Of course, the altissimo register really comes into its own in improvisational jazz, so if you’ve ever wanted to blow your horn like Lester Young or John Coltrane, read on!
Picks have existed from the earliest days of string instruments. There’s evidence that ancient Egyptians used picks made of stone or bone, similar to picks found today. Modern picks come in a huge variety of materials, both natural and man-made, even recycled, and in many shapes and sizes.
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Improvisation is the art of creating music on the spot and without preparation. It’s commonly seen in jazz or blues music where musicians routinely improvise solos or melody lines.
Print out this Italian dictionary in your instrument case or music bag as a helpful cheat-sheet to refer to when you’re lost in translation.
Great acoustic guitars have character and, if you’re lucky, the guitar you buy will become a cherished heirloom. But finding this heirloom may take patience, perseverance, and plenty of shopping around. It’s important to look for a guitar that is just the right match for you.
Sight reading is the ability to take a page of music you’ve never seen before and play it in time and with the correct notes and expression. That doesn’t mean it’s easy or everyone would do it. Lucky for you, Making Music is here to help with our handy guide to master sight-reading and all in 7 simple steps!