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Bass Drum Pedal and Hi-Hat Stand Setup Tips

  When playing a drum set, half the action comes from your feet, so proper pedal setup is vital to play and sound your best. Optimizing your pedals is about both feel and sound.  Proper pedal positioning and setup make playing more effortless, with less fatigue.  Additionally, the right pedal setup helps your bass drum and hi-hat sound great and better fit your style of music.  With a little knowledge and minimal time investment, you can get all your pedals adjusted Read More...

Promoting Your Music Online Made Easy

The goal of most musicians is to get their music out in front of an audience. Maybe you make music for fun or maybe you’re hoping to earn a little money from your musical career.  Either way, modern technology and the internet has made the life of an aspiring musician much easier.  The competition for attention online is crazy, so you need to be smart and have a great plan to get your music out there and build a bigger Read More...

Drum Tuning Technique Explained

  If you think you don’t need to tune your drums or aren’t sure how to tune them the right way, your sound is definitely suffering. A drum that is out of tune will make a sound, but a well-tuned drum will make a sound that is so much more pleasing.  A properly tuned drum allows the acoustics of the instrument to work like they’re designed.  While all parts of the drum affect its sound, the drumhead is the primary tone Read More...

Guitar Delay Pedals: Which is Right for You?

No guitarist’s pedalboard is complete without a delay pedal. Delay effects, like echo or reverb, have been around since the early days of rock & roll and continue to evolve today.  While delay effects can be used by themselves, they are most often used along with other pedals in the guitar’s signal chain to create a fuller, more colorful sound.  Luckily for us, a variety of delay pedals is available with a full range of effects in stompboxes, rack-mounted units Read More...

Essential Drum Set Positioning Tips

  Whether you’re setting up your first drum set or just tweaking your existing kit, finding the ideal layout will help you play better and have more fun. Your movements around the drum set should be efficient, which means natural motions and little wasted effort.  With an emphasis on playing faster, most modern drum kits feature flatter drum angles, closer drums and lower cymbals.  Once you find your ideal setup, you won’t just to be able to play faster; you’ll also Read More...

How to Promote Your Music on Twitter

Why Twitter? Twitter isn’t just for killing time and watching funny videos…it’s that and so much more.  If you’re a musician, Twitter is also a great tool for connecting with current fans and finding new ones.  Twitter offers a huge audience, with 68 million monthly active users in the U.S. (300 million plus worldwide!) at the end of 2017.  If you’re just starting out, Twitter can help introduce you to new people who may not have found you otherwise.  On Read More...

Guitar Modulation Pedals: Which is Right for You?

Understanding Modulation Effects for Your Guitar Modulation effect pedals vibrate, wobble, shift and spin your guitar’s signal to create new and interesting sounds.  Unlike gain-based effect pedals, modulators change the amplitude and frequency of the waves in your guitar’s signal to create their unique sounds.  Modulators add layers and depth to the mood and texture of your guitar’s tone.  You’ll only be limited by your imagination, as some modulation pedals have a subtle effect, while others can be quite crazy. Most Read More...

Microphone Tips: Which Type Mic to Choose

Don’t let your great performance be ruined by the wrong microphone.  There are many quality mics available today at reasonable prices, but the number of choices can be overwhelming.  By focusing on your needs, you can narrow down the options that are best for you.  However, as with many of the things related to the quality of your sound, you may need to experiment with different setups to see which works best. Though there are many brands and microphones available, Read More...

How to Use a Guitar Amplifier’s Effects Loop

What is an Effects Loop? You may have noticed two jacks on the back of your guitar amp labeled “Send” and “Return” before.  Some brands may also label them “Pre-Amp Out” and “Power-Amp In”, or something similar, but it’s the same set-up, with different names.  The Send/Out is the jack where the signal leaves your amp before traveling through your effects pedals and the Return/In is where you route the signal back to your amp.  You’ll be using your existing Read More...

Finding the Best Ukulele for You

Ukuleles have really been gaining in popularity recently, and for good reason, they’re awesome!  If you’ve been thinking about buying a ukulele for the first time or upgrading from your old uke, you may be surprised to find there are so many variations and sizes available. We’ll highlight and compare the variety of ukuleles available today to help ease your buying decision. So Many Sizes The most common ukulele size is the soprano or standard ukulele.  The concert, tenor and baritone sizes Read More...

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