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Acoustic Guitar Pickups

Acoustic Guitar Pickups

An important consideration when buying an acoustic guitar is whether you want it to come equipped with microphones, pick-ups, tuners, or other built-in electronics. This article will help answer some necessary questions. Read More Comments

Guitar Care Guide

Guitar Care Guide

Guitars require adjustments on a regular basis to maintain proper playability and performance. A guitar setup is a complete adjustment and calibration of the entire instrument to ensure that it is as playable and as responsive as possible. Read More Comments

GoPro Cameras - New Perspectives in Video Recording

GoPro Cameras - New Perspectives in Video Recording

These days, with compact and versatile cameras like the GoPro, musicians can easily promote their music online with not only live performance and music videos, but also more personal and intimate studio outtakes and tour documentaries. Read More Comments

Health and Safety - Hearing Protection for Musicians

Health and Safety - Hearing Protection for Musicians

Health and safety issues aren’t much fun to think about, but are of crucial importance for anyone who wants to continue enjoying music. Amongst the risks faced by musicians hearing loss is without doubt at the top of the list. Read More Comments

PAs and Sound - Powered VS Unpowered Speakers

PAs and Sound - Powered VS Unpowered Speakers

When it comes to compact and portable PAs, the simpler the better, and most smaller systems nowadays employ powered speakers, with the amplifiers, crossovers, and other electronics neatly contained the speaker cabinet. Read More Comments

Strings Attached - A Guide to Acoustic Guitar Strings

Strings Attached - A Guide to Acoustic Guitar Strings

It's important to choose the right kind of strings for your guitar. This guide is intended to help you understand the different types of strings so you can get your instrument sounding its absolute best while improving playability. Read More Comments

12 Music Films to Watch

12 Music Films to Watch

Movies help to unify us as a society. The universal themes explored in the stories teach us empathy, and illuminate our values and dreams. Here's my list of Top 12 music related films to watch again and again. Read More Comments

Guitar Effects 101

Guitar Effects 101

Everybody likes gadgets, and guitarists are no different. What starts as a quest for the perfect lifelong guitar might well end in an impressive collection. The most fun you can have, though, is with a multitude of coloured effects pedals. Read More Comments

How To Run a Band Rehearsal

How To Run a Band Rehearsal

Every band needs to rehearse. That should go without saying. But some young bands might not fully appreciate what is needed to run a proper band rehearsal. So here are some pointers for getting the most out of your band rehearsals. Read More Comments

How To Drum Without Risking Eviction

How To Drum Without Risking Eviction

It is 10 pm. You are bored and there is nothing on TV. You eye your drum kit that is set up in the corner. Your heart rate goes up, palms get sweaty. You grab a pair of sticks and proceed to play the groove from the song Sober, by Tool. Read More Comments

Teaching Music to the Blind

Teaching Music to the Blind

I have been a music teacher for over half my life. It is something that runs in my blood; my mother and I teach out of the same studio in Mississauga. This past year I spent time working with and teaching music to blind children in Thailand. Read More Comments

Hybrid Drumming

Hybrid Drumming

Hybrid is hot right now. Everything is a hybrid of some kind. Add a sample pad to your kit. Trigger your bass drum. These little steps will take your playing and your band to a whole new level. Let’s take go back in time to the experimental time of the 1980s Read More Comments

Portable PAs: Big Sound in a Small Package

Portable PAs: Big Sound in a Small Package

When it comes to buying or renting a PA, whether you are looking for a single microphone system for a speaking engagement, or a full rig for a wedding or dance hall dust-up, the less you have to worry about the better. Read More Comments

Review: Warm Audio Tone Beast

Review: Warm Audio Tone Beast

"Open slowly,” it says on the packing. “Don't startle the beast. This unit bites back." So carefully … I peel away the packaging … revealing a Warm Audio TB12 tone shaping microphone preamp, aka the "Tone Beast". Read More Comments

Three Great – and Affordable – Acoustic Performance Guitars

Three Great – and Affordable – Acoustic Performance Guitars

In my experience, when buying a guitar, I have found that you don’t have to spend a mint to get a great instrument. Most of the guitars in my own collection cost less than a thousand dollars – and many of them are gems. Read More Comments

Questions to Ask When Buying an Acoustic Guitar

Questions to Ask When Buying an Acoustic Guitar

I have sold acoustic guitars at Long & McQuade for years, and have been asked many very good questions from customers – questions that you should ask yourself before buying your next guitar. Read More Comments

Acoustic Guitar Guide: Aren

Acoustic Guitar Guide: Aren't all guitars just ... guitar shaped?

At first glance, acoustic guitars can look pretty much all the same. But in fact they come in all sorts of sizes, styles and shapes, which can have a dramatic effect on volume, tone, and playability. Read More Comments

Why The P-bass Will Never Retire

Why The P-bass Will Never Retire

What is there to say about the Fender Precision Bass that hasn’t already been said? It’s been around since forever, and it is the stuff of legends. If there’s an industry standard for electric basses, the long, lean, P-for-Perfectly-balanced Fender is it. Read More Comments

Gifts for the Saxophonist who has Everything

Gifts for the Saxophonist who has Everything

To a saxophonist, everything about their horn down to the finest detail, is sacred. Needless to say, a player wants only the best for their precious instrument. Here are five great gifts that any saxophonist will go crazy for! Read More Comments

Top 5 Gift Choices for Drummers

Top 5 Gift Choices for Drummers

With the holidays fast approaching, a common question we hear behind the music shop counter is "what do I get my little drummer boy or girl?" Here are some gift suggestions for drummers that are both useful and fun! Read More Comments

The One-Man Bandwagon: Loopers Come of Age

The One-Man Bandwagon: Loopers Come of Age

No longer expensive, cumbersome and notoriously unreliable, loopers have become an increasingly useful and affordable tool. The ability to record and play back music loops is just the beginning of what today's loopers have to offer. Read More Comments

Classical Guitars 101

Classical Guitars 101

When you hear the term "acoustic guitar", it usually refers to steel string instruments, favoured by folk, blues, and rock guitarists. Nylon-string classical guitars produce a soft, smooth sound, and are used to play all sorts of genres. Read More Comments

Acoustic Guitars 101

Acoustic Guitars 101

Many guitar-making pioneers got their start in the cabinet-making business, raiding old furniture for their materials, and while you aren't likely to find old teacups rattling around inside, an acoustic guitar body is akin to a sealed wooden dish cabinet.  Read More Comments

Sound: The Foundation of Music

Sound: The Foundation of Music

How do we produce a sound?  How do we move air to generate a musical sound?  Depending on the instrument, we breathe in, breathe out – vibrating our vocal cords; hitting resonant surfaces; plucking strings; or drawing a bow across strings. Read More Comments

How To Play Electric Guitar Without Risking Eviction

How To Play Electric Guitar Without Risking Eviction

Following up on a previous blog post, How To Drum Without Risking Eviction, let’s not neglect that other common neighbour-rousing art, the electric guitar. Let’s look at a few ways you can still kick out the jams without losing the roof over your head. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Gretsch Drums - New Kits and Snares

NAMM 2016: Gretsch Drums - New Kits and Snares

Here is the new 2016 lineup, including black hammered steel, bronze, and copper models, Catalina Club and revamped Renown RN2 kits. This article features products from our latest Namm Show series. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Paiste Cymbals

NAMM 2016: Paiste Cymbals

Let's talk about the new Black Label Big Beats cymbals, Danny Carrey ride, Formula 602 crash, and more. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Mapex Drums – Storm and Saturn V Series Kits.

NAMM 2016: Mapex Drums – Storm and Saturn V Series Kits.

David Lawrence of Mapex demos the company’s latest Storm Series poplar drums kits, which replaces the Voyager series. Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun talks about what he loves about his Mapex Saturn V drums. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Yamaha Recording Custom kit, alloy snares, and DTX electronic drums

NAMM 2016: Yamaha Recording Custom kit, alloy snares, and DTX electronic drums

Sean Browne shows off  Yamaha’s Recording Custom kit re-issue, as well as 7 new metal alloy snares, the new DTX-760K electronic kit with larger tom pads on the toms, and mutable three-zone cymbal pads. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Sabian XSR and HH Vanguard Cymbals

NAMM 2016: Sabian XSR and HH Vanguard Cymbals

Product Specialist Mark Love talks about Sabian's 2016 lineup, including the new XSR pro cymbal series. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Vic Firth New Products

NAMM 2016: Vic Firth New Products

Here is the new Signature Drum Set Drumsticks, Marching Drumsticks, the Steve Gadd Practice Pad and Keyboard Mallets. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Zildjian S Family and A Avedis Collection

NAMM 2016: Zildjian S Family and A Avedis Collection

A tour of the Zildjian booth at NAMM 2016 with demos of the new Zildjian S Family and Zildjian A Avedis Collection of cymbals. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: New E-Drums from Alesis

NAMM 2016: New E-Drums from Alesis

Alesis unveils it's latest flagship Strike Pro electronic drum kit, Forge & Command e-drum kits, and Sample Pad 4 module. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Roland EL Cajon

NAMM 2016: Roland EL Cajon

Roland's Jordan West demonstrates the new Roland electro-acoustic EL Cajon. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: New Guitar, Bass, and Drum Amps for Stage, Studio, and Home

NAMM 2016: New Guitar, Bass, and Drum Amps for Stage, Studio, and Home

Preview Traynor's Acoustic Master Mini Amp, Traynor DW10 Drum Amplifier, Line 6 Firehawk 1500, Fender Bassbreakers, and more. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Yamaha Electric Violins, Brass, and Winds

NAMM 2016: Yamaha Electric Violins, Brass, and Winds

Let's go ahead and take a look at a preview of Yamaha's latest band instruments. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016:  Yamaha Acoustic Guitars and Active Basses

NAMM 2016: Yamaha Acoustic Guitars and Active Basses

We preview the limited edition Yamaha 50th Anniversary FG180 Reissue acoustic guitar and the APX Travel Size Acoustic Guitar. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Grestch Streamliner and Players Edition Guitars

NAMM 2016: Grestch Streamliner and Players Edition Guitars

A tour of the new Gretsch guitars lineup at NAMM 2016, including the new Streamliner and Players Edition guitars. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Gibson Guitars

NAMM 2016: Gibson Guitars

An in-depth tour of the Gibson Memphis booth and product lineup at NAMM 2016. Highlights include the ES Les Paul Special, ES-345 in Frost Blue, ES Les Paul in Pelham Blue, the ES-335 and more! Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Gibson USA High Performance & Traditional Guitars

NAMM 2016: Gibson USA High Performance & Traditional Guitars

A tour of the Gibson USA lineup at NAMM 2016, explaining the differences between their new High Performance and Traditional lines. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Ernie Ball Music Man Guitars and Basses

NAMM 2016: Ernie Ball Music Man Guitars and Basses

A tour of Ernie Ball Music Man Guitars at NAMM 2016, including the 40th Anniversary Stingray bass, Cutlass bass, James Valentine Signature, St Vincent Signature, JP16 John Petrucci Signature with Floyd Rose tremolo, and more! Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Fender Guitars

NAMM 2016: Fender Guitars

A tour of the new Fender American Elite Series lineup, including the Fender American Elite Stratocaster with noiseless pickups, American Elite Telecaster and Thinline Telecaster, Jazz Bass, Dimension Bass and more. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Roland TD-25KV Electronic V-Drums

NAMM 2016: Roland TD-25KV Electronic V-Drums

A quick walkthrough and demonstration of the Roland V-Drums TD-25KV electronic kit. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Roland - New Analog and Digital Synths

NAMM 2016: Roland - New Analog and Digital Synths

Roland introduces the new Juno-DS 61 and 88 key synthesizers, Jupiter-8 analog synths, Roland A-01 Controller and Generator MIDI and analog CV (control voltage) interface and step sequencer, and more! Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: American DJ Stage Lighting

NAMM 2016: American DJ Stage Lighting

An in-depth tour of the American DJ booth and new product lineup, including  the XS 600, Stinger 2 IR, WiFly NE1 controller, the Airstream Bridge DMX, Asteroid 1200, Inno Pocket Spot, Crazy Pocket 8, and more. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: New Controllers and Turntables for DJs

NAMM 2016: New Controllers and Turntables for DJs

A look at the new Denon DJ MCX8000 DJ System, the Pioneer DJ Nexus 2, the Denon DJ VL12 Turntable for professional DJs, and more. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: New Microphones and Headphones for Stage and Studio

NAMM 2016: New Microphones and Headphones for Stage and Studio

Let's take a look at some new microphones and headphones for stage and studio use. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Computer Audio Interfaces

NAMM 2016: Computer Audio Interfaces

We now get to take a look at some brand new computer audio interfaces by Apogee, Appollo, M-audio, andPreSonus. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: New Sound Processors from ART, DBX, Manley, and Black Lion

NAMM 2016: New Sound Processors from ART, DBX, Manley, and Black Lion

Today we take a look at some new sound processors from ART, DBX, Manley, and Black Lion. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Keyboards and Bluetooth Controllers from ROLI, iRig, and Alesis

NAMM 2016: Keyboards and Bluetooth Controllers from ROLI, iRig, and Alesis

Today we get to take a look at the Roli Seaboard Rise 49 multi-touch sensitive keyboard controller. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: New Yamaha Home and Portable Grand Keyboards

NAMM 2016: New Yamaha Home and Portable Grand Keyboards

Yamaha's new NP12 and NP32 Piagerro Series keyboards • PSR-A3000 Arranger Keyboard • DGX-660 Portable Grand. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Vocal Processors from Boss and TC Helicon

NAMM 2016: Vocal Processors from Boss and TC Helicon

We now take a look at Boss VO-1 Vocoder Pedal with Sarah Vee and Jordan West. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Ernie Ball Expression FX Pedals

NAMM 2016: Ernie Ball Expression FX Pedals

Today we take a look at Ernie Ball's latest Overdrive and Ambient Delay FX pedals. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Yorkville Sound EXM70 Speakers

NAMM 2016: Yorkville Sound EXM70 Speakers

Today, we take a quick look at the new Yorkville Sound  EXM70 70-watt active loud speaker. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: KRK Rokit Desktop Monitors

NAMM 2016: KRK Rokit Desktop Monitors

Studio monitors showcased by KRK at NAMM 2016, including the 4-inch Rokit RP4 G3 and 10-inch RP10-3 G3 mid-field monitors.This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Soundcraft Digital and Analog Mixers

NAMM 2016: Soundcraft Digital and Analog Mixers

Soundcraft's latest SI-series 32 x 32 USB interface/digital mixer • Signature Series 10, 12, 16, and 22 analog consoles. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Line 6 Wireless Audio System and Bluetooth Amplifier

NAMM 2016: Line 6 Wireless Audio System and Bluetooth Amplifier

A look at the new Line 6 Relay G10 Wireless system and Amplifi 30 Bluetooth Amplifier. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

Classical to Country: The Polish Man in Black

Classical to Country: The Polish Man in Black

Dan is a classically trained singer who often wanders the halls singing Beatles songs and has spent his share of time rocking out. Recently we heard that Julian was commuting to Poland to sing in various venues and were curious about the connection. Read More Comments

What to do when your child doesn’t want to play in the recital

What to do when your child doesn’t want to play in the recital

After shelling out big bucks and a significant amount of time, your child adamantly decides that they do not want to play in the recital.  Sound like your house?  Don’t worry; this happens to most children at some point. Read More Comments

Five Ways to Diversify Your Musical Experience

Five Ways to Diversify Your Musical Experience

"I'm not getting any worse, but I'm definitely not getting any better...” "I'm bored"..."I don't feel like picking up my instrument...” Sound familiar? Here are a few different trick for avoiding a musical dry spell. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Value of Community Ensembles

The Value of Community Ensembles

I interact with scores of musicians on a daily basis. 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

The Traditional Tonewoods of Electric Bass

The Traditional Tonewoods of Electric Bass

The kind of wood that your bass is constructed with is the heart of its tone. While pickups, electronics, and amplification will also shape the sound of your instrument, it all begins with the wood. In the world of bass guitar creation, there are nearly limitless combinations of wood types - but today we will focus on a few of the most common to give you a fundamental understanding. Read More Comments

A Simple Way to Learn a Song in Half the Time

A Simple Way to Learn a Song in Half the Time

Most of us learn songs from the internet these days, using a combination of lyrics with chord symbols posted above the words, and YouTube videos of someone teaching the song by breaking down the various sections and demonstrating how to play them on the appropriate instrument. While these may work, here is a more simple way to learn a song in less time! Read More Comments

All About Performing Arts Festivals & Why YOU Should Enter!

All About Performing Arts Festivals & Why YOU Should Enter!

Most cities and regions have at least one annual Performing Arts Festival, open to students in the arts. You may have heard about one, but don't know what it is, or realize that it's open for anybody to participate in. We're here to give you the details and explain the benefits of taking part in one! Read More Comments

Recitals: A Little Something for Everyone

Recitals: A Little Something for Everyone

When you think “Lesson Centre Recital” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For many, it’s the image of a fun performance opportunity for really young children. While recitals are a great opportunity for youth to foster confidence in a safe, supportive space, it’s worth considering that there are actually benefits for students of all ages and backgrounds. Read More Comments

Sympathetic Snare Buzz...Symptoms, Causes And Cures

Sympathetic Snare Buzz...Symptoms, Causes And Cures

You're getting ready for sound check at your biggest gig of the year and everytime you hit your tom, your snare sizzles like a pan of frying bacon. What do you do? Find out what might be causing the buzz, whether you should fix it, and how you can in this article. Read More Comments

How to Research Recording Gear

How to Research Recording Gear

You’ve decided that you want to get into home recording; but where do you start? The recording world is very vast; every piece does something unique, and they’re all at varying price points. You know what you want to do, but you aren’t sure how to go about it. Find out how to research recording equipment so that you get the right stuff for you. Read More Comments

Eight (Holi)days a Week: How and What to Buy for the Beatles Obsessed

Eight (Holi)days a Week: How and What to Buy for the Beatles Obsessed

Ah, the Beatles. What more can be said that hasn’t been already? If you have a Beatles fan on your Christmas list, and you have no idea what to get them, read on. We’ll talk about what gear the Fab Four used and how you can find something on any budget, whether they are naughty or nice. Read More Comments

Guitar Picks: A Plethora of Plectrum Possibilities

Guitar Picks: A Plethora of Plectrum Possibilities

People often ask us what picks are best for a beginner, what pick is good for country music, or what is the BEST pick. Picks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and materials. This article will enlighten and educate you on the humble plectrum and how it can be the most important part of your tone. Read More Comments

Guitarist Gift Guide: The Essentials

Guitarist Gift Guide: The Essentials

Still need the perfect gift for that picky guitar player? This article has some great ideas that will aid you in your search for the gift that should be on the wish list of even the most persnickety of guitar players. We focus on the bare essentials that any guitar player, from newbie to pro, will appreciate. Read More Comments

Creatively Applying Robust Music Notation

Creatively Applying Robust Music Notation

Students are growing up in the most connected world ever, where technology makes communication, collaboration, and creativity possible at all levels of music education. How do we integrate intriguing and engaging lessons into our programs in the world of ever-changing technological tools? One answer is Noteflight! Read More Comments

6 Things to Consider BEFORE You Sit Down to Practice

6 Things to Consider BEFORE You Sit Down to Practice

It's the new year and you've made some resolutions. Maybe one of them was to start learning a new instrument or to play your instrument a bit more. Here are 6 things you should consider before sitting down to practice. Read More Comments

Sounding Your Best on Stage: A Guide for Singers

Sounding Your Best on Stage: A Guide for Singers

When you’re singing on stage, you want the audience to hear you at your best. It’s not just a matter of having a great voice: how that voice gets translated into amplified sound is vital to creating a polished, pleasing and professional performance. Here are a few things every singer should keep in mind. Read More Comments

NAMM 2018: Guitars

NAMM 2018: Guitars

Here's a closer look at guitars coming out this year by Ernie Ball Music Man, Godin, Charvel, Gretsch, Fender and Yamaha from the 2018 Winter NAMM show! Read More Comments

NAMM 2018: Cymbals

NAMM 2018: Cymbals

Here's a closer look at the new cymbals coming out this year by Sabian, Zildjian and Paiste from the 2018 Winter NAMM show! Read More Comments

NAMM 2018: Keyboards and Synthesizers

NAMM 2018: Keyboards and Synthesizers

Here's a closer look at all the keyboards and synths coming out this year by Yamaha, Novation, Alesis, Korg and Roland from the 2018 Winter NAMM show! Read More Comments

All About Bass Amps

All About Bass Amps

It's time to get a bass amplifier but you don't know where to start. We'll help you explore the world of bass amps and understand them better! Read More Comments

Mixing with Clarity

Mixing with Clarity

Learn a few tricks to bring out those missing details in your mix, without destroying the balance, warmth and punch you've spent hours achieving. Read More Comments

The NAMM Show 2019: Day 1

The NAMM Show 2019: Day 1

We're at the winter NAMM show again this year! On Day 1, we're taking a look at new products from Taylor, Godin, PRS, Mackie, Marshall, Gibson, Epiphone, Pearl, Fender, Jackson, Charvel, Gretsch, EVH, Alesis, Akai, Headrush, Denon and Technics. Read More Comments

The NAMM Show 2019: Day 2

The NAMM Show 2019: Day 2

We're at the winter NAMM show again this year! On Day 2, we're taking a look at new products from Martin, Dunlop, MXR, Way Huge, Ernie Ball, Ibanez, Tama, Orange, Electro-Harmonix, Mapex, Sonor, Ludwig, Zildjian, Sabian, Paiste, ProLogix, Rhythm Tech, Remo and Vic Firth. Read More Comments

The NAMM Show 2019: Day 3

The NAMM Show 2019: Day 3

We're at the winter NAMM show again this year! On Day 3, we're taking a look at new products from Cerwin-Vega, Yorkville Sound, Dynaudio, Hughes & Kettner, HK Audio, ART, IK Multimedia, Native Instruments, KRK, Stanton DJ, Allen & Heath, Radial, Tonebone, Warm Audio, Universal Audio, Cranborne Audio, Audient, Nord, Vox, Korg and Novation. Read More Comments

The NAMM Show 2019: Day 4

The NAMM Show 2019: Day 4

We're at the winter NAMM show again this year! On Day 4, we're taking a look at new products from ESP, Roland, Boss, Yamaha, Diamond, JHS Pedals, EarthQuaker Devices, Empress Effects, Eventide and Line 6. Read More Comments

The Right Cymbal For You

The Right Cymbal For You

It can be quite intimidating to walk into a music store and see rows upon rows of different cymbals hanging on the walls. You may ask yourself, “How do I know what I am looking for?” Here's a guide to help you understand cymbals a bit more. Read More Comments

Starting Out in The Wonderful World of Recording

Starting Out in The Wonderful World of Recording

One of the most terrifying things many musicians will experience is hearing the playback of their first recording. On the other hand, it can also be an essential part of your development as a musician and ultimately hugely satisfying. It's never been easier to get started recording regardless of your skill level or your budget. Read More Comments

Podcasting 101

Podcasting 101

Let’s say that you want to get in on the action of a podcast. Perhaps you know some interesting people, and you want to interview them, or you travel and you want to recount all of your stories. Do-it-yourself podcasting is on the rise, and it’s not that difficult to get started! Read More Comments

Who Are You? (Finding Your Own Sound)

Who Are You? (Finding Your Own Sound)

Your sound is your trademark. Here’s how four musical pros have developed theirs. Read More Comments

Long & McQuade as an Invaluable Networking Tool

Long & McQuade as an Invaluable Networking Tool

Regardless of your skill set or level of involvement within the music industry, one thing is inevitable if you are a musician in Canada: you have likely crossed paths with Long & McQuade Musical Instruments at one time or another. The following is a list of suggestions of how you might effectively network through Long & McQuade. Read More Comments

When Your Rig Gets Big: How to Rationalize Your Gear

When Your Rig Gets Big: How to Rationalize Your Gear

Musicians today are fortunate to be in a position of having an abundance of riches when it comes to available gear choices. This will discuss how to rationalize your pedal gear and make the best choices for your musical endeavors. Read More Comments

In Defence of the Stick Spin

In Defence of the Stick Spin

Live music is entertainment, and anything you can do to raise the level of excitement for your audience is positive. However adding a visual flair to drum performance is a lot like adding spice to a dish...context is everything and individual tastes vary. Read More Comments

Beating the “Load-Out Blues” - Ten Tips to Make Moving Your Drums Easier

Beating the “Load-Out Blues” - Ten Tips to Make Moving Your Drums Easier

Nothing compares to the thrill of playing live music in front of an appreciative audience. Similarly, nothing can dampen that excitement as effectively as the thought of packing up your drum kit and hauling it to your car at the end of the night. Here are some tips to help make that job easier! Read More Comments

All About Strings

All About Strings

The strings on your guitar, bass, or other stringed instrument are a key component of your guitar’s sound. There is a lot of misinformation on how to choose strings, how often they need to be changed, or even how to change them. In this article, I’ll explain the basics of string choice and maintenance, as well as explain some of the common myths surrounding them. Read More Comments

Songwriting

Songwriting

Songwriting is something anyone can do. For anyone involved in music, whether as the parent of a child playing an instrument or taking lessons, a student who loves music and wants an outlet, or as an undying passion that we live for every day, music is about expression.  Great writers are people who have something to say, and use their voice to contribute something. Read More Comments

Demystifying Time Signatures

Demystifying Time Signatures

For many of us with limited experience reading standard music notation, time signatures can be a bit baffling. We’ve all experienced hearing them in different contexts, such as background music, focused listening, playing music and singing. In this article I will break down different signatures and explain how they function. Read More Comments

Rees Harps and the Harpsicle

Rees Harps and the Harpsicle

There is a renaissance happening in the world of music, with growing interest in learning how to play traditional acoustic instruments. One folk instrument garnering a lot of renewed interest is the harp, and this is in no small part thanks to the efforts of the Rees Harp Company in Indiana. Read More Comments

The Undisputed Champion: The Ukulele

The Undisputed Champion: The Ukulele

Once looked upon as a bit of a novelty, the ukulele has been riding a wave of popularity for nearly a decade. In this blog, we will discuss why that might be, and we’ll also discuss some basics to help you choose wisely when it comes time for you to don the tights and enter the ring. Read More Comments

Data Driven Fretwork

Data Driven Fretwork

The PLEK Station is a specialized robot that creates a high-resolution digital scan of a guitar’s fingerboard and performs fully automated fretwork. The machine collects data about the playing surface, recommends fret adjustments for optimal performance, then cuts the frets with perfect precision. Read More Comments

Musical Gift Giving Made Easy

Musical Gift Giving Made Easy

For many of us, the start of the holiday shopping season is a bit terrifying. So much to do, so little time. And how do you find that perfect gift? You know, the one that makes their eyes light up when they open it? If you’re shopping for the musician in your life it can be a challenge to find just the right thing. But it doesn’t have to be. Your friends at Long & McQuade are happy to help! Read More Comments

Make it Shine! A Drummer’s Guide to Cymbal

Make it Shine! A Drummer’s Guide to Cymbal

Clean cymbals under bright lights can be the most eye-catching instruments on the stage.  They also often represent the largest portion of a drummer's gear budget.  It is, therefore, no surprise that many drummers go to great lengths to keep their cymbals as shiny and new-looking as they can. Read More Comments

Giving the Gift of Music Lessons

Giving the Gift of Music Lessons

Giving the gift of lessons makes a great present for your loved one, no matter their age or stage. Whether you know someone who wants to improve their existing skills, who wants to pick an instrument up again after a long hiatus, or who has never touched music in their life, lessons as a gift are a perfect place to start. Read More Comments

The NAMM Show 2020: Day 1

The NAMM Show 2020: Day 1

We're at the 2020 winter NAMM show! On Day 1, we're taking a look at new products from ART, Yorkville, Mackie, Godin, KRK, Fender, Shure, Avantone, Radial, Warm Audio, Presonus, Aston, Tascam, ESP, Focusrite and Universal Audio. Read More Comments

The NAMM Show 2020: Day 2

The NAMM Show 2020: Day 2

We're at the 2020 winter NAMM show! On Day 2, we're taking a look at new products from Roland, Mapex, A&F Drum Co., American DJ, Pioneer DJ, Sonor, Warwick Music, Dunlop, Ludwig, Hohner, D'Addario, Softube, Audio-Technica, Royer and Taylor. Read More Comments

The NAMM Show 2020: Day 3

The NAMM Show 2020: Day 3

We're at the 2020 winter NAMM show! On Day 3, we're taking a look at new products from Martin, Empress, Sabian, Zildjian, Nord, Ernie Ball, Marshall, Pearl, Gibson, Yamaha, Line 6, Revv, Two Notes, and Tama. Read More Comments

The NAMM Show 2020: Day 4

The NAMM Show 2020: Day 4

We're at the 2020 winter NAMM show! On Day 4, we're taking a look at new products from Cranborne Audio, Denon, Numark, M-Audio, HeadRush, Drum Workshop, Pacific Drums, Gretsch Drums, Zoom, Dynaudio, EarthQuaker, Electro-Harmonix, Paiste, Remo, Korg, Vox and Solid State Logic. Read More Comments

Improvisation for Everyone

Improvisation for Everyone

The dictionary offers us this definition: “Improvisation: to compose or sing without preparation....” This definition is misleading and potentially discouraging. Without preparation? If that’s true then what were iconic improvisers like John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins doing during the marathon practice sessions they are known for? Read More Comments

The Vibrant Experience of Amateur Piano Competitions

The Vibrant Experience of Amateur Piano Competitions

In the world of classical piano, it can often feel like all the opportunities to perform or compete are exclusively for young prodigies and the pros - especially here in Canada, where we don't appear to have any established Amateur Competitions. But if you think you've missed the chance to showcase your talent on stage as an adult, you need to talk to Glenn Kramer! Read More Comments

Stolen Goods – How to Protect Your Gear!

Stolen Goods – How to Protect Your Gear!

If your Facebook friends list includes musicians, odds are good that you regularly see posts seeking help locating stolen gear. Here are some simple tips to help minimize your chances of needing to write your own sad tale of loss on social media. Read More Comments

The Heart of Your Drums: A Guide to the Sound of Different Shell Materials

The Heart of Your Drums: A Guide to the Sound of Different Shell Materials

One of the best ways to decide what drum set you want to see yourself behind (aside from which model has the coolest finishes!) is by choosing what sort of materials you want it to be made of. This quick guide gives you a basic rundown of the most common, and even some rarer, materials used, the sort of tone they produce, and the best musical setting to use them in. Read More Comments

5 Tips for Hitting High Notes

5 Tips for Hitting High Notes

Although it's completely false to say that a singer's talent is measured by the number of high notes she or he can belt out, high notes are an unavoidable fact of life, and every vocalist will struggle with them at one point or another. Whether you're a deep-voiced bass, a coloratura soprano, or a humble shower singer, you can improve your voice by mastering proper technique in your upper range. Practice makes perfect, and here are some tips to help you as you ascend the scales. Read More Comments

For the Love of Learning

For the Love of Learning

How do you foster success for students who are learning at school, for adults who are going back to an instrument, or any other person who is early in their musical career? Here are a few time tested ideas that can help! Read More Comments

Facebook Live Clinic Series

Facebook Live Clinic Series

Join us every Tuesday and Thursday at 3pm EDT for an exciting Facebook Live clinic featuring the hottest products presented by a variety of specialists. Read More Comments

Drum Muffling Part 1:  Gels and Rings and Tape, Oh MY!

Drum Muffling Part 1: Gels and Rings and Tape, Oh MY!

Muffling is used to eliminate unwanted overtones or to focus and/or fatten a drum's sound. In this blog, we guide you through different products and methods you can use to muffle your kit to get the best tone. Read More Comments

Drum Muffling Part 2: Bass Drum Muffling

Drum Muffling Part 2: Bass Drum Muffling

In many ways, bass drums define the sound of the drum kit. Only you can determine the appropriate bass drum sound for the music you are making. However, it is good to experiment and learn how to modify the sound of your bass drum. You may be surprised by the range of sounds available to you without buying another kit. Read More Comments

The Benefits of Playing Musical Instruments

The Benefits of Playing Musical Instruments

The Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, "Music emits a pleasure that the human race can't do without." If hearing music can be so beneficial to the human race, it follows that playing a musical instrument would be even better. Here are some benefits of playing musical instruments. Read More Comments

Getting Started on Slide Guitar

Getting Started on Slide Guitar

It’s a high lonesome sound that shivers and quivers, swoops and soars. Stars who’ve fallen under its spell and tried their hand include Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Winter and George Harrison. Here are some tips to help you get started on the slide guitar! Read More Comments

Breaking Down a Speaker Cabinet

Breaking Down a Speaker Cabinet

What should one look for in a guitar cab? In this blog, we break down the components of a guitar cab to help you make a decision when shopping for one. Read More Comments

The Best Method Book

The Best Method Book

You've just bought or rented your new instrument and you are SO EXCITED to play! You want to find the book that's going to turn you into a rock goddess, or a virtuosic soloist. There are so many books to choose from, but one of them MUST be the best, right? Read More Comments

5 Reasons Why Steel Drums Are the Perfect Choice for Students During a Pandemic

5 Reasons Why Steel Drums Are the Perfect Choice for Students During a Pandemic

Move over, recorders. Students have another option when it comes to basic music education, and it’s more sanitary than many other options! Steel drums are a low-touch, high-performance instrument for kids to learn music during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Read More Comments