Fernando Sor: Classical Guitar Pioneer

There was a time when the guitar was not considered to be an appropriate instrument upon which to convey the beauty of classical music. It was thought to be too common an instrument. This was the time of Fernando Sor (1778 – 1839). Many people consider Sor to be the...

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6 Music Apps for Aspiring Musicians

Metronomes, tuners, recording devices, sheet music, books and stands are all the tools that most of us older musicians remember carrying around with us when we were younger. Moreover, many times as we faced the challenge of mastering our scales, developing our...

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Practice Time

Anyone who has tried to acquire any skill knows the old adage “practice makes perfect.” This is true of course. Steady, consistent practice time puts students on the road to mastery in all kinds of learning situations. However, the truth is that practice has to be...

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Music Does a Mind Good

There’s an old commercial where a boy (and sometimes a girl) is featured drinking a glass of milk and growing before our very eyes. The tagline for the commercial is “Milk, it does a body good.” Of course, the commercial is meant to tout the benefits milk has on the...

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Tips for Getting Your Child to Practice Music

One of the greatest joys there is to being a parent is witnessing the excitement and delight our children have when picking up his or her first musical instrument. This is because we know what a wondrous journey mastering a guitar or piano or other musical instrument...

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The Evolution of Holiday Music

Can you imagine a world without Christmas? What about Christmas without carols? Although not everyone celebrates Christmas for the same reason, the evolution of holiday music has evolved dramatically since the Middle Ages and early 1700’s. Christmas songs became...

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Expressing Gratitude through Music

Giving thanks is among the noblest sentiments that one person can express to another person or indeed to their deity. And because of the depth of this emotion, it is also among the most difficult sentiments for composers to express through their music. Feelings that...

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When Should Your Child Begin Piano Lessons?

We’ve all seen the videos on YouTube and other sites that show some adorable 5 year-old playing his/her note perfect version of some classical piece of music such as Mozart’s Piano Sonata No 11 in A major K 331 Third movement (Rondo Alla Turca) or Frederic Chopin’s...

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