First off, let’s define these two terms: Practicing is what individuals do; rehearsing is what groups do. Individuals should always practice in between their group rehearsals. Practice Nobody gets better at playing their particular instrument without practice. No one. Even prodigies must practice. Following are a few pointers that may help you practice more successfully. […]
Back to School: Choose Your Instrument and Find Your Voice
Band & Orchestra School band and orchestra instruments are divided into four categories: brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion. Following is a brief look at each one. Brass: Brass instruments make their sounds through the lip vibrations of the player, combined with the movements of a slide, in the case of trombones, or the opening and […]
Back to School: Participation in School Band, Orchestra & Chorus Offers Countless Benefits – Both in Music & Beyond
As the calendar turns to August, we begin to hear the words “back to school,” much to the chagrin of many students. This is a chance, however, for students to explore participation in their schools’ music programs, be it by playing an instrument in the band or orchestra, or by singing in the choir. MakingMusicMag.com […]
Victor Wooten’s Music and Nature Camps
In addition to being one of the premier bass players of his time, most widely known as a member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Grammy winning bassist Victor Wooten also runs a successful music camp in Only, Tennessee. Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature at Wooten Woods Retreat originally focused on teaching music to bass players. Now in its 15th year, it has accommodated all instruments—voice, horns, keyboards, and more—for at least the last six years or so.
How to Harness Technology and Promote Your Band
Long gone are the days when paper fliers and word-of-mouth served as a band or solo musician’s primary marketing tools. But with the over-saturation of social media platforms, how can you make technology work for you on a promotional level, without relying on a record label?
Band Banners 101: Make Sure Your Band Has The Best Setup
A band backdrop is a key component in your band’s marketing efforts. In fact, stage backdrops are the number one priority for a new band. A quality band backdrop or stage scrim that is well designed can make a huge impact on stage and can brand your music group effectively.
Community Video: Piqued Jacks – Indiemood Sessions
Piqued Jacks are one of the most riveting alt/funk-rock bands of brothers of the Italian indie panorama.
Community Video: Deer Park Avenue – California (Close My Eyes)
Deer Park Avenue is a rock band founded by sisters Sarah and Stephanie Snyder, musicians, music bloggers, and voting members of the Recording Academy.
Community Video: FELICITY – Hang On
FELICITY (For Fans of A Day to Remember, State Champs, Neck Deep) is praised for their highly energetic blend of Hard Rock Riffs and Pop Punk. The band is based in Orlando, Florida. Since their inception in 2013, FELICITY has grown from playing dive bars in Central Florida to touring with national touring acts all […]
Community Video: Falling Through April – Desperate Measures
Falling Through April is a five-member alternative rock band that hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. The group features Dan Candia, Dave Piontek, Mikaela Salazar, Taylor Foster and Jim Siani. They have been together since July 2011 and have toured with The Pretty Reckless, Adelitas Way, Pop Evil, Devour the Day, and Breaking Benjamin. The band has played […]