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Six Acoustic Guitar Tips
Here are a few free acoustic guitar tips every beginner will probably learn sooner or later. Some are harder to learn than others; forewarned is forearmed.
The Virgins and ASCAP: Did A Performance Rights Organization Do Anything For Us?
In 1995 I moved back to my hometown of Milwaukee with a group of college friends to start a band. We called ourselves The Virgins. Over the next five years this name would prove to be somewhat prescient. We played hundreds of shows throughout the Midwest, recorded one six-song cassette and two CDs, and made a lot of naive assumptions.
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Cool Gizmo Alert: Genz-Benz G-Flex 2x12
We're proud to launch a new product review series sponsored by YourGuitarist. is a web site offering Internet based development of custom guitar tracks for artists worldwide. allows musicians to avoid the high studio fees usually associated with producing guitar tracks for their songs.
Berklee News

Song's Nothing Conservatory About It Series Kicks Off October 21 With a Performance by the Concert Jazz Orchestra, Conducted by Greg Hopkins Grammy Award Winner Joe Lovano to Pay Tribute to John LaPorta and James Williams

Boston, MA , September 27, 2004 - SongT, Delta Air Lines' low-fare subsidiary, and Berklee College of Music are pleased to announce the second year of "Song's Nothing Conservatory About It," an exciting eight-concert series, featuring jazz, Latin, rock, r&b, folk and other music styles. The series commences Thursday, October 21, with a performance by the Concert Jazz Orchestra , conducted by Greg Hopkins . The concert begins at 8:15 pm at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA. Berklee is pleased to welcome WGBH-FM 89.7 as the series' media sponsor.

General admission tickets are $10. Season tickets to the eight-concert series, on sale October 1, may be purchased at the Berklee Performance Center box office. Season tickets are $100 for preferred seating. For more information please call 617-747-2261 or visit .

The Concert Jazz Orchestra is a student group comprised of the best and brightest young talent at the school. In addition to playing music by the great jazz masters, the group debuts a brand new repertoire of original compositions each semester. Says director Hopkins, a Jazz Composition professor at Berklee, "It is the premier jazz orchestra at the college, featuring the best musicians playing music written specifically for them; that is the purpose of the band, to breath life into this new material."

The group represents a true melting pot of musical talent from around the world. Performers hail from Spain, Switzerland, England, Japan, Hungary, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Puerto Rico, Russia, and all over the U.S. The musical expression of the ensemble represents a unique fusion of international musical styles. Says Hopkins, "The breadth and depth of musical ideas that the students create is truly astounding."

Hopkins, who has played with artists including Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Burt Bacharach, and Ella Fitzgerald, has concocted a brew of musical delights for this performance. The Concert Jazz Orchestra will pay homage to the late John LaPorta and James Williams , two great artists and composers long associated with Berklee and close friends of Hopkins. Special guests for the tributes will include saxophonists Joe Lovano and Bill Pierce , and guitarist Mick Goodrick . The concert will also feature Tre Corda , a chamber jazz trio consisting of cellist Eugene Friesen , Hopkins on trumpet, pocket trumpet, flugelhorn, coronet and piccolo trumpet, and group leader, composer and arranger, pianist Tim Ray , who has played with Lyle Lovett for 12 years.

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over half a century, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing 70 plus countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today and tomorrow.

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MusicDish Network Promotes 60's Love Child Astrella-Celeste

MusicDish, an Internet music magazine publisher and artist marketing/development firm, is proud to announce the addition of Pop/Jazz singer Astrella Celeste to the MusicDish Network roster. Combining a variety of online viral marketing strategies, the MusicDish Network will be coordinating a broad campaign in support of her debut album "Blue Star" (the Spanish translation of Astrella Celeste).


MusicDish At MIDEM: J-Music Distribution, France

J-Music Distribution describes itself as "the very first European distributor of Japanese music whose activities link Japanese artists and their management, Japanese record companies, and European distributors together to provide a stable framework of distribution from artists to music retail store."

Formed in December 2005, J-Music Distribution representatives brought their business vision to "MIDEM, The World Music Market's 40th Edition" conference in Cannes, France.


Toshi Reagon to Present Fanny with ROCKRGRL Women of Valor Award On April 20
Toshi Reagon has been named to present pioneering all-female rock group Fanny with the ROCKRGRL Women of Valor Award, Friday, April 20, at the Berklee Performance Center, located at 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Read more...
Musicians Turn to Short Run DVD Production
Today's independent musicians have started using new technologies including On Demand Short Run CD/DVD Production, enabling them to order smaller batches of CDs and DVDs in real time online 24/7 and ship to customers, one at a time.
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