The banjo’s birthplace is Africa or colonial America, depending on where you draw the line between banjo and banjo-ish ancestor. But while we debate the banjo’s birth, we can at least agree on where it hit puberty. That happened in America in the 20th century.
Adapted from “5-String Banjo for Guitar Players” by David Brandowski, this article delves into the basics of playing banjo.
Writing good lyrical hooks takes a lot more than just a good sense of melody. One of the most common reasons a song becomes a hit is that the lyrics get stuck in the mind of the listener. Hence, incorporating rhythmic and stimulating lyrical hooks is vital to the success or popularity of any song. […]
A huge part of writing a hit song is coming up with great lyrics. Here, we give you ten steps to follow to find the perfect words for your song.
Has your band or chamber music group ever picked up some new music, excited for a fresh challenge, just to give up after a couple rehearsals, grumbling that the music is just too hard? It’s not that you’re lazy—you’re trying to work things out—but you just don’t seem to be able to make any progress. […]
In order to play slap bass, a bass player must think like a drummer –that is, to hit the strings with the thumb to get the right tone, the wrist must rotate in the same way a drummer’s wrist does when playing the traditional, or jazz, grip.
Working carefully through the exercise below will give you a firm understanding of blues bass lines basics. Then play your own grooving bass lines soon.
Guitar cables may not seem like a huge deal; however, for some, they are the only thing that differentiates between good and bad quality of the resulting sounds. Despite the difference, many musicians treat cables as an afterthought and grab the first ones that they see, without putting much thought into it. This strategy may […]