Memorize those scales. How many times have beginning musicians heard this advice, no matter what instrument or genre they are playing? Drilling scales may seem boring when you are anxious to learn new songs, but this discipline has its worth. Here are a few reasons to consider memorizing some scales: Improve your coordination. As aContinue reading “8 Reasons to Memorize Scales”
Looking for an effective way to improve your musical ability in a relatively short period of time? There is a simple tool that can work these wonders for you. This tool is a microphone. There is nothing quite like recording and playback to evaluate your progress. As we run through our songs, we get usedContinue reading “Sharpen Your Skills—Record Your Music”
Tony Trischka’s Essential Practice Techniques for Bluegrass Banjo is a great way for a beginner to pick up tips. It can also be useful for the intermediate player.
Studying scales regularly will pay off when you are playing with others or when you just feel like doing something a little different.
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 a hallmark set of notes. Every key is based on a scale. If you play a C major scale on any instrument, you have justContinue reading “Understanding Musical Keys: Characteristics”
If you are serious about achieving excellence in music, regardless of your preferred genre or instrument, this book is well worth the nominal cost.
Research indicates that playing an instrument goes a long way toward making us healthy, well-balanced individuals. Here’s how.
Summer can be very busy, but don’t forget to learn and brainstorm. Spend some time enjoying nature, researching animals, and growing healthy plants. Brush up on your birdwatching vocabulary. Discover how wood type affects the sound of your guitar. Explore the 11 physiographic regions of Kansas. Learn about rare and popular breeds of livestock. ConsiderContinue reading “Get Ready for July 2016”
June is just around the corner. Take some time to sharpen your knowledge of farming, music, crafts, and history.
Summer is fast approaching! It’s time to battle the bugs, brush up on music skills, and plan some family time for Memorial Day.