Playing In Church Bands

I'm using “church” as a general term for wherever people worship, not to distinguish from synagogues, mosques, ashrams, or other places of worship. Church bands run the gamut from chamber…

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Playing In Cover Bands

Cover bands play songs by other artists. They don't write their own music. Most cover bands play either rock or country music, and most work in bars and night clubs.…

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Distance Learning

Here in Houston, schools have had to close several times in years past due to floods, including hurricanes Allison, Ike and Harvey. A couple of years ago, area schools had…

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Teaching Guitar Solos From Books

Modern lead guitar contains elements which can’t be notated in detail. Neither staff nor tablature can describe vibrato or string bends, except in very general terms. You can’t read a…

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Talk With Your Teacher

When you enroll at a private music school, there are several things you should talk with your teacher about. Do you want to learn to read music? What are your…

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Non-Accredited Music Schools

Non-accredited, private music schools are in nearly every city and town. If you need instruction suited to your individual needs, then you are better off with a private teacher who…

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Classical Music Degrees

Is a classical music education really the best choice for learning the core skills you will need for a career in music? Is it the best preparation for success in…

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Accredited Music Schools

Accredited music schools have the best resources, equipment, instructors and connections. One good thing about accredited programs is they have a definite beginning and end. But if you look at…

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Dysfunctional Teaching Ploys

Valid teaching techniques can devolve into dysfunctional ploys when they're used in ways which don’t serve a constructive purpose.Two of the most common complaints about music teachers is they either…

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Assessing Your Music Teachers – Part 2

Many teachers live their lives in constant anxiety over what parents, owners and other teachers think about them and their abilities. They’re understandably sensitive to the charge they aren't doing…

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