Learn new ways to play familiar chords.

August 6, 2018
Learn new ways to play familiar chords.

When was the last time you learned a new way to play a familiar chord?

It’s relatively easy to learn the primary “cowboy” chords. If we include the F chord, there are nine: A, Am, C, D, Dm, E, Em, Continue reading

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5 essential rules for accompanists

July 31, 2018
5 essential rules for accompanists

There’s an art to being a good accompanist.

To do your job well you have to be essential but invisible, because your role is to make someone else sound better. Whether you’re backing up a singer in a band or Continue reading

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Guest post: speaking of practice…

July 23, 2018
Guest post: speaking of practice…

This week, “Speaking of practice…”, a guest post from drummer Robert Crawford’s drumbad blog.

I had a drum teacher named Bill Roth.

I took lessons from him when I was 15 for only about three months because for the 15-year-old Continue reading

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Does your playing serve your writing?

July 20, 2018
Does your playing serve your writing?

Does your playing serve your writing?

If you play to write songs, of course you use the instrument as a creative tool. But do you use it in a way that both serves and stimulates your creativity?

One way of Continue reading

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What you know and why it matters

June 25, 2018
What you know and why it matters

You don’t need to know everything to play the music you want to play.

But when you know more it will help you play more things better, and thanks to the internet it’s easier then ever to find new information. Continue reading

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Three reasons why every musician should sing.

June 1, 2018
Three reasons why every musician should sing.

Your voice is your first and most natural instrument, until you learn that only some people are supposed to sing.

Most young children sing, and they learn through songs. As we get older, though, we get sorted into categories: those Continue reading

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What listening to new music can do for your playing

May 7, 2018
What listening to new music can do for your playing

Listening to new and unfamiliar music can really stimulate your playing, even if you don’t actually try to play it.

Many people only listen to music they already know. Sometimes it’s simply the comfort of the familiar, or nostalgia Continue reading

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