If you’ve got an acoustic guitar—particularly a classical guitar with nylon strings—here are some beginner techniques for unleashing your guitar’s latent drum kit.
If you’re interested in playing bluegrass banjo, you’ve got to start with Scruggs style, or, three-finger style. In this video, John Boulding takes you through the basics, and introduces you to some of the fundamental rolls that every banjo player should know.
We’ve seen some conflicting methods out there on the best way to clean a trumpet and other brass instruments. Last week we interviewed some top-notch musicians, including Gabriel DiMartino from Syracuse University and Raymond Mase from Juilliard, to find out how they do it. Based on their tips, here’s the video we created. This video […]
Chords are the building blocks of music, and they follow well-defined “rules”—but music would be very bland without notes that break free from those rules once in a while. In fact, melodic lines rarely remain strictly within the harmony. That’s where non-chord tones come in. Non-chord tones, as you might guess from the name, are […]
On the piano, blues scale is a lifesaver. While it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the blues scale for each key, you can usually fall back on the root blues scale at just about any point in a jazz solo.