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The 10 Best Music Books of 2015 and 2016 (So Far)

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A ton of amazing books about music have recently hit the shelves. Whether you’re jonesing for a new book to cuddle up with in bed, stocking up for summer beach reads, or looking for something to occupy your mind on the train, there’s something new out there for you! Here’s our round-up of the best music books to come out in the last year and a half.

holidays, Musician Life

Dec 14, 2015 09:00 AM

Jeremy Young

The Ultimate Music Lover's Holiday Gift Guide

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This holiday season, there’s probably a handful of Golden Ticket gift items on our wish lists, like the incredible Nord Electro 5 Keyboard, or Native Instruments’ new Komplete 10 pack, or Artiphon’s recently introduced Instrument 1, which unless we’ve been very, very good boys and girls, we might not get. So here are a few more great ideas to inspire those tasked with finding us, the musically obsessed, the perfect present.

Performing, Honing Your Craft

Dec 4, 2015 10:00 AM

Jeremy Young

What the Heck is a Shruti Box?

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A shruti box (also called surpeti) is an instrument predominantly used in Indian classical music that follows the same concept as a harmonium, or pump organ. Its design makes use of one or two bellows that push air through tuned metal reeds inside the box. The reeds, which replace keys, are effectively controlled by the performer by opening and closing small flaps to either mute a tone, or let it resonate. While it's possible to play the shruti box in a rhythmic style, it's mainly used to create drones as a backdrop for soloists.

10 Things Sun Ra Can Teach You About Band Leadership

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Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, 1914-1993) was an American jazz composer, bandleader, pianist, synthesizer player, poet, and philosopher known for his "cosmic philosophy," prolific musical output, and energetic experimental big-band performances. He widely claimed (and legitimately believed) he was born on Saturn and was over 5,000 years old.

5 States With More Than 5 Awesome Cities to Tour Through

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Smart touring means covering as many live markets as possible with the smallest amount of overhead. Being able to perform in cities a short distance away from each other saves your band transport costs, time, and energy. On major tours, small cities and college towns are often overlooked in states with big cultural epicenters, but for shoestring touring, these kinds of towns can be extremely valuable "anchor" gigs for your tour. Learn more about anchor cities in our video on plotting your tour.