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Green Day came out with a great new song called, “Nuclear Family”. It’s a very high energy song that’s reminds me of the the band’s Dookie Days (insert poop joke here). Billy Joe still looks like he’s 20 years old and his music is as fresh and relevant as when the band first hit the scene. I taught a guitar tutorial on the song and tried my luck at my first youtube guitar cover. Remember I’m not the guitar teacher on this website, I’m just the nerd that runs it.

  • And here is the guitar cover.

  • Few things in life are so sacred that if you touch them you know you are making someone really angry. Fine works or art, other people’s bald spots, and most importantly gear. Musicians treat their instruments like Southern Californians treat their dogs. With that being said, you know that if you touch somebody else’s guitar, bass, or drum set without asking that you are in the wrong, and there will probably be consequences. Just ask Will Ferrel’s character from Step Brothers.

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  • So the moral of the story is that let’s be respectful of other people’s instruments. Even if you don’t play anything just know that a musician’s instrument also doubles as their life savings. That’s why we are so poor! All of our money goes into gear.

  • For you drummers… If you want to know if somebody messed with your drum set, take a tip from Dale. Dale from Step Brothers could tell that his kit got messed with because it was set up differently than what he was used to. Practice setting up your drum kit so that you can play it the way you like it for when you play gigs. The cherry on top is that you can yell at your step brother if you find that your kit is rearranged.

    How to Gather Positive Musical Commentary on YouTube Videos

  • Every day musicians record and release YouTube videos and mp3 downloads for the world to see and hear. It’s a rather bold gesture to put your musical creations out there for consumers to praise and/or criticize. If you’re immensely lucky, thousands of people will download your songs and applaud your more-than-obvious talent. If you’re somewhat lucky, you’ll get mostly good commentary with a few harsh reviews thrown in every once in a while. If you’re unlucky, people will tune you out or, worse, leave you scathing feedback.
    Commentary is one of the keys to producing great works of art. If we never knew how critics, friends, and consumers felt about our work, we’d be sitting around, scratching our heads, always uncertain of our musical creations. In fact, commentary and feedback – even the negative kind –can only help us springboard into becoming better musicians and artists.

  • Most any musician hopes to have good commentary on his or her work. The ways to achieve such commentary are quite simple, yet we often don’t put in the extra work or time commitment it requires to achieve such greatness. For those of you who are trying to round up positive commentary on your YouTube songs and videos, try and embrace these three helpful tips in your current and future work.
    Create a concise “music video”
    YouTube was created for the purpose of watching videos. Therefore, whenever you go to release a song onto YouTube, it should be attached to a high-quality video. There are thousands of videos I’ve seen where an artist is sitting in front on the camera, singing their tunes, strumming their guitar, and staring awkwardly into the camera. Unless your John Mayer or Eric Clapton, this tactic just won’t fly. People want to engage with the content of videos, so try and create a thorough YouTube “music video.” I’m not saying run around your room dancing and acting, but try and create a good set, change up the scenery, dress nicely, look well-groomed, and pretend you’re showing this to labels and agents. Think of how stars like Rebecca Black and Justin Bieber got their start: they put together videos that helped people track them down and sign them. So take a nod from their success and put some more care and consideration into your videos.
    Dedicate a whole day to editing and revising your edited video
    Not enough attention goes to editing videos nowadays. Sometimes I’ll click on a song to listen to it on YouTube and love the music, but hate the quality of the video. Little things like sound balance often fall to wayside when we are in a rush to get our music uploaded and shared. Let me be clear: There is absolutely no excuse for not having a well-edited video up on YouTube. If it isn’t edited well, then don’t upload it at all. Here’s a tip: Spend two or three days editing your video down, and then when it’s finished, spend one more day editing that final copy. I know it sounds a little obnoxious, but that extra day of fine tuning, tweaking, and revising will make all the difference in the world. If you aren’t all that familiar with video editing, search Google for tutorials or enlist the help of an expert friend. With a keen editing eye, the commentary on your music will vastly improve.
    Become your own promoter. Unless you’re already a famous artist, it’s important to promote every time you put out a new song or video. People are so busy with their own lives that they don’t have time to sit around and wonder if you’ve done something new lately. That being said, you should try and leverage websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest whenever you have new music you want to share with the rest of the world. And once people hear your music and like it, they’ll likely leave positive feedback. Another great idea to promote your music and garner praise is to pitch your songs to places like local news media, city radio stations, and your favorite music blogs. Sure, oftentimes it’s a long shot to get featured somewhere big, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. By being your own promoter, you may find that you’ll starting going places you never imagined possible, and the more people see your work, the more likely you are to rack up the good commentary.

  • Negative commentary can make people feel rather insecure, but if you keep practicing and improving the quality of your work and videos, you’ll find that top commentary will be coming your way in no time.

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    Drum teacher Dave Rollans, and Bass teacher Josh Fossgreen are in Lauren O’ Connell’s new album. Check Them out in the music video that Lauren just released. The album is great and you can buy it at

    How to produce a high quality YouTube video

  • We all have an inner film maker in us. Who of us hasn’t watched our favorite movies and TV
    shows and wished that we could be the ones behind the camera, trying to capture the magic of
    video. That urgency to film is precisely what you’re witnessing whenever you see a YouTube
    video done well. Whether it’s a viral cat video, an instructive tutorial, or an impressive display of
    musical aptitude, you know a good YouTube video when you see it. Ultimately a great YouTube
    video is defined by interesting subject matter, but there are other things that a person can do to
    up the ante of their video before they set out to record.

  • Here are a few quick tips for all you budding directors out there, taking to YouTube for your

  • Have a clear idea of what you want to show

  • YouTube is the perfect venue for trying out our hand at direction, but before you record a video
    you need to have a clear idea of what it is you want to film. It’s not enough to want to film a
    viral video or to record your cover of the latest pop song, you have to put real thought into
    the direction and execution of your idea. I’m talking about planning every step of the scene
    you’re capturing with your YouTube video. If you’re shooting for a tutorial on an instrument
    or on a specific class lesson, map out the points you want to cover beforehand, draw up a rough
    script, even play around with different camera angles (if you have a webcam) to find the best
    shot. More preparation will make for a smoother recording experience once you actually start

  • If you’re suspicious about meticulously planning out the direction of your YouTube video, just
    take a moment to think about some of the better videos you’ve seen. The best instructive videos
    are those that have a clear structure for the viewer to follow, with the instructor teaching basic
    concepts using easy to understand language.

  • Don’t go overboard with recording equipment (unless you are a musician!)

  • This rule will apply differently depending on the kind of video they want to produce. For
    example, someone standing in front of a dry erase board trying to teach basic trigonometry to
    college students won’t have much of a need for a hi definition camera or an expensive mic. On
    the other hand, people with more cinematic ambitions might want better equipment to capture
    the nuance of their video. My advice is to try shooting your YouTube video with the most basic
    equipment first, just so you can get a feel for the exercise. For many videos, a simple webcam
    and your laptop mic will suffice to produce an engaging and interesting video.

  • It’s important to keep in mind the platform that you’re recording for. Viewers don’t exactly
    expect an IMAX experience when they watch a video on YouTube, so you shouldn’t worry
    about recreating an Oscar winning film whenever you’re recording. With that said, if you

  • feel like you can use nicer equipment to its full potential, your YouTube will be all the more
    noticeable for your expense.

  • Be yourself

  • This sounds cheesy, but there’s no point in recording a quality YouTube video if it’s not
    something you’re passionate about in the first place. You have to have fun with the process if
    you hope to produce something worthwhile, and sometimes that means coming to the process
    with an open mind and an eagerness to work hard to do the best job possible, whatever the cost.
    There are billions of YouTube videos out there, so there’s no use wasting your time on adding
    another to a mix unless you think it can really influence and affect people. Be yourself, get
    comfortable with the process, and make the video of your dreams. You can do it!

  • Barbara Jolie is a full time freelance writer and blogger in the Houston area. She enjoys writing
    about education and the advantages of online classes for all students. If you have any questions
    email Barbara at

    Ryan Fox put together these videos for you so you can learn Sixteen Saltines with your band mates.

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    Intro to Rock Guitar class by Tom Mitchell.

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    Intro to Rock Drumming class by Ryan Fox.

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    Intro to Bass Guitar class by Josh Fossgreen.

    It’s important to get a good start on the day in order to ensure that you get a good practice session in. Try to wake up early and start practicing within 30 minutes of getting out of bed. Whether waking up early means 6am, 7am, or 10am (teenagers/college students), you should push yourself to get up early. You will feel a sense of accomplishment if you get up when you want to, and get to practicing early in the morning. You may feel like crap if you don’t get up when you want to. A lazy morning usually leads to a lazy rest of the day, especially if you have work or school off.

    Tips on how to get up early

    If you are like me and really love to sleep, then it may be hard to drag your butt out of bed in the morning. There is hope…Set your alarm to wake up to something that will make you think in the morning. I like listening to the San Diego morning show, The Mikey Show. It’s funny, and get’s me thinking early in the morning. If talk radio isn’t your thing, they have alarm clock apps that make you solve a math problem in order to turn the alarm off. Don’t buy the alarm that runs way from you when it goes off, you will probably crush it out of anger the first day you use it. An even better tip is to start doing some form of exercise right after your alarm goes off. Sit ups, push ups, and stretching are really good ways to get your body going.

    What should I practice?

    If you are drummer you should practice your rudiments. Get your metronome out and start playing singles, doubles, triplets, something easy that doesn’t involve thinking. Once you get in the swing of things, you can get into your normal practice routine. It helps to write out your practice goals the night before so you know exactly what to start working on.

    Fairly recently here on the Interactive Music Teacher, one specific article discussed resolving or avoiding fights or “drama” with fellow band members. The article gave some excellent general advice about dealing with inevitable conflict among your band mates, but here I will delve a bit deeper into two common band problems—creative differences and financial struggles.

    Dealing with personal or professional problems among band members is never easy. For one, if you are really close like family members, then you may make no bones about letting each other have it. But since you aren’t actually family, you have the option of breaking up and never speaking to each other again. On the other hand, if you aren’t particularly close on a personal level, you may feel uncomfortable expressing creative or financial issues, in which case resentments build up and eventually explode.

    If your band is on the rocks, the most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Every single band I’ve been in broke up, got back together, and broke up again, so it’s a very natural thing, and it happens to even the most iconic, talented of bands, as evidenced in Time Magazine’s “Top 10 Band Breakups.” Of course, the Beatles topped the list, and, contrary to popular opinion, it wasn’t Yoko. It was the result of the very same problems that plague all bands—bad financial decisions, creative differences, and competitive egos.

    David Jackel, a professional singer, addresses the most common problem when talented minds get together—fighting over the music, also known popularly as “creative differences”—in a short but enlightening YouTube video. Perhaps the most salient point that Jackel makes in the video is that nothing is more important–no fight over which song should be played or how it should be played– than the ultimate harmony of the band. Of course, there will be some battles that you will want to pick, but always aim for compromise over “winning.” If you are fighting to keep a verse in a song, and another band member wants to get rid of it, ask for alternatives. Involve everyone in all creative decisions. After all, there is a reason you’re a band—you have enough in common creatively that you decided to come together and make music. Don’t let small arguments ruin everything.

    Financial issues are another major cause for concern when your band is beginning to have problems. Of course, when you are just beginning, you probably don’t have enough resources to hire a separate manager. If you do, it makes things infinitely easier to have a financially-savvy person, preferably an accountant, who has no ax to grind in terms of money. In other words, it’s best to have someone separate who can look at your band money situation objectively without being colored by emotion or an agenda. On the other hand, if you do not have the resources for a dedicated person to handle your finances, it’s best to establish agreements beforehand, and write them down. Have one band member handle all the accounting, but meet often to discuss all financial decisions. The person who handles money should also keep meticulous records so that you know precisely how much money you are making and how it is being used. When it comes to finances, transparency is most important.

    Perhaps the best way to think of a band is to think of it as a polygamous marriage of creative and equal minds. Studies have shown that the healthiest of marriages are the ones who put dedication above all else. In other words, the marriages that last longest are the ones in which the focus is on the continuation of the marriage, and not on other factors like “love” or “children.” In the same way, make up your mind from the beginning that you will stick together no matter what, that you are committed to each other. Work with band members who know how to compromise. Learn from past mistakes. And most importantly, remind yourself constantly why you got together in the first place.

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