Jill M.

Written by Bhagwan on December 29th, 2012. Posted in Drum Teachers, Drums, Guitar Teachers, Instruments Taught by B&B

B&B Teacher Jill M. | Drum Lessons Fairfax VA

B&B Teacher Jill M. | Drum Lessons Fairfax VA

Instruments: Drums, Beginning Guitar and Bass

Genres:

Pop, Rock, Punk, Indie

Location: Fairfax, Reston, Alexandria, Vienna, McLean, Arlington, VA

Why I work well with kids?

My goal as a teacher is to create an individual, flexible curriculum for each student by taking into account the growth that takes place at each lesson. The first year in a drummers musical life is the most imperative, it’s very important to not let the student get discouraged. I would be a very passionate, patient, and effective teacher. My passion and love for music gives me the enthusiasm to pass it on to my students. I am very patient when teaching and realize everyone learns differently, and to reach some students you must try different methods of teaching.

Gary Talks About Drum Equipment for Beginners

Written by Bhagwan on July 11th, 2012. Posted in Ask The Music Expert, Blog, Drums, Parent Tips

Gary knows about drum equipment.  He also knows about teaching and performing.  

 

Useful information for drummers

 Using a practice pad is very beneficial. There are wooden based practice pads with rubber on tops and Plastic pads with adjustable head tensioners, Both work very well.

These days you can find great deals on full adult and junior drum kits starting around $300 dollars. These deals can be found at The guitar center and Chuck Levens Washington music center (Talk to Coleman) in the drum department, Tell Him i sent you and he”ll take great care of you.

For great deals on vintage and second hand Drums check out Atomic music in College Park (talk to Lewis). They have tons of great drum kits at great prices. The benefits of buying a vintage drum are that they sound great and the value over the years will possibly increase.

http://bnbmusiclessons.com/learn-piano/gary-i-2/
                                   

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Ning W.

Written by Bhagwan on February 29th, 2012. Posted in Cello, Cello Teachers

B&B Music Ning W. | Cello lessons dc:md:va

Instrument:  Cello

Genres:  Classical, Contemporary

Locations: Rockville, Silver Spring, Potomac, Bethesda, MD

Why I work well with kids?

I strive to encourage, have a fun and enjoy the music we study and play.

Beginner Electric Guitar Lessons DC

Written by Bhagwan on December 23rd, 2011. Posted in Electric Bass and Acoustic Bass

We provide beginner electric guitar lessons in Washington,DC and the surrounding areas.  Our private in home electric guitar teachers travel to your home in DC and teach beginning to advanced electric guitar classes.  No more driving to the lesson and fighting traffic.  Let us come to you.

To learn more about our flexible music program, click the following link:

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Guitar Care and Maintenace For Beginners

Written by Bhagwan on December 19th, 2011. Posted in Blog, Guitar, Instruments

If you are just getting started with your private in home music lessons, here are some important tips for your new guitar.

Cleaning Your New Guitar

It is a good idea to keep your guitar looking good by using guitar polish, not furniture or silicone polish.  Be sure not to get the polish on the bridge.  You should also wipe down the guitar strings after each use, as this habit will lengthen the life of your strings. Be sure to use a soft cloth.  Paper towels are probably too rough and could actually scratch the finish. Flannel ‘guitar polishing cloths’ are available at stores in case you want to play it really safe.

Humidity and Acoustic Guitars

The single biggest danger to your acoustic guitar is dry air.  This applies to all wood instruments, including upright basses, cellos, violins and violas.  Forced heat in your home is extremely dangerous to your instruments as the air causes the wood to shrink which in turn can lead to cracking.  You can avoid this possibility by using humidifiers.  An essential investment to the maintenance of your guitars!

Storage For Guitars

Avoid leaving your guitar in the car or the trunk of your car for prolonged periods if the temperature is hot or cold.  Both extremes can produce negative effects on your instrument.  Also, hot air from your home heating system is dangerous.  Don’t leave your guitar near heat sources for this reason.  If you are using ‘dampits’ to help humidify your instrument, be sure to keep the instrument in it’s case when not in use.

Motivating Kids to Practice the Violin

Written by Bhagwan on December 15th, 2011. Posted in Blog, Instruments, Violin

When it comes to violin lessons, there is no shortage of parents who are frustrated about their child’s practice habits.  Sometimes getting your child to practice the violin can be a tall order and the question “Have you practiced for your violin lesson?” is usually answered with a “No”.   Motivating a child to practice the violin shouldn’t be too much effort but it does take a proactive parent to assist in the musical development of a child.

Practicing the violin can and should be a rewarding experience for young students and there is certainly a point when the development should lead to the student practicing for his or her own enjoyment.   Here are a few tips to help your child enjoy practicing.

Praise:  Don’t forget to reward your young student with praise.  Every child wants to feel like his efforts are being appreciated.  Positive reinforcement goes a long way.  Instead of berating a child for not practicing, find something in the practice that deserves praise.  If you hear a nice melody or correct rhythm, let them know that is sounds great.  Let them know that you enjoy hearing the song or piece being played in its entirety.

Listen:  If you can take the time to sit and listen to them play the piece on a regular basis, the child will have motivation to make improvements.   This can take some patience, especially at the beginning of their violin lessons but giving your full attention to your young violin student will provide added enthusiasm.  Inspire your child with your positive support!

Family recognition:  Using a progress chart can be useful.  A simple piece of paper marked with song names and stickers can be placed on the fridge or any other place in the house where it will be highly visible.  Mark X’s after each time the song is played to show how often they are working on the piece.  Maybe a treat or reward of some nature can be given upon completion of preset goals.

Teacher:  Be sure to communicate with the private violin teacher on a regular basis regarding both the lesson content and the child’s practice material.  It helps to be familiar with the music and your child will be aware of your attentiveness.

Performance:  Violin recitals can be a great way to motivate students, but holding mini concerts in your home on a more frequent basis can help as well.   Gather a few family members once a week to hear the latest piece and to share in the progress of the music lessons.

B&B Music Lessons.  “Because Music Matters!”

Beginner Violin Practice Tips

Written by Bhagwan on December 13th, 2011. Posted in Blog, Violin

Beginner violin students in the DC, MD and VA should work with a private violin teacher to attain the best results. It is necessary to take full advantage of the opportunity provided by your at home violin lessons.  Below are a few tips to develop your skills as you practice the violin on your own time.

First of all, be sure to practice the violin while you are awake and focused.  A lack of concentration will result in a poor use of practice time and will also develop bad habits.  If you are concentrating, you will have an easier time focusing on the details that are required to advance your skill set.

Tuning Your Guitar for Guitar Lessons | Relative Tuning

Written by Bhagwan on December 11th, 2011. Posted in Ask The Music Expert, Guitar, Instruments

Tuning Your Guitar is best done with a guitar tuner.  If you are unable to use a guitar tuner, here are some tips to get you guitar in relative tune.

Relative Tuning:

The guitar is tuned E, A, D, G, B and E again. You can tune the guitar to itself and not worry about tuning to other instruments if you are playing without other instrumentation.  If you don’t have a pitch reference to get started, just start with the lowest string which is E (it is the thickest of the strings).  Play this E string on the 5th fret, and then play the adjacent string (A string) at the same time.  Adjust the A string till you match the two notes.

Once you have the A string in tune with the E string, move on to the D string.  Pluck the A string while pressing down on the 5th fret, and then pluck the D string at the same time.  Adjust the D string until the two tones are matching.  Now you can match the D and the G strings by playing the D string on the 5th fret and matching the open G string at the same time.

Now you have four strings in tune.  The next string is the B string and you’ll need to play the G string on the FOURTH fret while plucking the open B string at the same time.  Adjust the B string till both notes are matching.  For the final E string, play the B string on the 5th fret and match the open E string to this note.  Now, play your favorite 6 string chord and you are ready for your guitar lesson!

Getting Children to Practice for Cello Lessons

Written by Bhagwan on December 8th, 2011. Posted in Ask The Music Expert, Blog, Cello

When it comes to private cello lessons, there is no shortage of parents who are frustrated about their child’s practice habits.  Sometimes getting your child to practice the cello can be a tall order and the question “Have you practiced for your cello lesson?” is usually answered with a “No”.   Motivating a child to practice the cello shouldn’t be too much effort but it does take a proactive parent to assist in the musical development of a child.

Practicing the cello can and should be a rewarding experience for young students and there is certainly a point when the development should lead to the student practicing for his or her own enjoyment.   Here are a few tips to help your child enjoy practicing.

Praise:  Don’t forget to reward your young student with praise.  Every child wants to feel like his efforts are being appreciated.  Positive reinforcement goes a long way.  Instead of berating a child for not practicing, find something in the practice that deserves praise.  If you hear a nice melody or correct rhythm, let them know that is sounds great.  Let them know that you enjoy hearing the song or piece being played in its entirety.

Listen:  If you can take the time to sit and listen to them play the piece on a regular basis, the child will have motivation to make improvements.   This can take some patience, especially at the beginning of their cello lessons but giving your full attention to your young cello student will provide added enthusiasm.  Inspire your child with your positive support!

Family recognition:  Using a progress chart can be useful.  A simple piece of paper marked with song names and stickers can be placed on the fridge or any other place in the house where it will be highly visible.  Mark X’s after each time the song is played to show how often they are working on the piece.  Maybe a treat or reward of some nature can be given upon completion of preset goals.

Teacher:  Be sure to communicate with the private cello teacher on a regular basis regarding both the lesson content and the child’s practice material.  It helps to be familiar with the music and your child will be aware of your attentiveness.

Performance:  Cello recitals can be a great way to motivate students, but holding “mini concerts” in your home on a more frequent basis can help as well.   Gather a few family members once a week to hear the latest piece and to share in the progress of the music lessons.

B&B Music Lessons.  “Because Music Matters!”

Looking for a Professional Drum Teacher in Woodley Park?

Written by Bhagwan on December 7th, 2011. Posted in Drums

We are the premier provider of private in-home drum lessons in Woodley Park and the surrounding DC area. Our current families love that we are so easy to work with and don’t require a long term commitment.

Kids truly benefit from drum lessons but only if they are into it.  That’s why we only work with drum teachers who are fun and engaging.  B&B Music Lessons goes to great lengths to ensure your satisfaction with our service. To see how weâ’ve been doing please click the link below to the Better Business Bureau:

Better Business Bureau | B&B Music Lessons

We know that you love your B&B Music Lessons drum teacher in Woodley Park. How can we say that? Because they wouldn’t be with us if we didn’t love them too! We have strong personal relationships with all of our private drum teachers. That makes our service uniquely qualified to create the perfect match between teacher and student.  B&B Music Lessons will send a qualified and reliable drum teacher directly to your door in Woodley Park to provide high quality private drum lessons for your child.  Your satisfaction is our to priority.

The benefits of private drum instruction, or any other musical instrument, are widely known.  Studying drums during a young student’s formative years helps the brain develop in meaningful ways. Playing the drums is so much fun that children often don’t realize that they are developing the same part of their brain used in understanding math and science.  This fact alone should make most parents at least try to direct their child into some form of music study.  To learn more about our service, click here:

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