to play by the ear. It's true that many people can play ukes great without knowing how to read tabs, but you should always remember that knowledge means power and that you will have a major advantage over the others.

3. Play slow, very slow. Imagine you're a snail and the strings are the road and play it as slow as you can. You will get the correct rhythm, you won't make mistakes that later on would be very difficult to address and try to increase the speed gradually over time, even if for now it doesn't sound very good.

4. Be careful how you hold your ukes. The ukulele is a small instrument and if you hold it too tightly, you will lose a lot of volume and tone. Watching how true artists hold the uke would be very helpful.

5. Record yourself playing. If you're a ukulele rookie, then you must have troubles playing and listening to yourself at the same time. That's why you should record yourself, as you will notice quickly what you're doing wrong and you'll know how to fix it. Besides, you will get used to playing in front of the microphone, which will be very helpful if you ever intend to play in front of a larger audience.

6. Buy yourself a good uke. Do some studies first, find a ukulele that you really like, that has good tone and analyze its neck and the height of the strings. If the neck feels comfortable, if the height of the strings is not too high or too low (they make a buzz) and if the price is not the cheapest (lower price reflect on quality, which can hinder progress), than you should become the owner of that ukulele.

7. Last but not least, don't forget to have fun! Playing ukulele is so much more fun than playing any other music instrument, but only if you know how. When you make a mistake, laugh about it instead of criticizing yourself and you'll find out that with time. You'll make fewer mistakes and you'll be happier.

The Benefits of Discipline in Music

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | comments

Many people think of discipline as something negative, associating it with punishment. It actually derives from a Latin word that meant teaching or instruction. Discipline is beneficial and necessary. It also includes the factor of control. With discipline, one learns patience, enhances creativity, gains insight, joy and a sense of accomplishment.

We commonly hear that practice makes perfect. But in music, the fallacy with this is the notion that all one simply needs to do is play the piece over and over to practice it. While repetition is important and necessary, it is not enough. Learning music is much more involved than that, and is too comprehensive, of course, to cover in an article. But let me touch upon a few stable points (mostly from European and Russian schools of practice) to give an orientation as to proper practice and why discipline is such a key factor to it. The majority of virtuosos, prodigies, word-class performers and professional musicians apply these.

For example, let's take classical piano. Of course we all know about routinely doing scales and arpeggios before practice sessions, but that's too basic. Practicing each hand separately helps focus and strengthen that component. Practicing at a much slower tempo secures the mastery of the piece. Most musicians, who haven't practiced that way, when asked to play slowly, won't be able to, believe it or not; they've been operating on an automaticity instead of mastering and controlling their piece. Lots of world-class pianists even practice with a metronome up until the last minutes before a concert. There are also techniques related to gaps, jumps, runs, chords and passages, but these are too many to mention here. But know that the majority or all of these methods are applied regularly by the real pros. They became great because they were taught music properly.

To illustrate a real-life example, a famous and ingenious musician was seen practicing before a major recital that day at an extremely slow tempo, unemotionally (conserving it for his performance) for nearly seven hours straight. One automatically assumes that such a legend should simply waltz onto stage, sit on the piano bench, and give the performance of a lifetime. Well, he did. But the reason he did was because of the true discipline that led up to that.

One might think these methods of discipline are tedious and frustrating. It might sound like using a dry metronome or practicing a piece in an unemotional, detached way would kill creativity. But quite the contrary. These techniques challenge the musician to gain control and mastery and not to just play "automatically". Rather, he has his own freedom of expression; real artistry blossoms. Perhaps, this might even be the reason why music is proven to raise IQ.

Music theory elements should be incorporated as well. And if elements of Movement Education, as covered in previous articles of mine, are also applied, then the results would be magical. One's artistic mastery would be replete, like a seven-course fine meal.

Vintage Pickups - Information Your Students Need to Know

Thursday, December 6, 2012 | comments

The market for new, replacement pickups has absolutely gone through the roof over the last 10 years and the biggest segment of demand is pickups that offer the hard to get beauty of that classic,vintage tone. To provide your students with some of the basic information they need to know about vintage pickups, the best bet is to keep it simple.

There was definitely some differences to the way some of the most popular classic pickups, specifically the Gibson P 90s, PAF humbuckers, and the Fender single coils were conceived. The influx of randomness is hailed as part of the reason for their delicious tones. To illustrate, unevenly wound coils on the Gibson PAF's tend to give bite, and add a lot of treble to the end result, however the resulting grit is hard to deny. The Telecaster bridge pickup and single coil offerings in the Stratocaster also provide a lot of edginess that is well documented. Again to re-emphasize, this is one of the contributing factors to the desirability of these vintage pickups. So the question could be asked, being the fact that mass manufacturing of these pickups was in its infancy, these had to be hand wound, right?

The answer is no.

All of the main manufacturers, used actual machines to do this tedious work, and they still do. The misconception of the term, "hand wound", came into creation because of the extensive human element involved in the process. For instance, Single coil pickups were wound only one coil at a time, with an experienced employee working the supply spool and guiding the wire, making up the coils into place. Because of the obvious inconsistencies having any sort of human element involved in such a tedious process, the end result was pickups that were all a little different. This is because of the discrepancies in the wire guiding, and how full they were with wire when they were done. Obviously, today the process is much more streamlined and a lot of effort has been put into learning which inconsistencies reproduce that ever so sought after tone. This is one of the reasons why today's reproductions of these vintage beauties is so much more on a level basis. Back in the day, it was not uncommon to find a dud in the mix, or pickups of varying strength due to one having more coils on it then another.

Finding that perfect tone, is something that all guitar students need to be educated on, whether it's through online guitar classes, or in person lessons with a qualified teacher. Tone and achieving a good playing sound for whatever specific type of music an aspiring guitar student is interested in, is something that should be emphasized! Exposing your students to the beauty and richness of these classic guitar pickups will open their minds to all kinds of possibilities.

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