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Lars Mullen Goes To Summer NAMM in Nashville 2017

 

Lars Mullen at Summer NAMM

Founded in 1901, the North American Music Merchants show (NAMM), is one of the largest music product trade shows in the world.

Held annually in January at the massive Convention Centre in Anaheim, California USA and June at the Music City Centre in Nashville, these two shows are acknowledged by the music industry as Winter and Summer NAMM.

It’s here where journalists from all over the world struggle with jet lag and regimentally shoot photos and videos, gather news on all the latest gear from guitars to glass flutes to announce in their relative press outlets.

 Summer, is a more relaxed event that doesn’t quite have the crazy, rock-circus Mardi Gras atmosphere that is traditional at the ‘Winter’ show where, around 6,000 brands are represented by no less than 1,700 exhibitors spread over several floors of the Anaheim Convention Centre, attracting close to 100,000 visitors.

10 Ukulele Artists Who Use Fusion Gig Bags

Ukulele players fusionOur ukulele gig bags are in the hands of professional players all over the world. Thanks to their lightweight build and thick foam protection, you will see many of professional ukulele artists using our bags to protect their instruments whilst touring.

Since we established Fusion, we’ve had the pleasure of equipping some of the most talented and popular ukulele artists worldwide.

Artist Spotlight: Victoria Vox - Singer-Songwriter / Ukulele Artist

Victoria Vox

Victoria has the ability to effortlessly rub her tummy and pat her head at the same time. In a musical perspective that means, not only does she have a stunning ukulele playing style, a voice that can effortlessly adapt to any musical genre, operate a pedal board with precision...she still has a secret weapon... the mouth trumpet.

Victoria has perfected a vocal technique that imitates the sound of a trumpet by blowing air through her lips, an incredible effect that at first raises a smile from the audience, often ending up with a standing ovation.

Artist Spotlight: Gil Norton - Respected And Influential Record Producer

Gil NortonAs a highly respected and influential record producer, Gil Norton has worked with some of the biggest names in rock. A large list of Internationally acclaimed artists trust Gil at the controls. These have included Foo Fighters, Counting Crows, Echo &The Bunnymen, Feeder, Pixies, Marmozets, Band Of Skulls, JOANovARC and Jimmy Eat World, to name but a few. He takes up the story…

“I distinctly remember at the age of 12 how I wanted to be a sound engineer or a TV camera man. I felt so strongly about taking this path throughout my school years, that I left the 6th form after a year to take up an Audio Visual youth opportunity scheme that Knowsley Council were offering to promote the borough.

5 Things to Look for When Choosing the Perfect New Instrument Bag

Our instruments are incredibly precious to any musician. They’re a big part of all of our lives, our passions, and (if we’re lucky) our dream jobs too!That makes taking care of your instrument with a great gig bag essential.

But what should you be looking out for in a great instrument bag? There are so many options and features that choosing the right bag for you can be tough. Well here’s exactly what you should be looking for when choosing the perfect new instrument bag.

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How to Play the Acoustic Guitar: A Basic Guide for Beginners

Learning to play the guitar

Are you eager to learn how to play the acoustic guitar? Then you are on the right part of the internet. On this article, we will teach you the basics of playing the guitar and other important things to get you started. So what are you waiting for? Read on!

An acoustic guitar is one of the most popular instruments today. Everybody seems to like it because it is pretty ubiquitous. It is the first step if you want to climb the tower of the music world. However, don't ever think that you this instrument is easy to learn. Depending on what you want to achieve, an acoustic guitar can be pretty difficult.

Aside from the skills, you also have to a real instrument. Moreover, you need to secure guitar cables and other accessories as well if you want to venture on recording and other related applications. Therefore, learning the basics of an acoustic guitar is crucial. As long as you learn the fundamentals, you can never go wrong along the way.

Artist Spotlight: Madonna Mallon - Trombonist at London Metropolitan Brass Band

Madonna Mallon Trombonist at London Metropolitan Brass Band

Cold Play. There’s something about Christmas carols being played live by a brass band, the soothing dreamy purr of a French horn, the wispy liquid slur of a mellow trumpet to the throaty drawl of the trombone, then there’s the joyful thrum-pump parp parp sonic characteristics of the big brass tuba.

A congested London Paddington Station on the Eve of said festive occasion, was indeed looking like a train strike had just been announced as I arrived. My first thoughts were, at least I have relaxing music to listen to while they sort it out.

Artist Spotlight: Shane Ó Fearghail - It's All About The Song

Shane Ó FearghailDefining the word ‘Nomad’ can be partly described as: ‘A person at one roaming about for pasture, pastoral tribe, a member of a community of people who live in different locations, moving from one place to another. Let’s add a sprinkling of: ‘Seriously good singer songwriter, solo artist and musician’ and we have Shane Ó Fearghail.

In an interview from his base in Vienna, Austria, Shane talks to me about performing live and his uncanny ability to write songs with catchy hook lines and melodies that are heavily influenced by his Irish background.

Artist Spotlight: Edgar K. Muzah - Bassist With A Heart Of Gold


Edgar Kaye Muzah BassistThe music scene is getting better in Zimbabwe now, although there wasn’t that much work for musicians when I was there. I used to love listening to rhythmic music especially traditional African sounds which I could relate to and found both innovative and inspiring. I still love the percussive feel and resonating warmth of established instruments like the kalimba and marimba, and the cununo drum played with bamboo sticks.Even now, I’ll regularly get together with friends and we’ll play traditional songs or just improvise, sometimes with just vocalists and with cow bells, but you know... music is music at the end of the day.

As a child I was very lucky, I had the opportunity to study Ethnomusicology at the Zim College of Music. I was mentored by a guru called Chaka Chawasarira who is an amazing mbira player, he also makes these instruments and taught me how to play one to a high level.

Artist Spotlight: Zoë Bestel - Award Winning Artist With Haunting Vocals

Zoë Bestel

For centuries, some of the finest songs, poems and books have been written by authors who have taken to the hills for inspiration as they wander ‘lonely as cloud’ or watch the mist role in from the ‘Mull of Kyntyre’.
Scotland’s Galloway Hills and surrounding coastline is indeed the landscape from where award winning nu-folk singer-songwriter and musician, Zoë Bestel draws motivation and creativity.

“I live on a farm in a pretty remote area with forests and mountain views from my windows”, says Zoë, “So a lot of my songs are themed about nature. I’m also close to the coast here and I’ve written a lot of songs about the sea which features on my new album set for release around the Spring of 2017”.