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Is Music Heavy Metal - or Heavy Mettle? Making music helps make us who we are…     by Dendy Jarrett       Dear Musician,  The term about “the mettle of a man” first appeared in print in 1619. Originally, me...
Guitar Vibrato for Beginners And maybe for non-beginners as well ...   by Chris Loeffler   Vibrato is a very important technique for guitar players to learn, as it has a big part in creating “their” sound as well as conveying emotio...
The Great American Songbook - What it Says (and Doesn't) About American Music Come fly with me ...   by Chris Loeffler     The story of a culture can often be read better through the art it creates than the historical facts it documents. I...
Effects Technology - Analog, Digital, and Software Modeling You have choices ...   by Chris Loeffler     A number of technologies can process tone electronically, and the options have expanded as digital technology in general lurches ...
Flatwound vs. Roundwound StringsDoes it make a difference which type of strings you use? by Phil O'Keefe The average person probably doesn't put much thought into musical instrument strings; to them, strings are strings and as long as you get the right s...
Dwarfcraft 'Let To Its' Devices Get all the fuzz on these effects wizards ...   by Blake Wright     In January of this year (2017), the effects wizards at Dwarfcraft Devices celebrated their 10th anniversary — a decade of over-t...
Making Music – An Affair of the Heart  When music and your instrument are the other loves of your life…     by Dendy Jarrett     Musicians…you know what I’m talking about! The love of music and your instr...
Using Bus-Powered Hardware MIDI Controllers with iPad AppsConnecting and using external controllers with your iPad is easy - if you know the tricks by Phil O'KeefeThe Apple iPad is a surprisingly wonderful music-making tool. A quick search of the App Stor...
Microphone Miscellanea - Part 3Phase and polarity, and powering your microphones   by Phil O'Keefe     In Part 1 of this 3-part series we went over impedance levels and SPL, while in Part 2 we covered the basics about microphone s...
Making Music Matters- Why Mozart Won’t Help You   by Chris Loeffler     “Music makes you smarter”, is an idea that has been core to the lexicon of our society, especially by parents ready to raise the next generational g...
Craig’s List - 5 Terrific Tips for Newbie NAMMsters Like speed traps, Starbucks coffee shops, and muggers, the Winter NAMM supersized convention is just around the corner! Going for the first time? We’re here to help.   by ...
Rockin' the Boat  2000+ people. Over a dozen musical acts. It’s the kind of thing that floats your boat   by Craig Anderton   I’m not really a cruise guy or even a fan of 70s rock, so it seems like I wouldn’t be the target...
Flatwound vs. Roundwound StringsDoes it make a difference which type of strings you use? by Phil O'Keefe The average person probably doesn't put much thought into musical instrument strings; to them, strings are strings and as long as you get the right s...
How to Fix Electronic Music Gear Repair or replace? Try repairing first…    by Craig Anderton        Your keyboard or multieffects is ailing. In many cases, you can be the doctor and fix what’s wrong—and sa...
World of Wonder - Stanley Randolph Some players just make it look easy ... it's a wonder ...   by Scott Donnell       Some players just make it look easy. Fusing facility with boundless creativity can be a tall order and only an uber-...
Using Bus-Powered Hardware MIDI Controllers with iPad AppsConnecting and using external controllers with your iPad is easy - if you know the tricks by Phil O'KeefeThe Apple iPad is a surprisingly wonderful music-making tool. A quick search of the App Stor...
The Power of Parallel Processing for Bass Think bass and most effects don't get along? Think again   by Craig Anderton   In basic effects setups, your bass goes to the input of an effect, whose output goes to another effect or your amp. But may...
VERELLEN TAKES FLIGHT   Hear the sound in your head ...     by Blake Wright - Gearphoria (adapted by Team HC)           MUCH LIKE HIS beloved Seattle Seahawks, Ben Verellen (shown below) isn’t afraid to shake...
How to Record Hand Claps  It should be simple, but it isn't - so follow these six tips   by Craig Anderton       Granted, it's easy just to load up a handclap sample, or one of those drum machine handclap sounds. But real handclap...
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