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Show Notes Lady Gaga’s newest album, Chromatica, is her sixth studio album. It is also her sixth studio album to debut at number one on the Billboard Top 200. Song for song, it is one of the strongest albums we have reviewed yet!Lady Gaga Lady
Show Notes Lady Gaga’s newest album, Chromatica, is her sixth studio album. It is also her sixth studio album to debut at number one on the Billboard Top 200. The record is very personal for her and has a backstory that you have to hear. Lady G
Show Notes Ricardo and Arlene Escobar are good friends of ours that we met at Liberty University. The couple has been writing and recording together and is getting ready to drop their very first EP. In this interview, they discuss everything fr
Show Notes 3.15.20. Childish Gambino’s newest album is woke and full of incredible musical concepts. Side B of The Flipside breaks it down song by song and tells you why you should listen to this album. Childish Gambino Childish Gambino, A.K.A.
Show Notes Donald Glover is an American Actor, Musician, Comedian, and all around entertainer. He recently released the album 3.15.20. This episode dives into the story behind the album, how it came to be and the story of the release. Childish
Show Notes  Jazz Bass Vs P Bass. We have all heard them, but do we know the difference?  This week is a deep dive into the differences between the two iconic instruments. Where do they come from? Who plays them? What do they sound like? Which o
Show Notes  Romance is a studio album by Camila Cabello. In This Episode, we break it down song by song. From lyrical themes to album continuity, you will hear everything you need to know about this Billboard number 3 album from Camila Cabello.
Show Notes  Camila Cabello is a Cuban-American singer that has rocked the charts ever since she debuted in 2018. Her self titled album topped the charts and featured hits such as Havana. After, her follow up album, Romance, was an instant hit.
Show Notes We feature a very special guest this week, Jacob Tallent of the Vegan Llamas! Jacob is a good friend of ours from Liberty University and an even better guitarist and song writer. Listen in to hear about all things Vegan Llamas, from
Show Notes We feature a very special guest this week, Jacob Tallent of the Vegan Llamas! Jacob is a good friend of ours from Liberty University and an even better guitarist and song writer. Listen in to hear about all things Vegan Llamas, from
Show Notes Have you ever felt burn out from playing music? I hope that it hasn’t happened to you. If you’ve been playing music for any length of time, however, I’d be willing to bet that you have. This is my story about how I felt out of – then
Show Notes We are back! This time around we answer YOUR questions, internet! We browsed the depths of Reddit to find music theory questions galore – and boy, did we find some good ones. Tune in to hear the answers to all you’ve been dying to kn
Show Notes What is Gypsy Jazz? I’m glad you asked! This episode goes into detail about where gypsy jazz comes from and how to play it. We’ll cover everything from Django in Belgium to the details of a well crafted solo. If you love jazz, you wi
Show Notes The Birth of the Cool. Does Bebop live? Boplicity is one of the best examples of cool jazz ever recorded. Mat and Tommy dive into the intricacies of the harmony, melody, and style. Listen in with us! Did you LOVE this episode? Let us
Show Notes  The Birth of the Cool. Does Bebop live? Boplicity is one of the best examples of cool jazz ever recorded. Mat and Tommy dive into the intricacies of the harmony, melody, and style. Listen in with us!  Did you LOVE this episode? Let
Show Notes Music is a craft that takes effort to master. Everyone has their own process to create music. What do we do? This week, we talk about our processes in writing and arranging music for a big band. You’ll learn about the steps we take t
Show Notes Playing music in a worship team setting can be an incredible experience. We’ve experienced deep spiritual connection and have had amazing musical journeys through it. However, often times pro musicians miss the point and get caught u
Show Notes What gives you that extra 10%? You know, the thing that moves you from just good to great. We’ve given you all the theory that will make you a “good” musician, but that’s not enough. To put it all together and be great, there is anot
Show Notes Nashville numbers are the latest form of music notation. If you are anything like me, you probably think it sounds fake. How can you notate music with a name like that? Actually, it is a lot simpler than it sounds! If you like the sh
Show Notes If the roads of the city are built by the scales and time signatures, than the houses are the harmony. This episode is a crash course on writing harmony for your music! We’ll explain progressive vs regressive progressions, the circle
Show Notes If the roads of the city are built by the scales and time signatures, than the houses are the harmony. This episode is a crash course on writing harmony for your music! We’ll explain progressive vs regressive progressions, the circle
Show Notes Time marks the passing of moments. Each day we have hundreds of moments that fly by, some taking longer than others or appearing in different forms. We work, we play, we eat, we sleep. The craziest part is that no two days look exact
Show Notes Imagine your favorite song. Now, imagine it again without any chords and only one note played at a time. It just isn’t the same. Why do multiple notes sound so much better? Triads and extensions are the key to building the perfect so
Show Notes The first step to learning functional music theory is key signatures and scales. These are the foundations to the rest of music theory, yet so many people don’t understand them. We make it simple for you! Mat and Tommy share their ex
Show Notes We get it, music theory can be boring. Learning sets of rules can be dry. Why even bother with it? We’ll tell you! Music theory is incredibly important to a career as a successful musician. Are you only a hobbyist? That’s okay! Knowi
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