About the Voice

The voice may be the most popular and the most misunderstood instrument on the face of the Earth. You can’t just pick up a guitar and play a song without first taking a few lessons. But you can sing a song without ever taking voice lessons. Of course, most people aren’t very good singers. Just like any other instrument, there’s a technique to singing that you have to learn before you can sound good. However, unlike other instruments, the technique behind singing lies almost entirely in human physiology.

Mozart effect proved untrue by Harvard--why no one should care

Last week, a group of Harvard researchers discredited the widely held notion that exposing your children to classical music makes them smarter. In a paper titled "Two Randomized Trials Provide No Consistent Evidence for Nonmusical Cognitive Benefits of Brief Preschool Music Enrichment," published in the open-access journal PLos ONE, doctoral student Samuel Mehr and Dr. Elizabeth Spelke stated that previous studies claiming that music education increases a chlid's IQ did not utilize proper research methods.

Basic Rock Beats You Should Know--A Beginner Drum Lesson

Hey there, fellow drummers. In previous articles I've looked at two of the greatest drummers to ever hit ‘em: Bernard Purdie and John Bonham. We took a look at some of their grooves and what made them each so popular. They're great grooves, but maybe you're feeling a little overwhelmed? If so, this article is for you. What I'm about to present is a group of what I would call Basic Rock Beats, as well as a how-to for practice ideas and methods. In case you're wondering, I'm certain both Bonham and Purdie started with these grooves.

Breaking down the Purdie Shuffle--My Favorite Groove

Quick, name the most prolific drummer in the history of recorded music. Still thinking? If your answer was anyone other than Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (come on honest), I have unfortunate news for you--it's Bernard Purdie. Ok, now that we've established that, it's time to put your thinking cap back on. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Bernard Purdie?

From Martial Arts to Music: An Interview with Guitar Student Andy D.

This week we are featuring Andy D., a multi-talented student who was kind enough spend some time talking with us about his background, the guitar, and his thoughts on music. Originally from England, Andy moved to the United States to work in New York as an IT professional. He fell in love with the city and never left. We had the pleasure of hearing Andy perform at the 2013 Recital, where he wowed the audience with a solo guitar and voice version of "Landslide" by Stevie Nicks.


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