Ages 5-10: SmartStart Guitar, $19.95. Ages 6-10: Kids Guitar, $39.95. Kids’ Guitar Special, $119.95. Teen and adult: You Can Play Guitar, $39.95.

Homespun Tapes. PO Box 340. Woodstock. NY 12498. (800) 338-2737. www.homespuntapes.com.

Let’s cut to the chase. If you want to teach your children how to play the guitar without spending hundreds of dollars on lessons, and you either don’t know how to play the instrument yourself or just don’t know how to teach it, Homes spun Tapes has exactly what you’re looking for.

smartstart guitar

Let’s start with the littlest ones first. SmartStart Guitar, taught by Jessica Baron Turner, uses a special “open” tuning that allows kids to make pleasant music by simply strumming the open strings. It starts with the basics-how to pick a guitar of the right size, the parts of the guitar, names for the fingers, posture, how to hold the flatpick-and teaches kids how to play a steady beat and a number of simple chords and strums. An included songbook has the music for all the folk song and children’s songs on the 50-minute DVD.

For slightly older kids, and in my opinion very usable for young teens. Kids Guitar is taught by the irrepressible Marcy Marxer. Like Jessica Baron Turner, she talks gently to the young viewers. On the first DVD, Marcy teaches guitar basics, chords, and simple strums similar to SmartStart, only with the classic guitar tuning. The second DVD introduces simple fingerpicking, arpeggios. how to use a capo, more strums and chords, and some basic chord theory. Songs on both DVDs include classic folk, children’s songs, and Gospel.Continue reading

Many people think that you have attained a lot higher age to take up and learn a musical instrument, whether it’s a piano or anything else. Yes, it might be challenging and stressful but if you can manage to dedicate proper time; it won’t be much of a hassle later. Your main obstacles are your negative thoughts, of being too old to try or to fail, so let’s go and the path will clear itself out for your will.

There are the reasons why you are never too old to start learning a piano:

  • It keeps you healthy: Playing the piano requires a lot of movement of hands and fingers in coordination to produce a melodious music or tone. This way your muscles get enough exercise due to your practice. It helps you to retain your strength, keep your reflexes fast and active and your heart, healthy.

piano keeps healthy

  • Learning is Fun: When you start to learn, you might not be able to master everything which you see or is taught. It will take several attempts, practice and time. First, the new techniques that you learn will raise your interests if you really love the instrument. Secondly, when you master a particular skill or succeed in playing your a favorite cover song, it makes you happy, and thus, with every achievement, learning the next one becomes fun.
  • Improves Your Memory and Thinking: While learning to play piano, you will be required to remember specific notes and decide which key to tap while playing to progress in the tone, in maybe less than a second. This improves your brain’s capability to think, to remember things and make quick decisions. The songs you’ll learn to cover, the more notes you will have to remember, isn’t it improving your memory?
  • discovering new something in pianoDiscovering Something New: Every time you decide on trying to come up with new music to play, you learn something new. Every time you make mistakes while playing you rectify yourself and come up with a new idea for your next attempt. This helps you to discover newer tunes which you can create with the combination of different keys to get the tone what your musical ideas come up with.

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singing exercisesSinging and exercises are two different acts. But the two different acts play a vital role simultaneously in your life. Nowadays you can see people are listening to music while exercising.  It is a fact that every day in the morning you can see this picture while walking on the road.

Singing or music boosts your mood

It can be possible that you are not in a good mood while doing your work. But suddenly you hear your favorite song on the television or at the neighbor’s house, and you get a soothing feeling in your mind, and you can feel a great psychological power. Your most favorite songs help you to change your mood and can complete your work. Also, be aware of your surroundings and don’t get absent mind, because it ultimately relates to your safety.

Music increases exercise endurance

It is a fact that many athletes listen to music to boost the exercise endurance. You can see athletes use their MP3 players while running or while practicing in the gym. Listening songs while exercising is a part of enhancing the courage of the athlete to increase the exercise endurance.Continue reading

sing high notes

It can be your dream to be a good singer. But the biggest obstacle to becoming a good singer is the high notes of a song. It can be possible that you can’t hit the high notes. You can’t send your voice up to the mark. But you don’t need to be a pessimist because there are several ways to improve your voice. You can follow the ways, and you can hit the high notes of a song. That means your throat has the power to sing on high notes. Below some ways to sing high notes:

#1 Proper breathing process

The first thing you should remember that you need sufficient breathing power to sing a song. And when it is a question of hitting the high notes, then it is evident that you have to breathe properly. When you start to sing high notes of a song, you must feel the power of your stomach that actually provides the energy of your voice. So inhale strongly with the energy from the stomach.

#2 Get a mental preparation

prepare to sing

You should be conscious enough to understand what you are going to sing and going to sing. Now see thoroughly the specific portion of the song that contains the high notes. Then start singing the song with a normal and low voice. Don’t make a hurry to raise your voice suddenly for the high notes. So slowly but steadily raise your voice from the low notes to the high notes and see the miracle. You can easily perform the high notes.Continue reading

children learn music

Kids, by nature, are always curious. They are also fast learners, and thus it is always important for their parents to inculcate something good in them at a young age. Music is a great option which parents can introduce to their little kids. These kids will find it interesting and also the experience when start with music hobbies.

Music is good for overall development

There have been studies which have proved that music as well as its proper training is extremely beneficial for young children. This gives them a wealth of educational advantages. Exposure to music at an early age assists in upgrading their spatial and reasoning efficiency and that helps them to perform better on tough subjects such as Mathematics, Science, English, etc. In fact, it has been found that kids who have developed music as a hobby at an early age are seen scoring better on their standardized examinations also.

The main benefits of inculcating music education

These musical hobbies not only allow small kids from self-expressing themselves confidently but also improve their creative side and self-esteem. Their body language changes and as they grow up, they remain confident in whatever they start out to do. They are oozing with confidence in every step they make.

There are plenty of ways by which parents can incorporate a music hobby inside their kids when they are young and little. Experts suggest that the best mode is exposing kids to a multitude of music. They should listen to all kinds of musical genres rather than be restricting them to just kid’s music or classical.Continue reading