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Music to My Eyes: Modern Piano by Audi & Bösendorfer

I am so in love with this piano, which I’m surprised I hadn’t see before now. I had no idea that Audi had ever designed a piano, let alone a piano …

From 'Crouching Tiger' To 'Secret Songs': Composer Tan Dun's Next Move

Chinese composer Tan Dun has written an opera for Placido Domingo and his works have been performed by the some of the world's greatest orchestras. In addition to writing music for the Beijing Olympics, he wrote the Oscar-winning score for <i>Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon</i>.<p>Now, Tan Dun has turned his …

Grizzly Bear: Why Big Bands Don't Make Big Money

While they’re still classified as an independent band, they’re one of the few that have had their work cross over into the mainstream, namely with …

Waldstein - Beethoven - Piano Sonata 21 Mvt 1 - Color Wheel Theory and Music Circle of Fifths (5ths)

Chord Progression Generator

Feel and Key<p>How to write chord progressions<p>Pick a progression type that matches what you want to play. Remember that your playing style can also …

Harmonic Map

The Map in Roman Numerals<p>Here we have a map for harmony. It shows the chords of the diatonic system, the flat majors, and the secondary dominants in …

Exclusive: 17 Downright Beautiful Electric Guitars from Famous Rockers

Like David Crosby, Jimmie Vaughan, and Robbie Robertson.<p><b>The electric guitar.</b> The thing can take you to heaven or beckon you toward the devil. Each one, if put in the right hands, imbued with the potential to make a legend. Van Halen, Crosby, Vaughan, Johnson, Santana, Nielsen, Allman — legends like …

Beck signs with Capitol and announces Morning Phase album

Fresh from signing a deal with Capitol Records, Beck has announced a new album, Morning Phase, due for release in February 2014.<p>His first studio album since 2008's Modern Guilt, Morning Phase looks set to see Beck return to the acoustic stylings of 2002's Sea Change, and will include several of the …

Elvis Costello Named Honorary Doctor of Music

As if he hadn't already proved it countless times with his surgically precise songwriting and the healing power of his gift for melody, Elvis …

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Studying The Science Behind Child Prodigies

Matt Haimovitz is 42 and a world-renowned cellist. He rushed into the classical music scene at age 10 after Itzhak Perlman, the famed violinist, heard him play.<p>"By the time I was 12, 13 years old I was on the road playing with Israel Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and some of the great …

A violin with three strings,

A violin with three strings,<p>On Nov. 18, 1995, Itzhak Perlman, a violinist, came on stage to give a concert at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.<p>If you have ever been to a Perlman concert, you know that getting on stage is no small achievement for him. He was stricken with polio as a child, and so he has braces on both legs and walks with the aid of two crutches. To see him walk across the stage one step at a time, painfully and slowly, is an awesome sight.<p>He walks painfully, …

Elvis Costello On Piano Jazz

This <i>Piano Jazz</i> is a special live session from the 2006 Tanglewood Jazz Festival, with host Marian McPartland joined by a very special guest: singer-songwriter Elvis Costello.<p>Composer, singer and guitarist Elvis Costello was born Declan MacManus in 1954. He grew up in London in a household filled …

No more mistakes!

It’s amazing what the human mind is capable of, when its resolve is strong enough. Sometimes playing accurately is just a matter of <b>deciding</b> not to …

Review: Right Brain Music

Do you have students that struggle with note reading? Memorizing the names and positions of notes on the staff can be a tricky task for students, and …

Julian Bream: 'I'm a better musician now than when I was 70'

Two years ago Julian Bream was walking with his retriever, Django, in the fields around his Dorset home, when a neighbour's dog knocked him to the ground, breaking both hips and injuring his left hand. For several years, Britain's greatest virtuoso of guitar and lute had played through the pain of …

The Doodle Project, 62 Illustrators and 14 Musicians Contribute to Collaborative Animated Short

Animator Dante Zaballa recruited 62 illustrators and 14 musicians for his collaborative animation, “The Doodle Project.” Zaballa created a simple …

Futuristic orchestra: Conduct 'screen musicians' through gesture

Ever been to a symphony and imagined standing in front of the orchestra waving your arms around in that mysterious way conductors do?<p>The Computer Orchestra lets you do that -- if you don't mind your musicians having a motherboard and a battery instead of a head and arms.<p>The crowdsourced project by …

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Do Blues Musicians Need to be Really, Really Old?

It seems that to be a famous blues musician you have to be over 65—or dead. Ted Gioia goes in search of the youth movement in blues with five artists …

Musicians may be most creative 'when not actually playing instrument'

For a musician, it's an elusive question: where to find your muse? How to unlock your creative voice? Well, putting down the instrument and just tapping the furniture or singing badly in the shower might help.<p>New research suggests that musicians may be at their most creative when they are not …

What's going on inside the brains of musicians while they improvise?

Watching a skilled musician improvise a piece, you almost feel as though he or she is plucking the notes straight from thin air. Fortunately, science …