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The longer I teach, the more I am impressed with one unassailable fact: most of what becoming good or great on the guitar is about has nothing to do with “musical ability”. It has everything to do with that group of qualities loosely spoken of as “character”.

When I was 16 years old, I met a friend who enabled me to put an end to my desperate search for a classical teacher. Scott played the classical guitar, and was taking classical guitar lessons at a music school I had never heard of, but started going to immediately, where I took lessons with his teacher.

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For an up-and-coming band every gig is a vital step toward your success. Your shows are where you get the chance to prove yourself. They are your opportunity to do what you do best. A good gig can also have a ripple effect, securing you a loyal fan base and ensuring good crowds at future shows.

So when you land a gig, the key is to make it count. Hours of practice and rehearsal won’t matter unless you have a decent crowd that can go back and tell their friends how great you are. Your mission is not only to kick ass on stage–but to convince other people to come and see you. Sure, it would be nice to be able to just focus on your music and let someone else handle the promotions, but few unsigned bands have those kinds of resources. It’s up to you to get people in the door. Continue Reading »

True music fans have always had something in common, that might not be their favorite band or singer but, the one thing that every music lover has in common with other music lovers is that they at some point in their lives have wanted to play their favorite tunes at full blast.

Maybe it was because he really liked the track you were listening to or maybe because you were just in a great mood, whatever made you raise the volume of your stereo (or made you wish you could do so) is not the reason for this article however, we are going to discuss different ways that you could enjoy your favorite music at full blast without having to disturb your neighbors.

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The first ever Ovation Guitar was made in 1966 and introduced to the world as the “Balladeer” in February of 1967. Charles Kaman, an aeronautical engineer and avid guitar player, took his Martin guitar to the C.F. Martin Company to have the warped neck of his guitar fixed. While there, president of the company, Fred Martin invited Charles on a tour of the Martin factory.

While on the tour, Charles was shocked that their guitars were being made with hammers and animal glue. Since he was familiar with working with advanced woodworking equipment while he was working as a helicopter engineer, he knew right away that he could drastically improve their guitars.

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The condition of RSI is a syndrome that effects muscles, tendons and nerves in the hands, arms and upper back and is developed when muscles in these areas are kept tense for long periods of time, due to poor posture and/or repetitive motions.

The most well known repetitive strain injury is known as Carpal Tunnel syndrome, which is relatively rare among computer workers but very common among assembly line workers and guitarists.

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Turntablism is both an art and ensemble of techniques that consist of manipulating sounds and creating music by using turntables and a dj mixer.

Turntablism is intimately linked to the hip hop style DJing in the 90’s. while a dj or disc jockey is someone who simply plays records, a turntablist is someone who knows how to mix and transform songs and records using the dj mixer and the turntables.
Some of the techniques used by turntablist djs are beat matching/mixing, beat juggling and scratching, the most famous and popular one.

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James Brown: a funky legend!
James Brown, born in South Carolina , was a north-american singer, composer and music producer who was known as one of the most important and influential personalities of 20th century music.

He was a prolific songwriter and producer, who had a major role in the evolution of gospel and rhythm and blues into funk and soul. He is actually considered the father of funk.

He also had influence on many other musical genres, like rock, jazz, reggae, disco, hip hop and dance and electronic music in general.

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If you are planning on buying an Acoustic Guitar, you should know how to choose the right one to buy. There are some things you need to examine in an Acoustic Guitar and knowing what to look at will help you bring home the perfect guitar for you.

Guitar bodies typically come in the same hourglass shape, however with some variations like size, color, type of wood used, style, and its extra features. The commonly used acoustic guitar is the folk style guitar that you often see get played at parties and campfires, the same type common in music groups and church choirs.

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Funk is a style that emerged in the 60’s and it has its stylistic origins in soul music.

Funk was born from the mixing of soul music with other music styles like R&B, Rock, Jazz and psychedelic music. It’s main reference is undoubtedly James Brown and his musicians Maceo Parker and Melvin Parker.

The funk genre is well recognized for its syncopated and dancing rhythms, groovy basslines and the common use of saxophones, clarinets etc..

Black north American musicians started calling funk to the music which had a slower, looser rhythm and was often accompanied with repeated singed phrases.

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Percussion is the most tribal and primitive form of music . It has been the first musical experience of men and it still remains as a fascinating form of cultural creativity .

Jack Constanzo if for many of us the number one percussionist of all times . Specially if we are talking about bongos or congas ..

The way he played these drums is unique ..and , at the time, it was completely revolutionary ! No one had ever heard percussion sounds so explosive , contagious and powerful .

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