Happy Birthday is one of those songs you think everybody knows, and then when you go to play it on your guitar or saxophone you’re not quite sure. Well here’s a nice version of Happy Birthday for lead, bass, and piano in seven different keys. Enjoy!
For the budding musician when you’re learning a new instrument, music lessons in one form or another are probably the best way to go. You can take private lessons or try to find suitable online music instruction. But there’s something to be said for learning to play along with real music. And short of playing
Once you have a feel for how the musical staff works, and you have worked with some basic scales, it’s time to try a few simple melodies. Not chording to familiar tunes. That will come soon enough (and no doubt are already doing it). What we’re talking about here is playing some simple songs from
“Achy Breaky Heart” was recorded by Miley Cyrus’ dad – Billy Ray Cyrus – in 1991. It was a smash hit for Cyrus and made him famous. This song and line dancing are pretty much synonymous. According to Wikipedia, “The song is considered by some as one of the worst songs of all time, featuring
“Count on Me” was composed by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine, under their alias, The Smeezingtons. It was released in 2010. The song has been praised for its arrangement and “uplifting” vibe, while others have criticized its “saccharine sound” and “cheesy lyrics”. Mars has obviously moved a long way from this type of
“Home on the Range” is regarded by many as the unofficial anthem of the American west and has actually been adopted as the state song of Kansas. The song is based on a poem written by Dr. Brewster Higley in 1871. He had moved to Kansas under he Homestead Act, and was so inspired by
Now that you understand the basics (as outlined in the previous series of posts: Reading Music for Guitar Beginners, it’s time to put this knowledge into practice. It may sound too good to be true, but once you understand these basics, “learning to read” is just a matter of practice, practice, practice. The more you
Learning to read traditional music notation is fairly simple. Once you understand a few basic concepts it is quite intuitive. The two dimensions of the Staff The basic framework for traditional music notation is the staff. The staff consists of a series of five parallel lines. The sequence of musical notes that make up a