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Learn a new musical instrument at home with 6 of Udemy’s best courses

The internet is truly a glorious place. We may all be stuck at home for the next few weeks, but that just gives us more time to learn new skills online and catch up on all the projects we’ve been meaning to accomplish. You really can learn just about anything on the internet these days, so there’s no excuse to continue wishing you knew how to do something. Udemy makes learning new subjects and skills easy with tons of well-reviewed courses from certified instructors, and now you can start learning at a discount thanks to a sale that’s reaching many of Udemy’s most popular classes.

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Udemy Courses

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Whether you’ve dreamed of learning guitar, playing piano, or picking up some other instrument, Udemy is full of popular courses to teach you what you want to know from the comfort of your own home.

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Learning to play guitar, piano, or most other instruments isn’t as difficult as you might think. You’ve heard the saying “practice makes perfect”, and it’s partially true, though you also need a great instructor to teach you how to play. There are plenty of ways to learn entirely on your own, but speaking from experience, free readings and YouTube videos can only get you so far. Sure, you can learn notes and chords just by searching Google, but if you really want to learn how to play well, the step-by-step lessons in the courses found below will help make your dreams a reality.

6 instruments to learn at home

  • Complete Guitar System
  • PianoForAll
  • The Professional Bass Masterclass
  • Complete Vocal Training System
  • Learn To Play Harmonica
  • Music Production in Ableton Live 10

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While most of the courses below are useful whether you have an instrument in your hand or not, you can shop at Sam Ash Music and score free shipping on orders over $49.99 if you’re in need of a new guitar, piano, or something else. Amazon and other major retailers currently have delayed shipping times on non-essential items, so you would have better luck receiving your items quicker by shopping at Sam Ash or another instrument retailer instead.

Complete Guitar System: Beginner to Advanced

Whether you’re a complete beginner when it comes to the guitar, or you’ve been playing for years but just can’t get to the next skill level you’ve been striving for, this Complete Guitar System course is built to improve your guitar playing and get you on track to becoming an excellent guitarist. Including nearly 35 hours of video and over 150 downloadable resources, the course takes you through step-by-step on how to play songs and master chords, scales, and guitar theory. There are a ton of exercises to help sharpen techniques like strumming, fretting, picking, and chord transitioning.

Practice makes perfect

Complete Guitar System: Beginner to Advanced

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Pick up the guitar you’ve been meaning to learn how to play and make it happen finally. This comprehensive course takes you from step one all the way to playing like a pro. There’s even a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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PianoForAll

PianoForAll is the #1 piano and keyboard course on Udemy, and for good reason. It requires zero prior knowledge, no experience needed, and offers quick progress with only 20 minutes of practice per day. Of course, with several states and countries on lockdown right now, you should have a bit more time than that to devote to your lessons each day — at least for the time being. The course provides ten hours of on-demand video and over 180 downloadable resources to keep you learning even when you’re offline.

Key deal

PianoForAll

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PianoForAll is built to take beginners to an intermediate level quicker than you might think with just 20 minutes of practice per day. It even helps you learn how to play any song by ear.

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The Professional Bass Masterclass

The Professional Bass Masterclass lets you learn the best playing techniques from a professional bassist. The course covers how to master the entire fretboard, how to play in a wide variety of settings, and maybe most importantly, it discusses the role of the bass in music and how to write a great bass line.

Get your bassface ready

The Professional Bass Masterclass

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Learn bass from a professional player with nearly 10 hours of video, 13 articles, and nearly 20 downloadable resources that you’ll have lifetime access to return to whenever you’d like to brush up on all of the tips and tricks provided.

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Complete Vocal Training System

You might already be a decent singer as it is, but with a bit of training, your voice could be the only instrument you’ll ever need. The Complete Vocal Training System is designed to help you extend your vocal range and hit those high notes you’ve always strived for but could never fully reach. You’ll also learn various techniques over the course of 22 hours of video and 89 downloadable resources, from singing vowels and onsets to learning about vocal distortion and rasp techniques. You’ll even learn how to customize your own vocal workouts.

Sing like a star

Complete Vocal Training System

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If you love to sing or just wish you were better at it, this course was made for you. You’ll not only learn how to reach higher notes and extend your vocal range but also craft a vocal workout that’s all your own.

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Learn To Play Harmonica

Harmonica is one of the easiest instruments to learn to play, and it’s also one of the most affordable to pick up too. This course at Udemy takes you through how to play the 12 bar blues, chords, rhythms, and more, as well as how to use major and minor scales for improvising, how to breathe properly while playing, how to bend notes, and so much more. It comprises over 22 hours of video and more than 100 downloadable resources to give you everything you need to know about playing.

Time for your solo

Learn To Play Harmonica

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As long as you have a 10-hole diatonic harmonica, you can start learning to play with this complete harmonica course. It requires no previous music experience and is one of the easiest instruments to learn.

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Music Production in Ableton Live 10

Now that Ableton Live is offering a free 90-day trial, you can start learning how to produce your own music from your home computer without even having to pay for the program! Ableton is one of the most popular digital audio workstations available these days, and it’s available for both Windows and Mac computers. This music production course at Udemy takes you through the basics of Ableton Live 10 to get you started and then covers how to create, record, and edit your own music all by yourself.

Have it your way

Music Production in Ableton Live 10

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Score a free 90-day trial of Ableton Live if you don’t have access already and start learning with this 16-hour course at Udemy. You’ll discover how to build a track on your own from scratch, and it’s also a great way to put to use any other instruments you know how to play.

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Sennheiser GSP 670 headset review: premium price, subpar performance

The search for a new headset can really get frustrating. Sure, there are a million options on Amazon for under $50, but when you want something premium, where do you start? If you’re looking for the best possible audio quality, you start with the Sennheiser GSP 670 and hope you can find it on sale because these things don’t come cheap.The GSP 670 is a premium headset with sound quality and a price tag to match. Launching at $350, you’re paying for the Sennheiser name and quality. We’ve tested multiple Sennheiser headsets throughout the years and have almost always come away impressed. That’s the same story here.The first thing you may notice about this headset is just how big it is. It looks big before you pick it up and it feels big once you put it on. Coming in at just shy of 400g, it has the weight to make those extremely long gaming sessions taxing, but luckily Sennheiser included one of the best headbands I’ve seen in a headset yet. It’s big and comfortable without looking too ridiculous.The earcups are equally nice with large plus fabric cups that will keep your ears away from the driver covers. If you prefer leatherette cups you’ll want to find another option, but I did find these to be one of the most comfortable headsets to just sit and listen to music on. The clamping force is just right (although uneven; more on that later) and the earcups provide a wonderful seal to keep the noise of the world away from your ears.One the outside of the headset, there’s a small tactile wheel to adjust chat volume if you’re using a gaming console, a large volume knob, and a multifunction button that will provide audio prompts for battery level and put you into pairing mode when you hold it down. The only thing we’re missing here is a physical switch to move between Bluetooth and 2.4ghz connection standards, and we’ll tell you why that matters in a bit.The microphone is on the left side of the headset and provides a nice tactile click when you flip it all the way up. This is how you mute your microphone and comes in handy when you need to have a quick conversation and get back to whatever you were doing before.I wish I could report that the microphone provided better audio quality but I was pretty disappointed. It’s been a struggle to find a wireless headset that really gives great performance in this area (I’m guessing there’s a bandwidth issue) and the Sennheisers fall disappointingly short. I think they sound much the same as every other headset released in the last decade, which isn’t saying a lot.Both Bluetooth and 2.4ghz connection standards are here. Plugging the USB dongle into my computer, the headset paired almost instantly and opened up a world of opportunity to tune through the Sennheiser app. There are options to tune your EQ, how the microphone sounds, and even provide a noise gate in case you have a noisy background. I didn’t find much difference in how the microphone sounded using these options so hopefully, they continue to be tuned in future updates.The sound that comes through these headphones is a completely different story. This has been one of the best audio experiences I’ve had in my time reviewing tech. I’d put it up there with the Sony WH-1000xm3 in terms of enjoyment. Where Sony offers amazing noise cancelation, the Sennheiser GSP 670 takes the crown in terms of audio quality.I found music pleasingly bass-y without feeling like I’m slogging through the mud just to listen. Mids are very clear while highs are crisp without being piercing.I just wish I enjoyed wearing these more. I can’t overstate how heavy these things are. At just under 400g, they’re one of the heavier headsets I’ve tested and it can be exhausting during long sessions. With 16 hours of battery life, those sessions can last all night, but you’ll need breaks.Additionally, I don’t like wearing these because of how the cups sit on my head. While the cups themselves are large enough that my ear doesn’t touch anything, the clamping is uneven and annoying. You can use the sliders in the headband to adjust your clamp, but I always end up with more pressure on the bottom of the cups than at the top.Frankly, these don’t look great and certainly don’t look like something I’d pay over $300 for. They’re big and bulky with muted colors and an … aggressive? design. I’m not entirely sure what to call this design language but there are definitely better-looking options on the market. This won’t matter to some, but for those who do care, it’s a bit of a killer and makes the cost harder to justify.ConclusionThere are always trade-offs when you’re using a wireless headset. Sennheiser smartly did not skimp on the audio quality and if you’re looking for a wireless headset that sounds great, this is definitely where you want to start. I put it at the top of the list in that respect.But, where it falls apart is pretty much everywhere else. Tradeoffs become pretty obvious when you use these for more than a few hours.Yep, they’re built solidly and the plastic design means they’ll hold up to some abuse. But, these look cheaper than competing options like the Astro A50s and Arctis Pro Wireless. Plus, as I’ve said a few times, they’re heavy.It’s awesome that they have both 2.4ghz and Bluetooth standards. But there’s no way to manually switch between them and the second that your computer plays audio via the USB dongle, the Bluetooth cuts out completely. If you’re using these to take a phone call or listen to music on your phone and you accidentally click on a YouTube link on your computer, say goodbye to your audio. This would be an easy fix with a manual switch and we hope to see that in a future revision.Best over-ear headphones (spring 2020)I can’t state enough how crappy the audio from the mic is. Maybe I’m spoiled by streamers who invest hundreds and hundreds of dollars into their audio equipment, but this sounds like every headset I’ve heard the last decade of gaming and that’s pretty disappointing.If your voice quality matters to you at all, I’d suggest getting a standalone mic. But you have to ask yourself if you’re grabbing something like a Blue Yeti, is there a justification for the GSP 670 when you can buy a wireless headset for far cheaper?I know it probably looks like I hate the Sennheiser GSP 670 but I don’t. In true dad fashion, I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed. While they’re best in class in terms of audio quality, the things they miss on are a killer and make them harder to recommend over other competitors.After a bit of searching, I’ve found the Sennheiser GSP 670 around $300 and sometimes cheaper on sale. I think if you can find these cheaper than that, go for it. Your ears will thank you. At full price, they’re a tough sell.Buy the Sennheiser GSP 670 at Amazon

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