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Build Your Practice Corner!

What's the biggest barrier to practicing?  Taking your instrument out of the case!  This is why you need a practice corner.  A practice corner in essence is simple -- it's a comfortable place where your instrument and music are all ready to go so you can pick up and play whenever you want.  Of course, you can make it as inviting and elaborate as you want, but all you really need it a place to get down to business.  

So, let's get started! 

First Thing's First...  Leave Your Instrument Out 

Find a safe place to leave your instrument out of its case whenever you're home.  We always say, "A visible instrument is a played instrument!"  Ideally, choose a wall hanger to keep your instrument seen, while also out of harm's way.  If you don't feel like drilling into your wall, try a floor stand, or set your instrument safely on a shelf in an open case (well out of the way of the way of children and pets). 

After trying many options, we recommend * the following options:

Multi-Instrumental Wall Hanger

(everything except violins)

 

Violin Wall Hanger

Guitar Floor Stand

 

Next, Display Your Music Books

It's not enough just to leave your instrument out, you also need a comfortable place to hold your music.  This could simply be atop your piano, or on an adjustable and sturdy music stand.  We suggest using a Manhasset Music Stand as it won't collapse under the weight of books like most wire stands.  

Manhasset Music Stand

If you'd like, you can also add a pencil tray and a light like we use in our studio:

Manhasset Accessory Tray

Music Stand Light

Don't forget to keep fingernail clippers, a tuner, and a metronome close by (even if the tuner and metronome are on your cell phone).  If you'd prefer something designated just for practicing, here's what we suggest: 

Korg Tuner and Metronome 

 

Finally, Check Your Ergonomics

You won't want to practice if you're uncomfortable.  Make sure you have a place where you can sit up straight or stand to play your instrument.  Now, check your alignment... Piano players, are your wrists at the right hight to your keyboard?  Guitarists, can you easily reach the fretboard?  Violinists, do you have enough room to bow?

Many of our students like to sit on an adjustable stool to find the right position.  A drum throne is often perfect for this purpose:

Spectrum Drum Throne

Most of our guitar, ukulele, and mandolin students like to prop a foot up on a rest to bring the instrument to the right height.  Here's a solid one with some grip so your foot won't slip:

Neewer Foot Rest

Now, it's time to play!  Set aside 5 minutes every day and make some music!  

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Questions? Comments? Please send us a message and we'll get back to you before you can say - hootenanny!

Piano is the universal instrument.  It helps with literally every element of music theory and composition.  We recommend all our students, regardless of their instrument of emphasis, have access to a piano or keyboard.  Let us help you find a piano for your parlor, a keyboard for your kitchen, a spinet for your studio — you get the idea…

Check out our free Piano & Keyboard Buyer’s Guide and bring some music into your home today!

As always, let us know if you have questions, and hit us up when you’re ready to join our studio and take your playing to the next level !

Violins are strange and mysterious creatures.  These instruments make their music with wood from European forests, bow sticks from South America, hair from the tails of horses living in Siberia or Mongolia, strings of different metals, plastics, and even sheep intestines, all brought together with magical tree sap called rosin.   It’s no wonder that shopping for your first violin can be an intimidating experience!

Not to worry — we’ve created a step-by-step process to help you find your size, avoid sabotage from “violin shaped objects,” and assemble the multitude of accessories you need to fiddle up a storm!

Click here to peruse our free Violin Buyer’s Guide and demystify this mythical instrument!

As always, let us know if you have any questions so we can help you play music with family and friends!

Guitar buying can be an overwhelming experience — there are so many options and possibilities!  Here are our quick tips for finding the guitar that is right for you and will last a lifetime:

  1. Find a guitar with an adjustable neck.
  2. Pick a neck and body size that suits your stature.
  3. Choose an instrument with a solid wood top if possible.

If you would like to learn more about buying a guitar, and explore a list of instruments that meet our stringent jammin’ standards, check our our free Guitar Buyer’s Guide.

As always, contact us any time with questions so we can help you play music with family and friends!

That’s right — Boise Music Lessons is expanding west!  We’re happy to announce that we’re inviting an amazing musician and educator, Natalie Staley, to join our crew.  Natalie not only brings incredible street cred as an established local artist; she’ll also increase our offerings by teaching voice, songwriting, and advanced piano.  Natalie’s students will attend weekly lessons at her Satellite Studio in West Boise near Capital High, then head over to the mothership (Main Studio) for monthly Hootenannies.

To say we’re excited to have her on board is an understatement.  Please help us in giving her a warm welcome to BML!

Would you like to learn voice, piano, songwriting, or beginning guitar with Natalie?  Head over to our enrollment page for all the deets!