Below I have linked to 5 different articles that I have been reading and find quite useful. All of these articles I have passed around to fellow musicians so I felt the need to post them here. Please check them out and subscribe to these blogs, these guys definitely know what they are doing.
Jason Heath was one of the first music bloggers who I really took notice of. Even though I wasn’t a bass player his Contrabass Conversations Podcast was amazingly captivating. Many times I spent listening to his interviews while mowing the lawn. Make sure to dig through his site because he has many, many useful articles that would be helpful to all musicians.
Music Education is a big interest of mine, not suprisingly, so the MusTech.net website is one of my most revisited items in my Google Reader. This article lists a few leading edge educators who combine music and technology in interesting and effective ways. Right now the list has about 12 educators, but the plan is to keep adding to it to create a comprehensive listing (much like my Twitter Guitar Directory). This is one to bookmark and revisit.
I have been teaching guitar lessons for about 8 years now and I still found this article helpful. If you are starting to settle into a (hopefully) permanent teaching situation then this list will be very helpful. My favorite item on the list is the Clif Bars, I can totally relate to getting hungry and still having 3 or 4 lessons to teach before you can leave.
Walt Riberio is one of the leading voices for combining music education and social media. His videos cover everything from basic theory to gear reviews and even advice on how to best use the internet to spread your message. I wanted to include this video because I just received a copy of Sibelius 6 and I think it is the greatest notation program available. There is no way I would of been able to finish my Master’s Degree without it.
Audacity is a great FREE audio editor that can do everything from make loops to slow down tracks at pitch to help with Transcription. NotPlayingGuitar.com is an amazing resource that has many lessons and tips on how to get over the roadblocks that we as musicians sometime fall into. If you are interested in recording some basic tracks and don’t want to spend money, then start with this article.