Category: Musicians’ Corner

A New Accordion-Nerd Video!

Today I posted a video to YouTube in response to a rather inside-baseball question on social media about easier ways to play a particular type of chord on the left side of an accordion, the side with all the buttons that look the same (but sound different!). The video is called Crazy Stradella and it’s…


Phineas Newborn, and Revisiting the Question of “What Good are Scales?”

As students of music we aim to train our ears to hear each note on its own terms, and when we improvise, to intend each note on its own terms. To many of us, especially jazz students, scales can be crutches that work against the goal of musical intent because relying on rules like “every…


Fun with Fills, What Good are Scales, and Thoughts on Growing Musical Vocabulary

You know how every now and then you hear something and you’re like, “What was THAT?!?” Well, I was listening to music in the car a while back and this amazing fill caught my ear big-time. I made a note to come back to it because it sounded fantastic and a big part of it…


A Disappointment with My New Organ Clone

I’ve had my Viscount Legend Live for over nine months now, and a couple of months back I discovered a problem with it that I feel like I need to share because my blog posts here about the Legend Live have been getting quite a bit of traffic from people looking for which clone they…


My New Organ Clone

[ Edit added in January, 2020: If you are reading this to understand how the different organ clones compare, make sure you check out my more recent blog post about a disappointing problem with my Viscount Legend Live. ] I play Hammond console organs, the kind whose best known exemplar is the famous B-3. There…


The Greatest Feel-Fake in Rock and Roll

This posting might interest non-musicians but it’s written with musician readers in mind, hence the “musician’s corner” category tag. Before you read on, it might be best to listen to this entire song and then come back here. The web and the world are heavily populated with objects, still images, and videos like this one and this one that show us how…


An oldie, linked here for reference (singing at jam sessions)

Here’s a blog post I wrote a few years back giving advice to singers who want to perform at jam sessions. Interest in the post reawoke recently when someone on Facebook raised the topic of discord between singers and instrumentalists, and we all agreed that much of the discord would dissolve with a few simple…