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7 Fun & Unusual Songs for the String Section

Over the last month or so we've been exploring fun and popular songs for different sections of the orchestra to practice with. We started this exploration with arguably the easiest instrument to find fun songs to practice with: the guitar. From there we turned our attention to the vocalists, and gave them a few fun songs to practice their range and rhythm. After the singers, we started a stroll through the orchestra, beginning with the woodwinds; saxophone, clarinet, and flute, and some popular music that features their unique sound. Finally, last week we turned out attention to the brass section. This week we're going... << Read More >>

5 Fun Songs for the Brass Section

Over the last few weeks, we've been taking a stroll through the orchestra, talking about some contemporary or popular music that is great for learning or practicing. We started nearly a month ago with the ever popular guitar, before switching gears a little and talking with the vocalists, which might overlap a bit with the guitars. Finally, last week, we moved to a broader section of the orchestra when we talked about some popular songs for the woodwinds, specifically the flute, clarinet, and saxophone. This week we're going to continue our journey through the orchestra with a stop in the brass... << Read More >>

6 Popular Songs for Woodwinds

Over the last couple of weeks, we've been taking a look at some of the best popular songs to practice your music with. We started on this journey with the best popular songs for practicing the guitar, and last week we took a swing at a few songs to help you with your vocal practice. We're going to continue that theme this week, but rather than focus on an instrument that is commonly found in modern popular music, like the guitar or the piano, this week we're going to take a look at a section of the orchestra that most people... << Read More >>

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 >>