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10 Easy Songs to Play on the Ukulele
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10 Easy Songs to Play on the Ukulele

Once you’ve tuned up that ukulele, here are ten songs the beginner can play. Each song title is linked to an online video tutorial. Bohemian Rhapsody Jake Shimabukuro A,E,C,G Freddie Mercury planned to have this sound like an operatic piece from the beginning, long before any notes were penned, and […]

The 5 Best Cities for Musicians
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The 5 Best Cities for Musicians

The 5 Best Cities for Musicians Are…. #5 Chicago, Illinois Number of Artists: 1300 Population: 2,841,000 Chicago became the hub for jazz and blues in the northern hemisphere, and helped build the popularity of the genres. Jazz and blues are still huge today in Chicago. There are bars and clubs all […]

10 Famous Piano Songs
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10 Famous Piano Songs

  Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata: One of Beethoven’s most notable pieces, Beethoven wrote this song during the summer months of 1801 while staying on an estate in Hungary. He dedicated it to his student/love interest, 17-year-old Countess Giulietta Gucciardi (Beethoven was 31). The song didn’t receive its name until 30 years later, and was named […]

What Are Violin Strings Made Of?
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What Are Violin Strings Made Of?

What are violin strings made of? Well, way back when… The very first violin strings were made from the natural fibers found in sheep or goat intestines, and here’s how they did it. Washed As soon as the animals were killed, the intestines were removed, cleaned of all fecal matter, freed […]

Complete guide to tuning your guitar
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Complete guide to tuning your guitar

How to Tune a Guitar Tuning a guitar makes each string sound like a particular note. This is accomplished by tightening the string using the tuning mechanism at the end of the guitar neck. A traditional guitar has six strings while a bass guitar has four, and tightening the string stretches […]

Teach Yourself to Sing
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Teach Yourself to Sing

Teach Yourself to Sing Singing well is mostly about three things — breathing correctly, strengthening and conditioning your vocal chords, and practicing consistently. Breathing Exercises Most vocal teachers will begin your lessons by teaching you how to breathe the right way while you are singing, because breathing practice helps you learn […]

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10 Easy Songs to Play on the Piano

10 Easy Songs to Play on the Piano The simplest chords to play on the piano are C, F and G, so it follows that the easiest songs to play on the piano are the ones that you can play in those keys. That said, it’s even easier to play […]

The 4 Greatest Pianists of All Time
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The 4 Greatest Pianists of All Time

4. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang was born in Salzburg, Austria, in 1756. By the time he was four, he was able to learn an entire piece of music in thirty minutes, and by age five, he was playing the clavier (a keyboard instrument; especially baroque-era instruments such as the harpsichord, […]

10 Easy Songs to Play on the Guitar
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10 Easy Songs to Play on the Guitar

10 Easy Songs to Play on the Guitar The hardest part of learning to play the guitar is not just nursing your fingertips for weeks; it’s also finding songs that you actually enjoy vs. having to play the do-ray-me songs of your childhood. Below, we’ve added 10 songs you can […]

Top 12 Music Schools in the US
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Top 12 Music Schools in the US

Top 12 Music Schools in the US Every year, high school fledglings head off to unknown parts to follow their hearts and hone their talents at schools of music that will (hopefully) give them all the tools they need to turn their passions into careers. So on to our list. […]

Top 4 Guitar Solos of All Time
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Top 4 Guitar Solos of All Time

Top 4 Guitar Solos of All Time As with every other top 4-10 anything, there’s no way to judge which guitar solos have earned their spot in the Top 4 Hall of Fame. Four. Why four? HOW four? Ask us again in five minutes and this will change. How do we fit […]

The Best Sing Along Songs
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The Best Sing Along Songs

The Best Sing-Along Songs Call us eclectic if you must, but some songs last forever, no matter the generations. We’ve come up with a list of the best songs to sing along with so that you, too, can have as much fun learning how to play or sing them as […]

5 Great Gifts for a Guitar Player
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5 Great Gifts for a Guitar Player

5 Great Gifts for a Guitar Player You might have a guitar player in your life who seems to have everything he or she needs. After all, once you have your guitar, you’re set, right? Not so fast, sugar blossom. There are always ways to enhance someone’s guitar-playing experience. Here […]

5 Great Gifts for a Piano Player
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5 Great Gifts for a Piano Player

No matter the occasion, it can be difficult to know what to buy the piano players in your life. If you don’t want to give something they’ll politely thank you for and put in a box for Goodwill next January, then below are 5 great gift suggestions in order of cost: […]