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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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The Guardian

Sexism and the music doc: 'Grace Jones has had her 15 minutes'
The Guardian
The tragic downfall of a celebrity ingenue: a trusted, market-friendly formula for the big screen, especially where female recording artists are concerned. Documentaries about female stars tend to tread a similar narrative, involving a reductive look ...



The Mercury News

Pizarro: Pow! Wow! festival celebrates murals and music in San Jose
The Mercury News
San Jose artist and musician Ben Henderson, who painted the storefront mural at Good Karma Artisan Ales and Cafe downtown, is among the artists being featured at Pow! Wow! San Jose, a weeklong celebration of music and art taking place Oct. 22-29.



Naples Daily News

Monthly music therapy program invigorates Golden Gate Senior Center patrons
Naples Daily News
Once a month, strumming guitars, rattling maracas and tapping tambourines turn a quiet side room at the Golden Gate Senior Center into an impromptu dance floor as senior citizens twirl, shake and sing along to tunes from their childhoods. There — past ...



The New Yorker

William Eggleston Has a New Album of His Synthesizer Music, and It's Beautiful
The New Yorker
“Musik” was produced by Tom Lunt, a co-founder of the Numero Group, a label based in Chicago that specializes in lost music. Several years ago, Lunt (who is a friend of Eggleston's youngest son, Winston) began recovering the musical pieces from forty ...

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The Verge

Billboard Magazine Won't Add YouTube Views Into Its Album Charts
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Under pressure from the music labels and Apple Music, Billboard magazine is ending its practice of giving equal weight to paid streams and free streams in its music charts. Currently a single that is bought from Apple's download store or streamed on ...
Billboard just gave Spotify and Apple Music an advantage in chart countsThe Verge
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EW.com

14 new must-listen music releases
EW.com
Every Friday, artists drop anticipated albums, surprise singles, and hyped collaborations. As part of New Music Friday, EW's music team chooses some of the essential new tunes. From Taylor Swift's latest single to Future and Young Thug's collaborative ...

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The Verge

Spotify announces a program to 'identify and break' new music ...
The Verge
Spotify just announced a new program called RISE, intended to "identify and break the next wave of music superstars." The promises of the program are a little ...
Spotify's RISE program will try to find future music superstarsEngadget
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Public Access Polka Show Spreads Music for 23 Years
U.S. News & World Report
The songs," Gabrosek, who still plays the accordion three times a week, said about why he loves the music. "When I was real young my folks would take us to the Slovene Center (in Barberton). The music I grew up with is polka music. It's in me to like ...

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Billboard

As Music Videos Grow Into Important Revenue Streams, Directors Have to Adjust
Billboard
Until two years ago, a music video was simply used to promote a song. Now, with the advent of monetized streaming services, the music video has become an important revenue driver, changing the field's delivery expectations. “Videos today are seen as a ...



Guitar World Magazine

Sons of Apollo Premiere "Lost in Oblivion" Music Video
Guitar World Magazine
Sons of Apollo—the group featuring former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising ...


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