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Why Learning How to Improvise is So Important


Imagine asking a beginning writer to write a short story from scratch. Our writer does not yet have much experience in writing but accepts the challenge and begins to plunge ahead.

Just 3 Chords? No Way!


A student wrote me an email about the lesson "Ocean Dreams." Here it is:"Dear Edward, I can't believe that you're using just 3 chords for this piece.

How to Use the Entire Piano Keyboard


There are 88 keys on the piano keyboard. Most pianists use about 1/3 of this number most of the time.

Singing: The Tonic of Life


Most people these days would associate singing with the popular music they see and hear on the radio and tv. This can make you feel like its beyond you, like it's some form of high skill that you need to be born with.

50 Cent G Unit


His lockjaw delivery makes him look as gangsta as Marlon "the Godfather" Brando, but 50 Cent is no actor, folks. In fact, his unique articulation has to do with a hole in his jaw, the result of having taken a bullet in the face (along with eight other shots taken to the rest of his body).

50 Cent


More so than any other music since the blues, hip-hop is all about stories. And its stories are both criminal minded and grand, making them enthralling and unbelievable, but also making them only as interesting and convincing as the teller.

Recording Vocals at Home


Anyone who has recorded vocals to tape knows there is a difference between a heart-felt performance, and something that does not quite cut it! There are certain steps that I take to ensure that my own performances are the best I can muster.First and formost is get enough rest the night before.

How To Make a Fortune Teaching Piano (or Guitar, or Drums, or Singing, or?) To Beginners


"But I'm not in it for the money" you say.Me neither.

If Seals Can Sing, Why Cant You?


It sounds like a side show, doesn't it? It does to me. But it's true; researchers have discovered that some varieties of seals really do sing.

How to Stop Thinking and Start Playing


Learning how to improvise is confusing for most. The sheer number of choices becomes a burden.

Where To Download Music On The Internet


Virtually all of you have probably heard of the RIAA's quest to crush online music piracy. The illegal sharing of copyrighted songs via the MP3 format on top the Internet costs the music industry billions of dollars.

Five Great Practice Ideas I Learned From My Piano Students!


Sometimes the teacher learns more from the student than the student does from the teacher. Hopefully, not too often, but today I would like to share with you some great practicing ideas that have come from my piano students over the years:1.

Solid-Bodied Gretsch Corvette Guitar


The Solid-bodied Corvette (not to be confused with the Corvette hollow-body arch-top electric, produced from 1955-1959) was Gretsch's answer to the Les Paul Jr. by Gibson.

Guitar Humidification


Problems with humidity can lead to heartbreak for the classical (or other) guitarist. Excessive humidity or dryness can ruin an instrument probably quicker than you think.

Avoiding Injuries When Playing Guitar


To avoid any sort of injuries when playing guitar a common sense approach is recommended. Just what do I mean by that?Well, there are many simple and obvious precautions you can take that will prevent most injuries.

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Minneapolis Star Tribune

Emotions run high as McNally Smith College of Music graduates final class
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Graduations always hold the promise of new beginnings, but this time, it also meant the end. Thirty-three graduates of McNally Smith College of Music gathered Saturday at the History Theatre for the downtown St. Paul school's final commencement, just ...
McNally Smith College of Music closing due to lack of fundsKMSP-TV
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KHOU

Despite storms, 20k music fans enjoy 'Day for Night' festival
KHOU
HOUSTON - The Day For Night music festival ended outdoor performances early because of severe weather that moved into the Houston area Saturday evening. "It's December in Houston,” said one festival attendee. “You never know what the weather's going to ...
Dreary weather leads to end of outdoor music at Day for NightKTRK-TV

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

Net neutrality's end may have negative impact for music fans and musicians
The San Diego Union-Tribune
About 60 demonstrators gathered earlier this month in Washington, D.C., to protest FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plans to scrap Obama-era net neutrality protections. On Thursday, the FCC voted, 5-3, to end net neutrality. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty ...

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CBS Philly

Does Christmas Music Turn You Into The Grinch? « CBS Philly
CBS Philly
PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Does Christmas music put you in the spirit of giving or turn your heart two sizes too small? If you find yourself relating to a hairy, green, holiday-hating beast known as the Grinch when your ears are filled with the sounds of ...
Does Christmas music turn you into the Grinch?CNN

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KTRK-TV

Aging rockers reign atop the first In Bloom Music Festival
KTRK-TV
Beck, Queens of the Stone Age, Incubus, Explosions in the Sky, and Broken Social Scene. All due to play along a bayou without threat of a rainstorm. Hopefully. In an attempt to exorcise the stigma and the misfortune of having a rained out event in ...



Variety

10 Best Uses of Music in Movies in 2017
Variety
Music and film formed a potent partnership over the past 12 months, whether it was Hans Zimmer's jarring score for Christopher Nolan's “Dunkirk,” which served as another character in providing the on-screen tension, or the choreographed mayhem of Edgar ...

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CBS News

Inside The Anthem, and the unlikely story of how it came to be
CBS News
The Anthem, a new music venue in Washington, D.C., just opened in the city's revitalized Wharf district. It's an unlikely independent success story in an industry filled with global entertainment companies. CBS News' Alex Wagner took a tour of the new ...



Topeka Capital Journal

Topeka Ramada to offer variety of music for annual New Year's celebration
Topeka Capital Journal
“Then we have in the grand (ballroom) Ghost Town Blues, and there's really an undercurrent in this year's talent that is really the bayou.” Accompanying some of the acts, Kramer said there's a drum line and a horn line — they're pulling out all the ...



The Gander Beacon

Hayley Taylor's musical family sparked early interest in music
The Gander Beacon
GAMBO, NL – For the Taylors of Gambo, music is a family affair. Mike Taylor plays bass and guitar, as does his father, who also plays mandolin and is now learning to play the accordion. “It's just right through the family,” said Mike. “It's something ...

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New York Times

Humble Cinderella: The 8 Best Classical Music Moments of the Week on YouTube
New York Times
Julian Wachner's annual presentation of Handel's “Messiah” at Trinity Wall Street, always eagerly awaited by early-music fans in New York, brings added curiosity this weekend: Advance publicity reports that “parts typically sung by female voices will ...


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