A panel of professional musicians weigh in on what it takes to make the leap from garage jams and bedroom concertos to real venues, playing for real people.
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An exclusive interview in which Robinson talks about his new solo LP and reveals how the destruction of his prized guitar collection proved to be a turning point.
Touring is part of life for many musicians. Love it or hate it, if you plan to “make it” in this business, you’ll probably do a lot of it. Once the novelty wears off, it can get challenging - from strange smells in the van to crazy people in the crowds to very questionable motel rooms - so how do you deal?
The Isley Brothers guitarist talks about his gear, career, and living with Hendrix
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.
Turn on the radio in any major city. Start rolling through the stations, and notice where you hear the distinct sounds of the banjo. The first instance will probably be on a contemporary country station—maybe a Keith Urban song or the hook in Eric Pasley’s “Friday Night.” Next, you may hear picking on the oldies or classic rock station, an Eagles song or some Neil Young. What may surprise you is hearing the banjo on contemporary pop, and even college or alternative rock stations. From Mumford and Sons to Bon Iver, the banjo is popping up in new and unusual places.
Check out four amazing musical prodigies in performance, and learn from educators what you can do to help your future musicians grow their skills.
The prolific bassist talks about his gear, career, and new album
Music is extremely powerful. From the time we are in our mother's womb, it molds and shapes us, affecting our development and mood. Later in life, music reflects and alters our emotions in a way nothing else can. One real way that music changes lives is by helping to heal past trauma and even cope with mental and emotional disabilities.
30 Years Behind The Keys With Bon Jovi