Irish Fiddle Ornaments

When I started playing jigs, my default bowing pattern made a groove like Pop Goes the Weasel: "Long-short, long-short, muberry bush, the long-short, long-short weasel."

And that still works for me without having to think about it. The one rule to keep in mind is: Do not slur from one string to another. This is unlike Irish reels. There, you can and do slur from one string to another. But not in jigs. Getting the hang of ornaments

I think of the Irish fiddle ornaments as falling into melodic and percussive categories.

The three most common melodic moves are, the grace note, the triplet, the roll. These moves all use "neighbor notes." Any note within one step of the main melody note can be a neighbor note. In Irish fiddling, the neighbor note can be two steps away.

Grace notes are typically the upper neighbor, one whole step or half step higher. The grace note is usually played just before the beat.

In standard music notation it is shown as a very small note. In my tab charts I follow this convention by making the tab grace note much smaller than the main melody notes.

Triplets start with the melody note, go up to the neighbor note, and return to the melody note. The rhythm of this is a substitution of three internal beats for two.

Think of a shuffle pattern: dah-duh-duh. Now go: diddally-duh-duh. This ornament is very popular in Texas Contest style also.

The roll starts on the melody note, goes to the upper neighbor, back to the melody note, then to the lower neighbor, then back to the melody note. When the melodic note is played with the first finger, the upper neighbor is usually the third above, and is played with the third finger. In the roll, the neighbor notes are very light and quick, almost ghost notes.

Percussive finger and bow tricks

These next two moves are a lot of fun. They imitate the bodhran drum. I think of them as being rhythmic ornaments, not melodic.

The bow shake, (my term), is not intended to make three distinct notes. You should hear an interruption of the melodic sound when you do it. Yes, it is a triplet pattern, but done so quickly that you just hear the sound of the bow digging into the string.

Finally, the cut, which you execute by dragging your finger across the (usually) open string without changing the bow direction. This also creates an interruption of the melodic sound. The violin as a percussion instrument!

Slidin' and Squawkin'

The first collection I found of Irish and Celtic tunes, way back in the day,was English, Welsh, Scottish & Irish Fiddle Tunes by Robin Williamson.

This was published in 1976 and came with a vinyl recording of the author playing his tunes up to speed. I still play Carolan's Concerto and Off to California, which came from this book originally.

Williamson writes about slides as being squawks and smears. A squawk is a quick slide and a smear is a lazy slide. The lazy slide has become a favorite of mine, often replacing several notes of a melody.

In slides the object is to start the slide flat to the target note. It can be a half step low or, sometimes, even more. When you slide up the neck, be sure to stop at the desired pitch.

Many times in my studio I coach students to do this correctly. The common mistake is to start at the target pitch and slide up. Be very careful to avoid this error. It just doesn't sound right.

Quick slides, or squawks, can be done often. You will find some notes are better than others for a quick slide. The third note of the scale you are in, for example, is almost always good. The note attracts a slide, especially if it does not go by too fast.

The slower slide, the smear, will often take more time than the usual note allows. So you just steal time from another note. Then you take that note out back and shoot it. (Just kidding. You let the note back in later, when you don't play the smear.)

You can find more fiddle tab charts for Irish tunes in the archive at Fiddle Tunes in Tab. Included are: O'Keefe's Slide, Drowsey Maggie, Road to Lisdoonvarna and Tommy People's Reel.

Elan Chalford, MM.--Fiddle Coach
Learn to Play Fiddle without Reading Music

In The News:

Multifamily Developers Crank Up Volume On Music Amenities  ForbesMultifamily developers nationwide are raising the amenity bar even higher with forays into music-inspired amenities that are just an elevator ride away.
What happens when you create a fake music record label and upload bad music to Spotify  SalonA scholarly experiment to figure out how Spotify works (and how to trick it)
Music Week  Music WeekThe latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel show that rock is on the up. For the 12-week period up to January 13, the genre increased its share of physical sales to ...
2019 Music Week Awards finalists revealed...  Music WeekIt's the news the music industry has been waiting for: the shortlists for the Music Week Awards 2019. Music Week can confirm the finalists in 21 categories for this ...
West Deer's John Vento uses music as force for good  Tribune-ReviewFor a guy who admits that he had a late start in taking original music seriously, John Vento certainly is making up for lost time. In the past 20 years, the West Deer ...
The Umbrella Academy on Netflix a fantastic riot of action, pop music  CNETNetflix's The Umbrella Academy, based on the Eisner-winning comics by My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way and Brazilian artist Gabriel Bá, takes ...
‘It’s something new every single time:’ Kelowna music school gets ready to rock n’ roll  Global NewsStudents from Wentworth Music in Kelowna are putting on a rock concert to honour lost musical legends on Feb. 23 at Kelowna Community Theatre.
Review: Grammy-winning cellist, music highlight concert  The GazetteCEDAR RAPIDS — Ernest Hemingway lived a turbulent life, and “Tales of Hemingway,” as performed Saturday evening by cellist Zuill Bailey and Orchestra ...
The week in classical: Akhnaten; Music for 18 Musicians; Britten Sinfonia; LSO/Gardiner – review  The GuardianMinimalism becomes spectacle in ENO's entrancing Philip Glass revival, while many hands make hypnotically light work of Steve Reich.
Music Pick: The Coathangers  L.A. WeeklyOutraged by the rise in gun violence in this country, The Coathangers put the National Rifle Association squarely in the cross-hairs for once, and the ...
TechKnow: Putting subscription music services to the test  The AgeLinking your smart speakers to a subscription music services ensures you always have a vast library of music at your beck and call. The beauty of a subscription ...
Midwinter music review, as cutting-edge sounds share space with priceless art  Chicago TribuneReview of Midwinter, the Pitchfork and Art Institute music and art collaboration that put indie sounds amid priceless art objects.
Lady Gaga's music-related tattoo left fans VERY confused  Alternative PressLady Gaga's latest ink sent fans into a frenzy as they tried to figure out the meaning behind her brand new, music-related tattoo.
Experience WWI through music at the North Dakota Heritage Center  KFYR-TVMore than 100 years ago the Great War which was later known as World War One came to an end but the effects and attitudes are still being felt today.
Black musicians, singers shaped Pensacola's music history | John Appleyard  Pensacola News JournalThe first such historically related formal musical group was the all-black band of the Third Battalion of the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Barrancas in 1873.
Pulwama attack: MNS asks music companies to drop Pak singers  Moneycontrol.com"We have verbally communicated to Indian music companies like T-Series, Sony Music, Venus, Tips Music etc to not work with Pakistani singers.
Review: Drew Jacobs will break your heart with 'Forever' music video (Includes first-hand account)  Digital JournalCountry singer-songwriter Drew Jacobs has released his new music video for his song "Forever." Digital Journal has the scoop.
Music is the muse for Sydney artist  The West AustralianMusic is the muse for Sydney artist Loribelle Spirovski. The 2017 Archibald Prize finalist's stunning work Age of Reason adorns the cover of Methyl Ethel's third ...
Ryan Adams’ music pulled from US radio following abuse allegations  Tone DeafRyan Adams has had his music pulled from US radio, and his upcoming album reportedly cancelled, in the wake of assault allegations brought against him.
Deputies say woman shot, injured after music complaint  KBTXAuthorities say a Houston woman was shot and injured after complaining about loud music from a party.
'Die Toten Hosen' music documentary premieres at Berlinale film festival  Euronews EnglishGerman Filmmaker Cordula Kablitz-Post spent ten years filming the 1980s German punk band and the resulting documentary is out at the end of March.
Doyle calls out “scumbags” who steal music, respects Taylor Swift, Post Malone  Alternative PressMisfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein has recently denounced meet and greets, as well as the reason he feels he has to do them.
Eastern Revival Skateshop offers Painesville Millennials a music event  News-Herald.comPainesville's attempts to make inroads with an increasingly younger residential median age, which hovers in the early 30s, has found an ally in the Eastern ...
What happens to the music of R Kelly and Michael Jackson?  The SpinoffFirst published on RNZ, ethnomusicologist Kirsten Zemke weighs in what fans should do with the music of alleged bad men. American rapper R Kelly has been ...
Have You Seen This? Music solo will make you rethink the tambourine  KSL.comIf you think the tambourine is just goofy percussion overused by the Partridge Family, you got another think coming.
Civic agencies told to improve working standards or face the music  The News InternationalWaqar Mehdi, the special assistant to the Sindh chief minister on the affairs of the CM's inspection team, has directed all the provincial government's ...
5 of Spotify's biggest imminent challenges in 2019  Music Business WorldwideIn many ways, Spotify enjoyed a spectacular end to 2018. The company finished the year with its first ever quarterly operating profit – €94m ($107 million) ...
Albany Charter School music students work towards Spring trip  WRGBMusic Students at Albany Community Charter School are going places! Under the leadership of Mr. Dwayne Bass and Mr. David Gordon, students are working to ...
Massive Attack: ‘I have total faith in the next generation’  The GuardianTwenty-one years since the release of Mezzanine, Massive Attack are taking it on tour – with added films. The band and their visuals director, Adam Curtis, tell ...
CBSO/Gražinytė-Tyla review – ambitious tone poems and kinetic art  The GuardianThis refined outing of painter/composer Čiurlionis came complete with Norman Perryman's live paintings.
Ned Kelly review – new opera interrogates bushranger's fierce but fragile masculinity  The GuardianThe Kelly gang's rampages through rural Victoria are mellifluously evoked in this bushland production.
E Street Band Founder Little Steven Announces 2019 Australian Tour Dates  Music FeedsSopranos star, radio host and Bruce Springsteen's right-hand man Steven Van Zandt AKA Little Steven and his 14 piece band band Disciples Of Soul have ...
Jaden Smith on his music career: I would love to collaborate with rappers from India  Times NowTalking about his first gig in India, the Icon hitmaker, Jaden Smith said: "I feel honoured to be here. It was one of my favourite performances ever. People here ...
Game of Thrones duo reunite for new music video  DigitalSpy.comGame of Thrones stars Lena Headey and Maisie Williams will appear in the music video for Freya Ridings' new single 'You Mean the World to Me'.
The music we grew up with: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill tour review  The SpinoffSimon Day was at the last night of the tumultuous 20th anniversary tour of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. She was meant to be late. She was supposed to be ...
Spotify paid $343m for podcasting companies Gimlet Media and Anchor  Music Business WorldwideSpotify surprised the music business earlier this month by announcing that it was acquiring two, rather than just one, notable podcasting companies. *Content* ...
How the Ryan Adams Allegations Cast Mandy Moore's Music Career in a New Light  BillboardBetween 1999 to 2009, Mandy Moore released six albums spanning pop and folk, including a record of classic cover songs. But then she stopped. Nearly 10 ...
Guitar music is thriving, so why do we think it's dying?  Official Charts CompanyRecent years have seen rock's presence diminishing on the Official Singles Chart, but is it really dying out?
City music has rhyme, reason | Living | Journal Gazette  Fort Wayne Journal GazetteIt's 11 p.m. on a Saturday outside Piere's Entertainment Center in Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne rapper PfrmDa3, aka Darrell Strozier, isn't due onstage at ...
Ailing Fargo rock fan says 'music helps you through anything'  INFORUMFARGO — In the great Beatles versus Rolling Stones debate, Shannon Neece sides with Mick and Keith. Lately, however, she's been getting by “With a Little ...
Growing movement uses power of music in Alzheimer's treatment  WXXV News 25Talk to WXXV's anchors, reporters and meteorologists. When you see news happening, share it! We'd love to hear from you.
We asked boys what’s on their sex playlists and now all music is banned, forever  The TabThe mood is set. The lights are down. The candles are lit. The Pulp Fiction poster on the wall has fallen down again. You put the Pulp Fiction poster back up.
Springfield native wins big music award  The Tand D.comA Springfield native who recently won a statewide country music award will soon return to his hometown to put on a concert.
Report of women's allegations against Ryan Adams prompts responses by music figures  NBC NewsProminent women in music voiced their support on Wednesday for other women who allege in a newly published report that the musician and producer Ryan ...
Interview: Client Liaison Talk Fashion, Festivals and Fun  UndertheradarListening to the work of Melbourne synth-pop stars Client Liaison can be like gazing at an eighties.
R.E.M. get Trump’s “Everybody Hurts” video pulled from Twitter  Consequence of SoundR.E.M. have seemingly done the impossible — they silenced Donald Trump's Twitter feed. Yesterday, shortly after declaring a national emergency over a ...
New Abba music postponed again, to 'second half of 2019'  The GuardianA representative for the group says there will be 'no release before the summer' of their first new music in 35 years.
UNIFY Gathering Announces 2020 Dates  Music FeedsWe still haven't fully recovered from the wildness that was 2019's UNIFY Gathering, but we now know exactly when we can expect UNIFY 2020 to go down.
Terra rhythm music summit returns in April  Fremont News MessengerTerra State will again hold a rhythm music summit at the college.
Springfield shooting survivors give back to CHD with proceeds from music project  MassLive.comJillian Rodriguez and Johnathan "Blaksmif" Fournier produced a Christmas album and gave a portion of the proceeds to CHD as a way to thank the organization ...
Music Researcher  Pedestrian TVAudio Network is a disruptive, tech-enabled global music company that is one of the largest independent creators of original, high-quality music for use in video.
Friday’s best TV: Flat Pack Pop: Sweden’s Music Miracle; Grantchester  The GuardianA fascinating documentary on how Sweden became the world's biggest exporter of pop. Plus: a teddy boy's murder is the focus of this 50s-set series.
Audica is Harmonix’s new VR music shooter  VentureBeatHarmonix announced a brand new VR rhythm game on Twitter today called Audica. Based on the footage it looks like it's a mixture of first-person shooter ...
Chasing the Music in Nature: In Conversation with Bioacoustician Dr Rohini Balakrishnan  The Weather ChannelDr. Rohini Balakrishnan is Professor and Chair of the Centre for Ecological Sciences at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru.
Lady Gaga 'appalled' by music tattoo mistake on her wrist  BBC NewsLady Gaga has shared her relief with fans after a tattoo of a music stave on her wrist with a missing fifth line was corrected. She said: "As a music theory student ...
NORMA JEAN Posts In-Studio Video With Some Heavy New Music  Metal Injection.netNorma Jean has been cranking out killer album after killer album recently and they're looking to keep that streak going in 2019. Norma Jean is currently in the ...
Una Mullally: Music’s #MeToo moment will be much more difficult to handle  Irish TimesRyan Adams allegations raise questions about the level of awful behaviour in the sector.
What’s next after streaming music? Look to the tech industry for clues: Alan Cross  Global NewsStreaming music services give us access to 50 million songs with a couple of taps at our phones. But what's next?
Anthony Davis finally takes control of situation, but it remains murky as ever  Yahoo SportsThe New Orleans Pelicans All-Star finally adds what was missing to his trade saga: his voice.
Nick Cave pens letter to 10-year-old fan: “Listening to Bad Seeds music at your age is like having a secret knowledge”  Consequence of SoundIn the latest installment of Nick Cave's online public forum The Red Hand Files, the singer-songwriter responded to a 10-year-old-fan named Ptolemy, who ...
Blossom Music Festival 2019 offers something for everyone  Akron Beacon JournalThe Blossom Music Festival will continue its mission of offering something for everyone this summer with movie nights, a classical guitar concerto performance, ...
Henry Rollins on the Music of His Life  PitchforkThe 58-year-old punk icon and master of intensity talks about the songs and artists that have meant the most to him—John Coltrane, Isaac Hayes, Ted ...
Top music execs paid close to $200m from EMI sale, with Martin Bandier netting the lion's share – reports  Music Business WorldwideA picture is beginning to emerge of how Sony Corporation's multi-billion takeover of EMI Music Publishing (EMP) has resulted in a serious personal windfall for a ...
John Grant: ‘Music has been a healing balm for me’  The GuardianThe musician, 50, on his anger problem, coming out, and why he's glad he contracted HIV.
Singer, Songwriter Matthew Howlett Entertains Music Lovers  ThisisRenoMatthew Howlett is a singer songwriter based out of Reno Nevada, host of The Library's open mic and the “Art after Dark” podcast.
How Pop Music Embraced Death and Lost Its Sex Appeal  JezebelAfter a particularly lackluster 2018 VMAs, so sleep-inducing that the big opening number was the former Vine-turned-pop star Shawn Mendes, New Yorker critic ...
BlocBoy JB Wanted By Tennessee Authorities On Multiple Felony Charges  BETCops are asking for the public's help to locate the 22-year-old rapper.
Inside ‘ReMastered’: Netflix’s Gritty New Music-Doc Series  Rolling StoneAnyone who thinks making a music documentary is easy wasn't in director Kief Davidson's shoes when he was in Jamaica researching the attempted ...
When the boundaries melted away: why 1994 was music's finest year  The IndependentThere will be those who have just read the headline and already gone directly to the comments to take issue. For any waverers, I'll set out my stall again: 1994 ...
A Creative Way to Find Royalty-Free Music for Your Film Projects  FstoppersWhen searching through music catalogs leaves you frustrated with no results, it's time to get creative with how you source the perfect soundtrack. There are a lot ...
Music composer Rochak Kohli on working with Ayushmann Khurrana: He strives for perfection  India TodayMusic composer Rochak Kohli has worked with Ayushmann Khurrana on several songs like Paani Da Rang from Vicky Donor and Saddi Gali from Nautanki ...
Music festivals call for NSW to delay changes until after drug deaths inquest  The GuardianBig cost increases for police and medical services have already prompted festival cancellations.
Elvis Presley’s Comeback Special at 50: Inside the All-Star Revival  Rolling StoneOn Stage 12 on the Universal Studios backlot, a young heartthrob is handed a hollow-bodied electric guitar. Shawn Mendes has admitted to an Elvis fixation in ...
NYPD Commander Reportedly Told Cops to Shoot 50 Cent ‘On Sight’  Rolling StoneThe NYPD is investigating a Brooklyn-based commanding officer who allegedly threatened to end rapper 50 Cent's life. The commander, Deputy Inspector ...
Helping young people with depression navigate music choices  ABC NewsNew app encourages listeners to take note of how a song makes them feel.
HMV reveals which 27 stores have closed after sale to Canadian music boss  The GuardianHMV has been rescued from collapse by a Canadian music entrepreneur, but 27 stores in prime locations have closed, including the site of its first store on ...
The 30 Best Albums of 1979 :: Music :: Lists :: Best Albums :: Paste  Paste MagazinePost-punk and New Wave were in full blossom with boundary-pushing albums from Talking Heads, B-52's, Joy Division and Gang of Four. Michael Jackson was ...
28-Day ECR Music Makeover  East Coast RadioWe want your opinion on our music. Tell us what you want to hear more of, what you want to hear less of and how we can make the station that's no.1 for hit ...
Fat Rice, Other Chicago Restaurants Criticized for Music With N-Word  Eater ChicagoEric Williams of the Silver Room wonders why Furious Spoon and No Bones Beach Club are okay with the racial slur.
Katy Perry and Zedd look for love in Artificial Intelligence-themed music video for 365 - WATCH  Times NowKaty Perry and DJ/producer Zedd team up on a new track called "365," whose video finds the two artists -- Zedd as a human and Perry as a robot -- looking for ...
Grand Rapids hosts music festival and honors recital  Herald ReviewGrand Rapids was one of the sites for the Minnesota Federation of Music Clubs Festivals (MFMC) which took place Feb. 8-9. Over 50 students performed at the ...
In excess: why are bands like Foals releasing so many albums?  The GuardianMusic is in the middle of a multi-album boom. Records by the 1975 and Ryan Adams reflect the age of the overshare.
Five Things Spotify Needs to Fix in 2019  Rolling StoneIn many ways, Spotify enjoyed a spectacular end to 2018. The company finished the year with its first ever quarterly operating profit – €94m ($107 million) ...
YouTube Music now works with Sonos speakers  The VergeYouTube has announced tha YouTube Music is now available within the Sonos app and can be played on all Sonos speakers. Users with a YouTube Music ...
How TikTok Gets Rich While Paying Artists Pennies  PitchforkThe company behind lip-sync app TikTok is reportedly worth three times as much as Spotify, but the artists whose music powers the platform are seeing very little ...
ET Women's Forum: Gig By Transgender Music Band, Talking Start-Ups and Beyond #MeToo - A Power-Packed Performance  Economic TimesIndia's first transgender music band, 6 Pack Band, kick-started the event with an enthralling performance. A Power-Packed Performance.
YNW Melly's "Murder On Mind" Number 1 On Apple Music Amid Murder Charges  VibeYNW Melly's career may finally be taking off as his song "Murder On My Mind" has hit number one on Apple Music. However, the 19-year-old, real name Jamell ...
Minger's discounted LED light strip syncs to your music and gets the mood just right  Android CentralThe Minger TV 6.56-foot changing color LED light strip is down to $7.79 with code GS7ONA3G on Amazon. Without the code, this light strip sells for $13, and we ...
Got Chrome OS 72? Here's how to download Android movies and music to an SD card  About ChromebooksLast week, Google released the Chrome OS 72 Stable Channel into the wild on a rolling schedule. As a result, my Pixel Slate just got the update. One of the ...
Rockin Rudy's, a corner stone of Montana music scene since 1982  NBC MontanaThe accessibility of listening to and buying music online is certainly different from the days when fans lined up to buy Elvis Presley records. Brick and mortar ...
Chris Hemsworth Music Playlist On Centr App With Apple Music  Men's HealthThe 35-year-old recently announced the launch of his wellness app: Centr. And now you can also listen to the bangers that help him bust out that extra rep.
'The Masked Singer': The Alien Is Revealed -- Find Out Which Music Star Was Under the Mask!  Entertainment Tonight*Caution: Spoilers ahead!* The mystery of The Masked Singer continues Wednesday night with week seven of the competition, as the final six costumed ...
Audio: Interview with Junkie XL  Film MusicFilm music journalist Daniel Schweiger interviews composer JUNKIE XL, a composer of tech-filled epic adventure who now finds the orchestral soul in the ...
Get to know these 10 first-time Juno nominees  CBC.caThe Juno Award nominations were announced this week and while many may know who leading nominees Shawn Mendes and the Weeknd are, there are ...
Unauthorized Drake Documentary Shut Down By Universal Music Group  HipHopDXLos Angeles, CA – Symettrica Entertainment producers are crying foul over Universal Music Group's move to have their unauthorized Drake documentary Drake: ...
From Dolly To H.E.R.: 10 Unforgettable 2019 GRAMMYs Moments  Recording Academy | GrammysThe 61st GRAMMY Awards had it all—a Dolly Parton tribute, a major win for Kacey Musgraves, a Prince-like performance from Janelle Monáe and so much ...
March 2019 New Music Releases  Ultimate Classic RockA look at new music of note set to arrive in March 2019.
No Bollywood filmmaker or music company will work with Pakistani artistes: Ashoke Pandit  India TodayPresident of the Indian Film and Television Directors' Association, Ashoke Pandit, called for a complete ban on Pakistani artistes.

Music for Cross Cultural Accelerated Learning

The Search for the Right MusicEver since Georgi Lozonav, the... Read More

Guitar Performance - Make The Most of It!

Getting ready for any type of guitar performance can be... Read More

Is Rhapsody Music Downloads Service Getting A Good Rhap?

Rhapsody music, from RealNetworks is one of several reputable legal... Read More

Turn It Up: Plugging Into The Perfect Guitar And Amp Settings

Yowza! Did you hear that hideous noise? It sounded like... Read More

Guitarists...Are You A Victim and A Loser?

I was thinking today about THE most dangerous enemy of... Read More

Things To Know When Shopping For A Guitar Amplifier

Guitar amplifiers are a major part of your tone. Some... Read More

Shut Up And Sing

What is it with these performers and their politics? Do... Read More

Born to sing, Britney Spears is as big as ever today

Britney Spears was born December 2 1981 as Britney Jean... Read More

Micing a Kick Drum

This months tip deals with micing kick drums.You wouldn't believe... Read More

Taking iPod Culture into Clubs as Well as Cyberspace: Jonny Rocket Interviewed by The G-Man

Already making plenty of noise in the marketplace is a... Read More

How Any DJ Can Increase Their Gigs and Profits By This Simple Strategy

The DJ industry is very competitive. There are many DJ's... Read More

How to Play Piano Using a Few Chords

How many chords do you need to create a piece... Read More

Social Networking and Music: MySpace Puts It All Together in a Virtual Community

Today's music fan interacts with a "community" that is far... Read More

Learning the Piano and Playing the Piano

Many piano students spend much time learning how to play... Read More

How to Create Hip, Mature and Lush Harmonies

Rarely is a chord played with its tones contained in... Read More

Creating Stark Atmospheres

One of the things New Age pianist George Winston is... Read More

The Didjeridu

In Northern Australia the Didjeridu is seen as a phallic... Read More

1959 Stratocaster Vintage Guitars

Mid 1959 Stratocaster vintage guitars have a slab rosewood fingerboard... Read More

Learning How To Improvise

Those of you who have been reading my articles for... Read More

How the Internet Helps Musicians

Everyone talks about the negative impact of the Internet on... Read More

What All Do I Have to Know to be a Really Good Piano Player?

Many students ask me a question that goes something like... Read More

Wal-Mart Music Downloads, Napster and Other Legal Digital Music Download Sites

Digital Music Download. Ever since file-sharing programs entered the hard... Read More

Musicians Injuries: OUCH, It Hurts When I Play (But Please Dont Tell Me To Stop!)

This article takes a look at musicians' injuries. For an... Read More

You Cant Force Play

A student once asked me; "How come sometimes the music... Read More

Free, Legal Music Online

Almost everyone has heard about the massive crack down on... Read More