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Part two in a great tutorial on syncopation, by Tom Hoffman:
More About Syncopation builds and expands on the definitions for synocpation introduced and discussed in The Revelation Of Syncopation.
A great new article from Cheryl Hodge providing some rules and guidelines on how to best rehearse or lead a band from the perspective of a vocalist and songwriter.
If you have any comments or feedback, or would like to discuss any of the issues raised in this article please feel free to do so here
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Master of classical and Spanish guitar Marcel Tiemensma introduces and demonstrates how to play Tirando and Apoyando with practical exercises in developing your skills in this great video article.
Marcel is a Master of Guitar from Rotterdam Conservatory and the University of Utrecht with a lifelong fascination for the Spanish guitar. For over 20 years Marcel has been performing throughout Europe as wellas within the United States. He remains in demand as a studio musician as wellas by popular artists as a stage musician.
Watch out for Marcel's first tutorial for Songstuff, "Tirando and Apoyando".
Cheryl discusses good vocal technnique and a warm-up routine that she uses for practice.
Our resident drumming expert Tom Hoffman introduces Syncopation and discusses why it is so important for drummers to understand how to use syncopation. The lesson is in a mixed video and text format.
Many chord progressions in popular music are based around a formula whose basis can be found in the Harmonized Major Scale. Of course there are exceptions to the rule but generally if you become familiar with how to Harmonize the Major Scale you can use this to good effect in the basis of your playing.
We're building a refernece library of Bass Guitar articles covering all stages from beginner to advanced. To help Graeme hone his articles for your needs and interests please leave a comment here:
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In this the 3rd part of a 3 part tutorial on crash cymbals, Crash Cymbal Drills For Skills introduces 2 exercise to hone your crash cymbal skills. The lesson is presented in a mix of text and video.
You can catch up on the previous parts easily by visiting the following links:
We have an large and growing collection of music business articles and interviews. A useful reference and learning tool full of enlightening tips, observations and anecdotes.
Hecklers in the audience can put you off your performance, and ruin the performance for the rest of the audience. In this article Cheryl gives some suggestions for dealing with hecklers and some anticipated responses.
Two articles have been updated:
Recording engineer and musician Graeme Young writes in detail about the compressor, typical controls and uses in recording music.
Graeme Young explains the mysteries of reverb, echo and delay in a recording environment, and gives some background to the origin of the words. A must read for all aspiring engineers and producers.
Temperament affects the tuning of musical instruments. Graeme provides some background information on temperament, intonation and pitch. He also and presents the formula used in the calculation of note positions and in particular explores the notion of imperfection within the system.
Pitch perception and good pitch control are skills that you can develop and improve. In this article Cheryl provides a way to detect and improve the pitch of your vocals.
To get a manager, or not, that is the question. In this article Cheryl talks about the pros and cons of managing your own music career and compares that with having a dedicated manager.
What Operating Systems do you currently use for making music? With new machines and OS available it's time to catch up with what people are using, and what they think of those OS.
So, we've created a poll! Stunning I know... Come along and vote!
Ok so you love AmpliTube 2... and you may be thinking of upgrading to the latest version, or maybe you are considering buying AmpliTube for the first time. This article is an in-depth review of AmpliTube 3, from IK Multimedia, by John Moxey. Building on the reputation of AmpliTube 2 this simulated amplifier environment modeling software has a lot to live up to.
This is the second part of the cymbal skills tutorial by Tom Hoffman. It looks at using staccato crashes and 2-handed crash cymbal technique.
In this text and video tutorial Graeme Carswell introduces and demonstrates 5 postitions for the G Major scale on the bass guitar.
In order to try and make it a little easier for you we've collected lots of useful drumming related content together in one place!
From percussion techniques, to rhythm, and equipment, have a browse through our list of articles, and our categorised selection of links. If you are not sure of a term, try looking it up in our Music Glossary
Visit the Drums and Percussion area and bookmark the page.
Come and discuss drums and percussion with your fellow drummers and percussionists. Let others hear your beats in a relaxed and informed community within the Songstuff Drums and Percussion Board
This is the first in a series of 3 articles looking at the role of cymbal crashes in modern drumming. This tutorial covers the fundamentals and basic technique with two example videos and accompanying text.
If you are keen to develop your songwriting skills, or simply just interact with other songwriters and musicians, our music community is the perfect place to spend some time with like minded people.
Giving and receiving feedback is a great wway to hone your songwriting skills. Songstuff has many critique boards dedicated to lyrics writing and songwriting, recording and production.
So don't hesitate, become a member today. It's free!
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