AC/DC once sang, “It’s a long way to the top, if you want to rock and roll,” and singer/songwriter Alex Boatman knows this all too well. Since forming The Boatmen in 2009, in Syracuse, New York, he’s endured his share of obstacles, including odd gigs, departing band members, and simply juggling bandmates’ varied responsibilities. But […]
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.
From sax straps to guitar pick holders, here are some inexpensive stocking-stuffer ideas for any musician. These stocking stuffers are sure to warm the hearts of your musical friends and family. Whether they play guitar, drums, piano, trumpet or violin, we’ve got a stocking stuffer for just about every musician. Except those who’ve been naughty—for […]
The thing about life is that everything you know and plan can change on a dime. That’s what happened to Justin Echols in January 2003, when the Oklahoma City Police Officer and Army Reservist was involved in a head-on collision.
Justin Echols: Piano Policeman Musical Gift List Retired Teacher Starts School Musical Side of Ann Arbor Soloing with the Blues Scale
Ray Kurzweil was described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. The magazine Inc. ranked him number eight among entrepreneurs in the US, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” and PBS included Kurzweil as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America,” along with other inventors of the past two centuries. He founded Kurzweil Musical Systems in 1982, when he applied reading machine technologies designed for the disabled to musical purposes.
Graham Howard’s 7 Things You Must Know Before You Buy a Digital Piano is an extremely useful guide that breaks down everything from confusing terminology to simple tests you can do in a piano store before making a decision. The UK-based Howard aims to help you make the right decisions regarding a purchase, but he […]
Experienced musicians know a great deal of preparation goes into a successful performance. They also know a key to an ensemble’s success is its ability to travel around and reach new audiences. Like a frame around a great painting, a music ensemble needs the right sound system to ensure that its performance yields the desired […]
June 21st, coined Make Music Day in the US, may soon be the most auspicious day for recreational musicians all across the country. An international celebration that began with France’s Fête de la Musique in 1989, the holiday has spread to more than 460 cities around the world. In North America, Make Music days were […]
As a partner at the Dallas School of Music (DSM) and one of the founders of the online music site Discover Learn Play (DLP) I get lots of questions about practicing, especially when new students begin at DSM, or online at DLP. Parents want to know how long their kids should practice each day and adult learners are anxious […]