Violin Care and Maintenance: Dos and Don’ts

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The violin, a delicate and complex instrument, requires consistent care and maintenance to preserve its quality and sound. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced violinist, understanding the dos and don’ts of violin care is crucial. This blog post will guide you through the essential practices for maintaining your violin, ensuring it plays beautifully […]

Recital Prep Checklist for 2024: Ensuring a Memorable Performance

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The year 2024 is an exciting time for musicians, especially those preparing for a recital. Whether you’re a seasoned performer or a first-timer, the anticipation and pressure can be overwhelming. But fear not! A well-planned approach can transform your recital into a memorable and enjoyable experience. Let’s dive into a comprehensive checklist to help you […]

10 Practice Tips For Every Beginner Piano Player

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Embarking on the journey of learning piano is both exciting and challenging. As a beginner, the world of keys, chords, and melodies can seem overwhelming. However, with the right approach and some essential practice tips, you can navigate your way through the initial stages of piano playing with confidence and enjoyment.  1. Start with the […]

Strumming to Success: Fundamental Guitar Techniques for Aspiring Musicians 

Introduction to Guitar Playing  The guitar, with its versatile sound and widespread appeal, is a favorite instrument for many aspiring musicians. Mastering the guitar involves learning a range of techniques and styles. Your Lakeside teacher will guide you through the fundamental guitar techniques that are essential for any aspiring guitarist.  Choosing the Right Guitar  Acoustic […]

Preserving Your Violin: Maintenance and Care Tips from Expert Violinists 

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Introduction to Violin Maintenance  Maintaining your violin is crucial for preserving its quality and ensuring a beautiful sound. Expert violinists understand that the longevity of a violin greatly depends on how well it’s cared for. Daily maintenance and care will help you keep your violin in top condition for years to come.    Understanding Your […]

Starting Your Violin Journey: Essential Tips for First-time Players

Introduction to the Violin Embarking on the journey of learning the violin can be both exciting and daunting. The violin, known for its rich history and beautiful sound, is a challenging yet rewarding instrument to master. As a first-time player, there are several key aspects to consider to ensure a smooth and enjoyable learning experience. […]

The Value of the 30-Minute Music Lesson

“Are 30-minute music lessons too short?” This is a question that many aspiring musicians, both beginners and advanced, often find themselves asking. This article will explore all the aspects of shorter music lessons and how they can be a valuable investment of the student’s time and money. Benefits of Shorter Music Lessons Shorter music lessons […]

The Two Most Important Tips When Learning a New Instrument

When starting a new instrument, it is easy to focus solely on learning the music and playing proficiently as the musician’s main goal. However, building the foundation of good habits in the first few weeks and months is much more important. While “practice” will be a huge emphasis of every lesson, there are two things […]

What is the Cost of Instruments in 2023?

What is the Cost of Instruments in 2023?

As musicians, our instrument is the most important thing (besides practicing!) that we will choose. Depending on the type and quality of the instrument, prices can range from just a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. The good news is that there are many different types of instruments available at various price points. The […]

Breathing Exercises For Low Brass Instruments

Breathing Exercises For Low Brass Instruments

From the very beginning of instruction, low brass instrumentalists are taught how good breathing techniques come into play when mastering their instrument. Breath support is a “game changer” when it comes to making those ledger lines rumble on stage or when projecting those high notes with perfect pitch. Effective breathing techniques are necessary in helping […]