Using Digidesign Mbox 2 to produce video violin lessons

Mickey | Music | Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

If you’re a violin musician and instructor looking for an interesting way to help support your music habit, or to generate a little extra income to make ends meet while you pursue your musical career goals, there is a relatively easy way to do that.  It takes just a bit of entrepreneurship, a bit of time, and your innate musical and instructional talent.

Recent economic troubles have turned many would-be violin students away from live in-person lessons due to the price.  But that doesn’t mean there’s lost opportunity to make extra money and help young musicians get their start learning violin.  In fact, it opens the door for greater opportunity by leveraging your time and talents even further.  An easy way to do this is by producing video violin lessons.

It’s actually a fairly simple process, and having your instructional techniques available in video format means that you’ll be able to reach a broader audience of clients in a flexible format.

There are several software programs available for you to use, across a wide range of cost and complexity.  At the low end of the spectrum, there are many video editing programs that come free with computer purchases, and odds are that your computer already has one of these programs loaded and ready for use.  You can record a simple half-hour lesson in several takes, and produce a reasonable video in a matter of hours.

Or, you can opt for a higher quality production using a music recording program such as Pro Tools HD.  You’ll end up with professional-sounding soundtrack to accompany your video.  Keep in mind that Pro Tools requires an audio interface device such as the Digidesign Mbox 2, so you’ll need to budget for it, but it’s a terrific device to translate your violin’s output to your computer.

Once you’ve produced your video lesson, all you need to decide is how you’d like to distribute it.  It’s relatively easy to create an online store, or you can just distribute your finished product to your existing student clientele as an additional instructional tool.  Either way, both you and your students will benefit.

Simple Reminders When Learning Violin on Your Own

Mickey | Music | Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

A violin is arguably the high water mark of all musical instruments invented by man. When it comes to diversity and way of playing it, a violin is at the top list of musical instruments. The music that it creates are some of the greatest that we could ever hear. Someone who knows how to play the violin really well has achieved something that can transcend everyday life. It is beauty in its purest form.

Would like to learn how to play this most wondrous of all musical instruments? Let me tell you now that there is no such thing as being too old in learning how to play a musical instrument, especially a violin. What matters is your desire. If you think that you may be too busy to attend a regular class or you can not afford a teacher then why not teach yourself violin ? It is possible and you can do it just as thousands before you have done the same thing. You can learn how to teach yourself violin from some website and you could be on your way making great music.

There are just a few things that you must bear in mind when you are studying violin on your own. The first thing is that it will take time that is why you have to prepare yourself. You can not expect to become a master right away. The second thing that you must remember is that you have to practice. Set aside a specific time and it must be regular. You can not expect to learn without playing all the time. Lastly, be patient and give yourself some time to learn. As long as you are determined to learn then you will be okay. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Just keep those simple reminders in mind and you will be on your way to making great music.

Roland Electronic Drums: V-Drums

Mickey | General,Music | Saturday, January 15th, 2011

I recently tried out a set of Roland electronic drums. I have always been opposed to electronic drum sets and never really saw a need for them. While I am aware that the drum modules are capable of a wide array of sounds I have found that most often electronic drummers use them to produce sounds very similar to acoustic drum sets. If these players are looking for an acoustic drum sound than why not use an acoustic drum set?

With this being the case I apprehensively approached the newest Roland set out of necessity. I have recently obtained a job which calls for a wide range of drum sounds and the electronic drum set needs to be moved regularly. At my age I could not imagine hauling around the amount of drums, cymbals and accessories I would have needed to make this job work. I knew from many articles and reviews that the Roland V-Drums would be the easiest solution to these two problems. The questions I was left with were, ‘How would they feel?’ and ‘How would they sound?’

It is amazing the innovations that have been made since I first tried Roland electronic drums in the 1980s. The mesh drumheads and cymbal triggers of the current V-Drums feel so real that it is hard to believe that I was not playing acoustic drums. The newest V-Drum hi hat system even uses two trigger plates to replicate the feel of a real hi hat. This had previously been one of my biggest issues with electronic drum kits. The system I tried out used the Roland TD-20 drum module. This “drum brain” is top of the line and it shows. The lush sounds that this machine was able to create truly surprised me.

While I still think that it is impossible for an electronic kit to sound as good as an acoustic kit the feel, improved sound and portability of the Roland V-Drums won me over.

How To Choose The Best Bass Guitars For Sale

Mickey | Music | Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Anyone who has been searching for bass guitars for sale soon realizes that they have a lot of different options to choose between. Prices vary greatly with some very expensive guitars available for purchasing and some other fairly moderately priced ones. In general it is best to try and buy the highest quality guitar you can, especially if you will be playing with a band. Even if just learning, nothing beats learning on a good guitar.

One solution for finding a good quality yet still reasonably priced guitar is to buy a second hand bass guitar. There are many of these guitars being sold online at this time on sites such as eBay and Craigslist. You can also often find them in local guitar shops and sometimes even advertised in the newspaper. Just make sure it is not damaged before you hand over any money for it. You should be able to pick one up for as little as $200 in some cases, and end up with a very high quality guitar!

If you are wondering who makes the best guitars you may be surprised to find that there are several top names in the guitar making world. Great guitars are made by Fender, Gibson, Yamaha makes some quite good bass guitars and Ibanez does also. Of course their high-end guitars are very expensive but they also have guitars that only cost around $200-$300 which are perfect for a new learner to use.

Bass Guitars For Sale


While you may consider the possibility of simply picking up a cheap bass guitar at Wal-Mart you would probably be much better off buying good cheap bass guitars such as a real Yamaha or Gibson; just one of their cheapest guitars, as that would only cost you between $200-$300. Another very viable option is to buy a boot quality second hand bass guitar.

Choosing A Yamaha Flute

Mickey | Music | Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Yamaha flutes are popular with musicians everywhere. Designs by Yamaha Are based on inventions made in 1832 and 1847 by a Bavarian flute virtuoso and goldsmith named Theobald Boehm. Flutes as we know them today Are the results Of innovations Made it through out the 20th century.

Yamaha makes flutes for everyone from beginner through professional. No matter what level flautist you are, you can be sure that every flute from Yamaha is superbly crafted from the finest materials available. The least expensive models, which are designed for students use inexpensive metals, most commonly a blend of copper and nickel which provides a mellow tone. Intermediate range flutes are often silver plated, while flutes for professionals are usually made from a blend of silver and gold. Flutes of platinum are also available. Not only are precious metals beautiful, they improve the tone of the notes which come from the flute.

If you are a beginning flautist, or if you are looking to replace your old flute with a better one, a good quality flute can help you to improve your playing style. While it may be tempting to purchase an inexpensive flute, poorly made flutes can actually hamper your progress as a player. A cheaply produced flute can be difficult to play and will often be heavier to hold. In addition, you will find that the keys have a tendency to stick and that the flute will often be out of tune.

Although Yamaha flutes are more expensive then some other brands they deliver superior tone and allow musical artists to play beautiful, colorful notes. When shopping for a new flute, take an experienced player with you to test the flutes you are considering buying. He or she can help you choose the right flute for your playing level. Choosing a quality flute from Yamaha can help you make the most of your musical talent.

Read more about Yamaha flutes or Selmer flute.

Practice Guitar Properly And Stay Motivated

Mickey | Music | Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

It’s easy to make progress when you first start playing the guitar – it can seem like you come on by leaps and bounds every day. However, most people find that once the novelty has worn off, and their progress has slowed a little (as it inevitably does), it can be difficult to maintain that initial enthusiasm for playing the guitar. Fortunately however, a solid guitar practice regime will help you stay on track and keep your motivation up. Here are some guitar practice tips for getting the most from your time.

A good practice routine has a number of characteristics. For one thing, it’s consistent. This is obvious really, but you need to practice every day (perhaps with the occasional rest day, but most days should involve some guitar practice). It’s amazing how many people only pick up their guitar at the weekend, or a couple of times a week, and then wonder why they aren’t improving. It’s hard to stay motivated without seeing improvements, so practice daily.

You should also practice in a mindful manner, and really pay attention to what you’re doing. If you’re mentally ‘not there’ when practicing, you’ll probably just be ingraining bad habits and mistakes, and your playing will get worse not better. So slow down and make sure you play as well as you can at all times when practising.

It’s also important not to overdo things. Regular practice is vital, but sometimes your body may need a break, and ignoring its signals could lead to overuse injuries, which can be catastrophic for a musician. So if you’re feeling pain or discomfort, stop. And if this is a recurring problem, your basic technique could be flawed – in which case getting advice from a professional teacher will be invaluable.

Knowing exactly what to practice each day can be a problem, but if you follow a well-planned course of
lessons, such as with a private teacher, or by following a good online course like Jamorama, this won’t be an issue. Just make sure you do practice all the necessary exercises for each lesson, and don’t be tempted to skip the ‘boring’ bits in favour of playing riffs and melodies – if you do your progress will be limited.

A Brief History of Guitars

Mickey | Music | Sunday, November 21st, 2010

From the time they were invented, having different forms, sounds and names such as tanbur, setar, ,sitar, vihuela, kithara, the guitar has been an instrument much loved by so many music lovers. The sound it produces is so unique and touching that it makes this instrument irresistible. This instrument was made for relaxing the body and soul and there are so many various ways that of its sound which can enchant your heart.

At some point in our life, mostly the teen age, it is our dream to play a guitar and to own one. It is in the past 50 years that this instrument has often become is very often connected to rock bands and rock guitarists. But in fact, its possibilities are so wide. Its sound can make so many variations to different music styles. It can be blues, jazz, rock, classic, heavy metal, folk…and many other styles. The sound is often reflected in whether we use nylon acoustic or metal electric guitar strings.

Many say this instrument was shaped to have the body of a woman, as it is compared with beauty and it makes the most beautiful sound. Whether we play it or we just listen to its sound we can just marvel and enjoy. Whether it is an acoustic or electric guitar we can just relax or shake up, depending on the rhythm. The guitar as we know it today has developed throughout the years and today we have so many different models of guitars and so many guitar manufacturers. Some of the most popular guitar manufacturers are: Fender, Gibson, Ibanez, Alvarez, Yamaha, Jackson…and many more. They all have a great range of electric and acoustic guitars to offer. It is up to us to decide which one we prefer.

If we want to learn to play guitar it is best if we start learning with something like a basic Ibanez acoustic guitar. The internet has made it very easy for us to find a good guitar lesson. We can find the chords to most of the popular songs we can imagine was ever written, on the internet.

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