Moukey Mini Steel Tongue Drum Review

Moukey is a sub-brand of Donner, and is of the same quality. The Moukey has a D Major Scale Steel Tongue Drum pack includes 2 Stick/mallats, tone stickers, music score set, a dedicated carrying bag and strap. In the video below, I just do an improve jam over a backing track in D Major.

Improve Jam Video

Fun For Everyone

The Moukey Mini Tongue Drum Steel Percussion Hang Drum is a simple handmade and well constructed built to last musical instrument. This Mini Tongue Drum is in the key of D major so you can’t play any wrong notes and perform good sounding music even without any former training.

Indeed, fun for everyone to play. Kids and adults alike.

Great fun for kids as well as adults to play and learn music. The very relaxing sound character can provide hours of fun when jamming with backing tracks or as a solo instrument. Also adds a cool decor to any living environment.

Where To Buy

More info and the current price: Moukey Mini Tongue Drum Steel Percussion Hang Drum 11 Notes 10 Inches with Padded Travel Bag

EZDrummer Free Alternative – MT Power Drumkit 2 Audio Units – VST Plugin

If your looking for a free EZ drummer alternative then check out the MTPowerDrumkit2. This free drum kit plugin is available for Mac and PC as an Audio Unit or VST. In my review video I test it out with my Roland / Quietest Electronic Drums – Home Made Low Volume E Drum Pads and show off some of the thousands of include grooves.

The MTPowerDrumkit2 has one multi layer drum sampler rock drum kit with a simple mixer and groove library.
The mixer section comes with multi out vol, pan, and compersion for each individual outputs, kick, snare and so on.

“The MT Power Drum Kit is a free drum sampler offering the powerful, high-quality sounds of an acoustic, realistic drum kit. Samples have been specially recorded and processed to make them ideally suited for use in pop, rock and metal productions.”

The MT Power Drum Kit Sampler claims that the drum samplers are pre-processed with compressors and EQs to make them a perfect fit for any mix.

The compressors built into the channels give you even more control over the level of compression.

You can choose from thousands of assorted rhythms in the comprehensive Groove Library and compose your own drum accompaniment. In particular, the innovative functions for creating fills generate very smooth and realistic drum tracks.

More Info & Download Here http://www.powerdrumkit.com

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Soundbreaking Jazz Documentary – Jazz A Film By Ken Burns

Six years in the making, Jazz: A Film By Ken Burns is a 19-hour must-watch “soundbreaking” series for any jazz or history fan.

If you’re familiar with Ken Burns documentaries like New York, The War, Prohibition, and many others, you already know this is the most in-depth history of jazz music documentary you will find. Six years in the making, Jazz: A Film By Ken Burns is a 19-hour must-watch “soundbreaking” series for any jazz or history fan.

Ken Burns celebrates Jazz music’s soaring achievements, from its origins in blues and ragtime through swing, bebop, and fusion. The series blends 75 interviews with major artists, such as Wynton Marsalis and Dave Brubeck, and critics; more than 500 pieces of music; 2,400 still photographs; and 2,000 rare and archival film clips including performances by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and many more.

Jazz: A Film By Ken Burns originally aired on PBS in early 2001. It’s available on DVD with tons of extra features or online streaming. The movie, as well as a 20 track Best of Jazz CD is available here.

Here’s a break down of each episode:

Soundbreaking Jazz Documentary - Jazz A Film By Ken Burns JAZZ Ken Burns cover artEpisode 1 “Gumbo” Beginnings to 1917

JAZZ begins in New Orleans, nineteenth-century America’s most cosmopolitan city, where the sound of marching bands, Italian opera, Caribbean rhythms, and minstrel shows fills the streets with a richly diverse musical culture. Here, in the 1890s, African-American musicians create a new music out of these ingredients by mixing in ragtime syncopations and the soulful feeling of the blues. Soon after the start of the new century, people are calling it jazz.

Episode 2 “The Gift” 1917 – 1924

Speakeasies, flappers, and easy money – it’s the Jazz Age, when the story of jazz becomes a tale of two great cities, Chicago and New York, and of two extraordinary artists whose lives and music will span almost three-quarters of a century – Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.

Episode 3  “Our Language” 1924 – 1929

As the stock market continues to soar, jazz is everywhere in America, and now, for the first time soloists and singers take center stage, transforming the music with their distinctive voices and the unique stories they have to tell.

Episode 4 “The True Welcome” 1929 – 1934

In 1929, America enters a decade of economic desperation, as the Stock Market collapses and the Great Depression begins. Factories fall silent, farms fall into decay, and a quarter of the nation’s workforce is jobless. In these dark times, jazz is called upon to lift the spirits of a frightened country, and finds itself poised for a decade of explosive growth.

Episode 5 “Swing” Pure Pleasure” 1935 – 1937

As the Great Depression drags on, jazz comes as close as it has ever come to being America’s popular music, providing entertainment and escape for a people down on their luck. It has a new name now – Swing – and for millions of young fans, it will be the defining music of their generation.

Episode 6 “Swing: The Velocity of Celebration” 1937 – 1939

As the 1930’s come to a close, Swing-mania is still going strong, but some fans are saying success has made the music too predictable. Their ears are tuned to a new sound – pulsing, stomping, suffused with the blues. It’s the Kansas City sound of Count Basie’s band and it quickly reignites the spirit of Swing

Episode 7 “Dedicated to Chaos” 1940 – 1945

When America enters World War II, jazz is part of the arsenal. In Europe, where musicians like the Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt continue to play despite a Nazi ban, jazz is a beacon of hope. In America, it becomes the embodiment of democracy, as bandleaders like Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw enlist, taking their swing to the troops overseas.

Episode 8 “Risk” 1945 – 1955

The postwar years bring America to a level of prosperity unimaginable a decade before, but the Cold War threat of nuclear annihilation makes these anxious years as well. In jazz, this underlying tension will be reflected in the broken rhythms and dissonant melodies of bebop, and in the troubled life of bebop’s biggest star, Charlie Parker.

Soundbreaking Jazz Documentary - Jazz A Film By Ken Burns Episode 9 The AdventureEpisode 9 “The Adventure” 1956 – 1960

In the late 1950s, America’s postwar prosperity continues, but beneath the surface run currents of change. Families are moving to the suburbs, watching television has become the national pastime, and baby boomers have begun coming of age. For jazz, it is also a period of transition when old stars like Billie Holiday and Lester Young will burn out while young talents arise to take the music in new directions.

Episode 10 “A Masterpiece by Midnight” 1960 – 2000

During the Sixties, jazz is in trouble. Critics divide the music into “schools” – Dixieland, swing, bebop, hard bop, modal, free, avant-garde. But most young people are listening to rock ‘n’ roll. Though Louis Armstrong briefly outsells the Beatles with Hello Dolly, most jazz musicians are desperate for work and many head for Europe, including bebop saxophone master, Dexter Gordon.

DVD Additional Features:

Soundbreaking Jazz Documentary - Jazz A Film By Ken Burns DVD Box SetThe DVD version of Jazz offers a “music information” mode, in which the title of a song is displayed when it is played in the film. Pressing the Title button jumps the viewer out of the film to a screen that lists that song’s composer, performers (including all band members, not just the headliner), year of recording, and album and record company information when applicable (and no, all the credits are not to the series’ own CDs). Another click of the Title button returns the viewer to the film. When music information mode is turned off, song titles are not displayed but the Title button still accesses the song credits. Each DVD’s scene-selection menu lists only the 10 subchapters, but in fact each song is individually tracked (50 to 80 tracks per DVD).

More DVD Special Features:

  • Documentary “Making of Jazz” (16 minutes)
  • Playlist information for over 500 songs
  • Three full-length performances not seen in the film: Louis Armstrong’s “I Cover the Waterfront” (1933), Duke Ellington’s “C Jam Blues” (1942), and Miles Davis’s “New Rhumba” (1959)
  • Music and photo credits

Final Toughts

This is the most in-depth documentary on the history of jazz you will ever watch. I watched the streaming version, but I think I’m going to get the DVD set for all extra features.

My only concern is that nine of the ten episodes focus on jazz’s development prior to 1960, leaving just one episode to four decades of the music’s more experimental stages, from post-bop to soul jazz to fusion to jazz funk and beyond.

Take a trip back in time, watch it today.

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Donner Percussion Stick Bag Drumstick Holder Review

I was excited to get their inexpensive Donner Percussion Stick Bag / Drumstick Holder. Keep up to 10 pairs of drum sticks conveniently within reach.

Donner Percussion Stick Bag Drumstick Holder ReviewDonner has proven to be a quality company in the guitar pedal market over the last few years. I own about two dozen of their guitar pedals, 2 of their ukulele’s and their Wireless Bluetooth Page Turner, so I was excited to get their inexpensive Percussion Stick Bag / Drumstick Holder on Amazon.

I use the percussion stick bag/drumstick holder on my electric drum kit.

It can be tricky adding this percussion stick bag to an electronic drum kit rack, but it fits nicely on my hi-hat stand and of the way of playing, as you can see in the video below. It’s made out of aluminum alloy and nylon and the nylon bag detaches by velcro for easy cleaning.

How many Sticks will it hold?

You can hold about 10 pairs of drum sticks conveniently within reach. This handy accessory is extremely helpful to have for any percussionist, drum kit or orchestral player. The heavy duty clamp ensures that your bag stays in place, and the reinforced aluminum alloy framework of the holder is durable for even the toughest of road warriors.

Final Thoughts:

For the price you really can’t go wrong, it would be nice to have the option to tilt the drumstick holder. At the time of writing this post, it has a 4.9 out of 5 stars review on Amazon.

You can get one on Here.

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Donner Bluetooth Page Turner Pedal Review

The Donner wireless Bluetooth Page Turner Pedal is a very useful tool for turning pages, reading music, scrolling lyrics, guitar tabs, teleprompting and more. It works with your iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC or Android tablets.

The Donner Bluetooth Page Turner PedalIf you been using your tablet or computer with sheet music apps like NextPage, SongBook and many others, The Donner Bluetooth Page Turner Pedals is something you will enjoy using.

What is a Bluetooth Page Turner Pedal?

The Donner wireless Bluetooth Page Turner Pedal is a very useful tool for turning pages, reading music, scrolling lyrics, guitar tabs, teleprompting and more. It works with your iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC or Android tablets.

I’ve used this pedal with the iOS apps piaScore and Teleprompt at gigs and rehearsal. I also use it with my web browser, pdf readers, Logic Pro and other apps on my computer.

Is It Durable?

Despite being made of plastic, it’s sturdy and effective. The pedals are quiet, so they don’t distract when pressing them and it has rubber on the bottom so it won’t slide around. At about 7 inches by 5 1/2 inches, it’s very portable and will fit in any gig bag.

Settings:

There are a few setting options to use depending what app or device you are connecting to. On my Mac Setting 5 (Space/ Enter) comes in handy to stop/start recording in Logic Pro. Other settings include:

Bluetooth Page Turner Pedal for Tablets iPhone Mac PC by Donner First Look Review Settings1. Page up/page down
2. Left arrow/ right
3. Up / down
4. left / right mouse click
5. Space/ Enter

What Apps Will It Work With?

I used the Donner Bluetooth Page Turner Pedal with NextPage and SongBookother iOS apps, but it will work with any app that you can use foot pedals with including:

  • NextPage
    Teleprompt+3
    SongBook
    unrealBook
    VSheetMusic
    MusicnotesWPS Office,
    Musicreader 4,
    forScore
    OnSong
    DD GigBook

Video

Bluetooth Page Turner Pedal for Tablets iPhone Mac PC by Donner Review

 

Final Thoughts

I only tested the Bluetooth Page Turner Pedal with my iPhone, iPad and my Mac, but it also works with PC’s and Android tablets. If turning pages’ hands-free is a must, then you can’t go wrong.

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