Though it’s something you’d probably rather avoid, booting a band member doesn’t always have to be an awful experience. Music is supposed to be fun, right?
For anyone seeing an authentic bluegrass band for the first time, the unique instrumentation, driving tempos, soulful harmonies, and fierce, piercing tenor singing can be a lot to take. The sharp suits and masterfully virtuosic musicianship defy any “hillbilly” stereotype of its southern Appalachian roots, and it’s hard to disagree that ace bluegrass musicians are […]
Here’s a great advantage of playing an electric guitar: simply swap the pickups, and you can completely change the sound and response of your instrument.
This time of year, it’s not so much the heat, but the humidity. In order to keep your wooden acoustic instrument playing and sounding great, it’s important to control the moisture in the wood.
Thanks largely to some of his predecessors’ failed attempts at music careers (just listen to William Shatner’s disturbing version of “Mr. Tambourine Man”), there’s a stigma actors-turned-musicians must overcome to be taken seriously. But Daniels had a weapon—a funny, clever, catchy, and skillfully performed song, “If William Shatner Can, I Can Too.” “That was a […]
I feel like I should be interviewing you, since that’s usually my job,” Lisa Glasberg says in her Long Island accent as we sit in the bright tiled dressing room at the Lucy Moses School of Music in Manhattan. Aside from the photo shoot and interview for her Making Music piece, Glasberg, better known as […]
Before the industrial revolution, acoustic guitars were strung with gut strings. In that same tradition, classical and flamenco guitars use nylon strings today, and are most commonly fingerpicked. Typically used for classical music, as well as Latin styles, nylon strings provide a warm, gentle sound, and beginners gravitate toward them because they are easier on […]
If you’re thinking about getting into digital recording, you’ll need more than just a microphone, a computer, and recording software. This article is an introduction to two necessary and closely related pieces of gear–microphone preamps and interfaces. These are often the missing links in people’s understanding of digital audio. So, what do they do and […]
Stomp boxes have been giving electric instrumentalists a sonic edge for many years. Three very popular effects used to paint shimmering aural landscapes are phase shifters, chorus pedals, and flangers. These three pedals are also commonly confused because they sound very similar. To learn the differences between them, it helps to have a basic knowledge […]