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Jam Sessions – Tempo and Dynamics

by Jason Steele

Last blog post about jam sessions was all about the ears and this week is all about the basics. Two of the most basic aspects of music is the speed (tempo) and volume (dynamics). Having control over these two things will bring your playing and jam sessions to a whole new level. The exercises below will help you gain greater control over each of them by group play and exploring changing up the tempos and dynamics of a song. It’s not that common for a song to change tempo within the song, but many songs most certainly offer up a variety of different dynamics within the same song.

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Post Malone Rubs Me the Right Way

by Aubrey Aikens

As some people may know, I personally cannot drive without having music on, and when I was in high school, that music was almost exclusively classic rock (I had a deep love for Boston, Kansas and Journey courtesy of my mother). I thought that driving around in my little old Honda with “Separate Ways” blasting as loud as possible made me seem pretty groovy. Spoiler alert: it did not. Now that I’ve graduated from university with degrees in music and music business, I wish I could say that my tastes have matured, but I think they have ironically gone the opposite direction than one would expect, because now I tend to find myself listening to the Top 40’s station (along with a little bit of Chicago’s Polish/American club music station which, if you haven’t checked out, you should because it’s really something).

I feel pretty confident in saying that today’s Top 40 can be summed up in two words: Post. Malone.

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Singing with Confidence

by Aubrey Aikens

Last week, I gave my first ever masterclass about communicating emotional depth through singing and live music and it was an absolutely wonderful experience. We discussed the art of having confidence in front of people and honestly, I’ve only scratched the surface on the subject.

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My Journey Began at Abbey Road

by Chris Medici

I’m grateful to my brothers for many things, one of which is their musical taste. Being the youngest brother, I would often hear whatever albums they had – a diverse range of artists and genres for sure. On any given day, depending on who was home, I would hear The Allman Brothers, Chicago, Bowie, or Sly and the Family Stone. One artist and one album, however, stood out from the rest: The Beatles’ “Abbey Road.”

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Singing – The not-so-impossible dream

by Ben Herrington

After passing by Altered Stage every morning and evening, for close to a year, as I walked to and from work, and each time, inevitably, trying to convince my anxiety that years of singing punk rock in the shower would surely springboard me to rock superstardom (which arguments my anxiety would smartly dismiss by pointing out that I was not only tone deaf, but barely able to play the cowbell), on a cold February morning, upon arriving at my desk I finally decided to tell it (my anxiety) to STFU and I rang the telephone number listed on Altered Stage’s webpage.

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