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Billy Graham's Musicians - George Beverly Shea, Paul ..

Contemporary evangelists, with their passionate sermons, modern music and revival of multitudes has one twentieth-century preacher to thank for his innovation. Billy Graham has changed the world in ..
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Erroll Garner - One of a Kind Jazz Pianist & Composer of ..

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 1921, Erroll Louis Garner was destined to be an amazing jazz pianist and composer. By the age of three, Erroll was playing the piano successfully. Like ..
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White Christmas - The Life and Music of Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin started making music long before he learned to play an instrument. Before rising to the heights of superstardom, Irving (then Israel Beilin) was just another son of an immigrant in the ..
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Leonard Bernstein and the Story of the West Side Story

At the age of 15, Louis became Leonard Bernstein. As a child, Leonard was always interested in music and was frequently taken to concerts. He began to play piano and attended the Garrison School, ..
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How Moms Can Learn Piano While Helping Their Kids Learn

Are you a mother looking to get your child piano lessons? Maybe you took them as a child as well, but stopped as you got older. Or maybe you always wanted to learn the piano and never got the chance. .
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Oscar Peterson - Jazz Pianist Extraordinary

One of the most influential players of jazz that the world has known, Oscar Emmanuel Peterson was born on the 15th of August, 1925 in Little Burgundy, Montreal. His living environment was one imbibed .
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How to Get Started in Beginning Piano Lessons

Maybe you've always wanted to learn to play the piano but never had the opportunity. Perhaps you're a parent with a child who has expressed interest in the piano. The question is: where do you begin? .
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What Piano Method Does Your Piano Teacher Use?

Learning to play the piano is about more than learning the names of notes. Students and parents have a variety of different piano methods to choose from. All teach the basics of playing piano. The ..
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What is Musical Syncopation and How Does it Work?

Before starting to explain what musical syncopation is, it is necessary to cover a couple of other basic music terms so that the description of syncopation makes more sense. 1 Beat - the rhythm - ..
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Contemporary Christian Music - The Real Deal in Quality & ..

Christian music has come a long way from the church-sanctioned melancholy chants of centuries gone by. It has rich history going back several hundred years. In fact, the earliest music manuscripts ..
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Music For Stark Beginners - How to Read Notes

New pianists learn notes first. An understanding of musical notes and their values is the foundation for learning any instrument. That includes the piano. The values of the notes are easy to remember .
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Music Scales For Beginners

A music scale usually refers to a progression of single notes upwards or downwards in steps. The word scale comes from the Latin word la scala which means ladder, or stairway. A musical scale is a ..
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Piano Practice Tips - How to Get the Most Out of Your Practice .

Even the most avid of piano players sometimes dread practicing. Sometimes that dread can sabotage your practice time. Don't sit down at the piano feeling negative before you even begin. Use one or ..
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What is Musical Harmony?

Many different elements comprise music. The basic rhythm and time signature make up one part, while the melody and chord structure make up another. Harmony is just one more of the important elements ..
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10 of the Most Popular Hymns of All Time

Hymns are some of the most beloved songs of all time. Hymnals contain hundreds of songs, and no two hymnals are alike. Anyone looking to learn the most popular hymns needs to know where to start. The .
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Sheet Music Then & Now

Most modern musicians take sheet music for granted. Sheet music abounds in printed form and can even be downloaded from the Internet. It's a far cry from the days of oral tradition. Centuries ago, ..
(September 15, 2008)
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The Many Faces of the 12-Bar Blues

Piano players and other musicians who desire to learn the foundations of purely American music should start with the blues. This music form began over a century ago. Today's jazz, hip-hop, ..
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10 Piano Styles You Can Learn to Play

When studying the piano, a student encounters a myriad piano styles. To master the instrument, at least several of these styles must be learned, and all if at all possible. Knowledge of various ..
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Are Music Correspondence Courses Right For You?

The opportunities for music correspondence courses are vastly different today compared to a few years ago. Thanks to modern technology and the Internet, taking a music course by correspondence is now .
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How Important is Sight Reading For Piano Players?

Sight reading is the act of reading and playing a piece of music before having ever seen it: on sight. This technique is a vital one for musicians to learn. Being skilled in sight reading makes ..
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What Are Some of the Top Piano Schools?

For those who want to pursue a career in piano, the options for training are diverse. There are a number of quality schools available in the United States and some abroad too. * Juilliard: The ..
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How to Read Piano Notes

Reading piano notes may seem daunting at first, but it really isn't if you ground yourself in the basics. The first step is learning the names of the notes. The great thing is that you only have ..
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Ambient Music - Nature's Sounds Put to Music

It's often playing in the places you go. Whether it's in an art gallery, a unique specialty shop, or a restaurant, ambient music creates a mood. This music genre has seen a growth in popularity in ..
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How to Get That "Gospel Feeling" Using Jazz Chords

Does the cold, cerebral feel of modern jazz leave you cold? Maybe you'd like to have a little bit of “gospel" in your jazz? Maybe you just want to take an old hymn and give it some updating. ..
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How to Read Music - Easier Than You Ever Thought!

One of the simple joys in life is the ability to read music. Learning this skill will enable you to express yourself creatively at the piano, playing your favorite songs. It's not difficult to learn ..
(August 17, 2008)
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