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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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Before there was food, Jonathan Gold was a groundbreaking music critic
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Forbes

How This EdTech Company Is Thriving In The Education And Music Industries
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In this interview, which has been edited and condensed, I wanted to learn about the company, their motivation to build an interactive music app, and to hear about their successes and failures in the education ecosystem. At the end of this interview ...



Billboard

UK Music Biz Comes Together For 'National Album Day'
Billboard
Labels, retailers and artists from across the British music industry have joined forces to launch National Album Day -- a celebration of the LP format that organizers hope will become an annual showcase event, much like Record Store Day. The inaugural ...
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WCPO

Oprah Winfrey Network's 'Love Is __' to film at Cincinnati Music Festival this week
WCPO
CINCINNATI – This week more than just performers will take center stage during the 2018 Cincinnati Music Festival. On Wednesday, film crews from the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) will be in town to film "video vignettes" of the music festival that will ...



The Guardian

Splendour in the Grass 2018 music festival – in pictures
The Guardian
Pop royalty: Lorde soldiers on after laughing off a 'wardrobe malfunction' during her Friday night set. Photograph: Jess Gleeson. Facebook Twitter Pinterest · Lorde performs on Friday night. The American singer Miguel, who has been described as 'the ...

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SFGate

Anton Arensky's chamber music gets a rare, well-deserved hearing at Music@Menlo
SFGate
The day is coming, or so I hope, when the chamber music of Anton Arensky takes its proper place in our concert life. This is music that almost never gets performed, and yet every time a piece of Arensky's surfaces it turns out to be a small masterpiece ...



Chicago Tribune

Poetry offers a different sound at Pitchfork Music Fest with Louder Than A Bomb, Black Girl Magic
Chicago Tribune
Only a few feet away from Pitchfork Music Festival's Red and Green stages, a different soundtrack filled the Book Fort. The dulcet sound of free verses and haikus rang out — Chicago youth telling stories of their neighborhood heroes, religion, sex ...



Baltimore Sun

Smashed-in car resembling Baltimore city police cruiser was prop in music video
Baltimore Sun
A demolished car resembling a Baltimore police cruiser — its windshield smashed in, its roof and hood dented and its headlights broken — caused a stir Sunday on the streets of Pigtown. Resident Erin Harty passed by as she was walking her dogs before ...

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Quartz

This album documents the lasting impact of Sudan on African music
Quartz
And much like its expansive geographic contours (somewhat curtailed since South Sudan's 2011 independence), the Sudan's artistic and musical influence held a central position in Africa, and especially along the “Sudanic Belt,” which stretched from ...


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