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Musicians’ Corner: September

Recommendations for Musicians by Musicians

This month, Tessa recommends:

The Complete Keyboard Player, by Kenneth Baker

So, my mom has had an electronic keyboard sitting around the house for the longest time, and I started teaching myself to play it last summer with the aid of this book. It’s helped a lot. The book presumes that the reader knows absolutely nothing about keyboards or music theory, so it’s good for beginners. I have a few keyboard-playing friends who say they learned by watching YouTube videos, but I tend to work better with reading music myself. If you want to learn how to play keyboard or just the basics of reading music, this book can help you a lot.  (As I said last month, check to see if your library has this if you can’t or don’t want to spend $10-30 on Amazon.)

Songsterr.com

This site is pretty awesome. Not only does it contain guitar, bass, and drum tablature, but you can actually listen to the tabs. The tabs come up in a player, so you can give them a listen and tell whether they’re accurate or not. (They do tend to be fairly accurate.) If you haven’t discovered this site already, just check it out and try to play some songs. It’s really useful.

Who’s in the Corner?
This month, just Tessa Smith, the creator of the zine. But you can contribute too! Email queensofnoise@gmail.com if you’d like to be in the Corner next issue! If you recommend resources, I’ll be glad to advertise your website, product, or band next month!

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Musicians’ Corner: August

Recommendations for Musicians by Musicians

This month, Tessa recommends:

Fingerstyle Guitar from Scratch, by Bruce Emery
This book is great. You can learn to fingerpick to songs by the Beatles, Eric Clapton, and Weezer, among others. The instruction is straightforward and easy to understand, and with enough practice, you’ll find yourself improving in a matter of weeks. I checked a copy out from the library, so you can try that avenue before shelling out the fifteen bucks on Amazon.

Premier Guitar
This website has everything for a guitar player, from gear reviews to advice on working in the music business to educational articles. It has resources for bassists too. You can get a free digital subscription to this magazine at this link. This magazine isn’t a boys’ club like Guitar World; they have lady columnists and did a great article on Sister Rosetta Tharpe recently.

Who’s in the Corner?
This month, just Tessa Smith, the creator of the zine. But you can contribute too! Email queensofnoise@gmail.com if you’d like to be in the Corner next issue! (I’d like it if we didn’t have just guitar resources to recommend next time—drummers, bassists, vocalists, and otherwise, step up!) If you recommend resources, I’ll be glad to advertise your website, product, or band in this section next month!