Music Instruction
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4 Songs to Practice Your Vocal Technique & Style

In last week's blog, we took some time to discuss a few of the top guitar songs from a variety of different genres, each of which could be used to help learn a slightly different aspect of the guitar. We're going to continue that theme this week, but switch our focus a bit. Rather than give some advice that only a segment of readers might be able to use (like talking about a specific instrument), this week we're going to explore some songs for practicing your vocals! Now, I know, not all our readers are aspiring singers, but everyone sings, even if... << Read More >>

Branch Out: The Top Guitar Songs for Different Genres

The guitar is easily one of the most popular and common instruments to have ever been invented. And it certainly helps that it also happens to be one of the most versatile instruments, and in today's music, it can be found it nearly every genre imaginable. Most guitarists, and musicians in general, pick a genre or two, and mostly stick to it. But there can be a huge advantage to branching out and trying things that you might not have originally thought were for you. Even if you don't stick to some of the genres that aren't your favourites, so much... << Read More >>

Happy (Belated) Piano Day 2018!

Every (non-leap) year, the 88th day of the year falls on March 29th. The piano has 88 keys on all. And so, that day was chosen by German pianist and composer Nils Frahm to be Piano Day. The idea was conceived “to celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers, and most important, the listener.” The point of the yearly event is “to create a platform for piano related projects in order to promote the development of musical dimensions and to continue sharing the centuries-old joy of playing piano.” It doesn't matter what kind of piano player you are... << Read More >>

What’s the Difference Between Mass-Produced & Custom-Made Instruments?

For as long as there has been music, there have been those who have built the instruments. The first people to do this might have just had a good eye for sticks, or had a talent for preparing hide in just the right way. Over the centuries, though the methods for creating instruments have changed, the job is still around. For most of that time, instruments have been handmade, for the simple reason that there was no other way to do it. The skills were passed down through the generations, from master to apprentice, and instruments could be custom made, both... << Read More >>

Acoustic vs. Electric Instruments: The Endless Debate

Ah, the age old question, which is better, acoustic or electric instruments? This argument resembles a few ongoing debates in today's culture: digital vs. analog technology, MP3s vs. vinyl, The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, etc., etc., etc.. Like all of these, this argument will never be resolved, and the fun is in the debating! The actual question that's being asked here is: natural sound, or artificial? Or even better, what do we want to accomplish with the music we make? Although acoustic instruments were the only option for the vast majority of human history, and electric instruments only really started to... << Read More >>

6 Important Roles in the Recording Studio

Writing a song, and then playing it, are only two parts of the entire process that goes into recording a piece of music. Once you get into the recording studio, you'll see that the endeavor takes a few more people in a few more roles than you might have thought. And if you intend to record your own music, you'll most likely have to take on a few of these roles all by yourself. But all these people think differently, and working together, they can create something new and wondrous. But who are they, and what is it they do? The Artist That's... << Read More >>

The Evolution of Musical Instruments

As we've pointed out here time and time again, music has always been an integral part of human history. In fact, music is so important to human societies that it actually pre-dates human history. The first instruments likely began as pairs of stick clapped together to give a beat for dancers to move to or for oral storytellers to weave their tales. Unfortunately, we'll likely never know the exact origins of our music making, as most of the earliest instruments would have likely been made from materials that would eventually decay over time, like animal skins and wood. That being... << Read More >>

4 Ways Music Lessons Have Changed

For pretty much all of human history, if you wanted to learn to play music you basically had two options available to you: take a class or lessons, or learn on your own. Over the centuries, these options have changed a little in flavour, but have basically remained the same. What I mean by that is whether is was in prehistory, and the teacher was trying to teach a certain rhythm on tribal drums, the 18th century when nuns were slapping the backs of piano student's hands, or just 20 years ago when you tried to teach yourself guitar with... << Read More >>

The Evolution of Recording Music

Music has been an important part of pretty much every human culture since pre-history. But in those earliest days, you had to actually be in the presence of the musicians in order to hear any music at all. Without any methods for transporting or reproducing a musical performance, it was an entirely live experience for centuries. Today, we can carry around the specific performances of dozens, if not hundreds of musical artists in our pockets. And, in fact, with the advent of streaming services, we now have access to almost any recording ever made, anywhere, all at the touch of... << Read More >>

What Explains Vinyl’s Reappearance?

Who doesn't love a comeback story? And over the last few years, it sort of seems like a lot of the old analog favourites are trying to make a comeback in an increasingly digital world. Things like physical books, board and card games, and of course, the humble vinyl record have all enjoyed a little bit of a resurgence, despite being basically obsolete technology. But why? Why would someone pay $20, or more, for a second-hand hunk of scratchy, melted, plastic disc that can only be played on an expensive, troublesome turntable, especially when they could stream the same album in glorious... << Read More >>