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Why Learning How to Improvise is So Important


Imagine asking a beginning writer to write a short story from scratch. Our writer does not yet have much experience in writing but accepts the challenge and begins to plunge ahead.

Just 3 Chords? No Way!


A student wrote me an email about the lesson "Ocean Dreams." Here it is:"Dear Edward, I can't believe that you're using just 3 chords for this piece.

How to Use the Entire Piano Keyboard


There are 88 keys on the piano keyboard. Most pianists use about 1/3 of this number most of the time.

Singing: The Tonic of Life


Most people these days would associate singing with the popular music they see and hear on the radio and tv. This can make you feel like its beyond you, like it's some form of high skill that you need to be born with.

50 Cent G Unit


His lockjaw delivery makes him look as gangsta as Marlon "the Godfather" Brando, but 50 Cent is no actor, folks. In fact, his unique articulation has to do with a hole in his jaw, the result of having taken a bullet in the face (along with eight other shots taken to the rest of his body).

50 Cent


More so than any other music since the blues, hip-hop is all about stories. And its stories are both criminal minded and grand, making them enthralling and unbelievable, but also making them only as interesting and convincing as the teller.

Recording Vocals at Home


Anyone who has recorded vocals to tape knows there is a difference between a heart-felt performance, and something that does not quite cut it! There are certain steps that I take to ensure that my own performances are the best I can muster.First and formost is get enough rest the night before.

How To Make a Fortune Teaching Piano (or Guitar, or Drums, or Singing, or?) To Beginners


"But I'm not in it for the money" you say.Me neither.

If Seals Can Sing, Why Cant You?


It sounds like a side show, doesn't it? It does to me. But it's true; researchers have discovered that some varieties of seals really do sing.

How to Stop Thinking and Start Playing


Learning how to improvise is confusing for most. The sheer number of choices becomes a burden.

Where To Download Music On The Internet


Virtually all of you have probably heard of the RIAA's quest to crush online music piracy. The illegal sharing of copyrighted songs via the MP3 format on top the Internet costs the music industry billions of dollars.

Five Great Practice Ideas I Learned From My Piano Students!


Sometimes the teacher learns more from the student than the student does from the teacher. Hopefully, not too often, but today I would like to share with you some great practicing ideas that have come from my piano students over the years:1.

Solid-Bodied Gretsch Corvette Guitar


The Solid-bodied Corvette (not to be confused with the Corvette hollow-body arch-top electric, produced from 1955-1959) was Gretsch's answer to the Les Paul Jr. by Gibson.

Guitar Humidification


Problems with humidity can lead to heartbreak for the classical (or other) guitarist. Excessive humidity or dryness can ruin an instrument probably quicker than you think.

Avoiding Injuries When Playing Guitar


To avoid any sort of injuries when playing guitar a common sense approach is recommended. Just what do I mean by that?Well, there are many simple and obvious precautions you can take that will prevent most injuries.

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New York Times

The Creator of 'Radiolab,' a Lapsed Composer, Returns to Music
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The Verge

Apple Music's latest personalized playlist is perfect for chill Sundays
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Apple Music already has a pair of personalized playlists in My New Music Mix and My Favorites Mix, and now it's launching a third to help you chill out in these trying times. Its latest personalized playlist, aptly titled My Chill Mix, will give you 25 ...
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New York Times

New 'Hamilton Mixtape' Music Video Takes Aim at Immigration
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A music video released on Wednesday for “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done),” a song off “Hamilton Mixtape,” is replete with stark political imagery and not-so subtle messaging targeting President Trump's rhetoric on immigration. “Hamilton Mixtape” is an ...
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CMT.com

Shania Twain Previews Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Exhibit
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Wearing a gold lamé suit, Shania Twain previewed her new Rock This Country exhibit at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Tuesday (June 27). The event attracted several members of the local music community including Kelsea ...

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Fast Company

Why 2017 Is The Year Of Reckoning For The Streaming Music Business
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National Geographic

In a First, Bird Uses Tools to Make Sweet Music
National Geographic
By analyzing the sequences of the beats made by the birds, Heinsohn and colleagues found the sounds were highly predictable, just like human music. And each male Heinsohn observed banging a rock or stick had a unique, yet discrete, musical style.
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Telegraph.co.uk

Georgia Van Etten performs Take My Hand in exclusive music session
Telegraph.co.uk
In 2014, the plucky Australian decided to leave her home in Melbourne with nothing more than a suitcase in an attempt to forge her musical career. The problem was she didn't have any musical connections. Fast forward three years, and she is now ...

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Variety

'BANG! The Bert Berns Story' Doc Headed to Apple Music and ...
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"BANG! The Bert Berns Story," the documentary about "Twist & Shout" songwriter and label executive Bert Berns and the music industry's early entanglements ...

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Fox News

Robotic musician 'listens' and creates his own music
Fox News
Dr. Gil Weinberg, the director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, created Shimon nearly 10 years ago, but now the robot musician has learned how to do things on his own. Weinberg's goal is to use the technology to collaborate with humans ...

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