The Latest: Missing A Beat?

If you are looking for a rich sound in your music, then consider a bass guitar. These guitars give a deep sound that won’t be missed by the audience. Boutique bass guitars are ideal for those who want to play alone. They are also good if you want to display a guitar on a wall or in a cabinet, only playing it on special occasions. There are other benefits to a bass guitar that you might not think about.

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This is an instrument that is usually easy to master. It can be a little hard to get started playing, but once you learn all of the chords and the sounds that it can make, then you will enjoy this beautiful instrument. It is something that requires a few more notes played at one time and memorization that you might not find with other guitars. Many of the jobs available for bands involve playing a bass guitar. When you showcase your skills, they will likely be wanted because most groups want a depth that only a bass guitar can offer. If you ever get lost in the song, all you have to do is follow along with the other guitars, creating your own chords along the way that blend with the song.


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October 30th, 2014

The Latest: Capture The Magic Of Live Concerts

The concert has always been magical for fans of every type of music. It’s an artist in their purest, rawest form, brought to life on a stage in front of adoring fans. Photographers are almost always brought into this equation to capture the many moments that bands or solo artists want to share with fans after the event is over. Years from now, it’s something to look back on fondly.

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Photographers vary in quality, service variety, and capabilities. Businesses like Rockstar Photography are widely known for their full menu of services and ability to capture not just live concert moments but also those things that go into creating the public image of the artist. They offer headshots, video, and web promotion of images so that the artist comes to life in pictures in a way that truly promotes the message and image of the band.

Service packages will inevitably vary for different photographers, but they all should, and usually do, showcase their past work in sections of their company website so that potential customers can see just what kind of visions they’ve brought to life through imagery in the past. Professional courtesy, close collaboration with the artist, and a passion for the images they help to create are just a few of the things that live concert photography businesses strive to offer their customers. Any artist or band that wants to increase exposure, or fans who want to capture their night at a concert, will be pleased at this comprehensive offering of photography services.


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October 30th, 2014

The Latest: Cavalera Conspiracy – ‘Pandemonium’ Album Review

Of recent years one of the most heart-warming collaborations has surely been Cavalera Conspiracy. Estranged by the catastrophic split between the members of Sepultura that took place post-‘Roots’ all the way back in 1996, it seemed impossible that the…

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October 20th, 2014

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The Latest: Slipknot – ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’ Album Review

A lot can change in six years. It was 2008 when Slipknot released ‘All hope is gone’, a varied album which offered vast promise but struggled to live up the malevolent experimentation of ‘Vol. III: The subliminal verses’.With band members taking a well-deserved…

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October 20th, 2014

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The Latest: 5 Components Of Your Wind Instrument You Don’t Want To Skimp On

Wind instruments make up a large portion of bands and orchestras. This large family of instruments is generally broken down into two large subsets known as brass instruments and woodwind instruments.

Brass instruments include instruments such as trumpets, tubas, and trombones. Woodwind instruments are comprised of instruments such as clarinets, saxophones, and flutes. Each family has a distinct look and sound. Each instrument has its own role to play in the overall band or orchestra.

Regardless of the instrument you play or wish to play, there are some key components that you don’t want to skimp on. These particular components are important to the overall quality of sound your instrument makes. Trying to save a few dollars on these components can sacrifice the overall sound your instrument makes.

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The Mouthpiece

One of the most important pieces of any wind instrument is the mouthpiece. This component of your wind instrument is essentially the gateway to let air into the main chambers.

You’ll find that mouthpieces differ quite drastically between instruments. Brass instruments have mouthpieces made from a single, metal piece formed into a circular shape. Wind instruments vary from instrument to instrument. For example, flutes don’t have so much of a mouthpiece as they do a blowhole. Saxophones and clarinets on the other hand have mouthpieces with very thin, long openings. These mouthpieces actually need two other pieces in order to be complete.

The reason you shouldn’t skimp on your mouthpiece is due to the fact that it is the first piece that comes into contact with the “wind” that produces sound. If the mouthpiece isn’t up to standards, the rest of the sound produced by your instrument won’t be up to standards.

You can almost think of you instrument as an assembly line, with perfect sound being the end product. If the first stage of the assembly line doesn’t create the correct part, you can’t expect the finished product to be correct.

The Reed

The reed does not apply to all wind instruments but it is an extremely important piece to woodwind instruments such as saxophones and clarinets.

The reed is a thin wooden piece that is attached to the mouthpiece and secured on with a ligature. The combination of the reed and the player’s blown air is what produces the sound for a woodwind instrument. The reed vibrates due to the airflow, creating the sound that travels through the barrel and body.

Again, you can think of this as the beginning of an assembly line. Only this time there is a special component needed. If the reed is too wet, dry, large, or small it can affect the sound that the player produces.

If you look in the drawer or case of any woodwind instrument player, you’ll probably find a fairly large stash of reeds. The reason is that varying climate conditions can affect the reed. Reeds are very fickle components, so having a handful to try out in different situations allows the player to get the right tone and pitch.

The Barrel and Body

The barrel and body of instruments are the next component in a series of important components for wind instruments.

The barrel of woodwind instruments, such as a clarinet, helps to control the pitch. In fact, some clarinet players even have two different sized barrels to help control the pitch in varying situations. Purchasing a one-size-fits-all barrel could lead to tone disaster if you are playing in a group.

The reason bodies shouldn’t be skimped on is because they are another area that controls the sound of the instrument. You might notice that some brass players have dents or scratches on their bells. Generally, this won’t affect the quality of sound coming out. However, if there was dent or bend in the body, the proper sound might not be attainable.

The Keys

For both brass and woodwind instruments, the keys control specific notes. If keys control the notes, consider poor quality keys. For example, the keys on your saxophone don’t line up with the correct tone holes, therefore leaving them exposed when pressing the keys. It is obvious you won’t produce the correct note.

Particular on woodwind instruments, the keys and tone holes need to line up exactly to specification. Any variance can throw off the entire sound of the instrument.

Alternatively, for a brass instrument such as the trumpet, the keys are pressed into key valves. If there are any issues with the keys, the valves, or the springs at the bottom, you can expect to have issues with the overall sound.

The Case

Finally, another important component of your wind instrument is the case in which you carry it. While this is not technically a component of the instrument itself, it is a component related to the instrument.

Your case not only holds your instrument but it also protects it. It protects it from the elements as well as other forces. If you decide to skimp on your instrument’s case, you are sacrificing the protection of your instrument. For example, if the case is not durable and a lot of equipment is stacked on top of it, there is no guarantee that the case will hold the weight of the added equipment. Your instrument can be crushed. Your instrument’s case is essentially an insurance policy to ensure that nothing happens to your instrument when it is not in use.

In general, many of the components of your instrument are vital to the overall quality of sound produced. It is not recommended to skimp on any component of it, especially the five listed above. If you are serious about the instrument you are playing, make the effort to invest in quality components.

Andrew Fujii is a marketing professional with expertise in digital/web and content marketing. He is also a copywriter for multiple agencies producing copy for blogs, articles, websites, product packaging, mobile apps, and more.


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October 17th, 2014

The Latest: So How Does A Clarinet Mouthpiece Work?

The clarinet is a wind instrument that is part of the smaller subset of woodwind instruments. The clarinet is a long cylindrical tube with a mouthpiece at one end and a bell at the other. The body is covered with tone holes and keys that are use to create certain notes.

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Before we identify how the mouthpiece works, it is important to understand the mouthpiece and all of its components.

Components of the Mouthpiece

Mouthpiece – The mouthpiece of a clarinet is a solid piece often made from ebony, crystal, or wood. Each material lends itself to a different sound. For example, ebony is often produces a water sound than plastic. It is preferred by many classical and jazz players. Crystal has bright sound and is great for jazz and outdoor performances. Wood, though not commonly used, produces the warmest sound.

The mouthpiece consists of different areas such as the tip, beak, window, reed table, and tenon. The beak is the slanted underside of the mouthpiece that extends to the tip. The window is the opening in which a player blows air through. The reed table is the flat surface on which the reed is placed. Finally, the tenon is a cork attachment that is used to fasten the mouthpiece to the barrel of the clarinet.

Reed – Clarinets are single reed instruments. The reed is typically made from a type of grass or synthetically manufactured. These manufactured reeds have become quite standard as the mass production has them produced to exact specifications.

Reeds do vary in terms of their hardness and range from soft to hard. The characteristics of the reed determine ease of playability, pitch, and tone. Reeds are considered the key to making sound for the clarinet.

Ligature – The ligature is a metal cylinder used to fasten a reed to a mouthpiece. In earlier days, twine was used as a way to secure the reed to the mouthpiece. Today ligatures wrap around the mouthpiece and reed and can be tightened by screws.

How They Function Together

Those three main components make up the mouthpiece and result in the beautiful sound produced by the clarinet.

First, we’ll start by reiterating that the ligature is used as a way to fasten the reed onto the reed table of the mouthpiece. The importance of the ligature comes into play in terms of how tightly fastened onto the mouthpiece it is. It shouldn’t be so tight that the reed cannot vibrate. However it shouldn’t be loose enough to where the reed slide whenever the player blows into the mouthpiece.

Whenever air is blown past the reed, the reed vibrates. This vibration causes the reed to hit the mouthpiece. As the reed opens and closes, puffs of air are sent into the mouthpiece and into the clarinet.

If the player increases the air pressure, essentially blowing harder into the mouthpiece, the speed of the vibrating reed increases. The goal is to make the reed vibrate as much as possible, creating a fuller, warmer, and louder sound.

Not all mouthpieces are created the same. For example, adjusting the mouthpieces tip opening along with the reed’s length can change the timbre of the instrument. This happens because the resulting reed vibrations will change.

The facing and tip of a mouthpiece can also vary and are directly related. If a clarinet’s facing is longer than the tip is typically smaller. If the facing is shorter than the tip is usually larger. This variance affects factors such as needed reed strength, sound and timbre, and projection.

The chamber of the mouthpiece can also differ, causing different effects. The chamber is the first area that air travels through once it is past the exterior window. Smaller chambers allow for greater focus of sound but less range. Larger chambers allow clarinetists more flexibility of sound.

Something as seemingly minute as lip position and pressure can also change the overall sound produced by the instrument. Uneven pressure or positioning can cause the vibrations and airtight seal over the mouthpiece to change, therefore changing the resulting sound.

The player’s embouchure, the mouthpiece, the ligature, and the reed are probably the main factors that play a part in the resulting sound the of clarinet.

Andrew Fujii is a marketing professional with expertise in digital/web and content marketing. He is also a copywriter for multiple agencies producing copy for blogs, articles, websites, product packaging, mobile apps, and more.


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October 17th, 2014

Review: Easy Damptey – Daylight Robbery

As a Ghana native residing in Canada, filmmaker, painter, and songwriter Kojo “Easy” Dampton has witnessed firsthand the hostile injustices of racial oppression and violence against his own people, as well as other minorities the world over. His debut album, Daylight Robbery, touches upon these very experiences through stories of inequality, persecution, hope, and love of oneself and others with gripping song-based compositions and spoken word passages that attempt to call attention to and salve such frustrations. All that being said, the man knows his way around a mic and a piano – websites for piano teachers like the well-maintained Local Rankings site for music would be wise to log some demonstrations of his virtuoso-level prowess to use as course material. Yeah, he’s that good with the white and black keys.

Daylight Robbery 300x285 Easy Damptey   Daylight RobberyConsidering the weighty subject matter pervading through its ten tracks, Robbery has an optimistic sound that is sonic ambrosia to the mind, soul, and ear. Blending traditional and modern influences of Highlife and Hiplife from his native country together with soul and jazz fusion essences, the album illustrates a raw, honest portrait of the world as seen through the eyes of this talented artist. “The Corporate Man” immediately comes to mind; a jazzy number with breezy flourishes of horn instrumentation and keys as Dampton inquires, “You ask yourself what kind of pressure are we under, under, under?” just as the chorus kicks into high gear. Following up with “Wait for Love” and “Africa,” Dampton infuses Caribbean rhythms of spidery guitar and dub-riddled percussion that evokes the utopian offerings of King Bruce and The Black Beats jamming with Lee “Scratch” Perry.

As a singer, Dampton has a commanding presence on the microphone and it certainly drives his message home. Songs such as “Rock & Roll” and “Field of Dreams” elicits an aura of slam poetry, with dynamic snare pops and soothing vocal harmonies masked behind his soul-drenched, rapped lyrics. Dampton’s delivery may be sharp-tongued, but his dream is a positive one, and he encourages the listener, regardless of ethnicity or creed, to find their voice and rise up.

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4 / 5 bars

Check out Easy’s Twitter, Bandcamp, and website.


The Latest: FEATURED New Music: @DYLANJENET – “What don’t you understand”

  At the young age of 16, Dylan Jenét is the true epitome of when music meets art. The incredibly and multi-talented teen is from the Hamptons, NY was discovered by not only an entertainment Icon, but one of the most prolific set of ears in the…

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October 8th, 2014

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