Piano is definitely the best instrument to start music lessons for younger children. The piano is much more accessible to young children, as the notes are very easy to play. The violin or the guitar require two hands to produce a note or a chord which can be difficult for youngsters.
We generally recommend weekly lessons for children, although we have a very flexible program and you’re welcome to try alternate weeks. Also, our program is flexible so you can skip a lesson anytime, as long as you provide us with at least 24 hours notice.
Please let me know your thoughts on this and we’ll be happy to get things started.
We look forward to hearing back from you soon!
B&B Jazz offers a small jazz group for smaller, more intimate weddings. If you would like to find a jazz or swing dance band for your small wedding, B&B Jazz provides a variety of options. We can suit your needs and taste with either solo, duo, trio, quartet or quintet. If the venue for your wedding is small, we have just the right sized group for you. B&B Jazz can create an elegant background ambiance that allows your guests to be entertained while still carrying on a conversation. If you prefer background music instead of dance music, we have the experience to provide you with talented and reliable musicians who we know personally. Click on the picture of the jazz cat below to view videos, sound clips and pictures of our jazz bands.
A small combo performing wedding music is often the perfect solution for a smaller venue. Romantic standards such as As Time Goes By, Our Love is Here to Stay and Fly Me to the Moon are a few of the songs that we frequently perform. For the best in instrumental jazz, swing and romantic standards that the DC area has to offer, contact B&B Jazz for a personalized consultation. Again, clicking on the jazz cat below will give you a better idea of what we have to offer.
As far as learning the guitar left handed, I would say this. Being left handed myself, I learned the guitar and bass right handed and I am extremely grateful for this. First of all, the guitar uses both hands and both are arguably equally important. Both hands will be demanded to play unique and precise actions. Both the picking hand and fretboard hand have important work to take care of.
In addition, most guitars are right handed and over the course of a lifetime, the number of guitars that one encounters will be right handed guitars. It is a huge disadvantage for someone to not be able to sit in and borrow another guitar when visiting friends, etc.
In addition, if you choose to play left handed, you will be handicapped by lesson books, chord books and other material such as tablature that is printed for the right handed guitar. And when you go to purchase a left handed guitar, you’ll find that the selection is severely limited. If you’re lucky, one out of ten guitars at the store will be left handed. So you’ll have to be much less picky about styles, colors, etc. If you choose to buy your dream guitar and have it reconfigured as a left handed guitar, this will certainly cost you a pretty penny. Or you can play it upside down like Albert Collins, but this has it’s own group of issues since the strumming sounds different and fingerpicking is essentially impossible (with the thumb playing the melody).
Think about the piano. There are plenty of left handed piano players and they use both hands to play their instrument. I recommend playing the guitar right handed, as your musical life will be much simpler and you’ll still have the same musical potential.
B&B Music Lessons provides guitar teachers that can teach both left handed or right handed guitar, so we support your decision either way!
A. It is generally recognized that children should not start voice lessons too early in a child’s life. The voice is created directly from the human body and it is possible to damage the vocal chords if serious training is begun prematurely. The ages of 10 to 12 are the earliest that a child should start with serious voice training.
“12 years old (middle school) is recommended as the youngest age for private vocal lessons. Due to the physical nature of voice lessons (proper breathing techniques, development of the vocal chords and lung capacity), the younger body is generally not yet ready for the rigors of vocal technique.”
However, it is possible for students to start at a younger age. The lessons would focus on basic musicianship such as pitch and interval training. This is usually taught at a keyboard or piano, so that the student can sing the pitches of the scales and arpeggios that are being played. In this manner, the student will learn the basics of music theory and the fundamentals of the piano at the same time that they learn to connect his or her voice to the pitch of the instrument.
Another reason for delaying the start of serious voice training is that the voice is a very personal thing and and sometimes young students take any desire to improve technique as negative criticism of their voice.
B&B Music Lessons provides private voice and piano lessons in the DC metro area, including Maryland and Virginia. Click here to learn more about our service:
We receive a lot of inquiries regarding renting guitars in the DC metro area. Below is an email conversation we had recently in this regard:
We’d be happy to get you started in the summer. It is definitely a good idea to wait till you have the time to practice before you start guitar lessons.
As far as renting an instrument, I would probably recommend you buying one. The reason for this is that guitars are by nature inexpensive compared to other instruments, and you can find something for a reasonable rate. Because of this, most stores don’t even bother renting guitars. In fact I just spoke with a manager at the Guitar Shop and he said it makes more sense to sell a $140 guitar than rent something that would end up costing just as much in a few months.
He also mentioned that when professionals travel to the DC area, they frequently need to rent a guitar since airlines are becoming increasingly difficult regarding carry-ons. What they have to do in this case is actually sell the instrument for a day or two and then refund the charge upon return, with a small fee for the rental.
I hope that this helps and we look forward to hearing back from you soon!
I am thinking of taking lessons this summer, when I have more time. (I work full-time and go to school part-time, during the fall and spring.) I don’t own a guitar – what kind would you recommend renting and from where? Do you all rent guitars?
We have a great guitar teacher near you. The rates for guitar lessons are as follows:
$45 for 30 minutes
$55 for 45 minutes
$65 for 60 minutes
Just let us know if you’d like to meet one of our teachers.
Happy New Year!
Hi Brad and Bhagwan,
Do you teach private guitar lessons to adults? Do you travel as far as Pentagon City in North Arlington? What are the rates for a 30 minute private guitar lesson for an adult?
We will happily try to answer any music related questions that you may have. The forum is also open for others to comment on your questions.
Q. Do you recommend starting with a nylon string guitar or an acoustic guitar?
Just a question, for piano lessons since they are in-home lessons would a keyboard work for an absolute beginner? Or is there an option to go to the teacher’s home for actual piano? We are looking for piano lessons in BAltimore.
Thanks for the information.
B&B Music Lessons recommends a few great piano tuners in the DC, MD and VA areas. One piano tuner that we prefer is a close friend of ours named Steve Jones. Steve is a great piano player and composer as well as being a highly qualified piano technician. He has helped many of our private piano students in Montgomery County Md and Washington, DC with piano maintenance over the years. Steve Jones is the best piano tuner in DC/MD/VA.
More about Steve:
Steve Jones has been a Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild for 15 years, and spent 4 years doing tuning for Black Entertainment Television, including artists such as Stevie Wonder, Ramsey Lewis and Marcus Roberts. He apprenticed with Ollie Braymer, RPT, and has training in concert tuning and voicing. He can be reached at: