Song :: Fireflies – Owl City

by Sascha on 29. August 2011

in songs

Here’s a song, despite the fact the beat is programmed, that’s still interesting to play!

This is a song called “Fireflies” by “Owl City”. The production, in my opinion, is extremely sterile, but even so, the beat is interesting.

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Song :: Rock You Like A Hurricane – Scorpions

by Sascha on 29. August 2011

in songs

By special request, I’ve transcribed this Scorpions rock classic. No sooner did I get “Make a Wish” set up on this site, I got my first transcription request! COOL! ;-)

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Song :: Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz

by Sascha on 29. August 2011

in songs

Here’s a mega-hit from Lenny Kravitz…the man who doesn’t need any introduction…
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How to use iTunes as a Musician

by Sascha on 21. August 2011

in thoughts

How to use iTunes as a musician

I can’t tell you how often this question is asked by my students: How do I most efficiently organize my band’s songs in iTunes?

Over the years I have developed a small archiving system, which enables me to store all of my band’s songs (and recordings of our practice sessions) easily.  Naturally, I’ve developed this system for myself, and thus, my personal needs have been the foundation for these tips. I still hope that they can be helpful for you in easily storing and archiving your band’s recordings.

First, I have to say that I am a big fan of iTunes “column browser”. With a Mac, you can use the shortcut cmd-b to stop and start this cool iTunes feature. I have set up my column browser so I can view these 3 columns: genre, artist, and album. My archive system should still function with or without using the column browser.

With my band „Bluesballs“, we save every practice session as an mp3-file. Every member of the band gets a copy of the file after the session. This way, everyone gets a chance to listen and analyze the songs at their leisure and on their own time.

When I import the songs into iTunes, I insert the following information:

Name: Song Title (ie; „Always On The Run“)
Artist: Band Name (ie; „Bluesballs“)
Album: Session & Date (ie; „Practice 2011-08-28“)

When I import one of our own albums into iTunes, I insert the name of the album at „Album“ (if iTunes doesn’t automatically do this).

Good tip on “date format” – imagine for a moment that you are searching for a session which you did in 2010.  If you’ve named the Album “Practice 29.09.2010“, the sorting function will place your albums in the date form of Day, Month, Year.  You could be searching endlessly for the session you need. It’s always best to use the “Year-Month-Day” format when naming your files – this way, you’re not wasting time searching, and you always have the most recent files at the bottom of your column browser.

Another example of good filing, is if you have “special” sessions (ie; guest musicians), you can name the „album“ accordingly.  For example: “Practice Unplugged 2011-08-11”, or “Practice Johnny 2011-08-11”.   This way all of the guest sessions are easily found and separated from your regular sessions.

Also, something I find very useful is the “Star” rating – by using this you can rate your favorite version of each recorded song based on a star system.

I hope that these simple tips can help you keep your music files organized. If you have questions, or feedback, please leave me a comment.  I will answer you as quickly as possible.

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I think that „Boulevard of Broken Dreams“ by Green Day speaks for itself. This song is actually being transcribed by special request.

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The first (and easiest) method of interpreting the rhythmic patterns (download the “Rhythmic Patterns”-Sheet here) is playing “fills” using the various rhythm patterns.

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„Stillness Of Heart“ is a good example of how a great song doesn’t have to be overly-complicated or difficult to play.

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Song :: White Wedding – Billy Idol

by Sascha on 7. May 2011

in songs

The first song I’d like to look at on minimaldrummer.com is a pure classic! White Wedding by Billy Idol!  What brilliant drumming from Steve Missal! [weiterlesen…]

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Rudiments – Paradiddles

by Sascha on 7. May 2011

in technique

Technique is important!  Practicing Paradiddles faithfully is a great way to improve your drumming technique.

The Paradiddle is more than it seems.  It is, so to speak, a drummer’s “secret weapon”.  With the paradiddle and its variations you can create interesting fills and really add to the groove.  If you’re super creative, you could actually base an entire drum solo on paradiddles!

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The first download on minimaldrummer.com is an exercise with 12 rhythmic patterns. [weiterlesen…]

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