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Drumming Up Conversation

Drumming Up Conversation

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Regardless of your specific drumming ability and the type of music that you play, buying a drum set is a big decision. It is easy to either keep it too simple, pick up a three- or five-piece drum set, and just not think about it again, or to make things too complicated by getting wrapped up in the dozens of decisions that you can make about various types of equipment. Whether you are in the process of buying your first drum set or you're interested in upgrading a few key components, you can get some great insight about drum gear from some professional drummers.

Philip Sayce: Creating Music from the Roots Up

Philip Sayce: Creating Music from the Roots Up

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A couple of bars into the title track from Philip Sayce's 2013 album, Steamroller, and the guitarist-singer's musical legacy becomes clear. Shades of Hendrix and Stevie Ray abound, as do a host of other arena-rock acts of the 1970s.

But with continued listening, what emerges is the portrait of a young gun bristling with confidence and chops who's building a career and a sound on some very worthy role models. His songs have a maturity and artistic vision that reflect the diversity of the supporting roles Sayce has notched on his belt. Stints with Melissa Etheridge, Jeff Healey, and Kid Rock DJ Uncle Kracker have all been digested, and now help inform his powerful guitar technique, stage presence, and songwriting skills.

Vocal About It: Wise Words from Singers

Vocal About It: Wise Words from Singers

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Many singers and performers have found success on their own terms in today’s music world. They draw from their own influences and their own unique experiences to write, record and perform music and to share their voice. These artists have offered some words of wisdom and advice, as well as some thoughts on choosing suitable microphones for studio and stage.

Mic Check

Mic Check

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Microphones can be one of the most crucial (and under-valued) elements in a musician’s rig. The right microphone can capture a vocal or instrumental performance in just the right way, and allow the performer’s voice or instrument to shine in both live and studio settings. Selecting the right mic for the job might seem a complicated task. Much like guitar players will own multiple guitars, many musicians and producers will amass quite a collection of microphones throughout their career, favoring different mics for different applications. However, choosing a microphone doesn’t have to be a challenge.

Tico Torres of Bon Jovi

Tico Torres of Bon Jovi

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The Backbeat of Bon Jovi

Struck by a Chord: Keyboardists Sound Off

Struck by a Chord: Keyboardists Sound Off

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There are countless options available for someone in the market for a keyboard. Size, weight, style, features, ports, price, and effects are all important considerations in a new keyboard, and there are many options in each category. Where do you start? What should the priority be?

Beginning and Bonding with the Ukulele

Beginning and Bonding with the Ukulele

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Looking to pick up the ukulele? Many seasoned players have experience and ideas to get you started on the right chord. Getting started is easy - but don't let that limit where you can take the ukulele. You may find yourself at a lot of great events with more new friends that you can count.

Four Strings of Happiness: Tales of the Ukulele

Four Strings of Happiness: Tales of the Ukulele

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The ukulele was born in Hawai’i, a modification of a guitar-like instrument called the machete that had been brought to the islands by Portuguese immigrants in the late 19th century. Today, the ukulele continues to grow in popularity for many reasons. As an easily portable instrument with an affordable entry level price, it is accessible to many. Its design makes it easily to learn, with beginners able to enjoy the satisfaction of playing a complete song quite quickly.

David Bryan of Bon Jovi

David Bryan of Bon Jovi

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30 Years Behind The Keys With Bon Jovi

Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi

Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi

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Still Rocking The Road After 30 Years

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