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Focus: Work on making better hip-hop instrumentals to pitch to rappers and vocalists. Djembe players use three basic sounds to get an array of different rhythms and feels — bass, tone, and slap, which have low, medium, and high pitches respectively. You get […]

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Cultural and historical endowment

Decades before he was laying down the bass track for Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” consummate studio session man Nathan East was playing on hit records left and right. A song that is a little bit hard rock, a little bit R&B, done […]

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Nea grant winners 2019

I get asked this question a lot and, to most people’s frustration, I have to say it comes down to experience. A good DJ specializes in two things: song selection and timing. That skill is only learned by DJing an insane amount […]

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Top rap albums 2018

The nearly 11-minute version of “Lost Someone” is a high point; Brown demonstrates his ability to ensconce his sexuality in a preacher’s cloak. Throughout this song, it feels like he’s beseeching the audience to believe in a higher power. Judging by the […]

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Grants for music education majors

This post is part of Flypaper’s Home Recording Week, where we’re sharing tips and insights from our community on home recording and production workflow. Read our featured articles here, or sign up for our weekly newsletter to make sure you never miss a beat! Filter sweeps […]

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Though it can take some practice to learn how to play, vertical hemiola can spice up your music by forcing the listener to feel the beat in two time signatures at once. Additionally, hemiolas of this sort can act as a sort […]

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Grants for band instruments

“Mahea was exceptionally patient in helping me finish the course, given unexpected travel during the course time frame. The level of passion and professionalism is top notch, and Mahea was fun to work with.” Ideally, you’ll want musicians to show up, do […]

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