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Health and Beauty Tips for Your Brass: Keep It Shiny!


Did you know that the health and beauty of your brass instruments require extra special attention? It's true-their wellbeing and happiness depend upon it. While we're not talking about putting your tuba on a weight-loss program or taking your trumpet to the spa for a makeover, you do need to treat your brass instruments with care or they'll refuse to come out and play. So, grab that brass and get ready for a workout-it's time to clean!

Who?s Playing What? A Guide To The Guitars Of The Pros


Eric Clapton performs his slow-handed magic on his. Even with just nine fingers, Jerry Garcia kept countless Deadheads dancing as he played with his. At the mere sight of his, the King of Rock-n-Roll could make a grown woman faint. Of course, I?m talking about guitars. Professional musicians have been stroking and strumming, picking and playing the world?s greatest guitars and making the world?s greatest music. If you want to play like the pros, you?re going to need to know what guitars are rocking their worlds.

Turn It Up: Plugging Into The Perfect Guitar And Amp Settings


Yowza! Did you hear that hideous noise? It sounded like a combination of nails on a chalkboard, a cat in a dryer, and a baby wailing at the top of his lungs. Do you have any idea of what made that awful sound? As a long-time musician, I think I may have the answer for you. It's a guitarist fiddling for the first time with his new amp.

How to Compose Your Own Music Using 8-bar Phrases


Some people think composing is this miraculous thing that only genius's do. What a myth! It's a skill that can be learned. What can't be learned is the intuition that guides the creative force. What can be learned is the technique. And the most important part of composing technique has to do with THINKING IN PHRASES.

Oh My Aching Head! Can Music Really Make You Feel Better?


We all know, if only instinctively, that music has a profound effect on us. If we didn?t believe that music affects us then singing lullabies to calm children and help them sleep wouldn?t be universal. In reality melody, harmony, and rhythm probably impacts the human brain in ways that are far more profound than we realize. We all know that an up tempo melody from our favorite performer stirs and energizes us just as a slower melody can help us relax or even prompt sad emotions from the depths of our soul, but did you know that evidence has been found linking the merging of melody, harmony, and rhythm with pain management?

Is Your Child Struggling in School? Get Him (Or Her) Music Lessons


This is counterintuitive, I know. Our natural response to seeing our child struggle is to find a way to help, not to add to the burden. If a child is struggling, why should we risk setting them up for failure in music lessons?

Learn To Play The Piano Better By Learning To Arrange Chords & Chord Progressions


Piano arranging is the process by which you take a written piece of music and rework it with chords, adding new bass accompaniment, fills, or even slightly altering the song's structure. And while it's a process that takes years to truly master, anyone with a basic education in piano and a working knowledge of a few key techniques can create an inventive, satisfying arrangement. It all boils down to one thing: chord recognition. And anyone who plays a little piano can learn piano chords to add excitement to their piano playing.

Playing The Piano Using Chord Symbols Instead of Being Tied To The Written Sheet Music


Piano improvising and arranging is an art but definitely not a science. It is all based on chords and chord progressions. There aren't any steadfast rules for creating an arrangement, nothing to dictate the limitless potential of your imagination. Musicians learn to arrange by simply arranging ? and improvise by improvising -- over and over again. It's a big game of trial and error. But it?s also a scientific method: you keep the experiments that work, and abandon those that don?t work.

Piano Playing Your Way: How To Have More Fun Playing The Piano Than You Ever Have Before


Piano playing doesn?t have to be boring. There?s no law that says you have to play a song the same way everyone else plays it. By learning some basic music theory and chord formations, you can have the time of your life playing music like you?ve always wanted to.

Learning How To Improvise


Those of you who have been reading my articles for some time now know that I believe improvisation to be the cornerstone of musical creativity. Why? Because without the ability to just play, we become stifled and the "real" music that is within each of us withers and dies.

Piano Lessons For Adults: More Fun, Easier, & Faster Than Piano Lessons For Kids


Piano lessons for adults is generally LOTS more fun than it is for kids, primarily because the only adults that play piano are people who really want to, which is certainly not true of most kids that take piano lessons because their parents want them to.

Piano Playing For Adults: More Fun Than Sex And Not Nearly As Dangerous!


OK, so I lied about the fun part.

Dont Go Tubthumping


I have always had a big problem with my addiction to music. I tend to hear I song I like, then rush out to the local record store to buy the CD, without consideration for whether or not I would actually like the rest of the songs on the set. After years of this habit, I have amassed a huge CD collection, but I have been left with many one-hit-wonder discs that I no longer listen to and just gather dust while taking up space in my small apartment (anyone else fall for the infectiousness of Chumbawumba?s ?Tubthumping? back in the ?90s only to find the rest of the CD less than appealing?). I know I am not the only one with this infliction I like to call ? Itchy Trigger Finger Music Purchasing,? and we all could use some help in weeding out the now-undesirables to make room for hopefully wiser purchases in the future.

Be Your Own DJ - Digital Audio Processing Tools Overview


SoundEdit Pro http://www.deprice.com/soundeditpro.htm

How to Create Hip, Mature and Lush Harmonies


Rarely is a chord played with its tones contained in a single octave, the root on the bottom, the third in the middle, and the fifth on the top.

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