Have you been struggling for form in practicing and improving your musical ability? This piece takes a look at top music articles from reputable sites that will help you rediscover your best.

Great home music practice guide from Connexions

In this article, you will discover the fact that even sessions with a music teacher will not be as effective as sessions done on your own when it comes to making progress. Effective practice on your own involves setting goals and setting practice times. Sessions don’t have to be long all the time and you can skip practice once in a while without being too hard on yourself.  The article also highlights the need to cool down in between sessions with other activities such as playing board games or other relaxed games. Here is directory for bingo players if you decide to go the bingo route mid-practice.

How to Practice-Guide from Music Teachers Helper

This article covers six steps of music practice. Even though it is drumming focused, the principles can be deployed with other instruments.  The 6 steps are summarised below:

  • Remind yourself why you are practicing
  • Put together everything you need for a successful practice session
  • Warm up effectively by incorporating simple stretches, breathing exercises and other basic patterns.
  • Practice with focus and push yourself to new highs every day.
  • Write down your goals
  • Repeat daily

How to practice music from Metronome

This short article highlights four things that you should master during practice, which include rhythm, technique, note accuracy/tuning, and tone.

How to practice music from the BBC

This is a lengthy article that details how you can make the best progress with your practice. Some of the tips cover:

  • Understanding the importance of music
  • Focusing on short but regular sessions
  • Practicing until you no longer make mistakes
  • Understanding how to read music even with your eyes closed
  • Understanding the need to practice slow and steady
  • Isolating your problems
  • Dealing with your boredom
  • Moving on from your mistakes quickly

Practicing Music Effectively from Ezinearticles

This article offers analysis on the makeup of a bad practice session. It highlights how plain repetition can lead to boredom and why you should avoid rote learning. It emphasises the need to focus energy on highly specific improvements in small instalments as this will allow you to achieve tangible improvement in very short sessions.

Music practice skills from Learn Music Theory

This article re-emphasises some of the main points we have seen in other content above but this piece is a little longer. Some of the main points include setting practice times, warming up. working on the difficult bits instead of the easy bits etc.

Ten tips for better music practice from Helium

This article offers 90(!) tips from 9 different people on learning music. This is a great resource if you cherish different perspectives on any topic.

If you find any of these articles to be enlightening, tell us what you think in the comments section!


Oakland indie rockers Rogue Wave recently released their brand new album Delusions of Grand Fur, which came out via Easy Sound Recording Co. They’re currently on tour in support of the record, and are making their way to our neck of the woods this weekend.

This Friday and Saturday they have pair of shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg, both of which you can still grab tickets for (Bowery here, MHOW here). Annie Hart (of Au Revoir Simone) will open the Bowery show, while Hey Marseilles will open MHOW.

If you’re still in need of tickets, you’re in luck. I got a pair of tickets for both shows to give away to two lucky winners. To enter to win, simply send me an email at with either Rogue Wave: Bowery or Rogue Wave: MHOW in the subject. In the body, leave the name that you’d want to be left on the will call guest list. Winners will be notified early day of the show.

Good luck!

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Last week English rock group Fat White Family brought their always intense live show of controlled chaos back to New York for a pair of shows at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn (May 2), and at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan (May 3, where Lady GaGa showed up). Somehow Baby’s All Right is the only place that I’ve ever seen the band (this was my fourth time seeing them) and this show on May 2 was a rowdy good time as always.

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It can’t be said for everyone, but some bands are just built for the biggest stage possible. Legendary rock group Pearl Jam are one of those bands.

While most bands struggle just to fill out Madison Square Garden, Pearl Jam are the rare act that seem larger than the worlds most famous arena. They brought their highly sought 2016 tour to New York for two very sold out nights at The Garden, especially considering they most certainly could have sold out an additional couple of nights with ease. But with only two nights available, it made the shows that much more special for all those lucky enough to get their hands on tickets.

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This was dubbed an evening with Pearl Jam, meaning no openers, just 3 hours of one of the most prolific bands in modern day rock and roll. For such a large show, it was refreshing to see that Pearl Jam didn’t resort to fancy stage set ups or tricks to beef up a live show that speaks for itself. After 25 years of consistently reliable music and legendary live performances, all we need to see is the band on stage doing their thing. That’s the magic of groups like Pearl Jam or Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band. They turn the arena and their dedicated patrons into the stage itself, using them as extra singers and an additional boost of energy. It’s hard not to be moved when you hear 18,000 + singing along to every single word alongside the ever-so familiar vocals of Eddie Vedder on their deep list of fan favorites, such as on “Corduroy,” “Even Flow” “Jeremy” or “Rearviewmirror.”

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White Lung

This Saturday night Vancouver punk-rockers White Lung will return to New York for a sold out performance at Baby’s All Right. It’s a release show of sorts for their new album Paradise, which comes out tomorrow via Domino Records.

The new record has a more polished and bigger sound in many ways, a little shinier around the edges but still hits every bit as hard as you’d expect from them. Their live show is always a wonderful ball of hectic energy, and I expect the show at Baby’s to be a glorious sweaty mess. Local group Wives will open the show up.
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Local Natives

It’s been three years since we last heard new music from Local Natives, but today that changed with the surprise release of a brand new song named “Past Lives.” The band premiered it last night at a surprise show in Los Angeles, and today they released a stream to the rest of the world.

“Past Lives” features some of those ever-familiar and delightful vocals, keeping that familiar sound while also taking a big leap forward in terms of scope and incorporation of some new elements that create a much bigger sound. This song will satisfy all of the bands fans, delivering big harmonies and percussion, all under one big shiny package.

We can only assume that “Past Lives” will be included on their eventual third album, which hopefully will be released sometime this year. For now, “Past Lives’ will certainly hold us over.

Enjoy it below along with a message that Local Natives’ Taylor Rice provided along with the song:

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Rogue Wave

Oakland, California rock group Rogue Wave will release their new album Delusions of Grand Fur this Friday via Easy Sound Recordings. It’s their sixth album and their first release in over three years.

Right now you can get an early listen of the new album which is streaming on various radio station sites across the country. Luckily for you, all you got to do is find the stream which is conveniently embedded after the jump, along with their upcoming tour dates, which includes a new York run on June 13-14 at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg respectively.

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This weekend New York hot-rising producer Jai Wolf will take over both Music Hall of Williamsburg (Friday, April 22) and Bowery Ballroom (Saturday, April 23).

Wolf saw his profile skyrocket last year with the release of his stunning debut single “Indian Summer” which took the internet by storm, even making our list of our best songs of 2015. All eyes are locked on Jai, excited for his next big move.

Tickets for both shows are still currently available for purchase. Don’t wait too long, as these are bound to be performances that fans look on with envy once he’s playing much larger spaces and eventually festivals.

Totemic – “Falling”

By Will Oliver, April 21st 2016 Electronic Listen Stream


Toronto electronic artist Totemic is gearing up to release his brand new EP Falling, set to take his epic electronic dance ideas to a brand new audience.

Based on first single “Falling,” he seems to be doing something faithful to the genre, also with some of his own unique spins and flourishes. It starts off with an almost Basement Jaxx like start, soon diving into some futuristic tribal rhythms along with some well-minded piano and shuffling dance beats. Electronic music can be very hit or miss with me, but Totemic finds a nice balance that works.

Stream “Falling” below.

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