The Black Sheep of the Orchestra?

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My son came home with a question the other day: [quote]Into which orchestral instrument family does the piano fit?[/quote] Traditionally, we’re taught that there are four instrument families in the orchestra: Strings Woodwinds Brass and Percussion Of the four, where does the piano fit? (What about the Harp, Celeste, Harpsichord and Pipe Organ for that matter?) We had our own …

To be Young Again…

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o… I’m not talking about revisitng my youth and chasing after nubile young ladies … sorry to disappoint if that’s what led you to click your way over here. Rather, I’m going to ramble on about topics more closely related to the subject matter that is the undercurrent of this blog. Over the last couple of days, I started getting …

Modes – They’re Good for You!

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You may like them in your song, With a bridge, they can’t be wrong You may use them choosing chords Or, in a melody – you won’t get bored. Try them, try them, you will see Modes are everywhere – in any key! Modes are everywhere in the music you hear.  A mode, in the most basic “modern” definition of …

Why Music Lessons Suck – part II

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This is part II of my rant on “traditional” music lessons.  Part I can be found here where I lashed out a bit at the way that I was and countless other music students have been and are being taught music.  In this installment, I’m going to continue on this path.  To give you some context to the following – …

Why Music Lessons Suck – part I

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Maybe I’m bragging here, but I think I have a good problem: My kids voluntarily and enjoy playing piano.  There are times when I actually have to tell them to stop playing. Seriously. There actually are times when it gets to be too much sonic goodness or they chose inappropriate times to sit down and start a recital (i.e. 6:30 …

IHR #81 is Up!

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Inside Home Recording Episode #81 is up and ready for your consumption. Episode #81 synopsis: On IHR #81, listener Paul Hogue reports on the Moog Lab at Big Ears 2010, Dave and Ryan (from the Home Recording Show) discuss audio phase, and Derek praises small guitar amps. Plus news, and a question: is mastering a scam? With Derek K. Miller …

My alter ego … Darth Dave

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So, I’m torn … I’ve been teaching the 102 music theory course at The Art Institute for over a year now, and I can’t help but wonder if I’m perceived as the scheming evil instructor. It’s the final class/final exam and I’m always amazed at how much these guys (and girls) absorb in just six months. A vast majority of …

Music Technology & a Few Sucking Sounds … Part II

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In my previous blog entry, I mused about the possibility that Music Technology itself may contribute to a “suckage” factor in today’s music. This mental excursion was the result of listening to Joe Chiccarelli in an interview on Electronic Musician‘s monthly podcast where he stated that he felt that the low barriers present for artists to record, produce and distribute …