Trumpeter/hornist Jeff Stockham recently came to the Making Music offices for what turned out to be a rather lengthy interview about his passion for historic brass instruments — both playing them and collecting them. One of the many ensembles in which Stockham plays, in fact, is The Excelsior Cornet Band, New York State’s only authentic […]
Casio America, Inc., recently announced that its new Casiotone CT-S300 and LK-S250 electronic keyboards are now available. Revamped to hit a high note with music lovers of all ages, these keyboards are ideal go-anywhere musical partners. Like the original Casiotone models from the 80s, the new CT-S300 and LK-S250 allow anyone to have fun making […]
Get started playing your favorite songs with this jam-packed video. You’ll learn the basic chords (I, IV, and V) at the heart of countless tunes, how to arrange (invert) them for maximum effect, and how to make it all come alive with rhythm and bass line. Virtually a complete course in one crystal-clear tutorial.
We are living in the golden age of affordable guitars, from entry-level beginner instruments by companies like Rogue and First Act to semi-professional low cost electrics and acoustics made by brands like Epiphone and Squier. Although you may, like many others, associate low cost instruments with low quality, time-saving manufacturing processes and cost-saving materials sourcing […]
“Groove” refers to ones ability to play in a particular style to a steady beat. Here are some top ways to help improve your groove.
Every culture keeps its own beat, and there are as many types and styles of drums across the world as there are ways to make music. Here are a few of the instruments you might encounter at a next drum circle.
The number of harmonica styles, brands, and variations can be daunting for a beginner. This guide to harmonicas can help you find the right harmonica.