How to Start a Fire (via Alunatunes’s Weblog)

Musicians are always on the hunt for inspiration. Take a cue from Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival and choose your own ways to be inspired.

 Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. -Buddha Discovery Channel’s programming is intriguing. Not being much of a TV person, I choose programming carefully. A really fun and educational watch this summer has been Dual Survival. Two survival experts are dropped into scenarios where they must conquer the elements and be rescued in a short amount of time. The two survivalists could not be more different. … Read More

via Alunatunes’s Weblog


Bill started playing piano at three…..

Bill graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA in 2000 for a Bachelor’s in Communications and Music. Bill started playing piano at age 3, learning how to read music before he learned to read words, violin at the age of 8, and by age 12 he was participating in the high school chamber orchestra. By 16, he was accepted to the All State orchestra, and at the age of 15, he picked up the guitar and began composing music and performing with bands. In college, Bill put together a band which was voted number one band in the university’s paper. After college, Bill toured around the country as a solo artist. Since moving to San Francisco, Bill has been performing in many bands, playing with professional and well known musicians. He currently performs with an electronica band with some classical elements and is working on a solo album.

James has a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Performance from Yale

James received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Performance from Yale University in 2001 in New Haven, CT.  Before that, James graduated from the University of Houston in Houston, TX with a Bachelors in Music Performance in 1994.   James has been teaching since 1996, and his styles include jazz, rhythm and blues, pop, Broadway, and classical, among other styles.  He is currently on the staff at UCLA as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach for the music department, and over the summer has been on faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA and as opera coach for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.  He frequently performs throughout Southern California in well-known venues, piano bars and cabarets.  He has directed and played for numerous Broadway productions and for numerous headlining shows.  James is also a concert pianist, performing concertos with several symphonies.  His awards include prizes in the New York Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the National Chopin Competition, the Washington International Piano Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Olga Koussevitsky Piano Competition in New York, the Salon de Virtuosi Awards in New York, the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg National Young Artist Competition, and the title of Top Instrumentalist in the World Championships for the Performing Arts in Burbank, CA.

The Art of Listening to Yourself Practice (via Melody Music Studios)

The Art of Listening to Yourself Practice     Bassist John McBroom with Blue Mule


The Art of Listening to Yourself Practice For those of you that are taking lessons, imagine that your instructor is there with you when you practice and be critical of your playing the same as your instructor would, hearing his or her words in your head. I still hear my past instructors every time I practice, telling me things I know he would say if he were listening. I know that while you’re learning a pie … Read More

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Anya is a graduate of The University of Music Arts in Belgrade

Anya graduated from the University of Music Arts in Belgrade, Serbia with a Bachelor’s in Harp Performance, receiving the highest scores possible.  Than in 2011, she continued her education there to receive her Master’s in Music in Harp Performance.  Anya started playing and studying music when she was 8 years old. During her education before and during college, she has studied under many instructors, offering her a varied education and teaching styles that she feels has helped her pick out what she valued most from each instructor.  Anya participated in numerous competitions and performances, but what she enjoys most is passing on her knowledge to someone else!  She’s been teaching since 2010 and offers classical, pop, jazz, religious, and rock styles.Personality:  outgoing and fun

Thoughts about art and music

Sometimes I think the whole dilemma with our lives as artists is that at one time, before we tried or found ourselves compelled by economics to build a living with it, we reveled in it. Whether we played or sang or booked, or managed, at some point, our art was a compendium of absolute love. A collection of passion and inspiration. Then, piece by piece, as we committed more and more of our time and energy and selves to it, art chose to strangle us ever so slowly. Eventually a lot of us found ourselves tied to the metaphorical train tracks of art as a living, being pummeled and pulled apart. Lives fell apart, addictions appeared. Normal -once so offending to us- looked strangely like something we might like to try. And then we found, to our utter surprise and sadness, that no heroic cowboy on a horse was ever going to release us from our artistic bonds. And we remain tied down, year after year, when what we’d really like to do is ride off into the sunset to a place of hope and warmth and conviviality.
But yet, we cannot stop. We create. It is what we do. No matter what form that creation takes: cooking, painting, singing, playing, dancing, drawing, writing,- we, as artists, are compelled to do our utmost to make the world a more palatable, beautiful place for those who don’t practice art as a part of daily life. Through the artist, humans understand they are not alone with their demons and desires. Through the artist, humans are touched at a level that stirs the cells and sweetens the soul. Art, for those of us who make it, is full of raw emotion. We struggle, in so many ways, to harness our creativity and make it presentable and good and true. And if we’re in tune with our souls, and only then, we rise to a level that exceeds mere existence. We connect with spirit, we commune unfettered with God and become wholly the consummate, soul-filled human beings we were meant to be.

-Tammy Brackett

Take SKYPE lessons from a two-time Grammy nominated music producer

Doug Doug graduated from Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY in 1997 with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance. He is a two-time Grammy Nominated music producer, and has been playing guitar since the age of 6. He’s a professional guitarist and singer/songwriter in NYC and produces/performs with notable blues and rock musicians. Doug has been teaching since 1993, and his styles include rock, pop, folk, blues, jazz, R&B, Country, among others.

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