5 essential ukulele accessories – the fun and the functional

Ukuleles are more popular than ever before, and why wouldn’t they be? Ukuleles are a great instrument, they’re fun, relatively affordable and a good starting point for people who want to learn an instrument.

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Historical album of the month – Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven

What does it take to turn a record into a historical milestone? That’s what we’ve been asking ourselves in the editor room. Our first answer would be that a historical record needs to inspire and stand at the beginning of a new genre. A shining example is Pantera’s album Far Beyond Driven.

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Music industry gender balance screams for more girlpower

How are women faring in the most important rankings in the music biz? The disparity between men and women at the top is more severe than you might have initially thought.

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Historic Live Albums – The Concert in Central Park by Simon & Garfunkel

Some concerts turn out to be different than you had expected. The show by folk duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel in New York for example. The charity concert for the renovation of Central Park is listed in the history books as one of the best live performances of the two musicians.

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How to write a love song – three tips for creating a Valentine’s ballad

Today is Valentine's Day, the most commercially romantic day of the year. Because of all the fuss around cheesy gifts you may have forgotten what this day really is about; love. The best gift in our opinion is playing a love song for your Valentine. Here are three tips for writing a serenade.

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How can blockchain technology help the artist?

A little over a year ago, Dutch DJ Hardwell announced he would use blockchain technology to sell his own songs via his own website, and manage the rights at the same time. That is, for just one song.

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Game on:
Liam vs Noel Gallagher

“Oasis was like a Ferrari. Great to look at, great to drive and it will fucking spin out of control every now and again.” The explosivity between brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher was both the strength and demise of legendary britpop band Oasis.

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The Art of the Setlist

Websites are dedicated to them and some of them are auctioned off for tens of thousands of dollars. Musicians spend years perfecting them. And if you’re an aspiring rockstar, it is definitely worth thinking about. A setlist is a list of songs musicians intend to play during live shows.

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Gated Reverb:
the sound that defined ’80s music is back

What started as a recording accident, went on to define much of the sound of the ‘80s. The technique behind the drum sound featured on so many hit songs back in the day, is called gated reverb.

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The story behind the 3-string guitar that transforms kids into rock stars

It only has three strings and looks pretty darn awesome. A little while ago, Loog Guitars launched a very successful Kickstarter campaign for a series of ultimate beginner’s guitars, along with an app.

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