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Dear Musician: Make Better Music?

We’re on to Something!


by Dendy Jarrett




Dear Musician,


Typically we present Dear Musician with some focused message surrounding making better music. It’s our mission, after all, to inspire all musicians to make better music.


Our mission, it seems, is becoming the mission of others, as well—and we’re glad for the reinforcements! If you caught the 2019 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day, you may know that the theme of the parade was The Melody Of Life. According to their press release: “The Melody of Life celebrates music— the universal language. Music has the power to not only bring us together but take us back to memories and moments as nothing else can. From the sweep of a conductor’s baton to a simply whistled tune, music is woven into the fabric of our lives, community, family, friendship, and love. Music heals us. Defines us. Reminds us, and inspires us to be our greater selves. Rhythm, melody, harmony, and color all come together to create the soundtrack that defines our lives.”


Sounds like the theme of almost every Dear Musician…right? But it’s so true.


As I watched the parade and as the theme was repeatedly played out, I couldn’t help thinking about the importance of Harmony Central, the community—an online community that’s served musicians non-stop since 1995. Our editors present Expert Reviews in which we take music gear and run it through the paces so we can help you make better-informed music gear purchases. Adding gear helps expand your music palate, which also furthers your music repertoire. Expanding your music gear leads to the expansion of your musical interests. This is a good thing!


We also present Articles that can run the gamut from gear use, manufacturer factory tours, in-depth gear use, practice techniques, lessons, and more.


Starting a new year can be a great time to take stock of your music gear and your music goals and a time to renew your musical interests. Perhaps it's time to start a new band or get back to playing 30 minutes a day.


The love of music seems to be taking its stage these days. From the Rose Parade to high honors for Bohemian Rhapsody at the Golden Globes, the influence of music and the need for it is all around us. This comes as no surprise to Harmony Central, as we’ve been singing this song for a long time. Now, perhaps, others are realizing that with our mission to inspire you to make better music—well, we’re on to something!  -HC-







Dendy Jarrett is the Publisher and Executive Director of Harmony Central. He has been heavily involved at the executive level in many aspects of the drum and percussion industry for over 25 years and has been a professional player since he was 16. His articles and product reviews have been featured in InTune Monthly, Gig Magazine, DRUM! and Modern Drummer Magazines.


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ThomasDriscoll  |  February 12, 2019 at 8:40 am
Should agree. It's a point!
Idunno  |  January 29, 2019 at 6:37 pm
Inclined to agree (or I would not be here) about the universality of music. The theme of Making Better Music is something that's always been the underpinnings of my personal journey with and for music making. Though I may not be able to define or describe the notion of it, I will say it's a feeling that has never let me down. It has instilled in me a broader sense of the arts and the reward of being able to shape my own sound. I can't imagine who I'd be if not for the exposure I've enjoyed to music.

Making better music, to me, means to constantly seek ways to satisfy my musical curiosity, wherever it leads me, with no expectations other than the journey itself. 
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