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What made music what it is today? 5. The Electric Guitar is invented United States, 1931. The Big Band is in full swing, and guitars are having to compete with monstrous brass sections. Early a...

Reasons for seeking private tuition are as unique as the individual seeking it. Yet, one of the biggest differences for music is that, unlike academic subjects, school support for music teaching can be woefully lacking, meaning that private tuition is sometimes the only way some people can learn. "For me, the only way I could learn my instrument of choice was through private tuiti...

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The neurological benefits derived from learning music have long been expounded on, yet have been persistently overlooked in formal education. Straight off the bat, studies have shown that people who take up an instrument can increase their IQ a...

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Music has an extremely important place in a person’s development and has a great positive impact on our psyche. It is therefore very important to have an easy access to learning music. Learning to sing in a kindergarten or school is the first ...

Once you have decided on an instrument to play, the first thing to do when you go to buy a musical instrument for yourself or your child is to consult the teacher/tutor as they will be the one who have to work with the instrumen...

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What do baroque classics, death metal, lounge jazz, opera and hip hop have in common? They're all part of the western musical tradition, and as such use the same note frequencies, scales, forms and chords. The musical system that everyone knows, and nearly everyone receives tuition in, is in fact just one facet of humanity's rich tradition of music-making. Admittedly it...

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One of the easiest ways to pick an instrument is to go the shop and have a go at trying different ones and see which one you like the most. However, there are a lot of other factors to consider when choosing a musical instrument such as your music pre...

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There are plenty of music festivals in the UK, big and small, rock and pop - festivals of different tastes and shapes to suit all your music preferences. It is a great opportunity to enjoy live music and have a little holiday while doing so. You can find different workshops, as well as music ones at some of the festivals and others might have an open mic space ...

The universe is musical. Strange as it may seem, human beings don't have a monopoly on creating complex melodies. Birds are an obvious example, but everything from subatomic particles, rivers to black holes create tonal notes. Here's a violin playing a duet with som...

The 1 to 8 Grade scale is the core of the UK's music examination system. Its origins date back to 1877, when Trinity College London first started issuing certificates to external students using this gauge. Nowadays there are multiple examination boards, but all their exams share the same core content and are calibrated to the same Grade scale. In brief, Grade 1 is the e...