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Guides from The Music Shoppe to help you get started on a new instrument!

What is Musicality Part I

What is Musicality? Thoughts on expressivity from The Music Shoppe's resident singer Part 1: You are going to communicate What is musicality? It's a rather elusive term. Let me explain why: "Musicality is the ability to play a piece perfectly." This definition is technically correct, but there's much more underneath it. Musicality is not [...]

August 20th, 2018|How To, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Practice Part I

  How to Practice Part I: The Practice of Practicing Do you have a novice student with no idea how to practice? What they practice will evolve as they grow, but the formula for practice will probably stay the same. If you or your student is struggling, try following this guide to make practice sessions more [...]

July 30th, 2018|How To, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Practice Music Part II: Create Efficient Sessions

How to Practice Part II: Creating Efficient Sessions In Part I, we discussed how your student should practice their instrument. This this section, we'll talk about all of the things surrounding rehearsal: preparation, focus, distractions and more. Once your student has mastered the art of practicing, take a step back [...]

July 27th, 2018|How To|0 Comments

How to use a tuner

How to use a tuner: Turn on your tuner. It should be set to tune at A440, the frequency used most often to tune. If not set correctly, the tuner should have a guide to change this. Make your pitch with one good, long, strong sound.       Observe which way the needle moves: [...]

July 27th, 2018|How To|0 Comments

How to Rosin Your Bow

   How to Rosin Your Bow Hold rosin in your dominant hand, bow in the other with the bow hair facing you. Rub rosin on the bow, gliding it across the hair a few times, until rosin covers all of the hair. The rosin will make the bow look a little discolored when enough is [...]

July 27th, 2018|How To|0 Comments

How to Practice with a Metronome

How to practice with a metronome Your metronome can be simple, with only a dial and power switch, or it can be highly sophisticated, with multiple programs and play options. For new players, opt for a simple metronome and upgrade as needed. Set your speed: Your metronome with have a dial with numbers ranging from [...]

July 27th, 2018|How To|0 Comments

Practice Journals

Have you gotten a practice journal yet? Sometimes when students practice, they end up playing through their music without stopping to work on difficult passages or improve their playing ability. Does that sound like a good use of rehearsal time? The key to developing as a successful musician is through productive practice, and [...]

July 27th, 2018|How To|0 Comments

Prepare for Marching Band

Prepare for Marching Band! Marching band is starting up! Whether your student is new to their program or a seasoned professional, there are probably a few things they can be reminded of before getting out on the field. Before starting Pick the right instrument Decide what instrument you're going to use before stepping on the field. [...]

June 2nd, 2018|How To, Uncategorized|0 Comments

3 Ways to Practice Silently

3 Ways to Practice Silently Let's not kid ourselves. The best way to practice is to play your instrument regularly. Take advantage of the summer and play something fun like Star wars, The Greatest Showman, or anything that your student loves! Students who aren't practicing over summer can lose the "feel" of their instrument. But it can be [...]

June 2nd, 2018|How To|0 Comments

Face Your Fears: Battling Performance Anxiety

Face Your Fears: Battling Performance Anxiety Spring means performance season for musicians. For students, this means the impending doom of Solo & Ensemble contests, concerts, and auditions for next year's band and orchestra. Don't be scared! There are plenty of reasons to perform and plenty of ways to prepare! Part I: Performance is a good [...]

March 1st, 2018|How To|0 Comments