You’ve finally mastered learning to play the guitar. But for some reason, you just can’t seem to make your “Blackbird” sound as warm and subtle as The Beatles version. Maybe it’s time to take a look at the guitar you are playing.
Located deep in the heart of Appalachia, the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music (KSBTM) preserves and promotes the musical heritage and culture of the region.
This is probably why Autotune infuriates so many serious musicians: those variations in pitch aren’t mistakes in the performance; they are the performance. If you clean up those “errors” and quantize everything to the “correct” pitches, all you’re left with is dry, robotic music.
In the hands of a master, difficult things look effortless. This is especially true for music, and it’s especially true for conductors. But anyone who’s ever stood before an entire orchestra that’s waiting on your cue—whose fate is in your baton—knows it’s no easy task.
Once upon a time, classical music was pop music. It was fresh. People got excited about it. That’s not the case today. A combination of mainstream pop music pervading the airwaves, and budget cuts to fine art programs in schools, prevents many children from experiencing classical music and its developmental benefits.
With so many free resources online, why would you ever pay for piano lessons? Easy. Because many of the online resources are garbage. A basic Google search for “online piano lessons” returns a splurge of shoddy websites that look like they were designed on a calculator, and YouTube videos by decent pianists who tragically know nothing about video production. Lucky for you, we’ve dug through the junk, and located some buried gems. Here are the best piano websites.
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.
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 […]