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Why Take Guitar Lessons?

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With the invention of the Internet, guitar lessons have become less and less popular. We hear more and more stories about people who just taught themselves how to play the guitar by watching a couple of YouTube videos on the subject matter. This is especially true for guitar.

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Tips For Young Musicians on How to Prepare for a Recital Performance

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Performing at a recital can be great fun, but it can also be very stressful. Good preparation can help reduce your stress and make your recital performance more enjoyable for both you and your audience. Here are some tips to help you get ready for your big day. The “Milestones” are what you want to be able to do at that time. The “Goals” are what you want to start working on.
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Music and Genetics

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This is the classic debate of nature versus nurture. Are our musical traits found in our DNA? We all know that music is universal and doesn’t take any requirement but only from the satisfaction of listening, enjoying, and understanding. A study from the University of Helsinki Department of Medical Genetics has shown that infants are naturally interested in music from their musical receptive skills in early ages. This only implies that infants process musical patterns just as quickly as adults. Read More

3 Steps to Become a Better Violinist

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It is the common belief that it takes about five years of intense study to become a great violinist. The violin has become an intimidating instrument to take up because of how much dedication the instrument requires. However, here are a few tips that could get you to your goal of becoming that violinist you’ve always dreamed of becoming at a much faster rate.
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Summertime Is A Great Time To Improve Your Music Muscles

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In the summer months around Alpharetta, Milton, and Roswell, music lessons students might be tempted by the great Georgia weather and family vacation plans that take them outside of the North Fulton area to let their practice routines lapse and normal schedules get interrupted. This is especially true for young music students, who are often on vacation with their families between June and September. Many music teachers, too, move to a lighter or alternate lessons schedule in the summer while the bulk of their students are away or taking a break.
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Piano Lessons Make You Smarter!

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There are numerous benefits to taking piano lessons, but recent studies have shown yet another benefit to learning the piano.
In a study conducted by E. Glenn Schellenberg at the University of Toronto in Mississauga, Schellenberg presents data that supports how the many aspects of playing the piano can contribute to boosting a person’s IQ. The study tested children’s IQs after nine weeks of piano lessons versus children who didn’t take any piano lessons. The results showed that the young students who took piano lessons increased their IQ by almost three points compared to those who didn’t take piano lessons. Read More

Matilda’s Cottage: An Artistic Backyard In Our Own Backyard

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Situated just south of downtown Alpharetta on Highway 9, Matilda’s Cottage is a happy jumble of color and “rural chic” charm. The gallery was originally established in the late 1990’s by MJ and Mark Potter as a collaborative retail space of art, antiques, and funky junk shared by local entrepeneurs who rented rooms in the house. Over time it has become more of a pure art gallery, though hardly a traditional one. The converted first floor of the cottage houses a joyous cacophony of impressive creativity, with paintings, iron sculptures, hammered metal installations and other pieces spilling merrily from one room to the next.
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Is a Good Voice Something You Are Born With?

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Natural talent cannot be ignored. Some of us are born with an innate sense of rhythm or a naturally excellent voice. Others of us are born without this. Either way, voice lessons can help improve the students’ singing, no matter what category they fall into. Even singers with a natural voice benefit from taking voice lessons. Read More

Music Lessons and Brain Activity

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It has been known that music can be good for your brain. But not many people understand why.
Stanford University conducted an experiment, comparing brain functions of musicians and non-musicians when given auditory tasks. Musicians made up one group and non-musicians made up the second group. Musicians were defined aspeople who took lessons or studied music through childhood into adulthood. Non-musicians were defined as people who either never took lessons or studied music, or had stopped taking music lessons before the age 7. They were given auditory tasks such as distinguishing between different tones or distinguishing between different syllables such as “da” and “ba.” Read More