This post explores the swing style of jazz. It summarizes swing’s defining characteristics, and it covers two influential swing musicians: Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington.
This blog post examines mixing and mastering. Methods for both processes are explained, and the goals for each are inspected. Topics covered include decibels, loudness, panning, balance, multi-tracking, effects, and editing.
In this blog post Brian Jump explores the hostility many musicians feel towards reading music. He describes the many ways students shirk the responsibility of reading, and he attempts to dispel the myth that learning how to read is antithetical to the spirit of music. Jump’s main point in this post is that becoming literate drastically improves one’s musicianship.
In this blog post, Brian Jump explores the common failures of audience/performer interactions. He covers courtesies musicians owe audiences and ones that audiences owe musicians. To assuage this occasionally dysfunctional relationship, Jump offers a list of eight commandments to be observed while giving, watching, or paying for musical performances.
In this blog post, Brian Jump covers the philosophy of education and presents a case for classical techniques being better than progressive ones. Jump outlines and explains how progressive methods are to blame for America’s educational woes, and he argues that, to improve America’s academic ability, teachers need to adopt classical methods and rigorous standards.
This post covers the definition and history of audio recording. It introduces the concepts, explains the formats, and inspects the techniques used by sound engineers to capture and produce professional audio.