Posts Tagged ‘chords’

Free Beginner Piano Lessons

May 7th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, May 7, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hoffman Academy Piano Lessons

(www.hoffmanacademy.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Formerly FreePianoLessons4Kids.com, Hoffman Academy offers hundreds of free video lessons for the beginner pianist that teach ear training, sight reading, theory, technique, and much more. Created by Joseph Hoffman as a way to make piano lessons available to all, students work through the lessons at their own pace and are able to review any or all lessons as needed to master the material. And an extra bonus is that lessons can be done on your schedule with no need to leave your home. The fun, easy-going, and often entertaining nature of Mr. Hoffman as he presents the material will keep your student engaged and looking forward to the next lesson.

When arriving at the website, visitors may wish to watch the introduction video that helps explain the program. Then select the “Start Learning” button in the middle of the top image. From the very first lesson, your student will play a basic song, “Hot Cross Buns”, all the while building music and piano playing skills. There are currently seven units with 20 plus lessons in each. Students will learn: 

  • Reading music
  • Notes
  • Rhythm
  • Scales
  • Chords
  • Piano Posture
  • Fingering of the keys
  • And so much more

There are also bonus lessons for popular tunes such as: 

  • “Let it Go” from Frozen
  • “Star Wars Theme” and “The Imperial March” from Star Wars
  • “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from the 1876 play Peer Gynt
  • “S’vivon” a traditional Hanukkah song
  • “Jingle Bells”

Be sure to visit the support page as well for helpful information about Getting Started, Practice Helps, and Other Topics.

This well-organized website is a wonderful place to start your student on the road to learning piano. You will want to bookmark this site as new lessons/units are being created regularly.

Please note that while the video lessons are always free, supplemental materials are available for purchase.

Free Online Guitar Lessons

August 16th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 16, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Justin Guitar

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Whether you are just beginning to play guitar or have years of experience, this website provides hundreds of leveled lessons for learning to play the guitar. Created and hosted by London based guitarist, songwriter, performer, producer, and educator, Justin Sandercoe, lessons are presented through the use of on-site embedded YouTube videos, texts, and images. Using the sidebar menu to select from the following:
  • Lesson Index
  • Beginner’s Course
  • Intermediate Method
  • Quick Tips
  • Skills
  • Practice Time
  • Exercises
  • Technique
  • Chords
  • Rhythm
  • Scales
  • Arpeggios
  • Ear Training
  • Guitar Gear
  • Recording Tech
  • Masterclasses
  • Blank Papers

In addition to lessons from above, students can also learn techniques for playing:

  • Blues (Lead & Rhythm)
  • Folk (Fingerstyle)
  • Rock & Metal
  • Jazz

There are loads of extras on this website which include lessons to play riffs and licks, insights into songwriting, music transcribing, and ukulele lessons. Also included are numerous instructional videos for playing specific songs by popular artists such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Counting Crows, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and many, many more, all grouped by learning level to complement the various lessons.

While this site is free to use, there are various advertisements throughout where you may purchase justinguitar.com materials or make a donation to the site. Please note that these solicitations are not intrusive to the use of the website nor do they interfere with the value of the site.

If you have ever thought about learning to play the guitar, this website is a wonderful resource that you will find yourself coming back to time after time.

Free Piano and Music Appreciation Lessons

February 8th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, February 8, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

PianoLessons4Children.com

 

Age Range: 5 to 9 (Grades K-3, approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Designed for beginner and elementary level students, this website offers several video piano lessons as well as music appreciation lessons of famous composers and sing-a-longs.

 

This site is provided by Maria Miller, creator of Math Mammoth.  Presented in a fun, friendly, and informative way, current piano lessons included are:

 

  • Lesson 1: How to sit at the piano
  • Lesson 2: Names of the white keys on a piano
  • Lesson 2b: Names of the black keys on a piano
  • Lessons 3 & 4: Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Lesson 5: Chords
  • Lesson 6: Mary Had a Little Lamb, with chords
  • Lessons 7 & 8: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Lessons 9 & 10: Old McDonald Had a Farm
  • Lessons 11 & 12: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • Lesson 13: Alphabet Song
  • Lesson 14: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

The famous composers section includes examples from the Baroque, Romance, Classical, and 20th Century periods. Each of these lessons provides a brief biography, images, and video and/or audio examples of great works being performed by various artists.

 

In the sing-a-long section not only will you find videos for your favorite children’s songs, but also the accompanying lyrics and downloadable sheet music!

 

This site is a great place to start when teaching your children piano and music appreciation.

Free Downloads of Children’s Music!

August 3rd, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, August 3, 2013 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Free Kids Music

Age Range: 3-12 (approximately, with parental supervision)

Many of the songs you’ll find on this site are from talented, independent children’s music artists. These are complete songs – not samples. As the website explains, the artists post free music downloads here to introduce you to their music with the hope that if you like what you hear, you’ll buy their tunes or book them for a gig.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured artists and their songs in the center of the screen. Use the menu at the top of the page to view:

*Traditional – Select classic children’s songs by title to download, such as “The Alphabet Song,” “Do Your Ears Hang Low,” “Found A Peanut,” “Frere Jacques,” “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” “Kumbaya,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and many more. 

*Artists 1,2,3,4 – This is an alphabetical listing of artists who have free songs available for download on the site. You may not recognize the names of these artists or bands (for example, Oren and the Hiccups) – but you’re sure to have fun getting to know them and their music. :)

Click on a song title or an artist’s name and a new page opens where you can access their music in a downloadable MP3 file – and you’ll even find  lyrics and chords so you can sing or play along.

Oh, and if you happen to be a children’s music artist, click on “For Artists” and find out how to get your music featured on this site.

 

Free Online Songbook!

October 20th, 2012

Hi! It’s Saturday, October 20, 2012 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Fabulous Songbook 

Age Range:  All Ages (Parents should preview content before sharing with children.)

This website offers a terrific, free songbook with printable pages to use at home, on-the-go, or ’round the campfire. Don’t let the lackluster look of the website deceive you – because as free online songbooks go, this one is very useful for parents, teachers, youth group leaders, and singers everywhere.

When you get to the site you’ll see a lot of introductory text. Scroll below it to the songbook menu where you’ll find an amazing variety of choices that include:

  • Ballads
  • Blues & Standards
  • Call & Response
  • Campfire Songs
  • Circle Games
  • Classic Kids Songs
  • Foreign Songs
  • Gospel Tunes
  • Hand Games
  • Holiday Songs
  • On And On Songs
  • Part Songs & Rounds
  • Patriotic Songs
  • Protest, Political, & Social Commentary Songs
  • Sea Shanties & Pub Songs
  • Silly Songs
  • Singalongs
  • U.S. Folk Songs

There are even songs By Indie Artists and Metal, Hard, Grunge & Progressive Rock groups.  (Again, parental discretion advised.)

The songs, many of which were collected by the author for use with her Girl Scout group, are categorized by type as well as by first line. For example, some are “Make ’em Up” – which would be the ones that you make up as you go along, such as “Down By the Bay.” Others are activity games, such as “London Bridge is Falling Down,” which are fun to play with a group of children. Then you have “Call and Response,” wherein a person or group repeats after a caller, such as “Are You Sleeping” or “Bear in the Woods.”

Many (but not all) songs include activities, mp3’s, sheet music, and chords. The songbook is  updated occasionally, and suggestions for additions/improvement are welcomed.

Free, Fun Music Theory & Games!

September 22nd, 2012

Hi!  It’s Saturday, September 22, 2012 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!  

Recommended Website:

PracticeSpot.com

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

This commercial website offers free music theory, lessons, drills, and games.  When you get to the site you’ll see some of the highlights of what is offered in this free section, and then a menu that includes:

*Practice Spot’s Rhythm Gym – Get interactive practice in counting rhythm and time signatures in written music. Click on “Quarter Note Quest” or “Eighth Note Challenge” and then follow the instructions that will take you through each exercise until you gain proficiency.  You’ll see a piece of music. The idea is to clap out the rhythm correctly.  Once you do, you can listen to a midi file and hear it played correctly.  You can also print out the music and practice on a keyboard offline. Once you’ve completed all of the exercises satisfactorily, you can print out a certificate of achievement.

*Music Crosswords – Have fun solving these puzzles that test your knowledge of music and musicians.

*Sightreading Genie – Get over 100 exercises to test your music sight reading ability.

*Chord Wizard – This interactive guide helps you find and learn all of the chords by displaying them on a keyboard.

*Note Reading Wizard – Choose between treble or bass clef, select space or line notes, and then test your skill.

There are more offerings, including “Scales Chef” – a tool to help you learn all 24 major and harmonic minor scales. Unfortunately, the “Scales Chef” wasn’t working properly when I visited the site. Nevertheless, you’ll find plenty of free content that is operating properly that will help music students and teachers alike.

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