Category: The Skills

Tony Trischka's Essential Practice Techniques for Bluegrass Banjo

Tony Trischka’s Essential Practice Techniques for Bluegrass Banjo

Lessons from a pro! Tony Trischka’s Essential Practice Techniques for Bluegrass Banjo is a great way for a beginning banjo player to pick up important tips on best practices, but […]

Understanding Musical Keys: Identifying & Using

Understanding Musical Keys: Identifying and Using

Identifying Keys There are two ways to identify a key: Look at the key signature. Analyze the chords of the song. If you happen to be playing from music written […]

Understanding Musical Keys

Understanding Musical Keys: Characteristics

Early on in your musical practice, you will be introduced to the concept of musical keys. Keys are important to understand because every key has a distinct sound created by […]

Introducing Cowboy Poetry

Introducing Cowboy Poetry

The early cowboys seem to have been artists at heart.  Every aspect of their daily lives seems to have made it into verse, from their love of nature to their […]

Music Practice

Music Practice

Don’t be fooled by the price.  Music Practice: The Musician’s Guide to Practicing and Mastering Your Instrument Like a Professional by David Dumais is not a cheesy little booklet full […]

Benefits of Making Music

Benefits of Making Music

Those of us who play music typically do it for the love of it, not necessarily for any benefits it might bring us. However, research indicates that playing an instrument […]

The Roots of Western Music

The Roots of Western Music

One of the most interesting aspects of traditional American music is its lineage.  Traditional songs morph over time, perhaps getting their start in foreign countries and adapting themselves to fit […]

Intellitouch Tuners

Intellitouch Tuners

There are many ways of tuning your instrument.  Not surprisingly, each has its own set of pros and cons: Pitch pipe: Simple and portable, but limited to standard tunings, hard […]

5 Homemade Gifts from the Farm

5 Homemade Gifts From the Farm

There’s nothing like a homemade gift to warm someone’s heart at Christmas.  The time and love put into a handcrafted present make it special. If you enjoy country living, you […]

The Indispensible Capo

The Indispensable Capo

All guitarists need a capo.  Yes, you can get by without one if you know your bar chords, but why not save yourself some finger fatigue and just use the […]