Posture For Beginners - Guitar, Piano, Singing

Today we are going to talk about both correct and incorrect posture for guitar, piano and singing. Often we forget that if we want to change the way we play, we have to adjust how we position ourselves to the instruments. Whether it be changing hands, back and the weight on your feet, changing your posture can improve your technique and confidence on your instrument.

Read on!

What Microphone Should I Buy?

As we are preparing for performance, some of you have been asking me: “What microphone should I buy?”

Why wait for the stage to test how loud you are, or how on pitch you are?

Here are two microphones you should consider purchasing if you want to practice with a microphone at home.

How To Stay Motivated with Music [Warning: Tough Love]

So you have started music lessons for a year now, and there are times where you will rather not play. There could be other people telling you to practice for your next music lesson. Or you could just not feel motivated enough to practice, distracted by video games.

This article is for you if you are a parent or student is looking for specific strategies to stay with your instrument. You may be in ‘music lessons limbo’, and wonder ‘what’s next’.

Guitar Maintenance For Beginners

Believe it or not, no guitar is ever manufactured perfectly.

There are dents, the action is too high, it’s too hard to push the fingers on the strings…

Even the frets may be dirty from all the wear-and-tear of the store.

So here are 6 tips on how to maintain your guitar, so that it is squeaky clean and easy to play.

First Guitar Buyer FAQs

Learning guitar is a fun and exciting endeavour. But it can also be very nerve-wracking, especially if you don’t know what to buy, or how to prepare for your lesson. Here are the frequently asked questions I get asked by beginner guitarists, especially if you are buying your first guitar. 

How To Properly Warm Up The Voice For Singing

How to properly warm up the voice for singing is probably one of the most common questions I get asked as a voice teacher. In this article, Lauren Bateman discusses the purpose of warming up the voice, and suggests how to structure your vocal warm up for singing.

Practice Chord Transitions With These 3 Strum/Stop Exercises

To play chord transitions well, every guitar player must learn the shape of the chord, timing on your strumming hand and the string clarity of your fretted hand. Learn 3 guitar exercises that can help you practice chord transitions more effectively.

4 Scales For Beginner Guitarists

Learn the 4 guitar scales every beginner and intermediate player should know. A guitar lesson for lead guitar players. Featuring my brother on bass! 

How Much Should You Practice?

Practice does not make perfect, especially when learning music. 

Music isn't about perfection at all. 

Read more to find out about how much you should practice, especially as a beginner. 

Melbourne Guitar Exhibition 2017

With many instrument retail stores now opting to import guitars, perhaps this is a time to reflect on whether we, as consumers, are seeing the guitars as vehicles of musical utility, or treasures to last us a lifetime of music. 

Find out what we learned at the Melbourne Guitar Exhibition 2017.