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Music on the move

by Aubrey Aikens

For the past few years, I’ve been fascinated by the idea of remote music lessons, since it removes a lot of the geographical, financial, and social stressors associated with in-person learning. With all of the positives, however, comes skepticism and a fear of the unknown. Musicians often feel a pressure to compete with computers, rather than working in tandem with them, and I feel that might be a reason why the transition between online and in-person music lessons has been a challenge.

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Chris Medici to lead Altered Stage as President & GM

I could not be more thrilled to announce that Chris Medici, our friend and brother in music, is taking on the role of President and General Manager of Altered Stage.

It’s a non-brainer decision for us. If you know or have only casually met Chris you know that he is the breathing embodiment of our club. His warmth, creativity, passion for music, and genuine love for the club has been an immeasurable part of who we are today since he joined as one of our three original members. As we evolve to help people live music everyday in today’s virtual-hybrid world, Chris will drive smart growth in a way that I know will maintain our soul.

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Jam Sessions: A Primer

What You Need – To Jam

Welcome to the first installment of many on the subject jam sessions! In this series I aim to cover all aspects of the jam session including setting it up, what to play, what you can do to improve your jamming skills and so much more. Stay tuned for what is to be a jam-packed series.
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My Musical Journey: The Altered Stage Chapter

by Eric Fitzgerald

About two years ago, I moved to downtown Chicago – the move was exclusively for work, and coming from Upstate New York, I didn’t really know anyone in the area. Without anyone to ask where to find a guitar shop to pick up some new strings, I resorted to Google to see if I could find anything nearby. Only about four blocks away, this place called Altered Stage was one of a few results. There was a picture of people playing guitar, so I clicked into the website. After reading the About Us paragraph, completely distracted from my original objective, I ended up reading through every corner of the website with wide eyes. This sounded like the kind of place I had always wished existed.
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