Nicole Wright Music

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How To Keep The Violin Pegs From Slipping

If you play the violin, and you have noticed that your violin pegs keep slipping out, there could be a number of reasons that this is occurring. Although it may have to do with not installing the strings appropriately, there are also be other difficulties causing this to occur, even if you have done the installation right. These problems can occur whether you are a novice with playing the violin, or you have been doing this for many years. Sometimes it is a physical problem with the violin itself, or that the pegs do not properly fit. Let’s take a look at these problems that can happen, and also solutions for each problem, so that you can have a good experience playing your violin.

Look At Your Violin Pegs

You will want to start with looking at the violin pegs themselves to see if they are properly inserted into the holes. The pegs go into the upper part of the violin, and if they are not properly circular, and they wiggle, then this is where the problem lies. They should fit perfectly right below the scroll, in the peg box, and those that wiggle need to be replaced or repaired. If the pegs are not the problem, then you must start to look at the strings themselves to see if there is something wrong with them.

Problems With Humidity

This is a very common problem with all stringed instruments as humidity can play a large role in changing the physical aspect of not only the violin but the strings. If you have done a proper installation, this will not always cause the strings to slip, but it can definitely factor in. For example, the more humidity that is in the air, the more the wood will expand, and it is almost impossible for the strings to slip out of the pegs. However, if it is very dry, the wood can retract in size, causing the string to slip out of the pegs, leading to your problem. This can easily be remedied by purchasing a humidifier which can also help with the longevity of your violin as well.

Improper Installation

There are only two things that can cause your violin strings to come out if humidity and peg size are not the problem. The goal of using the pegs is to have a tight fit which is caused by pushing the pegs in as far as you can into the holes, aided by friction, which will prevent slippage from occurring. Additionally, if you use too much force when you are winding your violin strings on the sides of the scroll box, there will not be enough play in the strings in order to make adjustments. Excessive tension could actually lead to the strings snapping, especially while you are playing, and also lead to the pegs coming out due to the tension, causing the slippage to occur.

Doing This The Right Way

There are only four things that you need to do in order to prevent violin string slippage. First, always begin with placing the ball end of each string into the proper location in the fine tuner. This is located at the tailpiece adjacent to the chin rest. Second, you will want to apply a small amount of tension on the string with one hand, and turn your peg with the other so that the string can be wound tightly. Third, as you are doing the winding, so as to get the perfect tension, use a finger to pull the string toward the peg. Finally, make sure that you squeeze against the sides of the scroll box as you turn the peg as this will ensure that the string will always be tightly held in the peg box by the tuning pegs.

If you are able to follow all of these steps, and ensure that you have proper humidity levels where the violin is kept, you will not have to deal with violin pegs not holding the strings in place. You will never have to deal with slippage as long as you take your time with each string and tuning peg, making sure that it is not only properly tuned but securely strung using these simple strategies.

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The 3 Chords You Need To Be Proficient At Guitar

The Easiest Way To Learn Guitar Chords

When you start playing guitar for the first time, once you get used to holding the guitar properly, and understanding that both hands must perform different operations. The best way to begin is to learn very simple ones initially, and to do this, you will have to position your hands and fingers properly. We will begin this with a few tips on how to get started, and then show you how to do some of the initial chords that must be learned so that you can begin to play songs.

Initial Starting Tips

One of the first things that you will notice when you start to play is that your fingers will definitely hurt. It is something that you must get used to overtime. As the weeks and months progress, you will slowly begin to develop tougher skin, and perhaps calluses, as a result of playing guitar a couple hours a day. You will also notice that your fingers will not want to move the way that they should, and once you have gotten past these physical hurdles, you will then have a chance at learning to play the different basic chords that you must know in order to play different songs that you come across.

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Learning G Chords

The first place that you should begin is learning the G chord which is the easiest to learn for people that are just starting out. It’s actually the best one for kids as well, or people that are having problems organizing their fingers appropriately in order to make the proper chords. You will start by moving your middle finger to the E string. This will be placed on the 3rd fret, and you will then move your 4th finger to B string, also on the third fret. Finally, your index finger will be on the A string on the second fret and the middle finger to the low E on the third. This is something that will require a little bit of practice, but once you have the muscle memory set, it will be automatic.

Learning D Chords

Again starting with the middle finger, placing it on the high E string on the second fret, you will move the index finger to the G string. Both of these on the second fret will then be followed with your fourth finger on the B string, but this will be on the third fret. In order to remember this, it’s good to shift between the G and D chords, conditioning your fingers to move fluidly. Muscle memory is always much easier to develop when you are forcing your fingers to switch back and forth.

Three Ways To Make The C Chord

This can actually be done in three different ways. For a simple C chord, index finger goes on the first fret on the B string. The second way is to actually play the C chord with your pinky on high E third fret, ring finger B  string third fret, and finally your index finger on the second fret on the D string. Finally, if you want to play the full C chord, your ring finger goes on A string third fret, second finger B string first fret, and your middle finger D string second fret. You will want to switch between all of these so that you can remember how to do this particular chord depending upon the song that you are playing.

Other Chords

There are several others that you can learn outside of G, C and D such as E minor chord, F chord, A minor chord, A chord, A7 and more. However, you will want to first learn the basics, committing them to muscle memory, so that when you make the transition to the more advanced musical chords, you will be able to do so fluidly. It is all about practice, and then applying what you practice to the songs that you are trying to learn. Soon it will not be a matter of remembering how to position your fingers, but simply understanding what notes you need to play, and then finally recognizing the sounds that you hear around you that will allow you to play with others.

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Things To Look For When Hiring A Piano Accompianist

Best Tips For Playing Piano As Accompaniment

When you do a piano accompaniment, you are essentially playing with another musical instrument, or someone that is doing a solo while singing. You could also be part of a band that is playing, where your role is to play the piano to provide music in a supportive way. Accompaniment is a little different than actually learning how to play the piano. In fact, it is important that you are skilled at playing the piano in order to do this right. In fact, accompaniment refers to the arrangement of composed music, as well as playing in an improvised manner, which means you need to have an ear for music when you are doing this type of work. Here are the best tips for playing a piano as accompaniment so that you can make the singer, or all of the other players in your band, sound their absolute best.

It’s All About Harmonics

Accompaniment also focuses on what is called harmonics, essentially the rhythm of the song you are playing with being your primary focus. This harmonic background that is produced usually involves one or more instruments, and it involves also playing what are called chord progressions which makes up the harmonic accompaniment. This can be done with any number of instruments including an organ, guitar or a piano. If you want to be successful, there are a few things you need to do if you want this to work.

Start With The Melody

The melody of the song that you are listening to is where you need to begin. Essentially, you are going to listen to the song, and then play the notes that will make the song really stand out, matching the tempo and rhythm. This is why it is so important for you to have some background in playing the piano so that you can easily start matching the tempo that you hear, and the melody, without having to wonder what notes to hit. So whether you are doing this with a soloist, or someone else playing a different instrument, you can always match up.

Break Up The Chords

When you play the piano, you are going to have to use both hands. This is so that you can do the right variations in chords, adapting to whatever the soloist is doing, or the other players in the band. Everything will be on the fly, meaning you will have to listen to the style, rhythm and tempo of the music, and then match up to whatever it is that they are doing. Remember that your goal is to be in the background, producing sounds that actually enhance what is being played so that you can improve the music that is either being sung, or played by others in the room. By breaking up the chords, changing things up a bit, it can add more depth to whatever is being played or sung at that moment in time.

Advanced Strategies

There are a couple of things that you can do when you decide to break up the chords which includes arpeggio which is where you actually play the notes in rapid succession. You don’t want to hit the whole chord at once, and if you decide to do this with one hand only, it can really change the sounds that are heard. When you do this with one hand, you will be doing what are called Triad chords, and if you are using both hands, you can do what are called circle of fifths. You might actually take the time to look at the music, if you know how to read music, and design your own style of accompaniment. Some people are not able to simply listen to what is being played and improvise along the way. If you can read music, and you need to know in advance what is being played to provide accompaniment, this is something that you will need to discuss with the singer or group that you will be playing with so that you can do the best job.

Accompaniment is actually not that hard to do if you have a general idea of how to play the piano. As mentioned before, if you are not very good at listening and simply improvising, you can always look at the music sheet that is being played, practice at home before you actually go to the event where the person is singing or playing, so that you can do the best job possible. It takes a musical ear to do this on the fly, and an understanding of how to read musical notes if you don’t. It is simply a great way to expand the depth of any musical piece or song that is being played, and this can all be done by learning how to do accompaniment with the piano.

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How To Quickly And Easily Master The Piano

Would you like to figure out how to learn piano quickly? Many people get overwhelmed because there are a lot of varying options. That’s okay, however, because here you’ll get the basics. When learning any instrument you have to just take your time and practice as much as possible.

Get lessons from someone in private, so that way you can go from the beginning to more advanced skills without too much trouble. When you work with someone privately, they are able to stop when you have questions and can walk you through particularly tough spots. You’ll find many great people around the world that teach people to play, and the better their experience the more they are going to charge you to use their services. Just make sure you get a quote from a few different people to get a feel for the average in your area.

Look for videos that can teach you to play and that are free through the great video sharing websites that are out there. You’ll want to sort videos if possible by the most views because generally the more people watch a video the better the lessons it contains are. Of course, there are some diamonds in the rough out there so don’t be afraid to narrow down your searches you are looking at. You are going to want to also read the comments to see if people have anything to add or if they are saying that some of the lessons are not properly done.

A lot of great options exist in the form of books. You can even get digital books for an e-reader device. If you have no money for this, you’re going to need to get a library card. Not only can the library help you to deal with borrowing any books they have on hand, you can also have them special order new releases for you. Some libraries even offer ebook rentals, so sometimes if you can’t find any good books at the library, their digital collection can have something that they may not have on the shelf.

If you are going to buy any books of any kind or lessons on video, make sure that you figure out where to get it for the best price. Many sellers let you buy used materials, and if that’s the case you want to ask about whether or not the books have been written in or if you’re borrowing videos you need to know what the condition of the disc is. Always buy from people that have a return policy in place just in case you get something that doesn’t work or is damaged in a way that wasn’t indicated by the product listing.

Don’t spend all of your money on a big piano for your home just yet. You can get a starter keyboard for fairly cheap, and you can use it to learn the basics until you can move up to playing a real piano live. It can be tough to figure out what kind of keyboard to get, but if you stick with big name brands like Casio, you will have a much better chance for it to be something that works. There are also great USB keyboards that you can hook up to your computer and that way you can have a recording studio type of setup.

Now you are able to know how to learn piano quickly. It is going to be a long and tough road, but the end result is very rewarding. Once you have learned the basics, you can keep moving up until you are an expert at playing the piano.

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