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Published: Sat, 24 Feb 2018 08:26:33 -0600

 



Why Most Self-Taught Guitarists Do Not Become Great - Part 1

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:45:01 -0600

As a self-taught guitarist, you hold yourself back from becoming great by not having effective practice habits. Not having correct practice habits makes your musical progress unpredictable and slow.



3 Ways To Help Your Guitar Students Make Tons Of Progress Fast

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:04:38 -0600

Want to succeed as a guitar teacher? Implement these three guitar teaching tips to help your students make progress a lot faster.



Violins, Tuning Forks and 440 Concert Pitch

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:28:18 -0600

Being "off pitch" is more often a metaphor for poor communications. But with violins, oboes, and concertmasters, it hits on the science of music. In a modern world, we expect everything to be standardized.



Student Instruments: When You Should Rent, and When You Should Buy

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:26:50 -0600

Studying a stringed instrument like a violin, viola or cello can be pricey. The decision to rent or buy largely depends on the student's age and commitment. Adults who enjoy being musicians by and large were enthusiastic about studying their instrument as children.



Is It Too Difficult to Learn to Play the Piano in Your 50's?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:19:29 -0600

If you think you're too old to learn to play the piano? WELL! Think again because your not.



Best Ten Songs Of Famous Musical Offspring

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:04:26 -0600

Although her famous husband was murdered nearly forty years ago, John Lennon's widow has continued to help keep his memory as relevant as his music to this day. Yoko Ono celebrated her 85th birthday last week, inspiring her long time fans and friends to reflect on her impact on the music world. She was just one of few women to be married to a member of The Beatles, and certainly the most well-known of those wives.



Three Word Song Titles That Resemble Sandwiches

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:08:01 -0600

Host Alex Trebek had to provide additional information for a vague category on a recent episode of the game show Jeopardy, so he explained that each clue was looking for a three word song title. Two of those three words, however, are the same, with one at the beginning and the other at the end of the title. The various clues led to well known songs, such as "Time After Time" by Cyndi Pauper and "One On One" by Hall and Oates.



Folk Pioneer Delivers Real Early Christmas Present For Music Fans

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:36:17 -0600

Christmas arrived exactly eleven months early this year, or it could be a bonus from the noel that just passed four weeks before. Whichever way you look at it, the gift that was presented on January 25 was quite welcome. Much revered folk singer John Gorka delivered a brand new studio album on that date, his first record in over three years.



The Three Keys To Achieving Massive Music Career Success

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 08:26:19 -0600

1. Having The Right Mindset And Working On It Daily To Make It Stronger It's nearly impossible to build a successful music career when your mindset consists of pessimism, negativity and disempowering thoughts. This is a massive reason why most musicians never take the right actions to grow their careers.



5 Key Considerations of Buying a Karaoke Machine

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 07:19:35 -0600

Karaoke is a fun and interactive source of entertainment that lets amateur's sing-along to the vocals of a long list of songs. In order to get the most enjoyment from karaoke it helps to have the right equipment.



Creative Uses Of The Train Metaphor In Ten Popular Songs

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 16:26:09 -0600

Railroads have often been the subjects of popular songs, most notably The City of New Orleans by Arlo Guthrie and the Midnight Special by Creedence Clearwater Revival. While those particular hits were written about actual railroads, many other songs have been given titles of metaphorical trains. Bob Dylan, who won a Noble Prize for his writings, once compared judgment day to a slow train coming.



Music Legends Who Have Appeared On Late Night With Jools Holland

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 20:34:50 -0600

As soon as he ceased being member, the band he co-founded went on to have its first big hit. While most artists would consider this sequence quite disheartening, Jools Holland instead became even more famous than his old group. Holland left Squeeze after their third album, only to see its next record spawn the huge single "Tempted" sung by his replacement Paul Carrack.



Ten Things I Learned From Reading The Autobiography Of Kiss Drummer Peter Criss

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 12:15:20 -0600

One of my resolutions for tje new year was to read more nonfiction, which is typically more educational than the novels I have always preferred. Being a music fan, I decided to start with music biographies. Since I recently have revisited my youth by listening to all of my old Kiss records, I started my reading with that band.



How Music Bands for Corporate Shows Get Popular

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:15:33 -0600

This article summarizes the usual methods adopted by music bands for corporate shows to get popular. With the common practices listed out, this article shows the way to fame that other music bands should explore to promote their music.



How To Teach Guitar More Effectively While Spending Less Time Creating Teaching Materials

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:03:45 -0600

Want to grow your guitar teaching business fast? Teaching guitar becomes easier and less stressful when you avoid spending extra (unpaid) time creating lesson materials for your students.



Piano or Keyboard: What's the Difference?

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:02:32 -0600

Both have the same function, and provide virtually the same performance. However, musicians and audiences typically agree there are distinct differences between the sounds each of them produces. Here's a quick comparison to help you understand the significant differences between the two instruments.



The Study: Do Modern Violins Measure Up to Strads?

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:44:35 -0600

Double-blind tests in 2014 found newer violins have a preferred sound, shocking many. But it's music to the ears of violinists with smaller budgets.



Violinmaking: Why Bosnian Maple Wood Is King

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:44:03 -0600

Legendary violins are made of Bosnian wood grown hundreds of years ago. But can modern luthiers replicate what Stradivari had available to him?



Best Last Lines In Ten Popular Songs

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 07:24:43 -0600

Bob Dylan's influence on popular songwriting is too enormous to print, so this article will mention just his gift for penning classic closing lines. Among his best is the put down in "Positively Fourth Street when he says, " I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes, you'd know what a drag it is to see you." Another memorable closer comes from "The Bal!



Classic Self-Titled Debut Albums That Should Be Celebrated On Their Fiftieth Anniversary In 2018

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:07:14 -0600

Andy Warhol's favorite band, the Velvet Underground, is already preparing a box set to honor the upcoming fiftieth anniversary of its excellent debut album White Light White Heat from 1969. Other bands can begin their fiftieth anniversary now that the calendar has reached 2018, including records from The Beatles, the Monkees and Cream. Among the many albums turning fifty this year are almost a dozen debut records, most of which are self-titled.



3 Reasons Why Guitarists Struggle To Play Fast & Clean

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:06:34 -0600

Struggling to play guitar clean at fast speeds? You're probably making the same mistakes as most guitarists. Here are the 3 reasons why guitar players make mistakes at fast speeds:



The Sweet Sixteen Of Bands With Exactly Four Letters In Their Names

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:35:16 -0600

To celebrate the fourth day of the new year, the local classic rock station played a set of songs that had titles with exactly four letters. I enjoyed hearing "Lola" by the Kinks and "Beth" by Kiss, but I found "Easy" by the Commodores to be a little too soft to classify as classic rock. The segment did, however, made me think of another option the disc jockey could have chosen to honor the fourth day of January.



Spotify Vs Apple Music

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:11:05 -0600

Spotify has been such an amazing app for me for years now. Before I downloaded Spotify, I used to have to download each song file that I wanted to listen to individually. That was several years ago when iTunes was still relevant to me. Now I love the feeling of having all of my high-quality tunes in one cloud area that I can just download to any device I want!



Experience the Miraculous Effects of Music

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 08:37:18 -0600

Music can be defined as an art of sound that expresses feelings, emotions, and ideas. It can be presented through the elements of rhythm, melody, and harmony through various instruments and voices. It is a way to express one's feeling through various instruments and lyrics. One cannot imagine a life without music. Listening to music improves our mental and physical health in many ways. Learning music also has its own benefits like taking musical training can help raise our IQs.



New Forms of Music

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:06:07 -0600

This is a rundown of a portion of the world's music kind and their definitions. African Folk - Music held to be run of the mill of a country or ethnic gathering, known to all sections of its general public, and saved as a rule by oral custom. Afro jazz - Refers to jazz music which has been vigorously affected by African music.



Five Artists Who Wrote Songs Addressed To Their Mothers

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:42:11 -0600

Elton John recently lost his mother, expressing his sincere grief through social media. Shortly after learning that news, it came up again while I was standing in line at the local grocery store. The woman in front of me commented on my shirt, which featured a picture of The Beatles as they appeared on the cover of the Abby Road album.



Criticism of A Road With No Destination

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 10:41:26 -0600

The unique, luminous and influential look is the thing that the audience hears and feels in the piano album "A Road with no Destination" by Peyman Shirpour. If we are to find a nonverbal music in the background and please us automatically we should not go to "A Road with no Destination".



Ten New Albums To Anticipate In 2018

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:12:35 -0600

The past year saw several memorable fiftieth anniversaries, topped off by Sargeant Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band by The Beatles in June and the Monterey Music Festival in July. Perhaps in 2067 music fans will be celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of some of the records released last year, such as Colors by Beck or War and Leisure by Miguel. This coming year also has some anniversaries to look forward to, especially of another great record by The Beatles.



Bluetooth, AirPlay and Play-Fi Audio Streaming

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 10:19:10 -0600

r from your iOS or Android device. You can do this via an app and a Wi-Fi connection (AirPlay or Play-Fi), or via Bluetooth. But it's not that simple; there are a myriad of ways to get your audio from your phone or tablet to your speakers. I'll try to go over the main ways this is a



Songs With Classic Spoken Word Intros

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 07:25:34 -0600

I had given it up as a lost art, much like another forgotten victim of commercialism in the world of entertainment. First it was advertising time that led to the disappearance of TV shows with catchy theme songs, such as classics like The Brady Bunch or Gilligan's Island or even less ancient series like Full House or Friends. Then apparently came the almost complete disappearance of songs with spoken word intros, which once were staples of popular music.



Play List Of Songs By Those We Lost In 2017

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 07:03:23 -0600

When David Bowie passed away during the early part of January last year, music fans knew that 2016 would be disheartening. Shortly after Glenn Frey of the Eagles died, then the first two names in Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Unfortunately, the year that is just now drawing to an end has proved to be no better.



Bands Who Consist Of Just One Member

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 21:51:57 -0600

On a recent episode of the music show Sound Opinions from National Public Radio, the two hosts discussed the topic of literal one man bands. Jim Rogatis and Greg Kot defined the term as recording artists who have played every instrument on at least one of their albums, a list including some very impressive names. The most well-known among the choices of Rogatis was Mike Oldfield, who hit the top ten with the title track from the Tubular Bells album.



A Brief History of Stringed Instrument Bow Making

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 08:26:18 -0600

The supporting role perception of the violinist's bow underestimates its importance. But a certain 18th century Frenchman changed everything.



Six Benefits of Owning a Portable Pocket Guitar

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:19:38 -0600

A pocket guitar is a small size guitar used basically for practicing your guitar playing skills while on the go. The strings are realistic and you can pluck it as many times as you want to practice your finger dexterity. Practicing on a portable pocket guitar can help you to master your guitar playing skill faster so that you can play like a professional within a short time.



The Ten Best Albums of 2017

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:17:41 -0600

During the seventeenth year since the turn of the century, the music world seemed to be thriving. In addition to some of the great young bands to emerge in 2017, many veteran rock artists brought out new releases for the first time in many years. Rock fans got a chance to hear brand new material from two of the main songwriters of Fleetwood Mac, when Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie paired up to release a self-titled record.



How To Get Rid Of Sloppy Mistakes In Your Guitar Technique

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:12:43 -0600

Wouldn't it be awesome to play guitar at your very best every time you play? Here's how to do it.



Intriguing Facts About Rocker Todd Rundgren

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:30:31 -0600

While the month is supposed to bring the joy of the holidays, the early part of December always leaves fans of The Beatles feeling solemn. It was on December 8 that band co-founder John Lennon was murdered in New York in 1980. When investigators searched the hotel room of Mark David Chapman after the assassination of Lennon, they found only one record album.



It Was All A Dream: The Death of Hip-Hop

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:35:45 -0600

Since its inception in the 1970s, Hip Hop has played an integral part in the progression of African American culture. The pulse-pounding, deeply poetic genre is credited in giving an in-depth look into the world of the average inner-city youth struggling to get by. But what happens when creativity is sacrificed for materialistic fame?



A History of Music Players

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:39:06 -0600

A short history of the devices that we have used to listen to music, from the phonograph to digital. A rich history.



Best Artists To Ever Appear On American Bandstand

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 20:32:16 -0600

Usually it is closer to New Year's Eve when I think about the legendary Dick Clark, who famously hosted that December 31st event on national television from 1975 until 2004. However, it is another popular show he hosted that has caused me to remember Dick Clark a little earlier in the season this year. The country first became acquainted with Clark because of a weekly show called American Bandstand, which featured popular music acts of the time.



Solo Artists Who Have Teamed Up With An Established Band To Record A Hit Song

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:07:35 -0600

On a recent airing of American Top Forty on the local oldies station, legendary host Casey Kasem pointed out an interesting musical first that occurred for the on a week in 1974. The trivia served as part of his intro to a song that had reached the top of both the soul and pop charts at the same time earlier that year. When the now classic "Then Came You" hit number one a month before, it marked the first time that both a solo artist and a band had combined to make a song that reached the very top of the charts.



What Is The Difference Between Vibrato and Tremolo Effects?

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:23:30 -0600

These 2 different effects are probably the most confused effects with musicians and manufactures alike. What effects do is vary the outputted sound in some fashion, as for example the over-drive pedal which is excessively used in heavy metal bands. These effects both operate with the modulation or by changing the modulation of the sound waves.



How Should Artists for Corporate Shows Build Their Stage-Image?

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:02:06 -0600

This article explores the importance of creating stage image of artists during performances. At the same time, this article also asserts the ways in which the artists for corporate shows connect with their audience and drive the events towards success.



Popular Songs That Feature a Verse Of Speaking Instead Of Singing

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:28:32 -0600

Country star Mel Tillis passed away last week, leaving a legacy beyond that of the many songs he wrote and recorded. Perhaps his most well-known song was "Ruby", which Kenny Rogers and the First Edition took to the Top Ten in 1970. His music will certainly endure, but perhaps the most memorable mark he left exists outside American culture.



Return of NERD Recalls Other Popular Bands Known By Their Initials

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:30:06 -0600

With a single currently riding the airwaves and the promise of a first album in nearly a decade, you could probably refer to this winter as the return of the N.E.R.



Ten Bands Named After Commands

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:10:21 -0600

One of the most recognized bands during this decade has a unique name, which they very nearly changed before finding their first chart success. Its front man, Dan Reynolds, discussed Imagine Dragons on a recent episode of a popular morning talk show on a national TV network. Among the topics he covered were their upcoming overseas tour, his bouts with depression, and the down side to being a rock star.



Easy Online Ukulele Lessons

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:05:13 -0600

Ukulele is a stringed instrument which closely resembles a guitar. As the interest in the music of people is growing, Ukulele is becoming a popular choice as a musical instrument. Mastering the art of playing this instrument requires structured lessons and, of course, practice. Although there are music classes where playing the Ukulele can be learned, you also have the option of online lessons.



A Look Back At The Grisly Beauty Of Art Garfunkel's First Solo Album, Angel Clare

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 07:19:53 -0600

I was expecting gorgeous arrangements and optimistic themes, since it had been only a few years since he and Paul Simon had done "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Instead, the songs on Art Garfunkel's first solo album have made it more like a rickety swinging bridge over death and despair. The title Angel Clare comes from the tragic Victorian novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, which featured as a lover of the title character a man with curly red hair much like Garfunkel's.



A Guide To Reading Guitar Tabs

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:11:04 -0600

Are you new to guitars? If so, you may be wondering what those symbols on the guitar tabs mean. If you follow this guide, you will be able to play guitar well. As soon as you have build a strong grip on the basics, you will be able to understand the tabs as well. As a matter of fact, if you read tablature, you can easily understand the solos, chord patterns and melodic riffs. This can help you all types of songs. Read on.



The Right And Wrong Ways To Select A Guitar Teacher For You

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:28:10 -0600

Taking guitar lessons is a serious investment in your guitar playing. Finding the right teacher saves you years of frustration and struggle. Making the wrong choice wastes your time and money.



Artists Who Have Recorded Songs To Honor Their Musical Heroes

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:21:25 -0600

Around this time last year, a popular radio program dedicated an episode to songs written by artists to honor their musical inspirations. Co-host Jim DeRogatis of the National Public Radio program Sound Opinions selected as his favorites "Alex Chilton" by the Replacements and Robyn Hitchcock's "I Saw Nick Drake." The other host, Greg Kot, listed Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke" and Van Morrison's "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile).



Some Interesting Tips for the Tabla Players

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:01:40 -0600

Do you want to play tabla? If so, you might be looking for some handful tips to better your skill. Here are a few tips mentioned below that can assist you to better your techniques with practice and time.



His Recent Version Of Tom Petty Hit Recalls Ten Of Dylan's Best Cover Songs

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:57:15 -0500

The past few weeks have been noteworthy for Bob Dylan, who has been in the news for various reasons. His verbose reply to having won the Nobel Prize for Literature has been published, and copies are now available for purchase. Another bootleg collection of his music has become available for the first time, a multi-disc extravaganza that centers around his three albums dedicated to Christianity, Slow Train Coming, Saved, and Shot of Love.



Why Use Vintage Audio Equipment

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 15:02:33 -0500

Vintage audio equipment has gained a great deal of interest in recent years. But what is its draw? Here are a few reasons it is so appealing.



Music Makes You Move

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:03:28 -0500

Music is one of the great motivators... whether it's working out, just working or dancing the night away... playing the right music can determine how much we enjoy what we are doing. Music can help to get you in the "zone", makes you want to move, and can elevate your mood.



A Ranking Of Paul McCartney's Nine Number One Singles

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 19:55:15 -0500

Paul McCartney throughout his career has been the quintessential artist in that the best songs from his albums have never been the biggest hits. He has dozens of great songs since the disbandment of The Beatles in 1970, while also managing to record nine hits that reached the number one spot. Sir Paul's dilemma, as well as that of many songwriters since, has been summed up by Rudyard Kipling.



Ten Popular Songs About Legends Of The Old West

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:24:29 -0500

The title track of the Desperado album by the Eagles was never released as a single, even though it appeared in the Top 500 songs of all time published by Rolling Stone magazine. Adding to its immortality was the fact that the song was a focus on an episode of Seinfeld, a show about different kinds of singles. It makes an ideal song for Western shows or films, as its imagery depicts cowboy themes like riding, playing cards, and sleeping outdoors.



Possible Responses To An Insult From Classic Queen Song Lyrics

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:35:34 -0500

An article from a British music web site inspired me to revisit not only albums from one of my favorite bands from the Nineties, but also another from twenty years earlier. Both groups released some great records but, after just one listen to each of their records, there is no question which I most enjoyed.



Songs That Mention Specific Prices For A Product Or Service

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:27:06 -0500

These days the sight of a land line phone seems like a relic from the distant past, so imagine how difficult it is for young folks now to conceive of a hand cranked phone. Actually, it has not been all that long ago that such communication devices were still in use. According to the web site of a national TV network, it was on October 11 of 1983 that the last hand-cranked phone service went dead.



3 Destructive Myths About Using A Metronome For Guitar Practice

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:46:22 -0500

Most "conventional wisdom" about using a metronome to practice guitar leads to ineffective practice, unnecessary mistakes and slow overall progress. Get more benefit out of your guitar practice by avoiding these 3 myths.



A Look Back At Co-Star In Bob Dylan's Classic 1967 Film

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 20:56:09 -0500

Don't Look Back, the D.A. Pennebaker documentary filmed during a Bob Dylan concert tour, turned fifty this year.



The Healing Powers of Divine Sound Meditation

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:13:28 -0500

Sound vibrations are ever present in the universe. Since ancient times spiritual masters have acknowledged the power of musical sounds which evoke our innermost feelings of bliss and happiness. Most individuals react to music in a positive way.



Bridges Immortalized In Popular Songs

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 15:28:35 -0500

As a life long baseball fan, much of my knowledge of geography came via that particular sport. As a small child, I knew where to find on a map nearly every city that had a Major League Baseball team. My daughter kind of carried on the tradition, learning much about other subjects through her love of baseball.



Lesser-Known Gems From Popular One Hit Wonders

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 11:04:07 -0500

It will never be designated as a National Holiday, but the yearly occasion is certainly worth celebrating. Oldies stations across the country paid due tribute to September 25, known to music lovers as National One Hit Wonder Day. Over the past six decades, hundreds of performers have become associated with just one hit that appeared on the charts.



Eight Precious Tips to Help You Learn Piano by Yourself

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:27:35 -0500

Piano as an instrument is an inspiring delight to play. For some people, it is a hidden hobby and for some a persuading career. Be it any reason to lay your hands on the piano, now it is possible to become good without years of practice in expensive piano lessons but at the comfort of your home. With basic knowledge of piano notes, keys, chords, and lot of practice one can self-train oneself towards becoming a pro-pianist.



Songs Containing The Sound Of Vehicle Engines

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:59:48 -0500

One of the beautiful things about September is the reprieve from the sweltering humidity of the summer, allowing me to drive around with the car windows rolled down. Lately, however, the pleasure seems to be diminishing, thanks to the many loud vehicles that pass me on the street. Riding with the windows open is, of course, still an option, as long as I do not intend to listen to the car radio.



What Is The Best John Mayer CD?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:18:56 -0500

What is the hands down best John Mayer album of all time? Almost all critics and fans will agree on the answer.



Members Of Fleetwood Mac Finally Make Worthy Follow Up Album To Rumours

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:18:47 -0500

Yeah, you could say it took a while. After forty years, Fleetwood Mac has finally made a follow up album worthy of Rumours. Although only two of the members of the quintet are named on the cover, Lindsay Buckingham and Christine McVie, all but one from the band of the Rumours era appear on the album.



Ten Texas Towns Immortalized In Song

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:16:02 -0500

As Texas begins rebuilding after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, it is important for Americans to reflect on the many contributions the state has made to our country. Many sports championships have been earned by teams from the Lone Star State, most notably the Dallas Cowboys in football. That state has also given us numerous movie stars, such as Woody Harrelson, Eva Longoria, Farrah Fawcett and Larry Hagman.



Why an Electronic Drum Set Is the Best Choice

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:00:49 -0500

There are many reasons as to why you should choose an electronic drum set over traditional one. There are many advantages associated with the electronic drum set. One of the reasons why it is such an amazing choice is the fact that they are very quiet when need be.



John Mayer Finally Wants to Act His Age

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:00:12 -0500

Seven-time Grammy winner John Mayer has accomplished a lot since his grass roots beginnings at Atlanta clubs like Eddie's Attic. His rise to fame started with the 2001 release of his debut album Room for Squares which spawned several radio hits like "No Such Thing," "Why Georgia" and Grammy-winning single "Your Body is a Wonderland."



Classic Albums That Changed Their Original Titles

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 20:45:02 -0500

The recent solar eclipse naturally resulted in a revived interest in The Dark Side of the Moon, the Pink Floyd album that is still one of the greatest selling records of all time. A fact that did not emerge in all the discussion was the fact that the quartet had originally intended to call it Eclipse, since the title Dark Side of the Moon had already been used for an album by the band Medicine Head. After that record bombed, Pink Floyd decided to scrap Eclipse and replace it with the five word title that became...



Goodnight Skillful Don Williams

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 10:38:44 -0500

Don Williams. Do you know him? Off course you do.



3 Reasons Why You Feel Unmotivated To Practice Guitar

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:30:03 -0500

You lose motivation to practice guitar for one of several reasons. Understanding these reasons and changing your approach to practicing helps you enjoy the process more and get better results.



Ten Essential George Harrison Songs

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:20:00 -0500

Everything written about George Harrison's contribution to The Beatles has been notarised and analysed to death (super guitar play, spiritual searcher, sardonic and grumpy interviewee, underappreciated songwriting genius etc). But where John Lennon and Paul McCartney gave their very best to The Beatles (neither had the tenacity to continue writing at the level of brilliance they brought to the fab four), Harrison found himself in the position where he could prove himself as a songwriter in his own right. Releasing eight albums over the course of his career, Harrison wrote a collection of beautiful songs that certainly rivalled (often bettered) the best of the solo Lennon-McCartney material. Here are ten of his finest.



Insecure Lines From Songs In Popular Music

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:36:46 -0500

Emilee Lindner at billboard.com on September 2, 2017 wrote a column identifying what she considers twenty of the most insecure lyrics in pop music. Most of her examples are from artists currently on the charts, but insecure lines can be found in songs throughout the history of pop and rock music.



Number One Hit By Migos Recalls Other Songs Mentioning Popular Brands

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 08:33:46 -0500

It was just as I had suspected. When I saw the title of the song in the number one position on the charts, "Bad and Boujee" by Migos, I ventured a stab as to the meaning of the latter word. A quick Internet check informed me that, indeed, it was a shortened form of bourgeoisie.



Jimmy Page

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:14:54 -0500

Some are left to wonder what it would be like to be considered one of the best in their field. Others, like Jimmy Page can tell you exactly what it feel like...



A Guitar Hero

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:12:11 -0500

What makes a legend? In the case of Jimi Hendrix, it may have a little something to do with his rendition of the National Anthem.



Eight Cool Things About The Mellow Yellow Singer Donovan

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 06:57:02 -0500

At a child's birthday party last weekend, a relative described a freshly opened garment as mellow yellow. The remark reminded me of the singer Donovan Leitch, who scored a huge hit with a song with that rhyming two word title. That name evoked recollections of the years I spent listening to all of Donovan's stuff, ranging from his folk-rock onset to his psychedelic late Sixties material to his more down to earth recordings of the following decade.



Tips To Consider When Choosing A Karaoke Mixer

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:11:29 -0500

Many fans believe karaoke mixer is a complex instrument with unclear functions. However, in reality this device without costing only the most basic karaoke system with mediocre sound quality. In a more advanced set of equipment features a karaoke mixer take on other devices. And in professional systems separate mixer rightfully occupies an important place. So, why there is a karaoke mixer and how to choose it?



How To Maintain And Look After Your Guitar

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:52:40 -0500

Guitars can have serious financial value to their owners - for instance Microsoft's Paul Allen purchased Jimmy Hendrix's famous 1968 Stratocaster which the artist used for his iconic performance at Woodstock in 1969, for $2 million. Whilst the average guitar isn't nearly as valuable as Hendrix's Stratocaster, most carry great sentimental value which is why it's paramount to purchase instrument insurance in the event of loss of damage. In the meantime, a few simple precautions will help to protect your guitar from damage.



Song Choices For Your Solar Eclipse Play List

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:51:11 -0500

You need more than just your eyes to enjoy the solar eclipse on Monday, the first in just over a hundred years. For the historic occasion, singer Bonnie Tyler was asked to perform her biggest hit. It's title, "Total Eclipse of the Heart", is certainly appropriate for the occasion.



How to Play Easy Songs on a Keyboard

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:26:04 -0500

Play these chords in the 2 octaves below Middle C in your piano. They are found in groups of two and three across the keyboard. Because of this as a substitute of a G chord we'll use a chord with the basis a tritone interval from G, that is three complete steps.



Learning Piano VS Keyboard

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:24:19 -0500

When it comes to learning and playing piano, there are some clear differences between acoustic and electric instruments that you'll want to consider. For practical reasons, you should also figure out which will be easier for you to own and maintain. A digital piano is a versatile option for those who would like to learn many styles, or who have not yet discovered their musical preferences.



Best Music Festivals in the World

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:55:54 -0500

If you love music or if you're a diehard fan of a certain band, DJ, or even a music genre, then nothing will excite you more than seeing them perform live at your favourite music festival. Now, exotic music festivals are hosted around the world and millions of visitors flock them every year to see some of the biggest names in the music industry.



Delays In Album Releases Are Frustrating For Fans

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 16:04:36 -0500

Back in the early days of album rock, which would be the mid to late Sixties, fans never had to wait long for their favorite bands to bring out new records. Look at how little time passed between the finest albums by The Beatles, starting with Rubber Soul in 1965 to Revolver in 1966 to Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967 and the White Album in 1968. Nowadays fans have to be content with several years between releases, as followers of Beck well understand.



3 Classic Rock Guitar Playing Myths That Are Killing Your Musical Progress

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:02:15 -0500

You become a great classic rock guitar player when you avoid the mistakes mediocre guitarists make. It's common for these mediocre players to believe in one or more myths about how you're "supposed" to play classic rock guitar.



Harry Nilsson Was The Man Who Could Have Brought The Beatles Together Again

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 06:59:21 -0500

Much has been published, justifiably so, about the fiftieth anniversary of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of the greatest albums ever released by The Beatles. However, another significant event happened in 1967 concerning the Fab Four, possibly even more important than Pepper, that has been unfortunately ignored on its fiftieth birthday. Just a few weeks after that record hit the store shelves, members of the quartet heard for the first time the singer that both John Lennon and Paul McCartney would identify as their favorite American recording artist.



How to Use the Novation Launchkey

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:17:54 -0500

Apart from being low priced, the Novation Launchkey has been contrived with some exceedingly lovely pads and a remarkably stunning selection of bundled software, which makes it stand out from the crowd. The Novation Launchkey Mini is a 25 key controller from Novation, a company that has an exceedingly long history in the production of high-quality controllers, especially Ableton Live. If you are a person who has some digital experience, then you have seen Novation Launchkey in use somewhere. With that said, here is a comprehensive guide on how to use Novation Launchkey.



The Novation Impulse 49

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:17:52 -0500

The Novation Impulse 49 is a highly rated keyboard of this generation. It is semi-weighed(11.02lbs) with a total of 49 keys and USB powered. The keyboard is not only first class but also very unique in design. You will get to notice that it is manufactured more like an instrument and not a computer accessory. This gives you the musical feel and you enjoy being part of the music action. In the long run, The Novation Impulse 49 guarantees you better and quality music.



Novation Launchpad Pro FL Studio

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:17:20 -0500

Ever since the Launchpad was officially released in the year 2009, there have been several revamps to the Novation Launchpad. However, the freshly designed Novation Launchpad Pro is the first to feel like a genuine update. In more than six years, MIDI-controllers have grown more innovative, while on the other hand, mobile applications have reduced the need to possess a physical controller. For more than a decade, Novation has been engineering some of the best controller keyboards in the market, and the newly released Novation Launchpad Pro is undoubtedly one of the most solid and desirable controllers that the company has ever designed up to this date. The matt black finish is similar to that of Ableton push, while the rubberized base gives the controller a reassuring sturdiness that the original Launchpad did not possess.



Music - Meant for the Soul

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:09:26 -0500

Music has an uncanny effect on our lives. The reverberating beats and the catchy tunes make our innermost feelings jolt up and sway us in the direction of its rhythm. Music has a well distributed list of choices to be picked up from and heard to and people have their own preferences.



They Are All Good, But Here Is The Ranking Of The 13 Songs On Elvis Costello's My Aim Is True

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:18:24 -0500

Although predated by ten years by the masterpiece of The Beatles, another highly influential album should be celebrated this year on its fortieth anniversary. Perhaps the most remarkable detail about Elvis Costello's My Aim Is True, which was released on July 22 in 1977, is the fact that it was a debut album that nearly matches track by track Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The record defies superstition, comprising exactly thirteen tracks, all of which have become standards in alternative rock.



On Writing Music History

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:07:53 -0500

My ideal history of music would be limited to twenty-four works by twenty-four composers-roughly four for each historical period (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern)-so that the reader might reasonably expect to be able to hold the entire picture in mind all at once. Writing about music history in musical terms requires explaining concepts of music theory on the fly, assisted by a glossary of technical terms and a primer of the rudiments of music theory. Descriptions of the styles of individual composers as well as the styles associated with individual historical periods can be organized around the three principles of time, tonality and timbre.



What Happened to Good Music?

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:55:42 -0500

As one reared in the 50's and 60's the artists who performed music at that time were easy to listen to, exciting, and some could raise the hairs on your arms with their voices. Gorgeous bands that played melodies that inspired one to dance and sing all night long were a normal part of my youth. They had voices that sang inside you and tunes that were inspiring.



Nine Tracks To Enjoy From The Twenty Year History Of The White Stripes

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:31:11 -0500

A sure sign of success for a band is earning an appearance on The Simpsons, a show which during its run has featured three of the four members of The Beatles. Other rock legends such as the Who, U2, Smashing Pumpkins, REM, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Costello have also made it on the show, which marked its debut back in 1989. One of the more modern bands to find its way to The Simpsons was the White Stripes, who served as the central focus of "Jazzy and the Pussycats" in 2006...



Best Fifteen Bands Who Have Y In Their Names

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:40:14 -0500

A fellow music enthusiast just borrowed a CD that I encouraged him to hear, figuring he would appreciate the style mixing several genres. I was disappointed when he returned the album, What For by Toro Y Moi, admitting that he found it too inaccessible. What bewildered me more, though, was his second remark.



The Ten Best Albums From 1989, The Last Year Of Vinyl Recordings Before Recent Revival

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:28:56 -0500

An earthquake postponed the World Series between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants. The primary access to the Internet came through something called dial-up, and the main phone contacts were made via land line. That year, which was 1989, also marked the last time a popular record company made its last vinyl edition.



These Great Apology Songs Have Nothing To Be Sorry About

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 08:44:08 -0500

For some reason missed an episode of one of my favorite music programs, Sound Opinions from National Public Radio. Fortunately, I was able to revisit the show via the Internet but, after listening to it, I can say that I am literally sorry for not hearing it live. Sorry was indeed the theme of the episode where the hosts, Chicago music journalists Greg Kot of the Tribune and Jim DeRogatis of the Sun Times, discussed the best apology songs in rock history.