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Song Transformation - taking it from the notepad to the band

  
  
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Every songwriter has his or her own way of creating music. The different processes are endless, and at the end of the day, like creating any type of art, there are zero rules. The only thing one can hope for is that the song is not only decent enough to stand on its own, but even raises an eyebrow or two -- translation: the chords, lyrics and melody all work together to create something unique and special.

  

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Practice Tip: The Metronome

  
  
Metronome is your at home rhythm section.
By Tim Rowell

Improve Your Rhythm: The Metronome

  

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A Cool Transcription Tool for Music Students

  
  
Music Lessons Andover, MA, Music Lessons Burlington, MA
by Jason Macres
 
 

What is Transcription?

Before we go into the "cool tool," let's define transcription in the musical sense. Transcription is the process of writing down in musical notation, the melody, harmony and structure of a song or instrumental solo. It's a form of reverse engineering a musical passage or song in an effort to better understand the performing musicians' approaches.

  

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My Inanimate Best Friend

  
  
Elizabeth Bond

My Inanimate Best Friend

 

  

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Real School Interview: Oil Can Guitars and Ukuleles for a Great Cause

  
  
cigar box guitar

Here at Real School, we love all things music. At Bohemian Guitars, they are building custom lunch box (also known as cigar box) guitars and ukuleles. Think your uke is cool? You've never seen one like this. They take oil cans and old lunch boxes and create entirely original guitars - no two of which are the same. If you're not up to the task of building your own guitar, the two that caught our eye are their Superman and Vintage Pac-Man guitars.

  

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Riff of the Week: Lou Ulrich - Master the Funk Bass Pentatonic Scale

  
  
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Every week, a Real School instructor will give you a quick tip on how to better your playing. With a vast array of instruments ranging from guitars to banjos, drums to horns and more, you’ll be able to learn something new every week whether you playthat particular instrument or not. Best of all, if you like what you learn, you can schedule a free trial lesson with that very instructor.

  

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Riff of the Week: Erik Ringstad - The Under Over Technique

  
  
riff of the week

After a small haitus, the Real School of Music's Riff of the Week is back!

  

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Riff of the Week: Dave Hinckley - Faux Pedal Bends

  
  
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Every week, a Real School instructor will give you a quick tip on how to better your playing. With a vast array of instruments ranging from guitars to banjos, drums to horns and more, you’ll be able to learn something new every week whether you play that particular instrument or not. Best of all, if you like what you learn, you can schedule a free trial lesson with that very instructor.

  

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Fingerpicking Style Guitarist Jim Hurst at the Real School

  
  
Jim Hurst

Who: Bluegrass Guitarist Jim Hurst   

  

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Music for Real: Child wants to rock; parent wants classical training

  
  
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Music for Real is a column written for The Burlington Union by instructors from The Real School of Music.

  

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