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Performing, Honing Your Craft, piano

Dec 28, 2015 07:00 AM

Caleb Hsu

Top 5 Exercise Books That'll Make You a Beast at Piano

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With 88 keys, three pedals, and upwards of 230 strings, the piano demands muscular strength and endurance. Playing its black and white keys effortlessly only comes with time and patience, but there are ways to efficiently practice. We've selected our top five etude and method books to help make the piano an extension of your heart and soul. These method books and series are great for developing dexterity, hand independence, and technical proficiency in both classical and jazz repertoire.

Musician Life, gear

Dec 21, 2015 08:00 AM

Caleb Hsu

The Absolute Coolest New Musician Products of 2015

With the new year barreling toward us like an F5 tornado, we wanted to round up the coolest new products for musicians of 2015. From the NAMM Winter Convention, music blogs, and newsletters, we've chosen products ranging from new software instruments, effects plugins, and must-have gadgets that will enhance and possibly transform how you interact with music in the new year.

The Top 8 Music Podcasts of 2015 That All Musicians Should Listen To

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If you're not listening to podcasts, you're missing out on a world of undiscovered music and insight. This year was filled with brand new features from a variety of sources covering every genre from classical to trance. Given that the average podcast segment runs about an hour, we set out to save you time and energy by selecting only the must-listen music podcasts of 2015. We encourage you to expand your mind and incorporate podcast episodes into a daily part of your morning commute or cardio routine.

Recording, Honing Your Craft, mixing, gear

Dec 7, 2015 09:00 AM

Caleb Hsu

The 6 Best Budget Studio Monitors of 2015

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Home studio recording has increasingly become a popular way for artists to jumpstart their projects, experiment with mixing techniques, and test their limits of capability. The challenge is deciding what equipment to get and finding quality that fits within a musician's tight budget. When it comes to studio monitors, there are more options than answers, so we've sifted through multiple brands to select our top picks for 2015.

Performing, Honing Your Craft, opinion

Nov 30, 2015 08:00 AM

Caleb Hsu

What's the Difference Between Entertainment and True Art?

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Lady Gaga recently talked about being used as a "money-making machine" in today's industry at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and hinted at hopes of branching out of the music world. She has previously discussed the challenges of creating art out of passion while simultaneously being expected to make money for those surrounding her. Gaga's transformation from "Poker Face" to her lead role in American Horror Story: Hotel has some fans confused, while others applaud her newfound prowess.

While this situation is not unusual, it begs to answer the question of art versus entertainment. At what point in navigating the music business world does a creator get lost in translation, having to consistently make art that's commercially viable and true to his or her identity? Are intention and motivation what inspire the differences between being a true artist and being just a public figure? We'll examine these questions and more below.