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  • Gibson Guitar Facing Bankruptcy

    Posted March 9th, 2018

    Say it ain’t so! Last week, reports surfaced that legendary guitar manufacturer Gibson Brands, Inc. (commonly known as Gibson Guitar) is facing pending bankruptcy, and may likely close its doors in the near future unless it can get back on financial track. For guitar players young and old who use Gibson guit...

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  • Get Better At Music By Having A Growth Mindset

    Posted February 23rd, 2018

    There’s no doubt about it: learning to play an instrument is hard! When learning to play music for the first time, it’s inevitable that you’ll run into challenges and be frustrated at times. However, the overall learning process should be an enjoyable one. If it isn’t, you’re probably approaching it ...

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  • 3 Reasons Why Your Progress Is Slow and How To Fix It

    Posted February 12th, 2018

    When it comes to learning an instrument, there are a lot of ups and downs.  In fact, the path to being a musician is almost never a straight line; rather, it’s a curvy, windy road filled with lots of successes and a few inevitable setbacks. While it would be nice to progress at lightning speed, the fact is ...

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  • 4 Guaranteed Ways to Break Out of a Rut

    Posted February 3rd, 2018

    Whether you’re a musician who’s been taking music lessons for years, brand new to playing music, or even Lady Gaga herself, it’s inevitable that you’ll fall victim to a rut at some point or another. The sad truth is musical ruts happen to the best of us, and while they’re a major drag, they don’t h...

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  • How Music Keeps Us Young

    Posted January 25th, 2018

    If you’re looking for the fountain of youth, you probably won’t find it in a fancy car shop or in the beauty aisle of a drug store (contrary to all those TV commercials); but you might just find it on the radio, Spotify, or even at Scottsdale Music Academy. That’s right…there’s yet another reason...

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  • 3 Tips To Help You Sing Better

    Posted January 15th, 2018

    What’s the secret formula to singing? Surprisingly, there isn’t one! While there are certain best practices that all singers follow, true vocal chops like those of Beyonce or Adele take years of practice, vocal lessons, and hard work. However, there are several proven techniques that are guaranteed to enha...

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  • Use SMART Goals To Make 2018 Amazing

    Posted January 7th, 2018

    It’s a new year…that means time for a whole new set of goals! Here at Scottsdale Music Academy, we know a thing or two about what it takes to make a dream a reality.  Once newbie musicians, we transformed ourselves into the seasoned, professional music instructors we are now through hard work, profess...

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  • Guitar Chord Tutorial: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

    Posted December 22nd, 2017

    The tree is up, the ornaments are hung, and there’s red and green everywhere you look. In other words, Christmas is right around the corner! While festive decor is a holiday must, no Christmas would be complete without music (and plenty of presents, of course)! It’s amazing how just a few notes of Christma...

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  • 4 No Fail Ways To Boost Your Guitar Practice Routine

    Posted December 6th, 2017

    Keeping up with a regular practice routine and making the most out of your guitar lessons is perhaps one of the hardest parts about learning to play the guitar. Not only are the notes and chords new, but for most people, so is the idea of a set practice routine. Generally speaking, when it comes to practicing ...

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  • Are You Stressed? Why Learning An Instrument Helps Relieve Stress

    Posted November 30th, 2017

    Like it or not, no one is immune to stress! Everyone experiences it at some point or another…just like the flu. But unlike the flu, there isn’t a vaccine to protect you from it! There are, however, several coping mechanisms and outlets to help keep stress at bay–one of which is music. Music has long ...

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