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How To: Basic Cinematography Tips!

In our ongoing talk about lighting, today, we break down two set-ups: one day and one night. Plus, we look at some basic cinematography ideas.

5 Tips!!! What makes a GREAT DEMO REEL??? + 5 tips to make yours better!

Making a demo reel can be very difficult, I want to show you 5 ways to make yours easier and better!

About the 12-Bar Blues

Without the 12-bar blues, we wouldn’t have rock ‘n’ roll… or, come to think of it, much of the Western music we have today! In this episode of the Musicality Podcast, we’ll look at the simple chord progression that comprises the 12-bar blues, how to play it in any key, and how the 12-bar blues can be used as a powerful songwriting tool (and not just by blues musicians!).

How to Really Play Music, with Bill Hilton

Today we’re talking with Bill Hilton, author of How to Really Play the Piano and the host of a hugely popular YouTube channel where over 120,000 people tune in to watch his video tutorials.

As always when we have a guest who specialises in teaching a particular instrument, this episode is packed with tips and insights not just for that instrument, but for your musicality in general. In particular, Bill has great wisdom when it comes to the mindset that adult learners need.

In this conversation we talk about:

- The missing pieces that hold pianists back from feeling creative and expressive on piano, and how to really learn to play

- How becoming an amateur singer made him a better piano teacher
What defines “cocktail piano” and why this style is so popular and useful to learn

- The surprising advantages that can actually make it easier for adults and retirees to learn an instrument than children

Bill’s attitude and his teaching really cut right to the he…

Singing that Sounds Good – and Beyond, with Davin Youngs

Can you imagine a room full of non-singers trying to sing, all together, completely improvised? You’re probably imagining total unmusical chaos, right? You might be surprised by what’s possible…

Today we’re talking with Davin Youngs, founder of Davin Youngs Voice, Chicago Circle Singing and the VOXUS Experience. Davin is a remarkable singing educator and although (as you’ll hear in this episode) he doesn’t much care about pedagogy for the sake of pedagogy, he does actually have a fascinating, unusual and in my opinion wonderful approach to helping people learn to sing and express themselves with their voice.

In this conversation we talk about:

- How group improvised singing can work even if the participants aren’t trained to improvise – or sing!
- Why focusing on what “sounds good” is not necessarily the right way to improve as a singer.
- How someone who grew up as a natural singer ended up specialising in helping those who don’t feel natural at all to …

Why and How to Learn Theory, with Matthew Scott Phillips and Jeremy Burns

Matthew and Jeremy from Music Student 101 stopped by The Musicality Podcast to talk about the big mindset shift you need to make learning music theory fun and successful.

Today on the Musicality Podcast, we have two guests joining us on the show: Matthew Scott Phillips and Jeremy Burns, who together host the Music Student 101 podcast, a terrific show that dives deep into music theory in a way that makes it easy to understand, as well as covering other topics like music careers, different instruments, and tips for bands.

Matthew and Jeremy are based in Birmingham, Alabama, and although they studied some of the same courses at university together, their musical lives have taken them in quite different directions. Matthew is the award-winning composer of over 70 instrumental and vocal works in a wide range of musical styles, and is now a professor of music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Jeremy runs Area 47 Sound, where he has recorded sound for…

NMR Artist Spotlight Exclusive: Greek Classical Film Composer George Kalyvas

NMR Artist Spotlight Exclusive: Greek Classical Film Composer George KalyvasWhat is your story? I was born and grew up in Athens Greece and musically I started with piano lessons at the age of 9 which lasted for four years as I didn’t like the environment where I had to study just for the annual exams. I thought at the time that music was more of a discovery from inside out rather than learning how to place your fingers at the keyboard and play what you see. Of course when I grew up and at the age of 19 I understood what is the meaning of a composition and I was intrigued, as I started guitar, music theory and music harmony lessons where I obtained my first degree in music, by the story of each composition and about the mechanics of it.

I later decided to study on my own counterpoint, fugue and to start analysing scores from quartets to symphonies of the great classical composers. Now I am living in the UK and I am pursuing a career in the music industry. I already have scored 3 short f…

Beginning Modal Improvisation

If you’re just diving into the world of improvising with modes, it’s likely that you have a lot of questions. What is a mode, and how is it different from a key? How do you know what mode to use for soloing? What is the theory behind modes? We have a guest expert on modal improvisation to answer all of these burning questions – and more…

Brian from Zombie Guitar here! Firstly, I wanted to say a thank you to Adam, Musical U’s Communications Manager, who has given me the opportunity to do a guest post for Musical U.

The topic of this lesson is beginning modal improvisation. This lesson is going to be divided into three parts:

Part one: What the goal of using a mode, as opposed to just playing within a key?

Part two: Fretboard applications of modes. (We’re going to take a look at the minor pentatonic scale, and how to add notes to it in order to essentially create either the Aeolian mode or the Dorian mode.)

Part three: The theory behind modes and when to use them
So with that said, let’…

About the 10,000 Hour Rule: The Musicality Podcast

We discuss the truths and myths surrounding the 10,000 Hour Rule, and how to best allocate those hours to become a master musician.

“It takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert,” states the 10,000 Hour Rule. Undoubtedly, working passionately and diligently towards your musical goals is a great formula for success, but what if musicians could get the results they want before hitting this numerical milestone?

Links and Resources:

Interview with Ged Brockie

How Musicians Should Spend Their 10,000 Hours

How to Get More out of Every Practice Session

Let us know what you think! Email:

5 Tips on Preparing for your First Ear Training Course

Hey, guys. My name is Joanna, also known on YouTube as Just Another Flutist. Do you know that I actually failed my first ear training course in college?

I want to make sure that you guys are not in that same predicament. Thankfully, Musical U invited me to make this guest video for you. So today I want to give you five tips on how to prepare for your first ear training course....

Finding Your Big Break: 6 Tips for Making a Name for Yourself as a Musician

Making a name for yourself in the music business can be a frustrating task, to say the least. For some musicians, this is because they are going about it all wrong. While sending your information to a multitude of record labels certainly won’t hurt, it’s not actually the best way to find success.

Here are 6 tips for finding that “big break” you’ve been searching for.