Items added to 'Smooth Jazz...and more' in 2012
Nov. 12, 2012. Buying anything second-hand is a risk, and music equipment is no exception. But it's possible to reduce this risk by taking a few precautions, as outlined in Buying Used Equipment, a new article added to the Know-how section this month.
Oct. 15, 2012. The Rycote Invision USM, a microphone shock mount that can be used with a wide range of studio microphones, is reviewed this month in the Reviews section.
Sept. 10, 2012. If you've ever wondered how a keyboard workstation compares to a PC with plugins (virtual instruments and effects), then you might find the answer in this months article Workstations vs PCs.
Aug. 23, 2012. This month the Selected CD Reviews section has been revised to include easy navigation to the reviewed CDs, and a review of Sarah Vaughn's wonderful CD Brazilian Romance has been added. All the CD reviews now contain an audio excerpt.
July 16, 2012. If you have ever wondered exactly what jazz is, the new article this month What is Jazz? attempts to answer this very question. New in the Selected CD Reviews section is a review of Gabriela Anders CD Wanting, and a 1992 recording of the GRP All-Star Big Band, which features some of the biggest names in jazz..
June 25, 2012. A new section is introduced this month - Selected CD Reviews - where I write a short review on selected CDs or album tracks. This month I've chosen The Long Waiting, by Kenny Wheeler, Keep the Customer Satisfied, by Buddy Rich, and Nothing Has Been Proved, by Dusty Springfield which features a superb saxophone solo.
May 20, 2012. This month sees the intruduction of two new buttons on the menu bar - News, and About - in addition to an article which attempts to answer the fundamental question: What is Music? Also, the Compositions section has been expanded to show all original music available for download from this site, with image links to the pages that introduce the works.
April 26, 2012. This month, in the Reviews section, I take a look at what the £1000 each ELAC FS 247 Speakers have to offer.
March 20, 2012. If you are planning to go on a long flight anytime soon, be sure to read the in-depth article on Choosing Noise-Cancelling Headphones, new in the Know-how section.
Feb. 27, 2012. Reaching Out is the title of the new piece of music added to the music section this month, featuring a distinctive bass groove. If you are travelling with headphones then a case is a must. Find out how to make a simple, low-cost, heapdhone case in the DIY Headphone Case article, new in the Know-how section. And new in the Reviews section is a close look at the M-Audio SP2 Sustain Pedal.
Jan. 12, 2012. New this month is an exciting, up tempo, piece of music called City Ride. Also new, and following on from last months article on Effective Practice, is a Pitching Exercise for brass or woodwind instruments, which can be downloaded free in PDF file format.