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10 Classical Music Pieces That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Classical music is typically thought of as calming and romantic. You wouldn't expect to be headbanging at a symphony concert, but these pieces will...
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Violinist Plays Violin While Having Brain Surgery

If you thought learning the violin was hard, try playing it while having brain surgery! One patient in London underwent brain surgery to have...

6 Different Versions of Bach’s Cello Suites

Johan Sebastian Bach is one of the best composers we have seen in the history of humankind. His music was precise, soulful, innovative, spiritual...
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The Hardest Violin Pieces

If someone offers to teach you how to play a musical instrument, which one do you pick? For many people, the high chances are...


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20 Most Famous Guitarists of All Time

Lists of the greatest guitarists generally focus on performers in the blues and rock eras of the modern guitar. And there are lots of extraordinary blues and rock guitarists! Featured Image Credit: Canva Our team at Orchestra Central has listened to the music of these guitarists and come up with the following list we consider to be the best guitarists of all time based on skill, range of talents, and influence of music. 1. Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix 1967 | Source: Public Domain
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20 Most Famous Guitarists of All Time

Are you wondering who the best guitarists of all time are? Well, we have prepared a list of the best guitar players in the world. Check it out to see if you can spot your favorite guitarist. 1. Jimi Hendrix Top of the list of the best guitarists of all time is Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix was an American singer, composer, and rock guitarist legend. Many musicians consider him one of the best electric guitarists of all time. He is known for fusing...
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12 Popular Bagpipe Songs (From Traditional to Modern)

The bagpipe may have originated centuries ago in Scotland, but it's now one of the most recognizable musical instruments. With a refined, elegant sound, you'll hear bagpipes at weddings, memorials, funerals, and parades. Virtually any song can be given the bagpipe treatment, but there are a few tried-and-true favorites that are universally beloved among bagpipe fans. Here are twelve examples of popular bagpipe songs you will probably recognize instantly. Mairi's Wedding
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"Mairi's Wedding" is a Scottish folk song composed in 1934 by J.R. Bannerman. His...
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What Is Tenuto in Music? (Tenuto Definition and More)

Tenuto refers to a visually presented musical notation that directs you to hold and maintain the full or extra duration of a note. In music, elements such as notes, articulations, and voicing play an important role in the outcome of a performance. Consequently, tenuto may direct you to stretch the note or give it a light dynamic accentuation. If you want to learn more about the tenuto definition, its origin, symbol, and meaning in music, you should keep reading! What Is the Meaning of Tenuto in Music? The word tenuto (te-nu-to)...
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Famous Blind Pianists and Their Most Iconic Performances

Despite being blind, this list of pianists defied all the odds, impressing listeners and other musicians with their impeccable piano mastery and talents. These pianists are even household names in the music industry. Here's a closer look at the most talented, gifted, and famous blind pianists. Ray Charles Popularly recognized as the "Father of Soul," pianist Ray Charles is a legend in his own right and one of the most unique and skilled blind black pianists. Charles was born in the Deep South in...
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Classical Guitar Songs for Beginners (With Video Tutorial!)

Want to master playing a classic guitar? Start with these classical guitar songs for beginners. They have repetitive patterns, easy-to-remember plucking, and smooth transitions. We've even included a video tutorial so you can get started right away! Andantino in G by Ferdinando Carulli
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Ferdinando Carulli's 1825 Andantino is one of the easiest classical guitar songs for beginners. You will play the introductory pattern twice and move on to variations of notes while using this same picking pattern. Plus, you don't have to use a capo! 
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Bach’s Legacy: How Many Children Did J.S. Bach Have?

How many children did Bach have? There are 20 Bach children in all, but only ten lived through adulthood. Four of the surviving ten Bach children became great musicians and composers like their father, J.S. Bach. Here is a closer look at the Bach family and their legacy.  Children With Maria Barbara Bach Johann Sebastian Bach married his second cousin Maria Barbara Bach on October 17, 1707. She also happens to be five months older than him. How many children did Bach have with his first wife? They had...
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What Is the Cabasa?

From far away, it looks a little like a cheese grater. When you get closer, it looks like a dough embossing roller. What could it be? You're looking at a cabasa instrument, an idiophone with a wooden handle, a stainless steel cylinder, and steel beads.  What Is a Cabasa Instrument? The cabasa is a popular hand percussion instrument capable of producing several different and engaging rhythmic sounds. It comes with a wooden handle that you grip with one hand. Attached at the top of the handle is a hollow but textured...
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Was Beethoven Deaf and Blind?

The question of what made Beethoven deaf and blind has been an ongoing mystery for centuries. And the answer is Beethoven was deaf but not blind, and his hearing loss was not inborn. Instead, his hearing declined over the years, starting when he was about 28 years old.  There are many theories on what caused this musician's unfortunate hearing demise. Throughout this article, we will dive into these possible causations and his life thereafter. How Did Beethoven Go Deaf? Some believe this is due to typhus or his...
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Orchestra Instruments List

Orchestra instruments are divided into four main sections: string, brass, percussion, and woodwind. Each one is crucial to an orchestra's sound. And, our orchestra instruments list will give you a closer look to instruments played in symphony orchestras. String Instruments Violin This string instrument, also referred to as a fiddle, is known for its hollow wooden body and high-pitched sound. Of course, it is also famous for how it is played. When playing the violin, you’ll need to use your chin to...
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