Orange Studios Tour

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Orange Studios Tour This Week In Music we check out Orange Studios, which is a recording studio in Christchurch. Michael Bell shows us around the studio and sits down to answer some questions about what they do at the studio. He also gives some advice to young musicians thinking of pursuing a career in the industry. About the AuthorMatt StuartMatt Stuart is ... Read More

Are Group Music Lessons Holding You Back?

Many people playing on one piano

When I hear of people signing up for group music lessons to promptly quit, I wonder: Were they were looking for the cheapest, easiest option. Maybe they wanted to ‘try it out’, before deciding to commit to ‘proper’ lessons. Both terrible ideas. When you sign up for group music lessons, you’re entrusting your passion to a tutor. You’re letting them direct your enthusiasm in the subject. … Read More

Don’t Buy A Guitar Without Reading This First

Buying a new guitar is exciting! However, it can also be a little intimidating if you don’t know what you’re looking for. You’re spending a lot of money, there are so many options, and even when you’ve narrowed it down, what if you buy the wrong one? Here are a few things you should consider to make sure that the … Read More

5 Things To Consider Before Buying A Guitar

Electric Guitar Store

You’ve decided to learn guitar and booked yourself in for some lessons, and now you’re standing in the guitar shop trying to find your axe of choice. Acoustic or electric? Steel string or nylon? Floyd Rose or fixed bridge? $100 or $1000? What about that starter pack that has that little amp? There are so many options that buying a … Read More

5 Reasons Learning Music Helps You Enjoy Life

Heartbeat on a stave

Music is all around us Over the last decade, music has become a huge part of our lives. We hear it on TV, in movies, at the gym, when we’re shopping. I can’t even remember the last day that I didn’t listen to any music. Thanks to the internet, and with a little help from social networks, sites like Spotify, … Read More

Seven Reasons Why You Should Do A Music Exam

Joe Satriani playing the guitar

Why you should do a music exam: Opportunity to practice performing Overcome stage fright Figure out exactly how good you are Develop good practice habits Achieve excellence on your instrument Get an internationally recognised qualification Develop a thorough range of skills I’m not going to lie, doing music exams can be an extremely nerve racking experience! When I sat my … Read More

Beginner Guitar Done Right

Learning to read the notes on a musical stave

What do you get when you’ve been teaching guitar for seven years and have more of an interest in music theory than your average musician? You get a music resource folder taking up 6.7GB on your hard drive full of chord charts, explanations, and examples. The crazy thing is, I still don’t really use any of it! Guitar 1 is … Read More