It’s time to recognize the children…not screaming babies on the airplane, or dirty diapers and messes they leave behind. But we want to highlight them playing music! It seems every day google alerts come in: “8 year old drums black page”or “6 year old blazes through November Rain” so we compiled a list of just 5 of the gnarliest kids performances found on YouTube…though there are so many more. What other ones do you think we need to watch?
Insane Guitar Kid – We remember learning the guitar in Junior High and trying to master Jimmy Page’s Stairway To Heaven solo. How about at 5 years old!?
System of a Down-Toxicity, Drum Cover, 5 Year Old Drummer, Jonah Rocks – This video needs no explanation just watch! Let’s get this kid to Drummer’s Reality Camp next year!
The Next Mozart? 6-Year Old Piano Prodigy Wows All- Could this 6 year old really be the next Mozart? After watching her skills she very well may be!
O Holy Night – Incredible child singer 7 yrs old – Get this girl to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl!
Little Boy Singing The Blues In A Guitar Store. What great pipes on this kid! Must watch.
Hope you enjoyed all these videos LAMA-heads. You better practice extra hard this semester there is going to be some stiff competition from the next generation!
It’s hard to believe that it was over 25 years ago when Michael J. Fox’s character stole the show and absolutely slayed Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode in the 80’s hit movie, Back to the Future. Fox went back to back to the future in a blast to the past (did that make sense) and performed the song again at last night’s fundraiser benefitting research for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research — http://www.michaeljfox.org/. Read more about the event here (via TMZ): http://www.tmz.com/2011/11/14/michael-j-fox-back-to-the-future-johnny-b-good/?adid=hero4
Check out the performance here:
Weren’t born yet and have no idea what we’re talking about? Here’s the classic clip!
Universal Music Group, Sony Corp. just took some major business steroids and agreed to terms with Citigroup Inc.; who will buy EMI for $4.1 billion. $4.1 BILLION.
London-based EMI will split in two: music goes to Universal for $1.9 billion and publishing goes to Sony for $2.2 billion.
Fun fact: Did you know Universal is the largest recorded music company in the world, controlling over 25% of the global market? It just got bigger, by roughly 9%.
Citigroup beat out BMG Chrysalis, a music publishing company owned by Bertelsmann, a German media giant, and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
On paper, Sony will be an investor and partial owner because of the deal, running the publishing under its Sony ATV business, which administers rights to (or owns) 750,000 songs.
Read the full story in this morning’s LA Times here: http://lat.ms/vMjGzs
Here we have a new quick tip video from LA Music Academy Afro-Cuban/Brazilian drum Instructor Aaron Serfaty, who has been playing professionally for 20 years. From 1980 – 1990 he was a first call session drummer in his native country of Venezuela. He moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to attend the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Soon after he began touring and recording with Arturo Sandoval and Jon Anderson, and performing with Sergio Mendes, Dori Caymmi, Oscar Castro Neves, Frank Gambale, Shelly Berg, Juan Carlos Quintero, Rique Pantoja and Don Grusin. Aaron is also the director of the Latin Jazz Ensemble at the University of Southern California (USC).
In the video, Aaron discusses how to apply different traditional samba rhythms to drumset. Report back here with how your practice sessions went and if you have any questions, ask them in our comment section!
Sometimes it’s good for us to step outside our comfort levels and discover and listen to fresh music. Even with all the new sites and services out there, that’s easier said than done. Here are some tips to help you discover new tunes today:
1) Radio While Driving
Most of the time when we are driving we are cursing traffic, talking on the bluetooth or shuffling favorite songs on the Ipod. Don’t forget, every car is equipped with a free device that transmits plenty of music; the radio! Turn on that puppy and hit the scan button and in about ten minutes time you should have heard a diverse mix of musical genres. Use a site like http://radio-locator.com/ to find stations in different genres and cities and devote your time listening to some new programming. Never tried jazz? Listen to the different jazz stations from all around the U.S. and you’ll hear a lot of different mixes and opinions about the music you’re hearing.
This is another blast from the past – back in the pre-digital revolution friends and lovers would make each other cassette “mix tapes” with a batch of music the listener might never have heard before. Nowadays people use Itunes and burn a CD or put it on a USB drive. There are even online services that let you create a digital mixtape and send it to a friend. We personally prefer a hard copy of a mixtape – something about being able to hold it in your hand makes it better. Challenge your friends to put songs on your mix that stretch your musical sensibilities!
3) Online Music Services
There are literally hundreds of online streaming music services now that can help you expand your musical taste. From Pandora to Slacker to Spotify (which just added a radio section) you can tap into boundless amounts of music at anytime. Go on Pandora and pick an artist you have never heard of and use that as your “seed” artist to take you on your new musical journey. The jam band Phish launched Live Phish Radio in 2003 and you can stream it through Itunes 24 hours a day or even on your smartphone. iTunes has scores of free radio stations and podcasts available to help you discover new sounds. Use your smartphone apps like Shazam if you hear unfamiliar music that you want identified…the Shazam results will list all the ways to find that band’s music online and also offers tools to share the music you just heard with your online friends.
4) Live Music
Sometimes you need to hear a particular music genre live before you can open your ears to it. Jazz music for many is an acquired taste but nothing will get you hooked faster than attending a jazz club or themed/genre-specific night. Blues not your thing? Find a blues club! If you are a LAMA student, you’ll be exposed to so many live concerts on and off campus each week — take advantage of these opportunities to help open your ears to new and exciting music!
When we first stumbled onto YouTube, we were amused for hours with cute kitten videos and hilarious pranks caught on cell phone cameras. Very quickly a YouTube revolution took place and YouTube became the go-to place on-line for music listening. Whether it was official music videos, fan made music videos, or even just the audio of hard to find tracks set to a black background, YouTube became a top online destination for listening to music. What an ideal way to get turned onto new artists! Ask for suggestions from friends or just enter a genre or artist you are unfamiliar with in the search box. Make sure to look for “playlists” which will keep the music going after each song ends.
What if you discover a musical gem that had escaped you prior? What if this discovery helps your playing by working a new style into how you perform on your instrument? We all have our favorite artists and genres but part of our musical journey is leaving the comfort zones and listening to new material from different genres. Where do you find your new music?
There was a time when the drum solo became a staple of every concert. Everyone would exit the stage and the drummer would be left alone to take over. In this LAMA Video Roundup we are going to highlight 5 Incredible Drum Solos that we found on the Internet. WARNING – Watching these videos could make you turn down the lights in your room, shine a spotlight on your kit and rock out!
Comment here with links to other incredible drum solos!
Rush – Neil Peart Drum Solo
Steve Smith of Journey – Khanda West
Tommy Lee – Upside Down Drum Solo
Terry Bozzio – The Black Page
Alex Van Halen – Drum Solo