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3 Ways To Teach Yourself the Piano

By on December 29, 2016

Learning the piano as an adult is a rewarding experience. You shouldn’t shy away from it because of preconceived notions about learning how to play music later in life. Of course, everything is easier to learn when you’re a child. That is scientifically proven. Adults still have the capacity to learn how to play the keyboard, though.

Playing any musical instrument has a ton of benefits. Most people enjoy it is a means to relieve stress. Playing can almost have a meditative effect, thanks to the deep concentration required. With improvement, the rewards intensify. Music is also a great hobby because it is something you can do for your entire life. This is unlike sports that get hard to play as you get older.

Adults are busy people. They may not have time to take private lessons with a teacher. A private instructor is a great way to improve quickly, but you can still teach yourself and have a lot of fun. There are ample resources available to striving musicians to help them self-teach.

Three ways to teach yourself piano

1. Books – Companies like C.R. Carole have an array of different piano instruction books available. Regardless of your skill level, you can find a book that will help you improve. Some of my favorite beginner books are in the Bastien series. They are especially useful for players trying to get better at playing scales.

2. Online lessons – Music education, and music itself, has experienced a revolution thanks to the internet. Teachers can now pre-record lessons and post them online. Students have an advantage because they can access digital lessons whenever they have time. You can take a piano lesson at 2 am if your neighbor can handle it. Video lessons also give students the ability to stop and rewind to sections that were particularly interesting and listen to them again. You can’t do that in a live lesson.

3. Use Your Ear – Your ear is the most important thing when you are learning music. After all, music does revolve around listening. Every once in a while during your practice session you should put on a song and try to emulate what you hear. At first, it will be difficult, but you will see improvement over time. Your overall musical skills will improve by combining ear training with the technical knowledge of your instrument. The best musicians in the world understand the relationship between their ears and their hands.

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Business and Finance

Globe, Cebuana Lhuillier, Mynt Sign Strategic Partnership for PH Financial Inclusion

By on November 16, 2016

Manila, Philippines – In a bid to further push financial inclusion in the country, Globe Telecom, Cebuana Lhuillier and Mynt inked a memorandum of agreement that will pave the way for several initiatives combining the products and services of the three companies.


(L-R): President and CEO of Globe Telecom Ernest Cu, President and CEO of PJ Lhuillier Jean Henri Lhuillier and President of G-Xchange Inc. Albert Tinio

The tripartite partnership was signed by Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu, Cebuana Lhuillier President & CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier, and G-Xchange President Albert Tinio. G-Xchange is a subsidiary of Globe Telecom’s wholly-owned financial services unit Mynt.

“The idea is to disrupt the traditional banking system of having to personally go to a bank, fill out forms, fall in line and pay for bills or deposit money. This initiative will create an avenue for the companies to leverage on each other’s strengths and capabilities to create a better financial system for the consumers,” said Cu.

Meanwhile, Lhuillier stated, “This undertaking is a great opportunity to address the financial concerns of many Filipinos, especially those in unbanked and underbanked communities which is very aligned to what we do as a company. I am glad that Cebuana Lhuillier, together with Globe and Mynt, is taking this big step to revolutionize the way we serve our mutual clients. I am certain that this partnership will positively impact the lives of many individuals.”

Most of the initiatives involve GCash, a micro-payment service operated by G-Xchange. Already commercially available, one of the projects allows GCash customers to perform cash-in and cash-out transactions in any of Cebuana Lhuillier’s 1,800 branches nationwide. Also being developed are systems that would enable GCash accounts to submit payments for Fuse loans and accept proceeds of international remittance. Other projects in the works include the vice versa conversion of rewards points under the loyalty programs of Globe and Cebuana Lhuillier, cross-selling of Cebuana Lhuillier’s microinsurance product, development of donation channels for Cebuana Lhuillier’s chosen beneficiaries, real-time posting of Globe Bills, reselling of Globe AMAX, a mass market postpaid product, and other innovations that that would make financial services more conveniently available.

In addition to the commercially available products and services, the partnership will also yield business-to-business solutions and other initiatives catering to internal stakeholders.

During the official announcement of the partnership, all three companies emphasized the need for innovative offerings, the value of convergence and the importance of technology in order to achieve financial inclusion.

Globe is a telecommunications company with a mobile subscriber base of about 65 million, while Cebuana Lhuillier is a micro-financial institution that has over 1,800 branches in the Philippines, and Mynt is a FinTech startup wholly-owned by Globe and offers a range of key financial services.

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Babies and Children | Home and Garden

Creating A Fun Child’s Room

By on November 10, 2016

If you have young children, then you know that they like certain designs in the bedroom, such as a favorite cartoon character or a favorite animal. It’s easy to remodel a child’s bedroom in most homes as this is often one of the smallest rooms in the house and doesn’t usually require a lot of intricate details that need to be added. You can get a quote now from a contractor who can give you design ideas about painting, flooring and the larger items that you want to add to the room.

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One of the first things that you want to do is to make a plan for the room. You need to figure out what colors to use and the features that you want in the room. The child should have an input as to the decorations that are used so that it feels more like a personal space instead of a simple remodeling project. When it comes to the flooring, you might want to install laminate flooring instead of carpeting as this will be easier to clean if you plan on letting the child eat or drink in the room. A small table with a chair or two would be an idea so that the child has somewhere to eat a snack, color, put a puzzle together or read a book.

Girls sometimes like bright colors while boys often enjoy the darker colors, like blue or red. If you want to add carpet to the room, then consider polka dots on the floor that are made with circles of carpet. Other features in the room could match the polka dots as a fun theme. When it comes to helping children stay organized, you want to keep baskets, cabinets and drawers at their level. If they can’t reach anything in the room, then you’ll find that toys and clothing will be scattered about instead of placed where it’s supposed to go when the child gets done playing or changing clothes. TO help prevent children from drawing on the wall, add a chalkboard along one wall surface. The child can draw and erase without making a mess on any other area of the room as the child will know that this is a safe area to create art.

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