8 Key Signs You’re Going to Win Your Piano Competition

For musicians, but especially pianists, life is always about dedication, practice, and constant improvement. You have competition after competition, recital after recital, playing the same pieces over and over again until they are the best they can be. The question is, when, really, are you ready to show the world what you've got? What things … Continue reading 8 Key Signs You’re Going to Win Your Piano Competition

The Five Stages of Playing an Instrument

All things considered, it's a pretty well-known fact that here at Nerd Overload, we love to talk about classical music and playing instruments. In fact, it's so well-known that if you don't know this, have you even read our tagline? We don't cater to country fans, but you can't do everything! So it should come … Continue reading The Five Stages of Playing an Instrument

How To Learn an Instrument The Easy Way

For many people, learning to play an instrument is a daunting goal on their bucket list, both revered and feared. It's something that takes a lot of time, devotion, and energy, and it will probably empty your bank account. But if you feel like you are ready to start learning an instrument like Joan of … Continue reading How To Learn an Instrument The Easy Way

Beautiful Piano Pieces You Can Learn in One Hour

A couple weeks ago, I came face to face with every musician's greatest daydream and nightmare: I was asked to play piano dinner party by one of my mother's coworkers, and this said event was in less than an hour. I could have just done a half-baked job and memorized the rest of my incredibly … Continue reading Beautiful Piano Pieces You Can Learn in One Hour

How to Get Better at Playing an Instrument

When it comes to being good at playing instruments, the secret to success isn't exactly that hard to figure out. You just practice and practice and practice and hope that somewhere, the Gods of Music are observing your hard work and give you a lucky break. But not all musicians realize that the playing field … Continue reading How to Get Better at Playing an Instrument

10 Pieces of Classical Music Pop Culture Overplays & Ruins

Ah, classical music. The good, the bad, and the horribly, horrendously overplayed beyond all known recognition thanks to the Internet. Join me, my friends, as I list the ten most overplayed pieces of classical music and cry over how glorious these ten pieces once were...in no particular order, of course. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity … Continue reading 10 Pieces of Classical Music Pop Culture Overplays & Ruins

6 Vital Things to Know Before You Decide to Play an Instrument

*For best performance, read everything in a wisely-old-wizardy-Dumbledore voice. It’s late afternoon. I’m sitting with my tablet, drinking a hot chocolate while the rain is falling outside like some really weird girl in a random Adele music video. I know I should be practicing the violin or piano. And yet, I'm scrutinizing a recording of … Continue reading 6 Vital Things to Know Before You Decide to Play an Instrument

Why the Violin is One of the Hardest Instruments to Play

If the violin had a subject equivalent, it would be math. Why math? Because math is challenging and 99% of your practice sessions will result in you pulling your hair out and collapsing on the floor in a sobbing mess. Same with playing the violin. If you’ve ever played the violin before, you’ll know that … Continue reading Why the Violin is One of the Hardest Instruments to Play

3 Classical Music Myths and 1 Truth

Over the last hundreds of years, many theories on classical music have popped up. The fact is, many of them are just myths and only myths. Here, I present to you some theories and ideas on classical music that are not necessarily true. Myth #1: A Stradivarius Sounds Better Than Your Average Instrument It's a … Continue reading 3 Classical Music Myths and 1 Truth