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The Value of Community Ensembles

The Value of Community Ensembles

I interact with scores of musicians on a daily basis. Even before my career at Long & McQuade began, I met and spoke with musicians from all lifestyles. Musicians are more common than many people think, but this discrepancy is in part due to trouble in defining the word. What is a musician? Does a musician make a living playing shows at a local venue? Is a musician one who is currently enrolled in a music related degree or diploma program? Read More Comments

Musical Motivation: 4 Reasons to Stop Making Excuses and Just Do It!

Musical Motivation: 4 Reasons to Stop Making Excuses and Just Do It!

We live in a society where we are constantly bombarded by distractions that are all competing for our attention. Case in point: you are reading this article right this very minute instead of engaging in any number of alternative tasks (the author thanks you kindly for your attention!) Read More Comments

Rhythmic Vocabulary

Rhythmic Vocabulary

Harmony, melody, rhythm; these are the three fundamental ingredients that make up the music you hear. Whether it be beautifully complex, or downright simple, it all comes down to how the musician uses these ingredients to express his or her musical ideas. Read More Comments

I Mother Earth

I Mother Earth

Over I Mother Earth’s 26-year career, the multi-platinum selling alt rock band has undergone a variety of lineup changes, notably splitting with original lead singer, Edwin and hiring Newfoundland-based Brian Byrne to take over following the band’s tour cycle for their second album, Scenery and Fish. Read More Comments

PLEK: The Best Your Guitar Can Be

PLEK: The Best Your Guitar Can Be

Whatever your playing abilities are, if you are serious about your playing it is worth asking yourself the question: Is my instrument as good as it could be? And if the answer to that question is not a resounding “yes”, then the Plek Station might be able to help. Read More Comments

Choosing Cymbals: A Guide for the Beginner

Choosing Cymbals: A Guide for the Beginner

In some ways, choosing your cymbals is a more complex endeavour than choosing your drums. While carefully choosing your drums is very important, the types of cymbals you pick will really help you to define your "voice" as a drummer. Read More Comments

Are Exams Right for My Child?

Are Exams Right for My Child?

You’ve had your child in music lessons for a little while now and everything seems to be going well. They seem to be more confident while perched on the piano bench, they know that Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge and they practice every day (well, most days). Even their teacher agrees that things are progressing positively and they make a suggestion to you one day: “Have you considered having your child complete their RCM or Conservatory Canada exams?” Read More Comments

50 Countries!

50 Countries!

People from 50 countries have given us unsolicited compliments about one of our recordings.  They range from the "thumbs up" or "heart" icon, from places where little English is spoken, to "awesome” and "How come I haven't heard of you?"  Read More Comments

Reeds, Reeds, Reeds!

Reeds, Reeds, Reeds!

Have you ever had one of those “bad reed days”? The days where every reed you try just seems to sound awful? Or you’ve just opened a new pack and it seems like each reed is too stiff and your tone is suffering because of this? You are not alone. Read More Comments

Top 10 Reasons for Learning to Play a Musical Instrument

Top 10 Reasons for Learning to Play a Musical Instrument

Here are our top 10 reasons why you should start learning to play a musical instrument. Read More Comments

The Benefits of Music Lessons Later in Life

The Benefits of Music Lessons Later in Life

Like many people, I took music lessons in school.  Several years of clarinet, a few years of singing. I enjoyed it but my talent level determined that it certainly wasn’t going to be a career for me.  Once university began, music became something that I enjoyed listening to or singing along with in the car. Read More Comments

Cause and Effect – Building a Pedalboard

Cause and Effect – Building a Pedalboard

When it comes to guitar players, gear placement is a topic that pops up on a regular basis.  Whether it’s finding that sweet spot when miking a speaker cabinet, having that amp at the right angle so it projects well, or daisy-chaining effect pedals and rack gear to mold your tone of choice, placement is paramount. Read More Comments