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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 Sing Higher, Clearer, and On Pitch: 3 Simple Fixes
Most beginner vocalists come across the same types of issues - such as struggling to learn how to sing higher or stay on pitch during practice and performances. Read on as Grand Rapids, MI teacher Kelsey P. explains why - along with 3 simple fixes! Having trouble hitting those high notes? Staying on pitch? Producing a clear tone? Do you ever feel like singing is really hard work, and notice your voice feels and sounds tired after just a short amount of singing? In most cases, all of th
15 MORE Easy Pop Songs for Piano | Piano Tutorials
You've already learned how to play 5 easy pop songs on the piano, but the fun doesn't stop there! Here, teacher Liz T. walks you through 15 more easy pop songs to play on piano...   Did you know that some of today’s most popular music can be easily played on the piano or keyboard? As a piano player, you may come across an event where playing popular songs is a good idea; it could be at a birthday party, nursing home, wedding, or another public event where people can enjoy your per
Tips for Singing: Why Practicing Scales Matters
It's a common misconception that singers and instrumentalists are two completely different types of musicians. They're actually much more alike than you might think! The difference is that, as singers, your instrument is your body! Because of this, as you learn how to sing, you'll likely come across some specific issues of technique. One of the most important things for singers to work on is singing notes that are perfectly in tune. Generally, producing the correct notes for an instrumentalist
How to Play Beethoven’s "Fur Elise": One Teacher's Tips
As a musician, one of the best parts of playing music is adding your own spin to the notes and markings on the page. Here, Seattle teacher Amber A. explains her interpretation of Beethoven’s "Fur Elise", an ever-popular piece for piano students: Fur Elise, one of the most beloved piano pieces by Beethoven is often a favorite of many piano students. There are a few different performances of this piano music available on the Internet. My favorite performance is the one played by Ivo Pogorelich. H

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