Recommended content for musicians and music fans

In recent years I have studied music more closely for practical needs and also to understand music history (or theory) a little better. I have also been discovering a lot of great new music via independent sources.

This has lead me seek out publications (or channels) by experts in the music field: experts in different areas of music including players, producers, engineers, luthiers and critics.

These are just choices I made through research or word of mouth but there are certainly many other great people doing good things on music throughout the world!

Books

I am a regular user of the iBooks app provided with most Apple accounts so I found some great reads by searching for audio recording and production titles.

Musicologist and record producer Dr. Steve Savage is of particular note in his highly accessible technical guide books for recording and mixing. I particularly enjoyed Mixing & Mastering in the Box. I also read Bytes & Backbeats which analyses digital recording technologies in finer detail within a cultural and historical context.

Check it out: http://stevesavage.net

I couldn’t resist reading Ken Scott’s memoirs From Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust, producer and engineer of many classic rock albums by artists including The Beatles, David Bowie and Elton John. There is a great deal of technical information about how records were made back in the day.

Check it out: Good Reads (available at most book stores)

Reviews

Ambient music artist The Gateless Gate lead me to a music review website entitled Make Your Own Taste – created by the groups’ founder Allister Thompson. If you enjoy ambient (or world) music then you may want to explore the article 10 Netlabel Ambient Albums You Should Own Part 1.

Musician and Fresh On The Net reviewer Neil March writes regular articles on new music and emerging artists via his own blog. Aptly named Trust-The-Doc it provides an invaluable bridge to discovering music you will unlikely hear via mainstream channels.

Check it out: https://demerararecords.com/trust-the-doc/

Video

If I had a penny for every guitarist or musician running an educational video on YouTube I’d be wealthier than…well Google (who also pay pennies I hear, but don’t quote me!)

Besides the flaws of the platform you eventually come across high quality content made by people who really know what they are talking about…and do it with much charisma and inclusivity.

Rick Beato – musician, composer and a walking encyclopaedia of music theory. There is something for everyone including regular deconstructions of well known songs to sound engineering, guitar techniques, music analysis and a whole lot more (not just guitars).

Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/user/pegzch

TJR Music – primarily a music and film review channel hosted by TJR and sometimes with music reviewer Robert Kinsler. This channel has a lot of warmth and sincerity and covers a range of reviews and analysis for music, movies, comics, books and notable events.

Check it out: https://twitter.com/tjrmusic (twitter page)

Dave’s World of Fun Stuff – if you want to know how to fix your guitar (with occasional cooking tips) then check out Dave from his Canadian workshop! It’s less instructional and more “watch and learn” as Dave fixes real people’s instruments on camera.

Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/user/davey4557/featured

That’s all for now! I will post more links to cool stuff on the web again soon. Back to my own music making journey. Thanks.

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