Marvin Stamm – Improvisation for Beginners

Most people have only heard Marvin Stamm on Paul McCartney's first no. 1 hit after the Beatles: "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" from Ram. Marv plays the flugelhorn solo that leads into "Hands across the water..."  In this video, Marv talks about emotional and intellectual approaches to improvisation.

By | May 26th, 2011|Gig Bag|

10,000 Hours of Practice Makes Perfect? (Part Two)

In Part One, we looked at theories proposing that 10,000 hours of practice is required to become an expert in almost any field.   So is that all it takes?  In a word: No.  Quality counts; it's not just the hours, but the way those hours are spent that determines the benefits of practice. Practice [...]

By | December 9th, 2010|Gig Bag|

Holiday Gift Guide for Musicians and Music Lovers #1

Check the How-to-Buy guides if you're interested in gifting drums, keyboards, a guitar or bass. #1: Gifts Under $100 What can you get for less than $30?  How about a professional musical instrument that is played by the likes of Bob Dylan and John Popper? There are thousands of harmonicas out there, some cheap, some [...]

By | November 20th, 2010|Bass, Gig Bag, Guitar, Songs, Tech|

10,000 Hours of Practice Makes Perfect? (Part One)

Practice > 3 Hours a Day > 7 Days a Week > for 10 Years How much should you practice?  In This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, Daniel Levitan writes about the ten-thousand-hours theory, which proposes that 10,000 hours of practice is required to become a world-class expert in [...]

By | November 11th, 2010|Gig Bag|

Practice > How to Bang a Drum

First: Learn How to Hold the Sticks This is a great series on the Moeller Method that starts from the very beginning: holding the sticks.  A lot of beginners hold them like clubs or bats and swing them with their arms and hands.  The inevitable result is that everything is played too loud.  In order [...]

By | February 19th, 2010|Drums|