Evans Level 360 Drumheads garnered a lot of buzz at winter NAMM 2013. They’re not so much a new product as new technology. Evans Level 360 fits flush with the drum’s bearing edge, resulting in faster, easier tuning, and maximum sustain across their entire line of drumheads.
In the age of hi-fidelity, lo-fi seems to be making a comeback. Vinyl records, for example, have become all the rage once again, with many artists releasing special edition LPs, in addition to standard MP3 and CD formats. It’s the warmth associated with analog, which doesn’t exist in the digital realm, that appeals to these […]
The YouRock Guitar is not a replacement to your regular guitar, but rather an addition to your collection. There are no strings on the neck, but rather raised ridges where sensors detect finger placement and respond virtually the same way as a regular guitar. It’s compatible with MIDI devices, and you can use it for […]
Behold: the latest trumpet from Conn-Selmer, showcased at the 2013 NAMM music trade show. This beautiful horn was co-designed by Jose Hernandez, the great mariachi trumpet player. If you’re looking for a bright sound with a clean staccato attack, look no further. For more information, visit the Bach website.
Looking for a fun musical crafts project? Build your own cajon drum! As much as we encourage making music, we also encourage making music instruments. Check out our video on building a cajon drum of your own, using Meinl’s Make Your Own Cajon kit.
With so many free resources online, why would you ever pay for piano lessons? Easy. Because many of the online resources are garbage. A basic Google search for “online piano lessons” returns a splurge of shoddy websites that look like they were designed on a calculator, and YouTube videos by decent pianists who tragically know nothing about video production. Lucky for you, we’ve dug through the junk, and located some buried gems. Here are the best piano websites.
On the piano, blues scale is a lifesaver. While it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the blues scale for each key, you can usually fall back on the root blues scale at just about any point in a jazz solo.
Dean Zelinsky Since he first launched Dean Guitars in 1976, Dean Zelinsky has been a go-to guitar guru for some of the biggest names in rock—Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Def Leppard to name but a few. Known as the rock star of guitar manufacturers for his innovative use of Playboy models […]
“Although we couldn’t afford piano lessons when I was in grade school, my mother bought me a John Thompson beginning piano book so I could learn on my own,” says Nawal Motawi owner of Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor, Michigan, recalling her childhood. “My mother also showed me the fingerings, bit by bit, for interesting […]