Warming Up the Brass Section

For the last few weeks, we’ve been focusing our attention on warm-up techniques for different sections of the orchestra.We started this whole process off with an article on warm-up techniques for the piano, then moved on the guitar and bass, vocalists, and finally last week, we visited the woodwind section. If you’ve been following along with us, then by now you should understand just how important it is to warm up your body and your instrument before you perform, or even just practice.Warming up helps prepare and protect both your body and your instrument from stress, strain, and injury (or...

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Warm-Up Techniques for Woodwinds

Warming up before you play, or even practice, is incredibly important. How important? Think about these hypothetical scenarios:1) Say you’ve just been assigned a big group presentation for a class or work. You’ve been busy with other obligations and haven’t been able to devote the appropriate time to your part of the presentation. Thankfully, your group-mates have picked up some of the slack, and have written out your part for you. But to make matters worse, on the morning of your presentation, you sleep in, arrive late and tired, and you end up just reading notes you haven’t had enough...

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10 Warm-Up Techniques for Vocalists

Over the last few weeks we’ve been exploring fun ways to warm up your body before playing music. We started with piano warm-ups, and last week we covered the guitar and bass. This week we’ll be taking a slightly different approach – the last two weeks have been preparing your body to play your instrument, but this week we’re going to explore vocal warm-ups, where your body is your instrument.That means, just like how an athlete needs to be sure to take the time to prepare before a big game, vocalists need to know how to properly warm-up their voice...

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Warm-Up Techniques for Guitar & Bass

There are literally thousands of exercises and warm-up techniques for the guitar a bass. There are many that are great for beginners who are just starting to get used to having their fingers on the guitar, while others are designed specifically to challenge and grow the technique of more experienced musicians.But no one has time to learn all those thousands of exercises! Wouldn’t you rather learn a few simple, tried and true methods that can help push your technique as long as you continue to play?With that in mind, we’ve got a few easy yet effective warm-ups for both the...

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5 New & Fun Ways to Warm-Up Before Playing Piano

The smart jogger knows not to go for an hour-long run without warming up first. So why wouldn’t the smart musician warm-up before an hour-long lesson or practice session? Regardless of the instrument you play, properly warming up your body (and in some cases, your instrument) is extremely important. That’s why it’s the topic we’ll be diving into over the next few weeks! In this, our first post on the subject, we’re going to take a look at why you should take the time to warm-up properly before your piano lesson, as well as some new and fun warm-up exercises you can...

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Top 8 Practice Mistakes to Avoid

Regardless of whether you’re an adult, or somewhat younger, when you start taking music lessons for the first time it’s important to be aware of some of the most common mistakes that beginner musicians make when practicing. In fact, most of the time, new students have a tendency to progress much slower than they need to, because they are making mistakes that use up unnecessary time. Don’t be one of those people. Here are the top 8 biggest mistakes and pitfalls of practice, and how to work around them. Practicing too Fast Trying to play at a normal, performance speed from the start is...

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Music Lessons: The Most Common Mistakes Parents Make

Signing your child up for music lessons can be one of the greatest gifts you give them. Music lessons build their cognitive, social, and even emotional development, while instilling a lifelong love of music and self-expression. But while all parents have the very best intentions at heart, some can get the wrong idea about what it is their budding musician really needs. Whether your child is about to start they’re very first lesson, or they’ve been playing for a while, you can still learn a few things from this list of the most common mistakes parent make when it comes to their...

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7 Instruments Made From Nature

Many of today’s musical instruments seem complicated and difficult to play at first glance. With all those keys or strings, it can be hard just imagining where to put your hands to start. But many other instruments are made from the natural world around us, and can seem much more basic to our eyes. In fact, some of these natural instruments may even seem somewhat primitive. But don’t let their simple design fool you, many instruments made from natural materials are as old and as celebrated as human history itself. And most are still used today. Jewish Shofar Traditionally made from a ram’s...

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10 DIY Instruments You Can Make At Home

Did you know that babies can identify music before words? Or that singing in school helps kids feel better about themselves, while also improving their community spirit? How about that mastering a musical instrument can improve the way a human brain processes parts of spoken language? These are just some of the reasons its important to make music a part of your child’s educational and emotional journey. So why not make music fun, inventive, and accessible for the whole family, with some homemade instruments this summer? Here we’ve got 10 DIY instruments you can make at home with your kids that can...

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10 Best Songs for Campfire Covers

Summer is here! Do you want to know one of our absolute favourite things about summer-time? It's going to the cabin, or cottage, or camp, or whatever word you use for it! And one of the best thing to do when you're there is playing music around the campfire! With that feeling in mind, this week we've compiled a list of some of our favourite campfire songs to get you inspired! Who really knows why we love these songs the way we do, or why they have become so closely tied to the campfire? Does it really matter? Break out the bug spray, tune up...

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