A Keyboard
Mastering Keyboards
Professional keyboards players are as diverse as the shades of an ocean sunset. But there is one thing they all have in common and that is the title of pro. Millions of people play the keyboard but how many can do it for a living? Only those who work hard enough, have enough drive, natural talent, great willpower, and a bit of good luck will make their passion of music a profession.

Those who hope to join the masters of professional keyboards players must educate themselves. There are many types of keyboards and many kinds of music played upon them. Consider which one will be your focus and devote all your energies into that.

Besides learning music theory, which is essential to the professional keyboards player, the next largest focus will be practice. Spending hours at the same effort every day, persistently practicing to perfect your existing skills and build new ones, is often considered the most important part of learning an instrument.

The hopeful musician could look at their keyboard as their personal genie, able to make beauty out of nothing and perfect melodies out of simple chord patterns. But it is deeper and more tranquil than that. The professional keyboards are a tool through which the gifted musician will translate his or her art to their audience.

There are many types of keyboards to choose from for the musician hoping to purchase a sounder instrument. Before purchasing your upgraded professional keyboards, it is wise to do a little research from internet listing and rating sites. This will help you narrow down your options to the high quality keyboard that is perfect for you and suitable to your family and work life.

Don’t let your professional keyboards skills lie! Choose an online learning course and improve them, starting today!

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Playing the Trumpet
Trumpet Lessons and Instructions for Free
The trumpet is a timeless and beautiful instrument that many people have become increasingly interested in learning. Trumpet music works in many songs and styles of music, and many bands and orchestras are looking for skilled and talented trumpet players who are willing to join them. If you love music and are interested in learning to play the trumpet, then follow the advice below.

Trumpet classes are one of the most surefire ways to learn the instrument, but wouldn’t free trumpet instruction be better? Paying a good deal of money to be taught in a class is a good way to go in some situations, but you can discover free trumpet instruction and resources that can end up saving you hundreds of dollars and still get the job done. You’re wondering where to find it?

One of the best places to discover free trumpet instruction is in the form of videos on YouTube and other video sites. These sites feature homemade videos by hundreds of trumpet players, experts and amateurs alike, who want to help others learn the trumpet. The free trumpet instruction videos you can find on YouTube include step-by-step lessons, technique and method demonstrations, songs you can play, and much more. Free videos are certainly one thing you don’t want to miss whether you go to classes or not.

You can also find free e-books and step-by-step tutorials on many different websites, but especially on how-to sites. How-to sites often have a great deal of valuable free trumpet instruction, including fingering and positions, blowing techniques, etc. These how-to articles are detailed and extremely instructive, a great way to learn about playing the trumpet for free.

Although the benefits of paid classes and lessons are great, there are also many extremely useful free trumpet instruction alternatives that can help you tremendously. Use them and you won’t be sorry.

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Ladies doing Ballet
Be the Star of the Show
One of the best parts of dancing is performing. Whether you are performing in your dance school’s recital or a professional production such as the Nutcracker, you want to shine on stage and you want to be the one that people enjoy watching. Everyone wants to be the star of the show, and there are many ways to make this happen even if you aren’t front and center or the lucky one with the solo.

Of course, the first and most obvious step is to learn how to dance well and learn the steps to the dance you will be performing. This requires a lot of practice. If possible, practice in front of a mirror so you can see how you look. Practice each step slowly to make sure you have good form, and then slowly speed it up so that you can dance each step with perfect form and to the right count.

Having said that, you do not need to be the best dancer in the show to be the star. Make your technique as good as you can, but don’t worry if yours isn’t the best in the class. Push yourself to be the best you can be, but don’t push yourself so hard that you are no longer enjoying it.

That leads me to my next tip. This one is probably the most important. Enjoy dancing. When you’re on stage, smile, not just a fake stage smile but a genuine smile that shows how much you enjoy dancing. When watching a performance, it is easy to pick out who is having fun and those dancers are the most fun to watch. A sparkling smile and a happy face makes a dancer stand out to the crowd even more than perfect form. Remember that most audience members are not expert dancers, so they’ll enjoy an enthusiastic dancer more than one that performs every move perfectly but is concentrating so hard that they look bored or uptight on stage. Be confident and enjoy dancing on stage, it will show and make the audience fall in love with you.

One of the major things that will keep many dancers from being stars is how they handle messing up. No matter how good you are or how much you’ve practiced, you will inevitably mess up a step during a performance sometimes. When this happens, the most important thing to remember is to not let it show on your face. The audience does not know the steps to your dance, so most likely they will not notice that you have made a mistake unless you make it obvious to them. Keep that smile on your face, and most importantly, don’t let it get to you. If you fixate on the mistake, you are more likely to make even more mistakes. Get over it, and move on to the next step. Forget that you made the mistake, and continue to perform at your very best. Keep enjoying the performance, and remember that everyone makes mistakes. In all likelihood, no one even noticed your misstep, and you shouldn’t feel bad about it.

And finally, the last piece of advice is, look the part. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the very back or aren’t on stage very much. Get yourself ready as if you were the most important person in the show. Spend time on your hair and makeup. If your hair needs to be in a bun, do not just throw up a messy bun like you would for practice. Spend the time to make your bun perfect, with no stray hairs or anything out of place. Make sure you use a second mirror or a friend to check the back of your hair, and make sure that it is close to perfect. Spend time on your make up as well. Unless you are told otherwise, it should look natural but exaggerated. Spend extra time making your makeup thicker and darker than usual, as the bright lights of the stage will completely wash you out otherwise. It might look weird in the mirror, but it will look a lot different on the stage. Don’t overdo it though, you want the audience to see your smiling face when they look at you, not just the makeup that you’ve put on it. Don’t use bright colors or products that you aren’t used to. Keep it simple but thick. Fake eyelashes are a good idea, but make sure they look natural. These can enhance your eyes or overtake your face, so choose the best ones for your eyes. Practice your hair and makeup prior to the day of the performance, and don’t be afraid to ask for help getting it done.

Most importantly, picture yourself as the star of the show and people will see you that way as well!

Couple Dancing
Do You want to Learn how to Dance?
Watching professionals move gracefully across the floor in classic styles of dancing, or modern dance artists move their bodies in cool and hip ways can make anyone feel like learning to dance!

But how does one go about learning to dance? Well, first of all you need to decide what genre of dance you would like to approach. There are many styles out there to choose from, and it is often difficult to choose just one. Perhaps you could consider learning to dance several different styles, especially if they are somewhat similar.

Some popular style choices when learning to dance are hip hop, jazz, modern dance, and belly dance. If you are a serious student, ballet could be a good idea for you, as many different types of dances are based off this elegant and technically advanced dance form.

However, when it really comes down to it, learning to dance is more about learning how to move your body gracefully and tastefully to the music. Building confidence while at the same time building skill are important aspects, as well. Flapping your arms about and jumping up and down does not constitute dancing, neither does standing idly with your toes tapping invisibly underneath your clothes.

There are several important elements to learning to dance which are keys that will help you unlock the magnificent and beautiful world of dancing.

One of these keys is rhythm. Listening to the timing and beat of the music and teaching your body to follow along accordingly is just as important as anything else.

Another key in learning to dance is coordination. This simply takes practice, sometimes a very lot of practice!

The last key that needs to be mentioned is choreography. Start simple and build from there!

If you are single, consider joining a local dance studio for lessons on dancing with a partner. Popular dances include salsa, east coast swing, west coast swing, country dance as well as ballroom dancing. Most lessons are twice a week for 2 hours each time. You don’t have to bring a partner to show up for dance lessons at most dance studios. Often times the studios will make you rotate and switch with different partners so that you can practice and get a feel for dancing with different people. This is not only a great way to learn how to dance, it is also a great way to potentially meet someone special in your life!

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Playing the Bagpipes
How you can Learn the Bagpipes
The beautiful music of the bagpipes is extremely popular. Bagpipes in the Scottish tradition were often heard at funeral and memorial services, and are even quite often still heard today, especially when a policeman or soldier has fallen in service. The drone or pedal tone lends itself quite well to the reflective nature of the atmosphere in such services, and the instrument seems to invoke a feeling of reverence and attention like no other.

Although it is an acquired taste, the bagpipes can also be very fun to play. The instrument is complicated, yes, and bagpipe techniques are challenging, but all can be learned in a relatively short time. You will need to invest a good deal of time and a bit of money, but it’s worth it in order to know how to play this beautiful instrument.

The first thing to do is get an instrument and learn all its parts. While you should definitely know all the parts of a bagpipe and their names, you probably shouldn’t buy a regular bagpipe to begin. Rather, invest in a practice chanter, which is smaller, cheaper, and quieter, and use it to practice scales and bagpipe techniques until you have the skill and resources to move on to a regular one.

Bagpipe techniques can certainly be learned by yourself, if you know certain scales, finger work, and blowing techniques, but with an instructor you will find progress coming much more quickly. Bagpipe instructors may be found at certain schools and community centers, but rarely, and a better way to find one is to look in classifieds and online. An instructor may charge a certain fee, but if you’re really serious about learning, the price is of negligible importance.

The most important thing about learning any instrument, especially learning bagpipe techniques, is the practice. You must be willing to invest at least a half hour a day, preferably more, in going over and over the scales and airflow bagpipe techniques until they are second nature to you. Practice might seem dull or tedious, but it is the secret to learning anything new.

If you follow good advice for learning the bagpipes, and aren’t afraid to invest what you need into the instrument and study the necessary bagpipe techniques, then within a short while you too could be playing the bagpipes like a pro. The bagpipes are beautiful when played correctly, and you and your friends can enjoy the music whenever you like.

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