If you want to get into playing the piano, it’s a good idea to get a basic understanding of how the instrument works. Before you even sit down at the piano bench, or sign up for lessons, educating yourself about the instrument gives you a base to start from, and may even help you decide if it’s the right choice of instrument for you.
To many people, music is simply a tool for relaxation, distraction, focus, or fun. To parents, it’s often just another after-school activity that keeps their child busy. But what many people don’t realize is that, if utilized correctly, music can literally change the human brain both physically and cognitively. Scientists in areas like neuroscience and […]
The Perpetual Beginner is part memoir, part musical instruction manual. Relating stories of his experiences as a young musician and music student in 1980s New York, author Dave Isaacs describes the key lessons that shaped his musical life and how they can help any aspiring musician at any age. The title refers to the average […]
Blues Keyboard Ornamentation: Grace Notes —Extra notes & musical flourishes add interest and musical tension to help to create an authentic blues sound.
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.
The 2017 NAMM show was, once again, 4 non-stop days of overwhelming, informative fun for musicians, gear-geeks and the global business of music gear. Man, we saw a lot of gear.
A study from the University of Montreal published in Brain and Cognition showed that musical training leads to faster reactions tim