In this month's newsletter we're announcing our Winter Recital Concert, practice session and halloween party! Read about our past recital concerts and our upcoming practice session and picture day, plus piano instructor Lucas Bowman is under the instructor spotlight...
Last week we concluded our 2016 Summer Camp Season with Just Press Play, our recording studio camp. Over the course of 5 action packed days our campers worked in teams of Producers, Engineers and Musicians to craft original songs from conception to mixed and mastered recordings. Some tracks were put together via experimentation with sampling records or video game sound effects, while others came out of a more traditional rock band jam. Overall everyone worked really hard and did a great job, check out their recordings and let us know what you think!
We've just completed our 'Hit the Studio' summer camp and we're eager to share the results. At the beginning of the week the kids were given a challenge: to create an album in a week with each of them producing a track.
Ever seen someone figure out how to play a song just by hearing it? Its not magic, its music theory! You don't have to be a virtuoso musician to do it, it just takes practice like anything else. Use this guide to get started figuring out your favorites for any instrument...
After nearly 6 months of deliberation, and 1 week of actual work, the Sunburst Guitar Instruction Website is about ready for launch (or will be by the time you read this). I’d like to thank all those who helped put it together.
The blog on the SGI website is called Sunburst Blog (you’re reading it right now), it will not only track things going on with students and sunburst, but will also report on music, teaching, and life in general. Click the big orange button on the top right to subscribe to the feed. Thanks and enjoy!
During last weeks open hours, a student asked the zillion dollar question: what makes a great guitarist?
It was one that you’d think you hear more often than you do. Also, it was one who’s answer (to me) is tricky to pin down yet somehow blatantly obvious. It came after a long afternoon of watching videos of people nailing the fast part of the Sweet Child-O-Mine solo on youtube, many of them (including this guy) do it justice. We were talking about how meticulous all of these players had been in learning this solo note for note, especially the fast part which Slash himself would probably improvised. To learn something that fast, most people would need to slow it way down, memorize the notes, and then play it 8,000 times before reaching top speed. Now perhaps it was just my anti-G3 sentiments coming out, but I had to insert my opinion that the fast part was to me, the least interesting part of the solo. Slash was great not because he could play the fast part, but because he came up with the soaring melodic part before and after.
Ryan Adams released his 14th album on 9/9/14 titled "Ryan Adams" on Pax-Am Records. Fourteen records is a lot for any musician, let alone Adams who is only 39. However, he has managed to make his best sounding and most accessible album to date.
If you read the About section, you may recall my experience the night I discovered the guitar, let me flesh out the scene a bit more: The guitar was an travel size Ovation (not a recommended axe for a beginner) that had been sitting in the corner of my room in its box for 4 months, I think I was initially turned off by the wooden leaves on the top. This was a period of my life in which I was spending a great amount of time on the computer, mostly downloading songs off of Napster and listening to those while downloading more. Naturally when I finally had the inkling to grab the guitar my first move was not to go buy a book of sheet music, or look up a teacher and sign up for lessons, it was to hit the web.
Starting things is easy, its sticking with them and making them part of what you do thats hard. Many people see guitarists and think “yeah I could do that,” only to pick it up and find that after a few hours of plunking around, their fingers hurt and they haven’t yet reached rock star status. While there’s no magic potion to become a phenom overnight, here are a number of things that a beginner can do to get over the hump: