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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

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: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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