How To Dress Up Naked Music On The Piano

What in the world is "naked music?"You know it when you hear it, but the words that describe it sound strange, don't they? We've all heard of popular music and rock music and gospel music and jazz music, but naked music?Naked music is simply the notes on a piece of... Read More

New Age Music - How Its Made

Different styles of music have different "sounds." We can all pretty much agree on that point. For example, Jazz uses seventh chords almost exclusively. This, and the kind of chord progressions used in Jazz gives it its unique flavor. But what about new age music? Does it have it's own... Read More

A Brief History of Gongs

The gong is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. Archaeologists have unearthed gongs built almost four thousand years ago. No wonder when we hear a gong we feel like we are being touched in our soul.The earliest written mention of the gong was in China in the... Read More

Born into musical family, Michael Jackson is as big as ever today

Michael Jackson was born Michael Joseph Jackson on August 29, 1958 (making him 47 as of year 2005) to Joseph and Katherine Jackson in Gary, Indiana. He was the seventh of nine siblings. The Jackson family was raised as Jehovah's Witnesses and practiced door-to-door evangelization. Despite being known as the... Read More

Recording Vocals at Home

Anyone who has recorded vocals to tape knows there is a difference between a heart-felt performance, and something that does not quite cut it! There are certain steps that I take to ensure that my own performances are the best I can muster.First and formost is get enough rest the... Read More

Jazz Yatra

Jazz is arguably the most argumentative form of music (even has diminished and argumented chords). So at the outset let me present my side of the argument. Jazz is musical improvisation, right? Indian classical music is improvisation, still right? Granted Indian music does not have the harmonies of the west.... Read More

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... Read More

Review: Audioslave - Out of Exile

Every once in a while a band comes along that really changes the way you perceive music, for me one of these bands was Rage Against the Machine. I'll be the first to admit that I, like most angsty teenagers was lured into Rage's music by their anti-authoritarian songs, and... Read More

Anglican Arrogance: Small-Minded Choirmembers

What is "Episcopal" music?We often hear people express concern about losing ties to our Anglican heritage, which dates back about 500 years. One area that draws attention is music. To approach the question of what is official Episcopal music, we might look to our own denominational hymnbook, The Episcopal Hymnal... Read More

Creating Caverns - an Improvisation Exercise

In a recent post to my Yahoo group, I mentioned that I created the piece "Caverns" using one chord. I'd like to explain how I accomplished this.First off, Caverns is an improvisation exercise. Certain things I knew about this piece. One being technique. I knew that my left hand would... Read More

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How to Play What you Feel

Many students think that being able to play what you... Read More

Live Music!

"Live music." That common saying may contain some truth, but... Read More

The Art Of Practicing - How To See Real Results

I have always believed that success, in practically any subject... Read More

Common Thoughts That Kill Inspiration

Do you sit down at the piano and feel anxiety... Read More

Win Friends & Influence People Through Music -- Is It Possible?

The idea that studying music improves the social development of... Read More

Vintage Guitar Collectors Can Still Find Deals

If you're a recent vintage guitar collector, the stories you've... Read More

Eminem: A Social Commentator

In an interview given to Musik Magazine in 2000, Eminem... Read More

5 Sure Fire Ways to Get Radio Play for Your ?Independent? Music!

You have to find radio airplay time if you're going... Read More

Music Making as Spiritual Experience

If you've been playing piano for some time, you may... Read More

Why You Cant Play Piano

It's really not your fault. You see, you've been taught... Read More

How the Internet Helps Musicians

Everyone talks about the negative impact of the Internet on... Read More

Formal Highland Attire: The Correct Wearing of the Kilt; the National Dress of Scotland

We don't simply wear a theatrical costume; we wear the... Read More

Performing, Whats the Big Deal?

Performance anxiety is not something that only happens to musicians,... Read More

How To Play Guitar Like a Pro!

Having taught the guitar for many years, I see the... Read More

Music Industry Secrets Revealed - How To Become Succesful The Music Industry Without A Record Deal

Before the internet, unsigned music artists couldnt make a living,... Read More

Why Learning How to Improvise is So Important

Imagine asking a beginning writer to write a short story... Read More

Structure Of A Successful Music Website

Ideally each page of your website should serve a specific... Read More

Shut Up And Sing

What is it with these performers and their politics? Do... Read More

1973 Interview with Paul McCartney - Forming Wings

July 6, 1973 Birmingham EnglandSteven: Has it been difficult for... Read More

Interview With Josh Epstein of Vision Music USA

Vision Music USA is a proactive and progressive music service... Read More

How to Create Interesting Textures

A lot of new age piano music consists of repeating... Read More

Musicians Injuries: OUCH, It Hurts When I Play (But Please Dont Tell Me To Stop!)

This article takes a look at musicians' injuries. For an... Read More

SOUNDS GOOD TO ME - Eliminate Throat Tension

As a vocal coach, I hear it all the time.... Read More

Does Your Band Need a Manager?

New bands looking to book gigs and establish contacts often... Read More

College Radio: The Most Important Radio Level for Musicians

For the self-promoting independent artist, the idea of taking on... Read More

Guitar Performance - Make The Most of It!

Getting ready for any type of guitar performance can be... Read More

How I Compose a Piece of Music

A number of people have asked about my own methodology... Read More

Arranging for New Age Piano

A while back, I wrote an article that compared flower... Read More

How Many Chords Are There, Anyway?

Since chords (the main component of harmony) are one of... Read More

Home Run Gigs

Are you still playing your heart out to small audiences... Read More

Getting Rhythm - Three Tips for Guitar Beginners

If you are just starting out learning guitar one of... Read More

The Bagpipe and Its History

You may have heard that bagpipes are a Scottish invention;... Read More

The Life and Music of Beatle George Harrison

Propelled into fame as one of the Beatles, along with... Read More