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Forget your scales at region? Learn this simple technique to figure them out.

Online Tuner!  Go here for a tuner, check all of your notes on your instrument now!

Want to compose?  Here is a great online music notation program.  Noteflight

Cna yuo raed this? 

It's bcuseae of the phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid:  It dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm.. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! 

This is comparable to how good musicians read music.  They don't look at every note and rhythm, but instead, see patterns.  Whcih is why you wree abel to raed the pargaraph aobve.  Start practicing to see similar patterns in music.

Fingering Charts!  Download the .pdf file for your instrument and practice!  Soon you won't need the chart.

Here is a website where you can practice theory, learn music history, and play games related to music.  Have fun, but learn at the same time. 

Want to learn music theory, improve your fingerings on brass, bass, guitar, or the notes on the piano?  Ricci Adams has a great site to just that right here.

You ever get frustrated or think about giving up?  Hear what these Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians have to say about their band days.

Break your band geek stereotype!

Just some food for thought, the following people were high school band kids:

Trent Reznor, lead singer for Nine Inch Nails, played saxophone and tuba in high school marching band and jazz band. He was also Professor Harold Hill in his high school's production of "The Music Man" as well as Judas in his high school's production of "Jesus Christ Superstar." (Where have I heard of that EXTREMELY POPULAR show before, known worldwide?)

Jennifer Garner, star of TV's Alias, wife of Ben Affleck, and amazing actress in such movies as "Juno," "Elektra," and "13 Going on 30." Sax player.

Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the United States, was not only a sax player but also drum major in his high school band. He credits marching band as one of his first opportunities to learn how to lead.

Neil Armstrong (you know, the guy who walked on the moon) played baritone in school.

Tedy Bruschi, New England Patriots linebacker, was a sax player.

Drew Carey, from "Whose Line Is It Anyway" and "The Drew Carey Show" was a trumpet player in high school.

Richard Gere played saxophone and piano.

Julia Roberts played both oboe and clarinet in high school.

John Smoltz, future Hall of Fame pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, plays ACCORDION!

Gwen Stefani, from the band "No Doubt", is a flute player.

Dan Akroyd, movie star from "The Blues Brothers" and "Ghostbusters", plays tuba.

Steven Spielberg plays clarinet.

Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) played trumpet.

Nelly Furtado, NASCAR's Tony Stewart, and Bill Engvall (Blue Collar Comedy Tour) all shared the same interest in high school: trombone.

Aretha Franklin played... you guessed it, tuba!

Ewan McGregor ("Moulin Rouge"), Vanessa Williams ("Ugly Betty") and Samuel L. Jackson were all French horn players.

NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Otto Graham was also a French horn player.