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Matilda’s Cottage: An Artistic Backyard In Our Own Backyard

admin October 9, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Situated just south of downtown Alpharetta on Highway 9, Matilda’s Cottage is a happy jumble of color and “rural chic” charm. The gallery was originally established in the late 1990’s by MJ and Mark Potter as a collaborative retail space of art, antiques, and funky junk shared by local entrepeneurs who rented rooms in the house. Over time it has become more of a pure art gallery, though hardly a traditional one. The converted first floor of the cottage houses a joyous cacophony of impressive creativity, with paintings, iron sculptures, hammered metal installations and other pieces spilling merrily from one room to the next.
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Is a Good Voice Something You Are Born With?

admin July 9, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Natural talent cannot be ignored. Some of us are born with an innate sense of rhythm or a naturally excellent voice. Others of us are born without this. Either way, voice lessons can help improve the students’ singing, no matter what category they fall into. Even singers with a natural voice benefit from taking voice lessons. Read More

Music Lessons and Brain Activity

admin May 15, 2015 Tags: , , ,
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It has been known that music can be good for your brain. But not many people understand why.
Stanford University conducted an experiment, comparing brain functions of musicians and non-musicians when given auditory tasks. Musicians made up one group and non-musicians made up the second group. Musicians were defined aspeople who took lessons or studied music through childhood into adulthood. Non-musicians were defined as people who either never took lessons or studied music, or had stopped taking music lessons before the age 7. They were given auditory tasks such as distinguishing between different tones or distinguishing between different syllables such as “da” and “ba.” Read More

Taking Guitar Lessons

admin April 3, 2015 Tags: , , , , , ,
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As Mitch Hedberg once said, “I play the guitar. I taught myself how to play the guitar, which was a bad decision because I didn’t know how to play it, so I was a [bad] teacher. I would never have went to me.”
The guitar is an instrument that many people feel they can teach themselves to play. While that may be true, guitar lessons are the right way to go if you really want to master the guitar & you want to learn it quickly. Read More

Difference Between Singing Lessons and Voice Lessons, Voice Teacher vs Vocal Coach

admin March 4, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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There really isn’t a difference between singing lessons and voice lessons. It is simply semantics. Generally, the public is looking for singing lessons, as they want to learn how to sing. Voice teachers call singing lessons voice lessons or vocal lessons. This is because the voice is the instrument. Just as one would call lessons in piano piano lessons, piano is the instrument.
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Benefits of Piano Lessons

admin February 9, 2015 Tags: , , , , , ,
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Piano lessons help children do better in their school lessons. Studies have shown that children who take music lessons (and piano lessons especially) make higher test scores. Piano students, in particular, score higher in math than children who don’t take piano lessons.
Dr. Frances Rauscher (a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh) and Gordon Shaw (a physicist at of the University of California at Irvine) tested preschoolers who received piano lessons. They discovered that these preschoolers scored 34% higher than others in tests measuring spatial-temporal reasoning, the brain function used to understand math, science & engineering. Read More

Music Is Common Sense

admin October 18, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Throughout history, music has played a significant role on one’s knowledge from birth to adulthood. You don’t need to be a musician or know how to read and understand music to know how music operates. With a large majority of the world playing or at minimum listening to music, one can say it is as common as reading a book or knowing how to swim. We all listen to music and have that general knowledge on how music affects our emotions. Science has proven that music affects mood. Just think about how you feel when you listen to your favorite song? How about a sad song? Or even songs about break-ups? If you can simply create a beat by tapping a pencil on your lap then you can learn the basics of music development. Read More

Basements and Barstools: North Fulton Music Scene is Diverse Mix of New and Old

admin July 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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When people think of a local music scene, they logically think of places like Nashville, Brooklyn, or south Atlanta as the kinds of places where “the scene” occurs. No doubt, these international hotspots for country, indie and hip-hop/R&B music are top destinations where artists and other industry types gravitate and collaborate. But there also is a surprisingly deep and diverse music scene right here in North Fulton county that has both connections to some of these bastions of song craft as well as roots right here in our familiar red clay. Read More

The Reasons You Still Can’t Play Piano

admin April 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , ,
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1. You Don’t Have Goals. It’s hard to know if you are improving if you don’t have a standard for measuring progress. Tangible, specific, time-sensitive goals are the key to improvement in any endeavor. As a piano student, there are number of areas that might demand your attention. Posture, finger placement, dexterity, right/left hand coordination, pedal technique, knowledge of music theory all advance at different rates for different players. A documented game plan for improving your skills in each area is essential for improving your overall skills as a pianist. Add specific, tangible milestones and timeframes to your online practice log or good old fashioned paper journal (you have one of those, right?) and hold yourself accountable for achieving them.
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