The question with jazz history is where to begin and which artists to include. After all, it is not the easiest subject to condense down into a simple but informative and fun article. There is so much to cover and discuss that a documentary filmmaker like Ken Burns should make a movie about jazz history.
One of the biggest rock n roll explosions occurred in 1954 when Elvis recorded “That’s Alright Mama.” That tune is one of the many songs in the running for the first rock song ever. This music and the dancing that came with made people concerned; they thought it might lead to the downfall of society.
New Wave tried to kill the metal… New Wave is unlike most styles of music. It’s hard to define, or even determine when it exactly came into fruition. Despite that, the evolution of New Wave had a massive effect on the music industry.
This is a topic that can seem a little overwhelming to many musicians, including those that even play transposed instruments! The good news is that like most music theory, it’s not as hard as it initially appears. The bad news is that if you play a transposing instrument you are the one that will have … Read more
As we were studying intervals you may have noticed a lot of song examples for each particular ascending or descending step quantities. After the intervals, we started stacking notes on top of each other to get chords. Once again, we realized there are only so many ways to stack these notes before we start repeating … Read more
We have reached the end of another decade! The past 10 years has been an interesting transition for music. In the West, Auto-Tune music died, Justin Bieber became cool (at least for short period), Bruno Mars made funk music funky again, then we were introduced to Billie Eilish… Say what you will about her, but … Read more
The saxophone has been through a bit of a roller coaster ride in the realm of popular music. Ever since the technological explosion of recorded music, it has made its mark on a variety of musical genres. The heyday of the sax is quite potentially the 50’s and 60’s period. During this era, the saxophone … Read more
The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Effect Pedals Setting out on a journey into the world of electric guitars is one of the most joyous life experiences one can have. After covering all the basics and learning techniques to improve your guitar skills, you’re all set to explore this world by finding out just what this … Read more
We want the funk, gotta have that funk… Ok, that’s true, almost everyone loves the funk. Even if they say they don’t, just watch their foot tap and body move when it plays. But what is funk exactly? What does it take to tear the roof off the sucker?
Advance Music Theory Chords If you think back on what you have learned about chords from lesson 1 and lesson 2, so far everything is about the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th degree of the scale. We study these first because they are the most pleasing to the ear, and therefore most of the chords … Read more