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Get Lost in Indie Band Decker's Emotional Psychedelic Folk

Get Lost in Indie Band Decker's Emotional Psychedelic Folk

Indie-folk group Decker is a band on the move. When I called guitarist and singer Brandon Decker for an interview, he was signing the paperwork for a brand new van for the band. "I think it's the nicest vehicle I've ever owned. It's gonna be very nice to not have to worry about being stranded roadside." Decker admitted. And with their busy touring schedule, Decker needs reliable transportation now more than ever. I chatted with Decker about his musical roots, his prolific songwriting, … Read More

Get Lost in Indie Band Decker's Emotional Psychedelic Folk
Indie-folk group Decker is a band on the move. When I called guitarist and singer Brandon Decker for an interview, he was signing the paperwork for a brand new van for the band. "I think it's the nicest vehicle I've ever owned. It's gonna be very nice to not have to worry about being stranded roadside." Decker admitted. And with their busy touring schedule, Decker needs reliable transportation now more than ever. I chatted with Decker about his musical roots, his prolific songwriting,
How to Choose the Best Violin Songs for Your Recital
Do you have a big recital coming up? Below, violin teacher Julie P. shares some tips on how to choose the best violin songs and nail your next performance... If you’re a beginner violinist preparing for your first big recital, you’re probably wondering how to pick the best violin songs that will showcase what you've learned throughout your violin lessons. Chances are you're also nervous about how you'll play in front of people. While it's good to have some butterflies in your stomach,
"But I Don't Want to Practice..." How to Motivate Your Child to Practice Drums
As a parent, do you sometimes find it hard to motivate your son or daughter to practice drums? Don't worry, you're not alone. Next time your child is reluctant to practice, try these tips from music teacher Willy M... Parents, listen up: don't yell or pull out your hair. I know it can be frustrating to get your child to practice drums, but it's not impossible. If you're reading this article, you probably have a son or daughter learning to play drums, and you're wondering how to motiva
4 Easy Steps to Playing Piano By Ear
Want to try playing piano by ear? Follow these four simple steps from Newport Beach, CA teacher Patricia S. and you'll be playing your favorite songs in no time...   Ear training doesn't need to be difficult or boring. You can have fun, learn techniques for playing piano by ear, and learn a little bit about music theory all at once! And you need to know very little about the piano to do it. To start, find a song with a good melody, and one that isn't too fast. Pick a slow song
3 Maps to Help You Pick the BEST Road Trip Songs [2016 update]
Bad news: It's August, and summer is halfway over. Good news: There's still plenty of time for a summer road trip! And of course, no road trip is complete without a playlist. The best road trip playlist includes songs to sing along with, songs to keep you energized, and songs that will appeal to everyone in the car (no easy feat!). So let's get to work. Grab a map, and mark the states you'll be driving in. Then, check out our maps below: just for kicks, the first map lists the official

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