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Best Piano Concertos of All Time

As we all know, piano concertos are extremely popular all over the world. The beautiful melody of the piano accompanied by the orchestra can elicit grand emotions from audiences. While many piano concertos have been composed, we decided to compile a list of what we consider to be the...
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What Is an Opus?

What is an opus? Opus goes by the abbreviation op, and that is how most people know it. It is the digit allocated for any music in order of album composition. Some of its importance include helping in the music stage determination. It will...
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14 Best Gifts for Cello Players 2023

Need a gift for a favorite cello player? Finding the best cellist gifts for them can be tough, but don't fear! Whether you're looking for Christmas, birthday, or just general gifts, your cellist will love the gifts below. Feel free to list your favorite cellist gifts in the comments! New...
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Best Play Along Beginner Music Books for Viola

Do you teach the beginning orchestra at a school? Do you teach privately and get a lot of young beginners? Do you have a child who has just begun learning the viola? One of the very best ways to get someone excited about learning a musical instrument is to...

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Euphonium Instrument Guide for Beginners

A euphonium instrument is crucial in many music genres, including classical, jazz, and brass bands. If you are a beginner or looking forward to learning this instrument, this guide will explain everything you need to know.  What Is a Euphonium? The euphonium is a brass instrument with a conical bore and a flared bell. It differs from a tuba in its smaller size and narrower bore. It also differs from a baritone horn because of its larger bore size. However, they share the same B♭pitch, which means they work best for music in...
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Everything You Need to Know About Granadillo Wood for Guitars

If you are shopping for a new guitar, you might have already come across "granadillo," which many touts as an excellent alternative to the famous rosewood. But what is it, and what makes it a highly-sought exotic wood for guitars and other instruments? In this article, we'll take a closer look at granadillo and why you should consider it.  What Is Granadillo? Granadillo (Platymiscium spp), also called Macacauba, Hormigo, and Orange Agate, is a highly sought-after exotic hardwood. This Platymiscium species is native to Mexico and...
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Mixolydian Guide for Beginners: Understanding the 5th Mode of the Major Scale

If you are a beginner looking to expand your knowledge of music modes, then you are in the right place. Here we will discuss the fifth mode of the major scale, or the Mixolydian, and how it is unique from other music modes. What Is Mixolydian? The Mixolydian Mode, known as the dominant scale, is common in blues, rock, and country music. It is the fifth major scale mode with a flattened 7th note (dominant seventh chord), which creates the tension you often hear in the mentioned musical genres. 
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Famous Male Opera Singers You Should Listen To

From tenors to baritones, countertenors to castrati, these male opera singers have captivated audiences and left a lasting impression on the music industry. Some even crossed over to popular music and released award-winning albums. In this article, you'll discover who these opera singers are.   Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti is one of the most well-known male opera singers. He was born in 1935 in Modena, Italy, and began his opera career in the early 1960s. Pavarotti was a tenor known for his bright, ringing tone and effortless...
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Texture in Music: Understanding the 4 Types of Texture

Texture in music refers to how individual sounds, or groups of sounds, are layered and combined to create a rich and complex musical experience. In this guide, we'll delve into the various types of textures, how they're made, and how they impact the overall experience of listening to a piece of music.  What Is Texture in Music? Texture, one of the elements of music, is the cumulative effect of its different audio layers interacting. Its many layers of sound represent a composition's many overlapping elements. Maybe there's guitar picking, there's a...
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What Are the Different Types of Horns?

Whether you are a seasoned pro or someone interested in playing horns, you can feel overwhelmed by the variety of options. In this article, we'll tackle all the available types of horns, so you can start mastering the right instrument.  Natural Horns The natural horn was the precursor to the French horn. The only difference is its lack of valves.  In the 17th and 18th centuries, the natural horn separated from the trumpet by enlarging the bell and lengthening the tubes; it has...
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Basic Music Elements: A Complete Beginner’s Guide

If you have ever wanted to learn music, you've probably heard of tempo, rhythm, melody, and other basic elements of music. But what exactly do these musical elements mean?  In this article, you'll discover and understand different musical elements and how they work in any composition, whether classical music or other modern genres like pop.  Form / Structure Form or structure refers to the overall shape and organization of music. It includes the size of the music, duration of the music, and arrangement of music pieces. 
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23 Disney Easy Piano Songs You Can Play (With Video Tutorial)

Are you new to playing the instrument or looking for classic favorites to add to your repertoire? These all-time favorite Disney songs are great for kids and beginners! They are catchy and, most importantly, easy to play. Let's explore 23 Disney favorites and what makes playing these tunes a breeze. We've also included a video tutorial! So, dust off those ivories and get ready for an adventure in music - let's learn some easy Disney piano songs! A Whole New World – Aladdin
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18 Famous Movie Composers and Their Masterpieces

We can all agree that a great soundtrack to a TV series or film makes any show great. And these 20 famous movie composers have created soundtracks that are as memorable and iconic as the movies. In this article, we'll talk about these movie composers and their most famous film scores.  Hans Zimmer If there's an artist who's dominated 21st-century film music, it's Hans Zimmer. He has scored over 150 films, such as pirates of the Caribbean, Interstellar, Inception, and James Bond's No Time to Die. Zimmer...
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Everything You Need to Know About the Quena Flute

The quena is one of the most interesting wooden flutes you'll come across. It is known for its distinguishable timber and voice, resulting from its unique design feature. If you want to learn more about this instrument and its history, read on. This article will take you through everything you need to know about the instrument. What Is a Quena?  See on Amazon Quena is a woodwind instrument made from either cane or wood. Its history dates back to pre-Inca civilization, making it one of the oldest instruments. Quena flutes typically...
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