10 Essential Albums for Starting a Jazz Collection If I’ve seen it once I’ve seen it a hundred times. Someone just getting into jazz ventures online looking for some music to start with, and is instantly inundated with about 500 different choices. Everyone has their own ideas about the best places to start a jazz music collection, and it can get overwhelming pretty quickly. s Top 25 Albums Of 2012 So Far The year isn’t half over yet. We know that. But since everyone starts unveiling their year-end lists in November, we figured we wouldn’t be too far out of pocket if we unveiled our favorites of the 2012 calendar year the week before Memorial Day.
100 Ways to Discover and Enjoy Music UPDATE 12/10/13: We’ve released a follow-up to this post with 100 More Ways to Discover and Enjoy Music. Prepare yourself for another dose of Monday roundup madness! It’s time for another crazily comprehensive, yet carefully curated, look at an entire industry–the music industry to be specific. This if the first in a two-part series on the music industry which will conclude next week. 6 Apps & Websites to Get Your Ear in Shape If you followed along with us a few weeks ago, you know how much interval ear training can help you as a musician and how to get started with training itself. If you haven't read it, head on over to Boot Camp for Your Ear. This time, we're going to look at a bunch of applications and websites that will help you with regular ear training sessions. Most of these go beyond intervals, of course.
How to improvise great solos on a guitar Before I go straight on to scales, I am going to tell you about how to get the right notes to fit a particular chord, and also the circle of 5ths. If you know these, skip to step 2. Generally, The songs you will improvise too will follow a widely used chord progression pattern, which should stay the same for most of the tune or just for a section (chorus, verse, bridge etc.)I am going to give you notes that will fit into the particular chords. This will work with MOST styles of music, but not for others. John Peel’s BBC Festive Fifties 1976-2003 John Peel’s Festive Fifty 1976 1. Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven 2. Derek & the Dominoes – Layla 3. Bob Dylan – Desolation Row 4. Pink Floyd – Echoes 5. The 50 best albums of 2012 It’s the same case every year at FACT with albums. We sit down, moaning about how there’s not been as many great full-lengths as in years gone by, and by the time it comes to finalising the top 50 there’s a stack of worthy contenders – amongst them this year Jon Convex’s Idoru, DJ Earl’s Audio Fixx, Keith Fullerton Whitman’s Generators, Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel…, KTL’s V and Joey Bada$$’s 1999 – that just end up missing the cut. Consider that your honourable mentions list; what follows are the 50 albums that did it most for FACT’s staff this year. We’ll be posting 10 entries a day, concluding with the top 10 on Friday. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to turn pages (page 1/51)
Featured Song Recordings, Top Karaoke Songs Here you get your chance to sing from a special selection of songs and get some good exposure! Sing any of the songs listed and we'll post your recording here within a few minutes. You can see all the songs you can choose from on the Featured Songs page in the Record section. National Librarian Day! Best Albums of the Year, Best Tracks of the Year, Best Albums of the Decade, Best New Music It's been another spectacular year for music, but what were the highlights? Here's our... As featured in the January New Music Issue of NME, here are the 20 acts we're... Stuck for ideas this Christmas? Got loads of people to buy for but lacking inspiration?...