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Expand Your Sound, Read Another Instrument's Part

Explore how reading music written for other instruments can help you rethink your playing and redefine your sound.

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Cover Story / Practicing

Expand Your Sound, Read Another Instrument’s Part

by Craig Braunschweig

In the world of today’s guitarist, reading music could be seen by some as non-essential. Given the wide variety of tablature available, they are the basis for many learning the instrument. For the beginning guitarist still familiarizing themselves with the fretboard and/or musical notation, tabs work great and in most situations [...]

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Interviews

Needless to Say’s Got Something to Say

by Elizabeth Alli

Piano and metal may seem like odd bed fellows but Florida natives Needless To Say manage to meld their head-thrashing, kick-your-face-in sound with a refined and elegant sensibility. Hardworking and talented, Needless To Say know how to craft an epic track and put on an unforgettable live show. From the perfectly synced hair propellers, to [...]

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Gear / Keyboard

The World of Digital Keyboards

by Eric Alli

The world of digital keyboards can often come across as complex and sometimes misleading. With several different varieties to choose from including; Workstations, Synthesizers, Digital Stage Pianos, and the slew of technical jargon that goes along with them, It’s difficult to find the right one for you. In this buyers guide, we’ll break down each [...]

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Gear / Guitar

Acoustic Guitars: Handmade vs. Factory

by Craig Braunschweig

Gear is a topic that is probably the most discussed of all things when it comes to music, especially in the world of guitars. Everyone has a preference, everyone has an opinion and everyone is usually right because it really amounts to what they are looking for in their individual playing experience. In terms of [...]

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Gear

10 Most Unusual Piano Designs

by Elizabeth Alli

Ranging from the beautiful to the bizarre, these most unusual piano designs push the boundaries of what’s possible and they’re nothing like your grandmother’s old spinet.

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Album Reviews

Album Review: Lights – The Listening

by Michael Sulaman

While some, including myself, may have little tolerance for the shrilly register from which Lights delivers her melancholy teen-poptronica, I can’t help but marvel at her popularity and question whether or not ‘The Listening’ has any redeeming qualities. I think the answer to this question can be found not from the observation of song craft, [...]

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Promos

KRK Rokit Powered 6 Generation 2

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KRK Rokit Powered 6 Generation 2 Studio Monitor Series from KRK Systems. For years the Rokit series has been a popular choice for accurate monitoring in studios large and small. Now the all new Generation 2 Rokit studio monitor provides a new standard for even better performance and accuracy, raising the bar once again. The [...]

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Album Reviews

Album Review: Eminem – Recovery

by Michael Sulaman

Eminem uses his music as a direct outlet for his life. This is a nice element to rely on as it feeds your music with passion and allows the audience to experience and feel the struggles, anger and jubilation. The only other rappers to exude this personality trait in their music are Tupac Shakur and [...]

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AmpliTube iRig

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The IK Multimedia AmpliTube iRig combines an easy-to-use instrument interface adapter with guitar and bass tone software for your favorite Apple mobile device. With AmpliTube iRig, you can plug your guitar into your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad and jam anywhere with top-notch guitar and bass tone right in the palm of your hand. Plug [...]

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Interviews

Raoul and The Big Time

by Elizabeth Alli

It may seem like the hayday of classic blues is long gone, but maybe that’s because not many blues bands combine the smooth, charismatic vocals and savvy instrumental soundscapes of Raoul and The Big Time. From their live performances, featuring a rotating roster of immensely talented musicians, to their incredibly earthy and at times anthem-like [...]

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