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High-Level Song Arrangement Tips: From 'Meh' to Masterpiece

Monday - Jan 22, 2018 Music Theory

So you've written a great song. Now what? Most songs call for more than simply the original skeleton of voice and piano or guitar. But just how do you arrange when you're starting with these bare bones? What do you add to the orchestration and where do you add this to the song? Here we'll […]

Managing Stage Fright: Does Practice Make Perfect?

Monday - Jan 15, 2018 Gigs & Live Performance

Anxious music students and seasoned performers are often asked, “How long do you practice every day?” Having treated many performers with stage fright, it is important to take a closer look at this question. The answer is not a simple number of hours (or, in some cases, minutes) that one practices, or even how carefully […]

Beginner Jazz Guitar for Non-Jazz Guitarists

Thursday - Jan 11, 2018 Guitar Guru

Learning to play jazz guitar might seem like rocket science to some, and while there is a world of information and approaches out there, taking things in small steps will yield the best results. Remember that music is not a competition.  It is art for its own sake. In this lesson, I'll attempt to give […]

How to Soundproof a Room for Studio Quality Recordings

Tuesday - Nov 28, 2017 Studio Recording

With advances in technology driving the cost of music recording microphones, interfaces, and computers down, everyone is building their own home recording studios. Why not, right? Why pay $500 for a 5 hour time block in your local studio when you can buy a really nice mic for the same price?  Double that and you've […]

Fletcher Munson Curve: The Equal Loudness Contour of Human Hearing

Wednesday - Nov 15, 2017 Mixing & Mastering

Working with studio headphones and monitors that feature the flattest frequency responses is important.  They reduce the possible variation our listener's will hear due to their own stereo systems, equalization preferences, and the influence of their listening rooms. Untold hours and billions of dollars have been spent in research and development in these industries alone. […]

How to Build Guitar Calluses: Take Care of Your Fingers!

Monday - Oct 30, 2017 Guitar Guru

Forget about the tall tales, the marketing schemes, and the urban legends.  Nobody wants their fingertips raw and wounded from playing guitar. Mainly because that means you have to stop playing until you heal. As a beginner, it's bad enough to need to restrict your practice time because your fingertips are tender and squishy. You […]