Music in Context; The flawed concept of Genre

Name: Conor Gaffney Comment: One thing I've been curious about is how concepts from one musical genre can be applied to another, often completely different genre i.e. jazz and metal. How much overlap can there be?   Hi Conor, Thank you for your message. This question raises a very interesting topic but it isn’t really one I… Continue reading Music in Context; The flawed concept of Genre

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St Elmo’s Fire & the Deceptive Cadence

The 1980's were notoriously ludicrous for many good reasons, committing a lot of serious crimes in music; the horrendous Sax solos pushing the limit of how far you can take a pentatonic scale and make the simple sound incredibly lazy, the snare sound (and electronic drums in general I suppose), and unnecessary modulation such as… Continue reading St Elmo’s Fire & the Deceptive Cadence

59 in music; The year of the P bass & Fender Bassman

A year can mean a lot of things for a lot of people. In 1959, the heart of the mid century, the world was beginning to go through a seismic shift; Castro and the 26th of July Movement won the Cuban Revolution and Castro took over as Prime Minister, Russia launched the first spacecraft to… Continue reading 59 in music; The year of the P bass & Fender Bassman

Music in context; Tuplet based rhythm & cracking Dor Levin’s WTF Grooves

Concept & Tuplet Rhythm If you’re on Instagram or Youtube and are prone to scourging the depths of their respective catalogues for the most experimental and forward thinking musicians and compositions, then there is a chance you might have discovered WTF Grooves already. I discovered WTF Grooves through Instagram originally about a month or so… Continue reading Music in context; Tuplet based rhythm & cracking Dor Levin’s WTF Grooves

A Study in 4 ; The 4 best new & used Bass guitars for less than a Month’s rent

'Cause it's Saturday night and you just got paid. You want to Rip it up on a Bass guitar but your capitalist junkie boss is paying minimum and you've got about 25 hours a week. You're in college 4 days in the week and have largely survived off Porridge and sweet potato fries for the… Continue reading A Study in 4 ; The 4 best new & used Bass guitars for less than a Month’s rent

Music in Theory #1 Polyrhythmic Exercise (5/4 over 4/4)

I feel like this is going to be a new series of specific posts where I just talk about music theory, different exercises and things that i've thought up that may shed light on something or somethings that musicians are either struggling with or else it's a completely new subject to them or opens a… Continue reading Music in Theory #1 Polyrhythmic Exercise (5/4 over 4/4)

Music in Theory #4 Understanding Time

This is the fourth post in a series of specific posts where I just talk about my passion for music theory, different exercises and things that I've thought up that may shed light on something or somethings that musicians are either struggling with or else it's a completely new subject to them or opens a… Continue reading Music in Theory #4 Understanding Time