Tips & Ideas

10/28/2015 - 1:32pm EDT by
Jerry La Rosa
1. FIRST LESSON-BEFORE YOU EVEN PUT YOUR HANDS ON THE KEYBOARD…Look at your hands. The thumbs are number 1. Proceed in order of 1, 2, 3 ,4 and 5. Notice how this order naturally provides motion in... Read More
04/16/2015 - 3:53pm EDT by
Stu Goodis
Being a Jazz improviser I use an improvised approach to warming up. Set a metronome to a moderate pace. Begin improvising quarter notes. Focus on even notes and control the volume. Stay as relaxed... Read More
03/28/2015 - 5:55pm EDT by
Daron Aric Hagen
About fifteen years ago, I ceased teaching composition pupils in a traditional academic setting. Of course, I still give private lessons and master classes, but faculty meetings and curriculum... Read More
07/05/2014 - 3:53pm EDT by
Edwin Itoh
If the guitar had only one string, it would be quite easy to understand the mechanics of the guitar fretboard. It would be laid out just like a piano, where the further to the right you go, the... Read More
01/19/2014 - 9:24pm EST by
Barbette Falk
Warming up will ready you for meatier things to come in your musical making experience! Practice long tones, scales and etudes slowly using lots of air BEFORE playing tunes and songs/pieces.... Read More
07/13/2013 - 10:09am EDT by
Ghenady Meirson
Greatness lives and shines in live performances. I am a fan of "live" both in concerts and recorded live. The word 'authenticity' is big and overused. Without getting philosophical, it is a huge... Read More
03/13/2013 - 11:33am EDT by
Dennis Bell
Having been a long time award winning record producer, composer, arranger, conductor... Read More
03/12/2013 - 3:13pm EDT by
Ghenady Meirson
Here is a rare footage of the great violinist Jascha Heifetz at the piano, yes at the piano, accompanying his student in a Bach concerto in A minor. This film clip is from the series of violin... Read More
03/01/2013 - 4:40pm EST by
Susan Anders Brizick
Effective and Efficient Practice for Voice Lessons and Singing Success 1. Establish a time and place to practice daily. Write it in your planner or schedule it on your phone. 2. Pick 2 goals... Read More
02/28/2013 - 11:29am EST by
Ghenady Meirson
Be inspired. I've known Joyce since she was an opera student at AVA. She heard plenty of NOs then, but knew she could learn. She heard lots of NOs thereafter, for the next eight years or so, but... Read More

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