Learn to Read Piano Music...This Afternoon!

Written by Jan Durrant

Making Music Now's Mini Course A Music Basics Guide forrepparttar Beginning Musician

Hello! Welcome torepparttar 109270 wonderful world of music. Have you always dreamed of being able to learn how to playrepparttar 109271 piano, keyboard, guitar or any other instrument? Well, your dream is just about to come true with this Free Music eCourse. This dream of yours is not something so far away that it cannot become a reality in a very short while.

This is not rocket science but it does take a genuine commitment on your part to read all seven chapters of this Free Music eCourse in order to learnrepparttar 109272 music fundamentals that will apply to any instrument. Be sure to STICK WITH IT!

Make it a point to pace yourself. The course has been written withrepparttar 109273 intention of going through it in order, with one chapter building onrepparttar 109274 next. Now that you have laidrepparttar 109275 groundwork for your plan, let us begin! Whatever instument you are studying or plan to study inrepparttar 109276 future, each one of those instruments has a history. Let's take a moment to learn a very brief history of keyboard instruments.

Did you know that pianos in some form have been around for over 500 years? Some ofrepparttar 109277 first instruments of this kind were called clavichords. They had a very light, metallic sound becauserepparttar 109278 small hand-pounded 'hammers' were made of very light weight metal-like material. These hammers struck strings of varying lengths to create different tones or pitches. The next cousin torepparttar 109279 clavichord wasrepparttar 109280 harpsichord invented by Cristofori in Italy around 1450 A.D. This keyboard instrument had a mechanism in it calledrepparttar 109281 plecktrum which 'plucked'repparttar 109282 strings and produced a slightly stronger sound than its predecessor.

Whether you are playing an acoustic instrument, which isrepparttar 109283 closest relative torepparttar 109284 history just mentioned, or an electronic keyboard, you are now participating in a centuries old musical art form.


Piano or Keyboard?

Does it matter if you have a keyboard or a piano? Certainly not. The only real difference is that a full size piano has 88 keys (counting bothrepparttar 109285 white and black keys). Keyboards come in several different sizes. Some have 60 keys, some even less. There are also 88 key electronic keyboards and digital pianos that produce very realistic acoustic sounds. Whatever size your instrument may be, remember thatrepparttar 109286 ARRANGEMENT ofrepparttar 109287 keys andrepparttar 109288 ORDER ofrepparttar 109289 KEY NAMES isrepparttar 109290 same on both instruments. Rest assured that your basic knowledge ofrepparttar 109291 fundamentals of music can be learned quite effectively either on a keyboard or a piano. The only missing ingredient is your own persistence and determination to persevere throughrepparttar 109292 entirety ofrepparttar 109293 material in this course with regular practice sessions. Do that and your success is assured!


Please take a moment and give serious consideration at to WHERE you practice in your home. Make sure that you are not within earshot ofrepparttar 109294 television. Even if you are used to 'watching TV with your ears' while you do other things, it will definitely be a roadblock to your learning to Play Piano Now! Also, make sure that you can sit down at your piano or keyboard comfortably. If you have a piano and a bench which came with it when you bought it, then you are in great shape. Seating at a keyboard can prove a little more difficult. Just make sure that you are not reaching too high up or stooping down too low forrepparttar 109295 keyboard. Finding a chair that isrepparttar 109296 right height isrepparttar 109297 key. The right height chair will allow your arms to be a an almost perfect right angle (45 degree) from your body torepparttar 109298 keyboard. Don't worry too much about this. If you haverepparttar 109299 wrong height of chair your back will start screaming at you to change your position!!! Please make any adjustments to keep your back straight and your arms at a 45 degree angle and you enjoy hours of music in one seating.

8 Health Care Options for Recent California Grads

Written by Eric Scheinbaum

Whether you have just finished your bachelor degree or are about to finally complete your PhD dissertation, you are probably wondering about health insurance options. Before you take that next step in life, check outrepparttar 8 health care options for recent California graduates listed below.

1. No Insurance Clearlyrepparttar 109269 least expensive, this option is arguably perfect forrepparttar 109270 standard-issue super hero – your Supermans, Cal Ripkins andrepparttar 109271 like. If you do not fall into this category and plan to leaverepparttar 109272 house, play hoops, ski, drive, wear high heels or slice a bagel, you should look intorepparttar 109273 other options onrepparttar 109274 list. Consider these facts.

- 12 million people are rushed torepparttar 109275 emergency room for accidents annually. Over 22% of all injury visits to Emergency Rooms are by otherwise healthy individuals with sports related injuries.

- The average hospital visit can cost 5 times as much for someone without insurance as it does forrepparttar 109276 big medical insurers like Aetna or Blue Shield. An uninsured patient might be charged $14,000 for an appendectomy, while an HMO with big bargaining power might be billed only $2,500 forrepparttar 109277 same operation.

- In 1999 nearly 500,000 Americans filed for bankruptcy protection because of excessive medical bills, accounting for approximately 40% of personal bankruptcies.

Realistically, having no insurance is not an option. Even Jonny Knoxsville has health insurance.

Pros: It’s free.

Cons: If you get injured or become ill, you and your family can be hit with a devastating financial burden. Many ER’s request a cash deposit fromrepparttar 109278 uninsured prior to treatment!

2. MediCal MediCal is California’s version of Medicaid; a state/federal health insurance program for individuals who have poverty-level income and few-to-no assets. MediCal covers children,repparttar 109279 elderly, blind and/or disabled, and people who are eligible to receive federally assisted income. To learn more about MediCal, visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/medicaid/default.asp? . Don’t get MediCal confused with MediCare. MediCare isrepparttar 109280 Federal health insurance program for Americans age 65 and older and for certain disabled Americans.

Pros: It’s free.

Cons: Qualification parameters are limited torepparttar 109281 disabled and those with extremely low-income levels and are strictly enforced. Don’t try to cheat this system – it’s bad karma.

3. Free Clinics Most urban areas have local clinics that offer low-cost or even free medical care including routine doctor visits, STD, and HIV testing. Services vary by clinic – check your local phone directory for a list of clinics near you. A free clinic, however, does not function like an emergency room, and therefore cannot help you if you’ve blown out your ACL playing touch football with your idiot friends on Thanksgiving. Free clinics generally do not offer major surgery, hospital stays, or long-term care.

Pros: It is low-cost, and may even be free.

Cons: Clinics do not function as full-fledged hospitals, nor do they allow patients to choose their own doctor. Also, bring something to read – you’ll be there awhile.

4. Mom and Dad Most family insurance plans will cover kids up to age 19 if they are not full-time students, or until age 25 if they are (you must be able to verify that you are a full-time student to be included in your parents’ coverage). Some plans stop coverage immediately upon graduation, while others will extend coverage throughrepparttar 109282 first three months following graduation. Check with your parents’ plan to see when your coverage ends. When it does, one option is to simply purchaserepparttar 109283 same coverage as you had under your parent’s plan. Click here to get a quick quote.

Pros: Staying under your parents’ plan is great if you qualify.

Cons: You have to be under 19 or be able to prove that you are a full time student to qualify.

5. New Employer If you get a full time job after graduation, your job may come with health insurance benefits as part of your total compensation package. But check with your human resources contact and read your offer letter closely -- some companies require that you be employed for up to six months before their health coverage kicks in. Also make sure you understandrepparttar 109284 status of your employment with this new company. Withrepparttar 109285 economyrepparttar 109286 way it is, many firms are forced to cut costs by hiring on new employees on a “consultant” basis. If you are hired on as a “consultant” rather than as a full-time employee, your new employer may not be obligated to offer you health insurance. Askrepparttar 109287 HR division of your new company how they handle benefits.

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