Listening List: May 2019 - Listen to the podcast and stream all 10 selections from the May 2019 edition of the Listening List. Luis Fonsi - The “Despacito” hit-maker represents the latest, greatest success in a wave of Latin pop in the mainstream The Legacy of Woodstock - Against the odds, a 1969 music festival continues to resonate in popular culture — for reasons that go well beyond the music. Techniques: Doo-Wop Songwriting - All that’s old is eventually new again in pop culture, with the doo-wop vocal style of such 1950s groups as The Platters and The Drifters coming back over the decades to influence acts from Boyz II Men to BTS. Modern Band: Happier - Here you’ll find the materials you need to play the Modern Band arrangement of Marshmello’s “Happier”
Listening List: April 2019 - Listen to the podcast and stream all 10 selections from the April 2019 edition of the Listening List. Charting the Crop of Global Pop - Music made in America and other English-speaking territories, plays in more countries than you might think. But there is also a slew of great popular songs created elsewhere that never makes it to our shores. Techniques: Odd Meters - Although often used in various kinds of non-Western music, songs with odd meters—rhythms with an off number of beats in each measure—have also been employed for distinctive grooves in modern jazz, progressive rock and other genres. Dua Lipa’s Dream Come True - The British singer-songwriter — a daughter of refugees from war — has racked up hits and awards on both sides of the Atlantic with songs made for dancing as you cry. Modern Band: Eastside - Here you’ll find the materials you need to play the Modern Band arrangement of Benny Blanco’s “Eastside”
Listening List: March 2019 - Listen to the podcast and stream all 10 selections from the March 2019 edition of the Listening List. Mix, Match, March! - Having evolved over centuries, marching ensembles offer more roles to play than ever—here’s a primer on the diverse instruments, groups and styles. Modern Band: High Hopes - Here you’ll find the materials you need to play the Modern Band arrangement of Panic at the Disco!’s “High Hopes” A New Generation Discovers Queen - Queen was a hit sensation in the 1970s and ‘80s, but the British rock quartet has never had more listeners than it does today, with the Oscar-Winning bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody garnering the band a whole new world of fans
Techniques: Harmonic Minor Scale - The harmonic minor scale is a common element of Middle Eastern music, as well as Western pieces seeking an exotic flavor – such as Duke Ellington’s “Caravan.” Jorja Smith - Young Brit Singer-Songwriter Jorja Smith Stands on the Cusp of Stardom, Having Made Fans and Friends of the Likes of Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Drake
Modern Band: Sunday Candy - Here you’ll find the materials you need to play the Modern Band arrangement of Chance the Rapper’s “Sunday Candy” Songwriting’s Olympic Village - The ASCAP EXPO in Los Angeles Brings Music Creators Together for Three Days of Networking, Education and Inspiration. Taylor Made - Ten Years Into Her Record-Breaking Career, the 29-Year Old Pop Superstar Keeps Evolving.
Let There Be Light…and Sound - How do the technicians who work behind the scenes make sure the magic happens onstage? And how did they learn their craft? Techniques: Country Music - The sparse poetry of classic country music is rooted in its folk-accented one forms, arrangements and instrumentation. The Song Remains the Same? - The classic rock pose of Greta Van Fleet has earned the millennial band worldwide buzz even as the Michigan quartet polarizes opinion. Elvis Presley & The Clash’s London Calling - Exploring the idea of artistic homage, the Classic Album Covers column in the December issue of In Tune discusses the covers for Elvis Presley (1956) and The Clash’s London Calling (1979).
Nina’s Best - A Baker’s Dozen of Great Performances by Nina Simone Sustainable Woods - Key instrument makers are emphasizing sustainability when it comes to harvesting trees for guitars, drums and more.
Rudy’s Records - A Baker’s Dozen of Recording Engineer Rudy Van Gelder’s “Blue Note Sound”
Postcard from KCON - This two-day festival of Korean pop music and culture shows how fast genre is growing in America.
Lionel Richie - From his early days in the Commodores to his hit-making solo career and recent revival, Lionel Ritchie has been one of pop’s most successful crossover artists. Listening List: May 2018 - Listen to the podcast and stream all 10 selections from the May 2018 edition of the Listening List. More About Software - Learn more about music software with these online tutorials from around the web.
Listening List: April 2018 - Listen to the podcast and stream all 10 selections from the April 2018 edition of the Listening List. Keyboards in Action - As we outline in our April issue, keyboards come in a range of category. We’ve collected some demonstration videos to help you see how they compare. Musgrave’s Muses - Kacey Musgraves influences range from Western swing to traditional country to classic disco. Here’s a playlist with some of the artists that have inspired her.
The Music of Black Panther - Black Panther had so much music that it resulted in two soundtrack albums. We’ve selected examples from the Original Score and The Album—Music From and Inspired By. Louis Jordan - He was known as “The King of the Jukebox,” an R&B pioneer who many historians credit him as the bridge between swing and rock and roll. Watch Louis Jordan in action… Listening List: March 2018 - Listen to the podcast and stream all 10 selections from the March 2018 edition of the Listening List. Articulation - This month’s techniques feature is on articulations—the different ways we can attack each note. In addition to the usual audio examples, we’ve posted some videos demonstrating a number of different articulations. Marching 2018 - Want to learn more about marching music? Check out these organizations!
K-Pop Rocks! - Check out some of the artists we profiled in the February 2018 issue of In Tune. These groups are known as much for their visual style as for their music. College 18 - In this bonus feature from In Tune’s February 2018 Best Music Schools feature, undergraduates tell us how they adjusted to their first year of college—both academically and socially. You can find advice from administrators and instructors here.
Awesome Aussies - From rock to country to pop, Australasian artists have played a major role in American music. Icon: Talking Heads - ’80s new wave group Talking Heads brought new life to pop and alternative rock with their inventive blend of afrobeat, electro, funk, and pop. It’s All About Bass - Listen to pieces and solos featuring bass-range instruments from all the instrument
A Minor Reinvention - Harmonic, melodic, and jazz minor scales provide a variety of musical flavors. Petty Chords - All you need to play Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin'” is right here.
- La Stupenda - Joan Sutherland was one of the greatest operatic sopranos of the 20th century.
- Influences: St. Vincent ⇠ Gilbert & Sullivan - From alt-rock to operetta in four songs.
- Jonathan Stein’s Beatmaking Process - In our December 2017 Write Stuff column, we looked at how electronic musician Jonathan Stein constructs a composition.
- The In Tune Students and Teachers Songwriting Competition - Presented by Sennheiser, Masterwriter and Noteflight
- Trane Film Has Arrived - The “Trane” being saxophonist John Coltrane, of course.
- Victor Wooten Pushes Pedals - A great bassist experiments with sound.
One Direction, percussion instruments, Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” Run-D.M.C., Kesha, quiet storm, the In Tune Listening List, and more!