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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Music for everyone

By Randy A. Salas

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Do you have a student musician in the house? Or maybe you're an aspiring instrumentalist. Here are some free online resources to help keep you pitch-perfect.

Get in tune
After warming up, you should probably tune up. Get Tuned has a variety of online tuners for stringed instruments - c1web0927.jpgguitar, bass guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin, cello and ukulele. The guitar and bass also have adjustable tuners for alternate tunings. Band instrumentalists can try the tuner at Danman's Music Library, which is essentially a virtual piano. Serious instrumentalists might like the free Windows program Win Temper, which explores historical temperaments in pitch. It's not intuitive, but it does include microphone support. Also, be sure to read Stephen Howard's tuning tips to avoid the pitfalls of relying too much on a tuner. His website is geared toward woodwind players, but his advice applies to all instrumentalists.

Keep the beat
There are many virtual metronomes online, but I like, funnily enough, Metronome Online, provided by e-MusicInstitute. The device can be set at regular intervals from 40 beats a minute (largo) to 208 (prestissimo). The standard A tuning note (at 440Hz) is even available for a quick tune-up.

Learn the notes
Beginners might need a quick reference showing how to play notes or chords. BandTek.com has links to fingering charts for all concert-band instruments, including the comprehensive Woodwind Fingering Guide. Violin Online keeps aspiring violinists in the know with its charts, which are also available at sister sites for violists and cellists. Among many guitar sources, 8notes.com's Guitar Chord Chart stands out, because it allows you to pick any chord, shows you what the fingering looks like and plays you a sample of how it should sound. Pianists might like MusickEd.com's interactive (and printable) fingering chart.

Write it down
Need some blank sheet-music paper? Save some money and print your own. 8notes.com has standard blank manuscript paper with 10 lines to a page, single or double (for piano). Or you can create custom sheets using its Staff Paper Generator.

Understand the basics
Dan Traugh's Instrumental Music Resource Page offers solid advice and techniques for beginner students in band and orchestra. For online help with any instrument, see the Indiana University School of Music's Worldwide Internet Music Resources. If you have no musical ability at all, there's still something for you online. Exploratorium's Science of Music is an interactive site where you can explore topics such as "Why does my singing sound so great in the shower?"

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Randy A. Salas is a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Do you have a favorite Web site or a question about how to find something on the Internet? Send a note by clicking here.


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