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Master music the easy way with these FREE online lessons

Have you ever dreamed of being a musician? Maybe you have bad memories of those boring music lessons in school and just never pursued learning more about music.

It’s never too late to learn how to compose or play. Technology is making it easy. In fact, there are websites where you can take online lessons for free!

Music composition

One interactive website teaches music composition. You practice on a music staff. There is a series of notes that you drag to the staff. Once you’re done, you hit play to hear your musical masterpiece. If you don’t like it, all you need to do is move the notes around or hit reset so you can start all over again.

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On another program, you can choose between whole notes, half notes and quarter notes to drag to the staff. There’s also an option to add a half rest and a quarter rest. You can choose between beginner and advanced. Once you’re done you can send it to your friends.

A program called “The Composerizer” does a lot of the work for you. At the top, there are eight bars of several notes each. You drag each bar to a staff in a sequence.

String instrument instruction

Are you curious about how to play guitar or another string instrument? One online program helps you grasp the concept by using a gray grid screen with white horizontal/vertical lines.

Instead of notes, you drag strings to the board. You can adjust the sound, the acoustic, electric and synth strings make through tension, gauge and length.

With tension, you just click on the top of the vertical string to change the tone. Tighter strings make higher sounds.

As far as gauge, by clicking on the middle of the string, you can change the thickness of the string. Thicker strings make lower sounding notes.

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When it comes to length, all you need to do is click and drag the circle at the bottom of the string to change its distance.

There’s even a percussion feature. By dragging the percussion parts on the board, it makes a beat. You can change the sound by clicking on any percussion item.

Other apps give you realistic looking instruments such as a keyboard, guitar, harp and xylophone that you can practice on.

There are also interactive games for kids and adults where you try to name an instrument you hear. There’s a note name game along with the Early Bird Singers game.

Even if you’re not an aspiring musician, playing with these various programs is a lot of fun. You might just learn a few musical terms along the way.

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