SMA Spotlight: Grady Byrne

Good news comes to those who practice! One of our Scottsdale Music Academy guitar and band coaching students is Grady Byrne, and he’s received great news recently in his quest to further his academic studies and his musical career. Grady has accepted an academic scholarship to study for a music major at Belmont University in

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The Dos and Dont’s of Drum Care

Believe it or not, drums require care and maintenance just like a car or pool. The fact is drums can be expensive; that’s why you’ll want to make them last as long as possible and keep them in good working condition. Read our tips below for ideal drum maintenance to learn how to properly care

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4 Essentials Tools for Musicians

To set yourself up for musical success, there are a few key music tools and resources you’ll need to invest in on your journey towards becoming the best musician you can be. Apart from an instrument and a strong desire to learn, every musician’s “toolbox” should include the following: a metronome, tuner, music lessons and

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3 Proven Ways to Tune Your Guitar

Nothing ruins a song like a guitar that’s out of tune. The truth is you can take all the guitar lessons in the world and practice for hours on end, but if your guitar isn’t properly tuned, then none of that matters. It’s a bit like having a really expensive car, but never washing it!

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Why You Need a Guitar Practice Routine

If you’re currently learning to play the guitar, you’ve no doubt heard your parents or guitar lesson instructor say how important it is to practice. After all, that’s the only way to become a better guitar player! While everyone knows this in theory, few know how to successfully incorporate practice into their daily lives to

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Shane C

Taking lessons at Scottsdale Music Academy means you get to decide the direction you would like to go with your music. With the guidance of a seasoned instructor learning the music you want to learn is fun and easy. But don’t just take our word for it. Listen to what Shane has to say about

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Why You Should Learn to Play an Instrument in 2019

Another year is almost upon us! That means another year to learn new skills, tackle long-lost dreams, and create more experiences. When considering your New Year’s resolutions this year, be sure to add learning an instrument to the top of your list. In addition to being a fun and rewarding hobby, playing an instrument supplies

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Best Gifts For Musicians

The holidays are right around the corner—and you know what that means—it’s gift-giving time! If you have a musician in your life, we know just what to get them this holiday season. We’ve compiled a special gift guide created specifically with musicians in mind. No matter what instrument they play or what skill level they’re

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The Dos and Don’ts of Playing the Keyboard

Unfortunately, there’s no step-by-step training manual when it comes to playing the keyboard. There are, however, certain dos and don’ts of the craft. To help you become the best keyboard player you can be, we’ve assembled a list of the most common rules to follow when first learning to play the keyboard or piano. These

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Learn About Different Types of Drumsticks

If you’re taking drum lessons you probably know that a variety of drum types exist, but if you’re new to playing drums you might not know that a variety of drumsticks also exist. Each different type of drumstick serves a specific purpose and is often used for only certain genres of music. Here you’ll learn

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4 Tips On How To Start A Band

Playing in a band is a natural next step after you’ve mastered the basics and advance your skills with music lessons. But many musicians don’t know where to begin when it comes to finding bandmates and playing as a group. If you’ve dreamed of playing in a band, but can’t find one to join, here’s

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Songwriting 101:Tips For Composing Your Own Music

Playing the guitar and songwriting go hand in hand. While not all guitarists write their own songs, many do (like Taylor Swift, John Mayer and Ed Sheeran). If you’ve never written a song before, it can seem like a daunting endeavor, but luckily we’ve prepared this handy dandy list of tips to help get you

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At Scottsdale Music Academy we make it our mission to ensure nothing stands in the way of musical expression. Our team of music pros has been where you are and understands just how hard learning music can be. Through our many years of experience, expert training, and plenty of trial and error along the way, we’ve mastered the art of music…and you can, too.

With custom and interactive music lessons, the freedom to learn how and when you want, and a team of real-life musicians by your side throughout it all, we make learning an instrument fun, easy, and foolproof.

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