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Three Reasons You Should NOT Practice Your Singing or Guitar Playing an Hour a Day

"I'm going to practice an hour a day!" Sound familiar?
 
If you are early on in your guitar or vocal journey, here are three reasons you shouldn't try to practice an hour a day.
  1. Lack of Stamina. Most beginning vocalists or guitarists don't have the stamina to practice effectively for an hour. You've got to build up your muscles (singing muscles and for guitar, hand strength) and that takes a while. Attempting that much practice without a solid physical foundation can result in a...
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Want to Be a Successful Vocalist or Guitarist? Make Some Space for Music!

Hopefully you're convinced that success as a vocalist or guitarist begins with consistency in practice or working out your voice. You've made the decision to be consistent with your efforts to improve your playing or singing. Congratulations! Now make it easy to keep up that consistency.
 
Do you have a space to practice or sing for your 10-15 minute dedicated music time? The easier you make it on yourself to dive into practice, the more likely you will do it daily.
 
If you are...
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How to Improve Your Singing or Guitar Playing: Do This ONE Thing

The real secret to how to improve your singing or guitar playing isn't a new video or technique or lengthy practice routine. If you do this ONE thing, you will improve your singing or guitar playing. The one thing is....drum roll please...
 
BE CONSISTENT.
 
Not very sexy, huh? Let me explain. Being consistent is building a daily practice habit. And that habit doesn't mean you need to practice an hour a day or even a half hour a day. What I'm saying is that daily, consistent...
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How to Tune Your Guitar

guitar lessons Apr 25, 2021
The ultimate secret to tuning a guitar is of MOST benefit to beginners, but all guitarists can benefit. 
 
The secret?  Tune your guitar every day.
 
I know this is a pain, but if you do this there are several benefits:
  1. Your guitar always sounds good
  2. You learn how to handle your guitar faster than those who 'just want to sit down and play'
  3. You train your ear to know where each string sits in pitch--this is a critical skillset--much more important than learning frets...
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Peak Music Musicians: Are You in This Video?

In 2018, we opened Peak Music Studios on Remsen Street in Cohoes. And as we all know, the pandemic changed just about everything, but as we promised a year ago, we would keep making music no matter what!

And we did just that! Although we had to close our beloved studio space on Remsen Street in August of 2020 because of the pandemic, we reopened in a new Latham location in November of 2020.

Check out our video that tells the story of the last three years. Our current and former students are...

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5 Guitar Effects All Electric Guitar Players Need to Know

Let's cut to the chase - the best effect you can get as a guitarist is to improve your guitar playing - its really not about buying another pedal....
 
But, with that in mind, here are 5 guitar effects all electric guitar players need to know as they progress on the instrument. These effects - overdrive, fuzz, distortion, delay, and reverb - can and will up your guitar game.
 
  1. What is overdrive? Overdrive mimics a tube amp that is pushed beyond its limits and it clips the top end...
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Can I Learn to Play Guitar on YouTube? 10 Tips to Help You Succeed

guitar lessons Feb 28, 2021
YouTube has TONS of both good and not-so-good material on learning guitar. The trick is to know the difference! Here are some pointers that can help you make the most out of the awesome free resource of YouTube.
 
Remember, YouTube is a marketing platform, and people make money through views and subscribers. But just because someone has thousands of views or subscribers, it doesn't necessarily mean that the content is going to help you become a better guitarist. Even videos by...
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