instruments

All about musical instruments, their tunes, and the people that play them.

  • John Marvin Scott
    Published 2 months ago
    3 Reasons to Start Working on Your Guitar Technique

    3 Reasons to Start Working on Your Guitar Technique

    What kind of musician are you? Are you the person who comes home from doing whatever you do, and you play your guitar as a way to decompress from the day? Or are you the person who wakes up and picks up the guitar, and spends every waking second working to become the best guitar player in their area? Maybe you're a little bit of both—who knows? But one thing that I know for sure is that there is something about your playing you want to improve.
  • Will E
    Published 3 months ago
    Everything You Should Know Before Getting Your First Piano

    Everything You Should Know Before Getting Your First Piano

    So you want to play piano. But before you can even begin to consider notes and rhythm and squiggly lines that give you migraines, you must first find an instrument to play on.
  • Simon Dupree
    Published 3 months ago
    Who Really Invented the Electric Guitar?

    Who Really Invented the Electric Guitar?

    With advancing technology, more sophisticated musical instruments became possible, and during the 20th century, peaking in the ‘60s and ‘70s, the electric guitar became an institution for musicians and a battlefield of competition among the great guitar players of the era. From Les Paul to Page and Hendrix the explosive possibilities of electric guitar reached their full potential.
  • Becky Jimenes
    Published 5 months ago
    Top 5 Tips for Practicing Guitar

    Top 5 Tips for Practicing Guitar

    Chances are, if you’re reading this, then you have already heard the timeless adage, “Practice makes perfect.” Unfortunately, sloppy practice can likewise make for sloppy imperfections; which, too often, can turn into troublesome bad habits over time.
  • Rich Monetti
    Published 6 months ago
    13-Year Old John Jay Middle School Student Makes Magic with Her Flute

    13-Year Old John Jay Middle School Student Makes Magic with Her Flute

    13-year old Rachel Rodgers of John Jay Middle School can offer an opinion on the flute player that most readily comes to mind for those of us raised on classic rock. "I've only heard him a few times," said the eighth grader of Jethro Tull, "and he's really good." Sounds a little light on the Ian Anderson, and makes you wonder what they're teaching these kids in school today?
  • Simon Dupree
    Published 6 months ago
    Five Best Starter Musical Instruments for Kids

    Five Best Starter Musical Instruments for Kids

    Over time, there have been some gifted child prodigies who have used their musical talents to dazzle people and make a name for themselves. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) is one of the most famous historical prodigies. There are many stories of how he entertained European heads of state during his tours with his sister, Maria Anna (Nannerl; 1751-1829), who was also a talented young musician. Young Mozart composed a wide range of works which include symphony, opera, and concerto, before he was ten years old.
  • Chuck Weiselberg
    Published 7 months ago
    The Korg MS20 Mini

    The Korg MS20 Mini

    Honestly, amongst my modest seven synths or so, this is my current favorite and has captivated me since it’s purchase. The filters wail, patching is powerful, and the modulation capacity is wobbly. Do not underestimate this synth for a moment. It may not be the prettiest out there, but god damn does it get the job done.
  • Eada Hudes
    Published 7 months ago
    4 Healthy Habits When it Comes to Maintaining Your Acoustic Guitar!

    4 Healthy Habits When it Comes to Maintaining Your Acoustic Guitar!

    Do you own a guitar? Do you plan to own a guitar? Either way, you already know or will soon know that it’s quite an exciting and nice feeling when you bring home one. This musical instrument gives you the power to unleash your inner emotions. It helps to bring out your musical skills and creativity -- playing your first ever song on your first ever guitar is super special. If you have already played on multiple types of guitars such as acoustic, electric etc. you may already have a favourite.
  • John Marvin Scott
    Published 8 months ago
    Why You Should Learn Alternate Tunings on the Guitar

    Why You Should Learn Alternate Tunings on the Guitar

    We've covered where standard tuning comes from in my previous post (if you haven't had a chance to read it, here it is), and in all honesty, standard tuning is surprisingly important to being able to play the guitar. When you learn to play in standard, you're continuing the tradition of chordophone instruments, the tradition of Spanish musical history, and the history of the most popular instrument in the world. That's pretty wicked.
  • John Marvin Scott
    Published 8 months ago
    Where Did 'Standard Tuning' Come From?

    Where Did 'Standard Tuning' Come From?

    How long have you been playing guitar? Some people can't even remember that far back. But what if I asked you how long you've been playing in standard tuning?
  • John Marvin Scott
    Published 8 months ago
    5 Reasons to Start Playing an Ergonomic Guitar

    5 Reasons to Start Playing an Ergonomic Guitar

    Yes, we all know that if you aren't a true guitarist if you don't play one of the "Big Four" guitars (Strats, Teles, LPs and SGs). Well, I'm here to tell you that is 100 percent FALSE.
  • Luefras WriterSpeaker-Saxophonist
    Published 8 months ago
    Saxophonist Luefras Is Redefining Love

    Saxophonist Luefras Is Redefining Love

    You will rethink the meaning of love as you listen to the inspirational sounds of Saxophonist Luefras Robinson on her latest single. Her new instrumental cover of “More than Anything” (Lamar Campbell) also features Luefras in a spoken word element. The EP —which will consist of four songs— is produced by Richard Davis of R2D Studios, Fredericksburg, VA.