How to Write a Hit Pop Song with 4 Chords

Take a look at the following video to learn how to write a hit pop song using only four chords.

The Lick

Take a look at the following YouTube video for and example of an amazing lick that is used by many different instruments and types of music. Enjoy!

Paul Maine performs with Jimmy & The Lunar Rollers

Jimmy & The Lunar Rollers will be performing at The Rattlesnake Inn, 6060 Hwy 195, Florence,Tx 76527 on 10/29/11 from 8:00PM to 11:00PM. Singer/songwriter Jim Wyly on vocals and acoustic guitar, Kelly Wilkerson on vocals and keys, Lew Andre Mathews on vocals and electric guitar, Gil De Los Santos on vocals and drums, Mike Johnston on vocals and bass and Paul Maine on tenor sax.

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250 Jazz Patterns by Evan Tate: Preliminary Patterns – Major Backing Tracks

This blog post is the first in a series that will create backing tracks for concert, Eb and Bb instruments that coincide with the the patterns in Evan Tate’s 250 Jazz Patterns book. You can purchase this book from Evan at the following link:

250 Jazz Patterns by Evan Tate

The following backing tracks can be used for patterns #1-#12.

The following track is for concert instruments:

 

The following track is for Bb instruments:

 

The following track is for Eb instruments:

 

The following backing tracks can be used for patterns #13-#18.

The following track is for concert instruments:

 

The following track is for Bb instruments:

 

The following track is for Eb instruments:

 

The following backing tracks can be used for patterns #19-#25.

The following track is for concert instruments:

 

The following track is for Bb instruments:

 

The following track is for Eb instruments:

 

The following backing tracks can be used for patterns #26-#32.

The following track is for concert instruments:

 

The following track is for Bb instruments:

 

The following track is for Eb instruments:

 

The following backing tracks can be used for patterns #33-#38.

The following track is for concert instruments:

 

The following track is for Bb instruments:

 

The following track is for Eb instruments:

 

Practice your musical instrument!

If you don’t practice for a day you know the difference, two days and your friends know the difference, three days and everyone knows the difference!

While you are sleeping the competition is practicing!

Set aside time each day with clearly defined objectives and protect the time slot.

Make practice fun!

Podcast Hardware and Software

There is a great deal of excitement over using new multimedia technologies. I recently embarked on a journey to get setup to be able to create podcasts and vidcasts.

I own a software company and our primary computers are Windows based however we have started to write Apple iPhone applications so I had to purchase a Mac computer. Since it is for software development – I just needed the least  expensive Mac. I ended up purchasing a Mac Mini for about $600 plus tax.  I am using the free LogMeIn software from my PC to remotely acces the Mac mini and share the Macs desktop ( this way I didn’t need to purchase an additional monitor, keyboard and mouse ).  I purchased a Samson G Track USB Microphone and Audio Interface. The microphone plugs in to a USB port on the Mac mini. I am using a $20 headphone that plugs into the Samson microphone. The Samson microphone cost about $129 plus shipping. I purchased a Canon FS100 video camera with a 16GB flash memory card ( priced at under $400). I purchased a $30 tripod for the video camera. I am using the iMovie and Garageband software that is included at no extra cost with the Mac Mini.

Mac mini           $600

Video Camera $400

Microphone     $129

Tripod                $ 30

Headphone      $ 20

Including tax and shipping my setup cost less than $1300.

This is amazing because only a few years ago a setup with similar capabilitiezs would have cost tens of thousands of dollars.

I will be writing posts in the near furture to recommend YouTube training videos.