A big part of MI's Performance Program curriculum is the use of Propellerhead Reason 8. With an intuitive visual workflow that accelerates the creative process, Reason makes it easy for recording music and mixing great-sounding tracks. An expandable rack of instruments, samplers, drum machines, effects modules, and guitar processors provides an endless array of inspiring sounds.
What happens when Musicians Institute students get on stage for some live performance experience with one of the hottest bands in the business? Find out with "Upstage The Band," a new series that kicked off during D'Addario Day 2014 this past October.
The Allman Brothers Band, one of the longest-running and most influential bands in rock n' roll, recently played their final show ever on October 28, 2014. The group's last live notes eerily coincided with the anniversary of the death of its leader and co-founder, guitarist Duane Allman.
Before an untimely motorcyle accident ended his life in 1971, Duane had an amazing career both in and out of the Allman Brothers Band, making his name as an ace session player with some of the greatest artists in R&B and classic soul: King Curtis, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and many others.
Guitar World magazine recently devoted a post to one particluarly incredible recorded performance: Allman's solo on Pickett's 1968 cover of The Beatles classic, "Hey Jude." Read on to hear about this legendary moment in music history--and learn how great artists like Allman were playing guitar in a way that went beyond genres.
In Part 1 of this series, we looked at finding a publicist. There's no definite order to how you should build your music business team, but you can find a publicist to help you with your first album or tour. On the other hand, booking agents (or managers) will usually only want to work with more established bands, who are more likely to make their work worth their while. Before looking for a booking agent, you should probably be ready to do a small national tour or at least a large regional tour.
The instructors and faculty at Musicians Institute are a unique group of professionals. When they’re not in the classroom, they’re out working in the real world—on some big stages and major studios—with some of the top artists in the music industry. Then they bring all that intense experience back to share with the students at MI, creating an incredible and unparalleled music education experience.
Saxophonist & multi-instrumentalist Ron Dziubla is one of the guys leading this impressive type of double life: as Program Chair of MI’s Common Course department, he oversees the Harmony, Theory & Ear Training curriculum that every student takes. Meanwhile, he rocks out on saxophone on tons of gigs around town—and around the world—with guitar master Joe Bonamassa, neo-soul legend Raphael Saadiq & up-and-coming LA scenester Nick Waterhouse, among many others.