Musical Notes
The World of Musical Instruction
Like a serene ocean it sits — silent, massive and enchanting. The world of music is both vast and fascinating. Specifically, learning to read music can be alternately dull and exciting. You must endure the moments of the first to get to the moments of the last, which usually come when you are reading music as you are playing it.

Music tutors that teach pupils to read music are greatly varied. Some teach scales and complex chords, while others will get you through only the basics, to where you can play a very simple song.

But if you want to excel, you will need to work harder at it. Students who can read music or who are learning to read music have plenty to juggle. Their schoolwork, home responsibilities, community involvement and other programs can take up nearly all your time. However, if you set out on your mission to learn to read music with great resolve, it will happen for you.

How can one successfully learn to read music? Try one or more of the following methods: books, magazines, audio/visual productions, documentaries, online tutorials, music lessons in a school, or a music tutor coming to your home.

With or without a tutor, don’t despair when starting out if the problems seem to outweigh the progress. That is just a phase. The initial struggle of trying to wrap your mind around written music will not last forever. Keep in mind, as you learn to read music, that it’s only when the musical notes on the page in front of you suddenly make sense that you will cease to struggle and begin to rapidly progress! Patience and persistence is needed. It will be well worth the effort invested when you can breeze through your music pages, proficiently playing your instrument of choice.

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Man Acting
Top 5 Acting Tips for those Starting Out
Famous actors and actresses have all come from different circumstances and backgrounds. Some were theatre actors, comedians, or models, or one of many other things. The truth is that anyone who really wants to be an actor can learn and develop the talent for acting. It may take months or it may take years, but if you want to be a good actor, here are 5 tips you should certainly remember for a successful acting career.

  1. Don’t be afraid of failure. As you step out into the spotlight, you will draw attention. Lots of people will be looking at you, criticizing, judging, liking or disliking, and you need to be able to not care one bit about what they say. You need to believe in yourself and not depend on the good opinions of others in order to perform or be happy. Otherwise your acting career will never go anywhere and all you’ll be left with are feelings of inadequacy.
  2. Good acting is not about doing certain motions, saying lines, or looking like a certain person. It is about becoming the character. The character you will portray should be a real, living, breathing person who you become in order to play your part. You should know the history of the character, the personality and quirks, and the ins and outs of his reactions and thoughts.
  3. Practice. You can go off on a whole trip about “feeling” and “flowing” with the character, but the truth is you need to know what you’re doing. Practice is an inescapable and priceless part of an acting career.
  4. Move to an area where there are more opportunities for your acting career. If you live in a tiny little town, then most likely your biggest role will be in the school play. If you want to get paid well and become famous, go somewhere where your acting career will mean something.
  5. Be tenacious. Keep trying and trying and trying until you get your big break. An acting career is about a whole lot of failure and rejection until your moment finally comes. And it will come if you don’t give up.


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Playing the Ukelele
Ukulele Lessons and Tips
One of the lesser known relative of the great guitar, the ukulele, is full of personality and verve. It’s just a small instrument, but it can be played with great energy and enthusiasm, and many great songs have been blessed by the simple and sweet touch of the ukulele. If you are looking to learn a different and unique instrument , then you should definitely look into playing the ukulele.

Traditionally, the ukulele hails from Hawaii and was apparently a combination of stringed instruments brought to that island originally by Portugal immigrants. However as with all modern instruments, more commonly it is now found in many additional genres of music recordings and performances throughout the US and the world. In 1993, the instrument found its way into the spotlight with Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole’s famous recording of “Over the Rainbow.”

Although the ukulele is less common than the guitar, it is very similar in many ways, and for that reason many guitar and banjo players know how to play it. Ukulele lessons are relatively easy to find because of this, and so it shouldn’t be hard for you to find a class or instructor that suits you. You can go to a music store to see if they have any references or contact information for ukulele instructors or players who are willing to teach. You can also look in community centers, schools, and colleges in your local area to see if any of their music instructors would teach you playing the ukulele. You are sure to find someone with knowledge of playing the ukulele who will help you to learn for a good price.

However the cost of hiring an instructor for playing the ukulele can be too much sometimes and there are certainly cheaper options. One of these is to buy an instructional series that will show you the basics of playing the ukulele. These come in many forms, primarily audio, video, and book form, and each method and series has a different reason which makes it useful. You can definitely learn a whole lot from one of these.

And even if you have no money at all you can still do a good deal of learning by using free resources for playing the ukulele from the internet. Instruction videos on YouTube are a great way to see lessons in action, and reading tutorials with great advice and techniques could help you get started on your way to become a skilled ukulele player.

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Ballroom Dance
Ballroom Dancing for Every Level
Ballroom dancing is an extremely fast-paced, energetic, and enjoyable dance style that almost anyone can learn. It is also very entertaining and delightful to watch! Many people enjoy ballroom dancing as a hobby, which is a good idea, as it enhances coordination, and is very good exercise, strengthening the heart, lungs, and muscles of your body.

p class="MsoNormal">When watching ballroom dancing, it can appear nearly impossible to do some of the moves, fast-paced steps, twists and jumps that the professionals perform with seeming ease. However, anyone can have fun with it, provided simple guided lessons are taken and sufficient time is spent practicing. It’s well worth it, as the benefits are great—not only health-wise, but also "spirit-wise." It is fun and enjoyable on every level, whether as a spectator, teacher, professional, or a beginner! Within just a few lessons, most beginners can perform a simple routine, and simply build from there.

Ballroom dancing is also a wonderful way to meet new friends from all ages and walks of life. Whether a beginner, intermediate, or advanced, it can be an exciting way to meet someone you would not normally meet in your regular circles. There are very few options to spend your free hours where you can learn something new, listen to music, partake in physical activity, and relax your body and mind at the same time.

Since ballroom dancing is becoming ever more popular, it is easy to find fantastic and conveniently located dance studios which focus on this dance style. Teachers are nice yet professional and will guide the beginner through the basics, and coach the intermediate and advanced to a professional and impressive level.

As they say, if you want to study dance, you simply can’t go wrong with ballroom dancing! Even if you fall on the floor a few times or spin out of control, the exercise you receive is tremendous and well worth the effort. Stamina will be increased on every physical level within your body, and that will benefit your overall health, not only while dancing! You will find yourself more energetic, vibrant, and eager to live, and rise to challenges in your life!

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A Harmonica
How to Play the Harmonica
It is a classic image. The crowd thickens around a stooped man in well worn overalls merrily playing the blues harmonica, the notes seeming to fly from the hands cupped around his mouth to the poised ears of the inspired listeners. Playing the harmonica has always seemed to carry a unique and definite charm.

How hard could it be? One way to define playing the harmonica is that it is supremely easy to learn to play, but on the other hand, extremely difficult to master.

Yet, if you’re sure that playing the harmonica is the hobby for you, then take some time to look into your options and sign up for lessons or hire a private tutor. Everyone wants their time spent to be worthwhile; and with playing the harmonica it is no different.

But this choosing between a private tutor and a music school may not be easy. Obvious benefits of a tutor are the flexibilities of the schedule, time saved in transport, and more. Still, if you are set on playing the harmonica, whether you learn from private lessons through a tutor or group lessons in a school, you will get out of it what you put in.

Since the harmonica can lend itself to many different musical styles, if choosing a teacher, be sure and communicate your musical preferences and let him know what you are after. (I say “he” because although I’m sure there must be some female harmonica teachers out there, very few exist at the time of this article. Hopefully in the future more women will be inspired to play this instrument.) For instance, playing blues and modern rock styles can be very different from folk and country. Folk in particular tends to be based more on chordal stylings, and blues tends to be more single note scale oriented.

But this choosing between a private tutor and a music school may not be easy. Obvious benefits of a tutor are the flexibilities of the schedule, time saved in transport, and more. Still, if you are set on playing the harmonica, whether you learn from private lessons through a tutor or group lessons in a school, you will get out of it what you put in.

There is also the online option for learning. Many websites offer good accredited schools with a music course that teaches playing the harmonica. Other websites recommend books on the subject for purchase. Most online programs will include traditional harmonica lessons, harmonica notes, harmonica tablature, harmonica player interviews, notes and keys, free harmonica music, and more.

The instrument you choose for playing the harmonica has an effect. There is not a one-size-fits-all, as harmonicas come in different keys. Some harmonica players would prefer a lower key and others a higher one, for example. The brand makes a difference to the sound, as does the size. Traditionally, the Hohner is the most famous brand of harmonica (the instrument is also known as the “mouth organ”), and is generally accepted worldwide as the standard.

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