Items added to 'Smooth Jazz...and more' in 2011
Dec. 27, 2011. There's only one way to become a good musician, and that is through practice. This month's new article Effective Practice gives some valuable pointers on how to maximise improvement in the minimum amount of time.
Nov. 26, 2011. Choosing a Sustain Pedal, new in the Know-how section this month, should help anyone thinking of buying a sustain pedal for their keyboard. New in the Reviews section is an article on Hi-End Hi-Fi Speakers. And finally, seven pages have been translated into Japanese. Just click on the Japanese flag, where it appears, to change the text into Japanese (you will need to have Japanese fonts installed into your computer for the page to display correctly).
Oct. 22, 2011. New in the Reviews section this month is a review of the Roland A-500S Midi Keyboard Controller.
Sept. 21, 2011. New in the Music section this month is a bossa nova piece entitled Isabela. There's an in-depth review of Focusrite's Saffire PRO 24 DSP firewire interface in the Reviews section, and advice on Entering Music Competitions in the 'and more...' section.
Aug. 18, 2011. This month several new items have been added to the site. Read about, and listen to, The Journey, a new piece in the Compositions section. If you are thinking about buying a pair of hi-fi speakers there are ten things that you should consider first, which you can read about in Choosing Hi-Fi Speakers, new in the Know-how section. Still on the subject of speakers, there's a review of JBL's CAS-33 PC Speakers in the Reviews section. And finally, for trumpet players, learn some secrets about playing high notes in Playing High on the Trumpet, a new article in the '...and more' section.
July 20, 2011. New this month in the Compositions section is a beautiful track entitled So Sweetly Sleep. And in the Equipment Reviews section you can find quite an in-depth evaluation of Apple's iPod Shuffle.
June 21, 2011. Listen to new high quality samples of the beautifully relaxing album Sometime Somewhere..., which is now available for mail order, as well as digital download. And new in the Reviews section is an article on Low-Cost Earphones - essential reading if you are about to buy a pair. Don't miss the new music coming next month.
April 18, 2011. From smooth jazz electric piano solos to hard-hitting electric guitars, and the most tranquil of acoustic pianos, it's all to be found in the new 4-track EP Village of the Secret Kilns, new in the music section. And new in the Know-how section, an article on Piano Care, essential reading if you own a piano. Finally, if you've ever wondered exactly how CD sound quality compares to that of MP3s, check out the article CD vs MP3 Sound Quality.
March 20, 2011. New in the Reviews section this month is quite an in depth review of the Cakewalk UA-25EX USB audio/midi interface. Also, if you play a brass instrument and are still using Vaseline on your slides, then Slide Grease for Brass Instruments is a must-read. For anyone wanting a simple, cheap, and effective, way of storing their headphones there's a short article on Making a Headphone Holder, new in the Know-how section. And finally, there's an important update added to the end of the review of Beyerdynamic's DT 880 Pro studio headphones.
Jan. 20, 2011. Listen to an exciting new piece, Movin' Groovin', just added to the Music section.