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Common Beginner Guitar Mistakes

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Learning a new instrument can be difficult. It takes time and motivation to stay on track. The guitar is one of the most popular instruments because it has a nice acoustic sound and is popular in bands. Beginning guitar students (or any beginning instrument student) might become discouraged easily or make avoidable mistakes.

Here are some common guitar mistakes that new students should be aware of.

1. Giving up too soon. Learning a new instrument is not an easy task. It takes time, effort and dedication. Most people will not be able to pick up a new instrument and instantly learn to play it. It?s important to keep in mind that learning a new instrument is a journey and everyone who can plan an instrument has gone through it.
2. Only practicing one chord at a time. This is an easy habit to fall into because it makes sense. But think about learning anything new, often starting out by trying to learn several things at once will be more effective. Instead of learning one chord at a time, try learning three.
3. Buying the wrong guitar. It may seem silly that there is a wrong guitar out there, but there are different sizes. Smaller students should not get a huge acoustic guitar. Students learning guitar to play heavy metal in a band should probably start out on an electric guitar. Every guitar has a purpose.
4. Not changing guitar strings. Dirt and oil from fingers will eventually build up on guitar strings. They need to be changed periodically to maintain clear sound.
5. Taking it too slow because of sore fingers. All guitar players need to build up calluses on their fingers so they can play longer. It might seem like a good idea to take a break because of sore fingers initially, but the more a student practices, the faster the calluses will develop.

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Listen up and be happy: 10 ways music improves your mood!

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1. Music provides entertainment. If you?re bored at home and can?t find anything to do, music can be a way to entertain yourself. Concerts also provide great entertainment!
2. A song can take you back in time to older, better memories. Songs have a way of taking you back to the first time you heard it, or when you heard it with someone special.
3. Music calms you down when you?re stressed. Studies show that if you?re stressed and listen to classical music, your stress will melt away as your heart rate syncs with the music.
4. Music can be a distraction from a hectic day. If you?re feeling overwhelmed or have had a bad day, listen to your favorite artist to improve your mood. When you?re singing along with the lyrics, your mind doesn?t have time to think about anything else.
5. Music can be a way to connect with lost loved ones. Think about a song you shared with that person or an instrument you both played. Playing the song or instrument can make you feel closer to them.
6. Music can help expel unwanted thoughts and emotions. If you?re feeling sad and want to get in a good cry, play some sad songs that you know will make you cry. Afterwards, you will feel refreshed and ready to move on.
7. Playing a song on an instrument can help you feel talented. Playing an instrument increases self-esteem because it?s something to excel at. If you feel like you can?t do anything right one day, pick up your instrument and show the world what you can do!
8. When performing, music can bring about strong emotions! Think about when you?re singing an emotional song and you start to smile or cry. Music has the ability to change your emotion within seconds.
9. Music can energize you in the mornings. Feeling groggy in the morning? Blast a favorite tune and just try to stop yourself from dancing! Music has a way of energizing your mind and body.
10. Music can help you feel like yourself again. Everyone?s had a bad day where they just don?t feel like themselves. Listening to or playing familiar music will help bring you back.

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Unconventional Benefits of Music Lessons

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Music lessons can be fun for kids and help them excel in school and standardized testing, but those aren?t the only reasons to enroll your children in music lessons.

Here are some more benefits of music lessons.

Slow and steady. When first beginning music lessons, there are lots of techniques to learn. Children are used to trying something and, if not seeing immediate results, quitting. Music lessons are a slow progression that ultimately will give results if the students practice and take lessons seriously. Music lessons teach children the importance of sticking with something even if they don?t see immediate results.

Persistence pays off. Music lessons and practicing an instrument are not always going to be fun. Sometimes it will hurt and sometimes it will be boring. That?s life and that?s going to continue to happen. Eventually, children will learn the importance of pushing through the hard stuff to get to the end, but why not start young with music lessons. If children learn young that persistence pays off, then they will save themselves lots of regret by sticking with activities that might not be easy at first.

Self-esteem boost. Self-esteem can be an inherent trait that children come by naturally. For others, developing and excelling at a talent can help raise children?s self-esteem. Kids need to know that they are good at something and music lessons are something that anyone can excel at given enough practice. Not only will music lessons raise children?s self-esteem just by giving them a talent, they will have a built-in group of friends once they are able to join school band. Clubs are a great way for children to make friends and get involved.

Most children will not become a world-class musician, but they will benefit from music lessons for the rest of their lives.

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Improve your overall well being and start singing!

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I?ve already covered the mental health benefits to singing and music lessons, but there are many more reasons to learn to sing!

Emotional benefits of singing lessons:

-Singing lessons increase self-esteem and confidence because singing is something you will be able to do better than your peers.
-Singing enhances your mood. Think about when you?re feeling blue and your favorite song comes on. You can?t help but smile and sing along.
-Singing reduces stress. When you?re singing, you can?t really think about other things because you need to focus on the music and lyrics. If you?re not thinking about the things that stress you out, then you can?t be stressed.
-Singing is energizing. Most people have a playlist for when they work out of fast paced, upbeat songs to keep them energized. If you?re one of those people, think about how much faster you run when one of your favorite workout songs comes on.
-Singing can be healing and evoke emotion. Similar to songs enhancing your mood, songs can also evoke sad feelings. Sometimes that?s a good thing and can be healing if you just need a good cry.

Social benefits of singing lessons:

-Singing enables you to meet new people. Local choirs, church choirs etc. have different people coming together to sing. This is a great outlet to meet new people with similar interests.
-Singing provides support. Choirs often act like support groups where everyone in the choir is supportive of others. The people you meet while singing can become a great place to turn to in times of need.
-Singing brings people together and creates a sense of community. Think about how you feel if you?ve ever watched a choir perform. Often the audience sings or claps along because they feel engaged by the performers.

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Singing Your Way to Good Health

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Singing isn’t just for fun anymore! Studies show that singing actually improves your health and can help with some chronic conditions. But how?

Here are some ways singing can improve your health.

1. Asthma. This is one benefit that definitely makes sense. Proper singing requires deep breaths and breathing techniques. It?s no surprise that this helps people who suffer from asthma or other chronic respiratory illnesses.
2. Aging. Singing promotes youth for lots of reasons! Think about all the muscles in your face that you?re working by singing. You also feel younger since singing makes your feel happier and reduces stress.
3. Memory. Learning to play any instrument helps with your cognitive skills, but singing especially requires you to memorize lyrics and notes. This helps with your overall memory.
4. Immune system. Everyone knows that you?re more susceptible to illnesses when you?re stressed out. Singing reduces stress; therefore singing increases immune system health and keeps you healthier.
5. Posture. This may not seem like a great benefit, but good posture means better breathing and healthier muscles and joints. Slouching is not good for your body in any way and singing doesn?t allow for bad posture.
6. Self-confidence. When you feel better about yourself, you instantly feel healthier. Confidence plays a big part in your health because there are parts of illnesses and recovery that are mental. If you want to feel good, then the majority of the time, you will. Singing increases self-confidence because you?re not stressed, you?re meeting new people and you?re in a good mood.
7. Healthy diet. Believe it or not, there is a vocal health diet. Singers cannot be constantly eating processed foods and ice cream because it messes with their vocal chords. A diet for vocal health includes lots of water, no alcohol or caffeine and lots of healthy foods. You need to keep your body healthy in order to sing properly.

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Playing Music from Memory: Is it necessary?

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Memorization comes in handy in every aspect of life; from school to song lyrics, but is it necessary to memorize music if you’re learning to play an instrument? Of course you need to memorize note names and the position of each note on the staff, but eventually that will become second nature. Is it necessary then to memorize pieces of music?

Here are some pros to memorizing pieces of music.

– Once you have a piece memorized, it?s easier to focus on techniques or how you can play the music better.
– At one point or another, you?ll probably be asked to demonstrate your musical talent at some type of gathering. It?s a good idea to have a couple pieces memorized just in case this situation ever arises.
– If you?re always looking at a piece of music, you can rarely look at your hands and fingers. If you have a piece memorized, then you can spend more time studying the positions your hands make and perfect techniques.
– Musicians look more professional and well rehearsed if they do not need to have a piece of sheet music on the stand during a performance.
– If you want to play in a band, sheet music will not be allowed. When was the last time you saw your favorite band on stage with music on a stand in front of them.

For beginners, it may be helpful to always have sheet music in front of them while they are playing, just in case they become distracted and need to refer to the music. Once you?re an advanced musician, memorizing music will be a huge advantage.

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Making the Most of Music Lessons

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Music lessons can be an expensive investment; you have to pay for the instrument and materials that go along with it, upkeep, lessons etc.? With the money you?re spending on lessons, it?s definitely a good idea to make sure you?re making the most of each lesson!

Here are some tips to make the most of music lessons.

1. Begin music lessons at the right age.? Adults can begin lessons at anytime because their success is based on their dedication.? For children, they need to be mentally and physically able to play an instrument.? Starting a three year old out with vocal lessons isn?t a great idea because they aren?t developed enough to get everything from the lessons.?
2. Take private in home music lessons.? With group lessons or lessons in a classroom setting, students do not get much one-on-one time.? If you?re trying to get the most you can out of each music lesson, private lessons are the way to go.
3. Make sure you have a qualified instructor.? If you want to learn to play the piano like a professional but you?re getting music lessons from someone only qualified to teach beginners, then you won?t progress past beginner level.? Not qualified instructors could also teach you bad habits, which would be hard to break later.? It?s best to learn from a qualified instructor from the beginning if you would like to progress quickly and efficiently.
4. Use practice time wisely.? Don?t sit and practice your instrument in front of the TV or try to cram in practice right before bed.? Set aside designated time each day to practice your instrument and always practice in the same place.? If you?re practicing at the same time in the same place, practice will become routine.
5. Have fun!? If you hate practicing or taking music lessons, then you?re not going to want to progress.? Try finding a different teacher that uses different techniques before giving up on lessons.? Sometimes a new teacher can make things fun again!

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Acoustic vs. Electric: Which guitar is right for you?

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Definitely a big decision for beginning guitarists?should you purchase an electric guitar or an acoustic. Everyone will have an opinion for you, your friend who plays in a band and loves his/her electric guitar will likely push you towards that, the salesperson you are purchasing the instrument from will have an opinion based on how much commission he receives. So how do you know which guitar to choose?

Here are some tips for choosing the right guitar.

Use. What are you using the instrument for? If you?re going to be playing in a rock band, then an acoustic guitar will not produce enough sound. If you want an instrument that you can play anywhere that doesn?t require a lot of equipment, then an acoustic is the way to go. Decide what you will use this instrument for the most, and buy according to that. Eventually you can purchase another guitar, but that might not be a feasible option when you?re just starting out.

Sound. The acoustic and electric guitars produce different sounds. An acoustic guitar will have a natural sound that is uninhibited by electronics. On the other hand, an electric guitar will be able to use modern advances and electronics to amplify and enhance sound. You will be able to create louder and different sounds with an electric guitar.

Difficulty. The electric guitar is easier to play than the acoustic guitar because it is able to use electronics to amplify the sound. Therefore, you don?t need to push down as hard on the strings and your strings can be lighter. Acoustic guitars don?t use amps and require heavier strings to make louder sound. You will need to use more energy to play the acoustic.

What it really comes down to is: which guitar do you want to play. If you?ve had your heart set on playing the acoustic guitar, then that?s what you should get. If you want to play an instrument, then you?ll be motivated to find ways to play that instrument.

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Piano Lesson Myth: Mistakes are okay because I am just beginning to play the piano.

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Myth: Mistakes I make are okay because I am a beginner and just started playing the piano. Beginning piano players will often move past and excuse their mistakes because they feel it?s okay since they are just starting to learn to play the piano. Think about all the other things you started learning and how often you made mistakes, like missing a basket in basketball practice or tripping during a track meet. Since those mistakes are excusable, it seems logical that piano practice mistakes are normal as well.

Fact: If you?re making a mistake while practicing piano, it?s because you?re going too fast or not paying attention. Everyone will make mistakes at first, it?s only natural, but if you keep making those mistakes, you?re not learning. Once you make a mistake during piano practice, start over and slow down. Don?t allow yourself to make the piano mistake and don?t just move past it hoping you?ll get it right the next time. Make sure you get it right the next time!

Slowing down may not seem like it will solve all your problems, but think about typing on a computer keyboard. Odds are, when you first started out, you were not typing 90 words per minute with no errors. You started out slowly, taking your time to make sure you hit all the right keys. Probably even today, if you?re typing on a computer keyboard and you find yourself making lots of mistakes, you can slow down and type with no errors. The piano is the same. If you?re having trouble and making lots of mistakes, then you simply need to slow down and focus. Once you?ve mastered the piece and a slower pace, then you can bring it up to speed.

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Music Lessons Help Raise Children’s Self Esteem

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Self esteem is an issue that parent?s worry about for their children. Children are constantly comparing themselves and being compared to other children. In school, students are trying to be the best and find their niche. Music lessons can be something that children excel at or it can help with their hand eye coordination with sports. Music lessons benefit children in immeasurable ways!

Here are some ways music lessons help children?s self esteem.

Music lessons help children make friends!
Just like all clubs and organized sports, music lessons bring together groups of children with similar interests. Even if your children take private lessons, you can still enroll them in recitals or music programs through school. Lasting friendships are made when people have similar interest. Making new friends and bonding with others over common interests will help raise your child?s self esteem.

Music lessons could be where your child shines!
Most schools have talent shows at the end of the year or solos in choirs. Singing lessons can help prepare your child for their talent show performance or land them the lead in the school musical. Children who are singled out for their talents will often have higher self esteem. Even if your children have natural musical talent, music lessons can take their skills to the next level and refine their techniques.

Music lessons make kids smarter!
Okay, so music lessons don?t necessarily make kids smarter, but they do help with standardized testing, listening skills, hand eye coordination, spatial reasoning etc. Like I said before, children will have higher self esteem if they are excelling at something; that includes school classes. Music lessons can help your children excel in school and find their niche among other students who excel in school.

Music lessons show children a whole new world of music!
Well-rounded, cultured children will be more open minded to change and new challenges. Music lessons introduce children to different cultures and genres of music. Kids love being right and feeling like they know more than others, and they will definitely know more than others if they are interested to new things with each music lesson.

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