Spinning The Perfect Way to Keep Fit

Young man on bicycle With the help of my who first introduced me to spinning I found a way to relieve the stress of a long day by getting involved in spinning classes.  I can still remember my first class, I was so unfit I’m surprised that I could even get through the class. Slowly but sure my fitness improved with the more classes I got under my belt and started to feel less stressed and more energised.

Choosing a Good Spin Class

It is important that you pick a good spin class that has a good instructor. A good instruct should be able to push you without making you feel like you have been run over by a truck the next morning. Make sure you pick a class where they have the top of the range spinning cycles. Some of the gym I have been to the bikes are 10 years old and have seen better days. Whilst even the new bikes are not the most comfortable to sit on because they have racing seats and very little padding, but at least the peddles and resistance changer is smooth. Once you find a good instructor don’t be afraid to follow them around as they tend to work at multiple gyms. I currently do 3 gym classes a week at 3 different gyms because the instructor is so good. Most gyms now days will allow you to just to pay for the class.

Do I Need to Be Super Fit to Do Spinning

The short answers no. The great thing about spinning is you can go at your own pace and resistance level. Some gyms even have a beginner’s class but even if they don’t just turn up and jump on a bike and give it a go. Just remember to work at your own level.

Incase you have not seen a pin class here is a little taster:

Should I Buy a Spinning Bike for Home?

If you have experience of doing spinning classes and you enjoy it then getting a spin bike for home use is a great idea but if you have never used a spin bike before I would say buy a standard exercise bike. There is a learning curve when you first to start ridding a spin bike. They have a heavy wheel at the front they call a fly wheel. Unlike a normal exercise bike the fly wheel continues to spin as you peddle and when you come to stop you need to press the brake or else you won’t be able to stop your legs from spinning.

At the end of the day keeping fit is just about doing what you enjoy, for me that is spinning. If you find enjoyment in another form of exercise or class do that.

Learn to Play Piano The Basics

Should you learn to Read Music

Lady sitting playing the pianoWhilst it is not essential to learn to read music it is recommended if you want to take playing the piano seriously. Most beginners music books don’t require you to be able to read music but as you start to want to learn more advanced song you will need to at least know the basics. My advice is to learn as you go along and make it part of your training.

Get to Know The Keys

Keyboards can come with a different amount of keys but no mater the number of keys you have black keys and white keys each playing a different note and sound. It is a good idea to initially purchase stickers to go on the keys to identify what key is what. Some beginner books include these stickers which is good.

Should You Self Teach or Follow An Online Course

Books can be really good for learning the basics but I personally find it easier for people to follow the an online course as it tends to be mores structured. Over at mompox they have a much more indeph article on learning to play the piano.  Also it helps to hear the piece of music you are trying to learn to play. The other option is to get private tuition which is the best way to learn but the cost can really start to add up. Most our long lessons will set you back at least $30 and at the higher end will cost $50-$100.

Easy Piano Songs to learn

You should start by learning songs that use very few  keys strokes that is relatively repetitive. This will make it easier to learn over the short term.

Below are some easy song to try:

When you wish apon a star

Happy Birthday

Down in the valley

These song should be enough to get you started.


Practical Tips to Learn How to Read Sheet Music With Ease

Written music is an art almost as old as music itself. It has been passed down through generations for thousands of years, and its form was gradually perfected into the notation we know and love today.

Do you want to learn how to read sheet music with ease? Here we will present you with a few simple and practical tips that will assist you in doing so not just with basic notation, but with advanced descriptions for expression, timbre or special effects.

Start with the Basics

All notes are represented on the five dots and four spaces that make up the staff.  It’s not easy to learn different musical signs and symbols but with some practice it can be mnastered. To start out with the basics in music notation you have to learn about basic symbols regarding the staff, the notes, the four clefs (treble, bass, alto and tenor) and the representation of timing and notes of different lengths determining the speed at which a song is played or sung.

Once you learn about these basic representations you will already know enough to read simple sheet music and maybe even play along with a musical instrument.

The Essentials That Every Beginner Has to Master

To learn to read sheet music like a real professional, there are a few important music notation “secrets” you have to be aware of. Let’s take a short glance at these:

  • The speed of note recognition will determine how fluidly you can learn to read sheet music. For this purpose it’s important to practice identifying note names by memory based on their position on the staff.
  • Learn about the two basic categories of rhythmic meter: simple and compound.
  • It’s important to keep a practice journal that will help you practice your music reading skills as efficiently as possible.
  • Take a music notation lesson from a professional music teacher, or use a known learning method such as the Just-in-Time learning method to avoid being overwhelmed and exhausted throughout your practice sessions.

With these tips, you should be able to learn to read music with ease within a month or two. Depending solely on your dedication and ability to challenge yourself, your music reading skills alone can take you very far in your career.