April 2015

COVER STORY

IT-April-2015-cover Miranda Lambert: From Nashville Star to Superstar
Miranda Lambert’s newest album Platinum just won the Best Country Album award at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards this February. Her fifth full-length release, it reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and received popular and critical acclaim.

 

FEATURE ARTICLES

Big Sounds in Small Packages - Hear the big sounds described in Big Sounds in Small Packages in these small amp demos
Happy at the Grammys - Watch the performance of Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch’s arrangement of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” from the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Techniques: Vocal Warmups - This month’s Techniques teaches us the value of vocal warmups to relax vocal cords for singing.

DEPARTMENTS

Influences: Jamie Cullum to Louis Jordan - Test your ears and trace the influence from modern jazz-pop singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum to “jump blues” musician Louis Jordan.
Icon: Earl Hines - Jazz composer and bandleader Earl Hines is remembered for his inventive approach to jazz and piano playing.
Notables: PRS Guitars Factory Tours - PRS Guitars recently began offering guided tours of their factory in Stevensville, Maryland.
The Rhythm! Discovery Center - The Rhythm! Discovery Center was opened on November 11, 2009 in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
Lesson of the Month - Audio equipment company PreSonus gives an audio tutorial on microphones used in capturing DCI’s Blue Devils in the field.

LISTENING

Listening List: April 2015 - Listen to the podcast and stream all 10 selections from the April 2015 edition of the Listening List
Hear the Music: April 2015 - Listen to selections from Marina and the Diamonds, Earl Hines, Miranda Lambert and more

QUIZZES

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Music News:

» Cover Song Contest Welcomes Students
» A New Award for New U.S. Artists
» Mozart Meets Radiohead
» Building Studios in Boys & Girls Clubs: Casio Music, Notes for Notes
» Update Coming for Ableton Live

» Vai Celebrates His Legacy
» Berklee Dorm Sessions 10
» Ellington HS Jazz Band Competition Names Finalists

Media:

» Podcast: The Trap Set
» TV: From Ragtime to Rock

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